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Australian isotopes to compensate for closure of Canadian reactor
15 November, 2016
Australia said on 11 November that it will increase its capacity to supply more nuclear medicine to local hospitals and to the rest of the world to prevent the closure of the ageing National Research Universal (NRU) in Canada from causing “a serious global shortfall, potentially putting patients at risk”, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Ansto) said. The NRU ended routine production of nuclear medicine operations earlier in November after 60 years of operation, Ansto said.

IAEA updates nuclear contracts toolkit
08 November, 2016
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 31 October launched a new online Nuclear Contracting Toolkit to help member states plan and implement procurement and contracting processes. It provides a step-by-step guide on how to develop a procurement strategy, propose and solicit bids and negotiate and manage contracts. It also provides templates and application guides for various types of contract. The free, web-based toolkit replaces an earlier one that ran on Bideval-3 software. It was developed by the IAEA supported by an extra budgetary contribution from Japan.

Hitachi-GE signs MOU with UK universities
08 November, 2016
Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd (Hitachi-GE) on 31 October signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Imperial College London and Bangor University (Wales). Hitachi-GE has undertaken to provide industry advice to Imperial and Bangor’s newly formed “Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Research Hub and Network”, drawing on its extensive BWR experience. This will include part-time deployment of a researcher to Bangor, and building on the existing programme of Japanese internships for UK students.

Bulgaria weighs merits of Belene NPP or Kozloduy extension
03 November, 2016
As a last resort, Bulgaria could use the reactors built for the abandoned Belene NPP project to extend its Kozloduy NPP, Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova told BTV on 1 November. Officials have discussed the prospect with representatives of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, whose export arm, Atomstroyexport, made the reactors, she said. However, reviving the Belene NPP is also an option. "There is investment interest in the Belene project itself. We are not ruling out either of the options," she noted. Petkova has reiterated the government's intention to carry out a "public and transparent" procedure to seek privatization for the Belene NPP, noting that two companies have already shown interest.

Nuclear power in a sustainable mix
21 October, 2016
Under mentor Akira Omoto a team of fellows at the World Nuclear University looked at the prospects for sustainable energy and the role nuclear can play. They report their findings to NEI.

Come together
13 October, 2016
Frazer-Nash’s John Collins discusses a collaborative project undertaken with EDF Energy at Hunterston B.

Dounreay moves forward with waste management
04 October, 2016
UK-based Amec Foster Wheeler has won a GBP7m ($9m) contract from Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) to provide a new effluent treatment plant for the Dounreay nuclear site in the UK. DSRL is responsible for decommissioning the former centre of fast reactor research and development in Caithness, Scotland. The new plant is a key link in the chain to enable the retrieval, processing and packaging of waste from the Dounreay shaft and wet silo, both historical waste stores. The objective of the overall programme is to render the waste suitable for long-term storage and disposal.

Market enriches
14 September, 2016
As nuclear power continues to be seen as and important part of the global energy mix, opportunities for the supply of parts, services and materials to the sector remains in demand. Yury Aleksandrovich Olenin, president of Russian Fuel Company TVEL, tells NEI of the business’s ambitions and shares his thoughts on the state of the global uranium enrichment market.

Against the clock
16 August, 2016
Technology plays a significant role in the nuclear industry’s emergency preparedness and can safeguard against costly regulatory fines when it comes to submitting nuclear notification forms. In the US, every nuclear facility’s response to reportable incidents is underpinned by a dedicated crisis information system. John O’Dell, senior vice president of Intermedix and creator of WebEOC, looks at the software tools available to the nuclear industry and how they have evolved.

Turkey’s Akkuyu NPP project back on track
03 August, 2016
In the wake of political changes in Turkey, the project to build its first NPP at Akkuyu on the Mediterranean coast is back on track. The project had faced delays and uncertainty following tension with Russia over the conflict in Syria. Western media, citing sources in the Turkish government, reported earlier that the project was suspended. Although both Russia and Turkey denied this, progress on Akkuyu stalled.

UK remains committed to nuclear despite Brexit
02 July, 2016
The UK's Nuclear Industry Association and the French Nuclear Society, SFEN, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing them to work together to further the nuclear sector in both the UK and France. The agreement, signed by NIA chief executive, Tom Greatrex, and Christophe Béhar, President of SFEN, recognises the importance of nuclear energy for sustainable development and the need for continued co-operation between UK and French industries as new nuclear generation is developed in Europe, the NIA said. Greatrex added: "While the referendum last week signalled that the UK will begin the process of leaving the European Union, it certainly does not mean the end of cooperation between the UK and EU member states."

Russia’s BN-1200 fast reactor envisaged for 2019
27 June, 2016
Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom will make a decision on the construction of the BN-1200 fast reactor in 2019, according to Rosatom director general Sergei Kiriyenko. He told a press conference in Yekaterinburg on 23 June: "According to our estimates, it will take three years to adapt the BN-800 as the BN-1200 must contain the fundamental technological differences. We need to work out a new type of fuel, which is currently being improved, as well as all the on site technology required to implement a closed fuel cycle.” The new unit will be built as unit 5 at the Beloyarsk NPP at Zarechny in Sverdlovsk Oblast. The BN-800 is installed at unit 4 of the plant. "My point of view is that the BN-1200 will be built in Zarechny and we will have here a cluster of fast neutron technology."

Exelon to close two NPPs
07 June, 2016
US Exelon Corp said on 2 June that it will close two Illinois NPPs with a combined capacity of 2,949MWe in face of competition from renewable energy and low-cost natural gas. The Clinton NPP, a single-unit 1,065MWe boiling water reactor (BWR), began commercial operation in 1987, and the Quad Cities NPP comprises two 940MWe BWRs that began operating in 1973. Clinton will shut on 1 June 2017 and the Quad Cities on 1 June 2018. The plants had lost a combined total of $800m over the past seven years.

Expanding the table
21 May, 2016
Working together and sharing expertise is a must in the nuclear industry, particularly in light of the safety issues raised by its biggest disasters. As Jacquie Hoornweg discusses, CANDU Owners Group is reaching out to all parties in a drive to foster collaboration for the betterment of all.

Another way?
10 May, 2016
Long-time NEI reader and nuclear power expert Bob Burton shares his views nuclear waste disposal and the somewhat controversial options available.

China pushes ahead with sea-based NPPs
23 April, 2016
The construction of China's first maritime nuclear power platform (floating NPP) in the South China Sea is due to be completed by 2018 and be put into operation by 2019, according to the Chinese newspaper Global Times on 22 April. The newspaper quoted analysts as saying that such a platform could considerably boost the efficiency of China's ongoing construction work on islands in the South China Sea.

Energy Harmony on a Major Scale
21 April, 2016
A diverse and balanced energy mix is best for people and the planet. Achieving this globally means nuclear energy should really expand more than most expect, but this requires a concerted effort by the entire nuclear community and its stakeholders to remove barriers to growth. Agneta Rising of the World Nuclear Association presents its vision….

Rosatom opens offices in Beijing and Dubai
12 April, 2016
Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom opened a regional centre headquartered in Beijing on 7 April. "We are looking to expand our business in China, a market with huge potential for growth in the nuclear industry, and the activities of regional centre are designed to help strengthen our cooperation with the country," said Alexander Merten, president of Rosatom International Network (RIN). Rosatom is not only planning to build more new reactors with its long-standing partner China National Nuclear Corp, but is also expected to expand its business into "non-nuclear activities" such as agriculture, organic chemicals and nuclear medicine, Merten said. He was speaking on the sidelines of the 14th China International Nuclear Industry Exhibition in Beijing.

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