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Work begins on unit 2 of Iran’s Bushehr NPP
14 November, 2019
First concrete for unit 2 of Iran’s Bushehr NPP was poured on 10 November. The ceremony was attended by the president of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, government officials and executives from Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, which is constructing the plant. Construction of the NPP began in 1975, originally using German technology, but work stopped after the 1979 Islamic revolution which saw stringent economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the USA. The project was revived in 1995 with Russian support, and unit 1 began operation in 2011. Unit 2 is scheduled to begin operation in 2024 and a third unit is planned for 2026.
GEH signs MOU with Estonia on possible deployment of BWRX-300
07 October, 2019
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Estonia’s Fermi Energia last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on potential deployment applications for GEH’s BWRX-300 small modular reactor in Estonia.
Decommissioning small Nordic reactors
30 July, 2019
In April 2019, the last research reactor in the Nordic countries, JEEP II, was permanently closed. Here, Kristina Gillin examines the status and plans for decommissioning the early reactors in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
Embedding innovation - what can nuclear learn?
25 July, 2019
What can the nuclear industry learn from other heavily regulated sectors such as water about how to embed innovation? Luke Allen, managing director of eviFile makes some suggestions
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories launches research initiative for SMRs
24 July, 2019
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has announced the launch of the Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative (CNRI), to enable research and development to accelerate the deployment of small modular reactors in Canada.
CNL to refuel Canada’s Slowpoke reactor
12 July, 2019
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announced it has been awarded an $8.5 million contract by the Government of Canada to refuel the Royal Military College of Canada’s (RMC) Slowpoke-2 research reactor.
The lingering ghost of Chernobyl
09 July, 2019
Thirty-three years on as the tales of Chernobyl are being told to a new, younger audience, John Lindberg calls on the nuclear sector to start talking about radiation.
Hybrid systems: mixing things up
20 June, 2019
Aliki van Heek from the IAEA’s planning and economic studies section speaks to NEI about the potential for combining nuclear and renewables in a hybrid energy system, as well as non-electric applications of the technology.
12 June, 2019
Nuclear plants’ interaction with the natural environment is nowhere more dramatic than in their need for cooling. EDF’s proposals for the Hinkley Point C site are under new scrutiny.
A new wipe test methodology
28 May, 2019
Double sided adhesive tapes have been used instead of wipe pads in two radioactive treatment centres to check containers and drums for surface contamination. Marina Sokcic-Kostic, Frank Scheuermann and Christoph Klein introduce the new approach.
What’s next for Leningrad?
02 May, 2019
Russia’s first RBMK reactor, Leningrad 1, retired at the end of 2018. Judith Perera examines the reactor decommissioning plans and strategies for managing the irradiated graphite in the core.
Uniper and Nukem to dismantle Swedish NPPs
02 May, 2019
A consortium of Germany’s Uniper Anlagenservice and Russia’s German-based Nukem Technologies has been awarded a contract to dismantle four reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) in Sweden – two each at Oskarshamn and Barsebäck, Nukem announced on 25 April.
Next stop Pevek
01 May, 2019
As Russia’s Akademik Lomonsov floating nuclear power plant enters the final stages of commissioning, we look at the operational and safety considerations as well as broader applications for floating nuclear plants internationally.
24 April, 2019
Nuclear new-build projects are, by their nature, difficult to deliver. Daniel Garton and Chris Duncan examine issues that need to be addressed in construction contracts for nuclear plants.
Look North: Small is beautiful
03 April, 2019
Rumyana Vakarelska reports from the Nordic Nuclear Forum, where small modular reactors were a focus of discussion.
Beyond the copper surface
02 April, 2019
Before emplacement in a deep geological repository, Canada, Finland and Sweden all plan to encapsulate their spent fuel in copper canisters. Kristina Gillin drills into the countries’ spent fuel programmes and explores similarities and differences.
WANO opens entries for 2019 excellence awards
21 March, 2019
The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) has called on its members to send in nominations for the 2019 Nuclear Excellence Awards.
Building a European business
28 February, 2019
Working in 60 countries across the world, Wood is used to dealing with changing political dynamics. It is following the Brexit negotiations with great interest while keeping close to its European customers.