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IAEA praises Petten management
18 October, 2016
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Nuclear Safety Assessment of Research Reactors (INSARR) mission has said that NRG of the Netherlands has promoted and further developed a strong safety culture at its Petten research reactor based on a mature management system. Following a comprehensive assessment of the safety procedures and regulations at the High Flux Reactor (HFR) from 4 to 11 October, the IAEA team offered recommendations and suggestions to further enhance safety measures at the facility. It noted a "mature management system and good practices" in the areas of training and qualification of staff and safety assessment, and a high level of implementation of previous INSARR recommendations made in 2011

Toshiba withdraws renewal application for ABWR from US NRC
05 July, 2016
Japan’s Toshiba Corporation has withdrawn an application to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to renew design certification (DC) its Toshiba’s Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR). The original ABWR DC issued by NRC in 1997 expired in 2012. Toshiba issued an application for DC renewal in 2010, seeking to extend the period of validity following a further design review by NRC. However, falling energy prices in the US mean that Toshiba does not foresee any new opportunities for ABWR construction projects there and sees no need to continue the DC renewal process. Toshiba has accordingly withdrawn the application and says its decision will have no impact on its overall nuclear power business.

Toshiba ends agreements with US CB&I
18 May, 2016
Japan’s Toshiba and US CB&I have agreed to terminate agreements signed in 2010 between Toshiba and Shaw Group related to construction of two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWRs) at the South Texas Project (STP). Shaw was subsequently acquired by CB&I, which later sold the reactor construction business to Westinghouse, which is part of Toshiba. Earlier in 2008, Toshiba and US utility NRG Energy set up Nuclear Innovation North America (NINA), and applied for a combined construction and operation licence through the STP Nuclear Operating Company, which was granted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in February. NINA owns over 92% of the STP newbuild project, and Toshiba has bankrolled the licensing process since NRG withdrew from the project in 2011.

Graphite distortion at UK AGRs investigated
25 February, 2016
A graphite irradiation research project being carried out by an alliance of EDF Energy, NRG of the Netherlands, and Frazer Nash Consultancy and Atkins of the UK, will investigate the ageing management of advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) units in the UK, NRG said on 18 February. Phase three of ‘Project Blackstone’ will run for five years and provide data that can be used in safety cases to support AGR life extensions.

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