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The northern neighbours
18 December, 2018
US supply chain sees opportunities in small modular reactors (SMRs), decommissioning and across its north border as the Canadian nuclear industry heats up. Jacquie Hoornweg reports.
Inside the Candu MCR simulator
12 December, 2018
The Candu MCR simulator continues to be a much-used asset providing valuable hours to experiment, test ideas without real-world risk and learn from simulated malfunctions that would be rare in operational control rooms. Susan Creber and Robert Leger give an overview of the system.
Canada thinks big about small
05 December, 2018
Canada’s SMR Roadmap, released in early November 2018, charts a path forward for demonstration and deployment of small modular reactors. John Stewart provides a preview...
Argentina signs strategic agreement with Russia
05 December, 2018
Argentina on 1 December signed a strategic document with Russia on cooperation in the peaceful uses of atomic energy.
New test facility launched to support Bruce Power refurbishment
19 September, 2018
Canada’s ATS Automation Tooling Systems (ATS) and Bruce Power on 12 September formally launched the opening of the Major Component Replacement (MCR) Integration testing facility at the ATS Cambridge campus.
Asian cleanup - what is needed?
08 August, 2018
Funding is the main barrier to cleaning up legacy uranium sites in Central Asia, as NEI reported in May. Rocco Silveri, Adriaan van der Meer, Pascal Daures, Martin Andersen and Uwe Walter, discuss the extent of the remediation work needed.
Divers complete waste management at Sizewell A ponds
06 August, 2018
A team of 12 specialist nuclear divers from Underwater Construction UK Ltd has completed their mission to deal with radioactive waste in Sizewell A's nuclear fuel storage ponds, nearly two months ahead of schedule, Magnox Ltd reported on 1 August.
From unclear to nuclear
26 June, 2018
With a huge market opportunity in both nuclear new build and decommissioning, Monica Mwanje outlines how companies can enter the nuclear sector.
26 June, 2018
The French Nuclear Society (SFEN) examines what the nuclear industry can learn from the digitalisation of other high-tech industries.
Getting SMRs on the map
13 June, 2018
With the potential for future deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) to newcomer countries in the developing world, Anthony Wetherall outlines a proposed approach to legislative and regulatory frameworks that could speed up construction.
Russia’s Atomstroyexport discusses progress and challenges
05 June, 2018
At the end of 2017, the order book of Atomstroyexport (ASE), the engineering division of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, was more than $92bn, ASE president Valery Limarenko told Ria Novosti.
Orano signs contract with Ukraine on fuel reprocessing
05 June, 2018
France’s Orano (formerly New Areva) and the Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom have signed a contract to assess the feasibility of reprocessing used fuel assemblies from Ukraine’s 13 operating VVER-1000 nuclear reactors at Orano’s La Hague facility.
On the path to fuel advancement
24 May, 2018
Russian nuclear fuel provider, TVEL, is taking steps towards a new generation of fuel cycle products as it explains to NEI.
Asian cleanup – now or never?
17 May, 2018
Europe is taking a leading role in the remediation of legacy uranium mining sites in Central Asia, yet more needs to be done. Rocco Silverii, Adriaan van der Meer, Pascal Daures and Martin Andersen outline the next important steps.
New potential for potentiometry
10 May, 2018
Russia has developed a new method of nondestructive testing, known as scanning contact potentiometry. Vitaly Surin reviews the features and prospects of the technology.
Canada permanently closes NRU research reactor
06 April, 2018
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announced on 2 April that isotope production reactor the National Research Universal (NRU) at the Chalk River site had been permanently shut down. It will now be placed into a "state of storage" prior to decommissioning. The reactor, which produced about 40% of world supply of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), ceased production in October 2016, since when it has remained on standby "in case of a significant shortage which could not be mitigated by other means". Research reactors in Australia, Europe, Russia and South Africa have since met demand.
First ATOMEXPO awards planned for May
28 March, 2018
Russia’s Rostov 4 begins commercial operation
05 February, 2018
Unit 4 of Russia’s Rostov nuclear plant, a 1011MW VVER-1000/320 unit, was formally launched on 1 February by President Vladimir Putin during a video conference.