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Three contracts for New Areva
29 December, 2017
New Areva said on 18 December that it had signed three contracts in recent months totalling nearly €9m ($10.6m) for the treatment and management of radioactive waste at sites belonging to the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in Fontenay-aux-Roses (Ile-de-France region) and Cadarache (Bouches-du-Rhône region).

Japan closes Ohi 1&2 and Monju
29 December, 2017
Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co said 22 December that it plans to decommission two 38-year-old pressurised water reactors (PWRs) at its Ohi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture.

Construction of Vogtle 3&4 to continue
28 December, 2017
US utility Georgia Power said in a statement on 21 December that the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) had voted unanimously to allow construction to continue of units 3&4 at the Vogtle nuclear plant after “months of review and evaluation”.

Hot testing underway at Olkiluoto 3
28 December, 2017
Hot functional testing of the reactor systems has begun at the EPR unit under construction at Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) in Finland.

Russia and Saudi Arabia strengthen nuclear cooperation
18 December, 2017
Russia and Saudi Arabia on 14 December signed a roadmap for nuclear energy cooperation, Russian state nuclear company Rosatom said.

ABWR completes UK GDA process
15 December, 2017
UK regulators - the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales on 14 December approved Hitachi-GE's UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) as suitable for construction in the UK, completing the Generic Design Assessment (GDA)

Japanese court orders Ikata 3 to close
15 December, 2017
The Hiroshima High Court on 13 December revoked a lower court decision and ordered the suspension of Shikoku Electric Power Co’s Ikata 3 in Ehime Prefecture.

Ansto orders equipment for radwaste facility
14 December, 2017

Neart na Gaoithe seeks equity partner
13 December, 2017
Mainstream Renewable Power has started the selection process for an equity partner for the £2 billion Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm.

Jordan and Russia sign MOU on SMRs
12 December, 2017
The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) and the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom on 9 December signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to investigate the possible use of small modular reactors (SMRs).

Egypt signs contract for El Dabaa
12 December, 2017
Egypt and Russia on 11 December finally, after prolonged negotiations, signed notices to proceed with contracts for the construction of four Russian-designed generation 3+ VVER-1200 reactor units at Egypt’s El Dabaa NPP on the Mediterranean coast.

Russian commission says Mayak not the source of Ru-106. 
12 December, 2017
Russian officials on 8 December again denied the Mayak production association in Ozersk (Urals) was the source of radioactive ruthenium-106 (Ru-106) detected over Europe in September. 

Rostov 4 achieves criticality; Leningrad II-1 to follow
12 December, 2017
Russia’s Rostov 4 achieved criticality on 6 December. The 1011MWe reactor designed by Gidropress and built by Atomstroyexport, both subsidiaries of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, will be the last in Russia's series build of VVER-1000 units, which comprise 13 of Russia's 23 operating power reactors.

Atkins SMR study favours IPWRs
12 December, 2017
A comprehensive Techno-Economic Assessment (TEA) by the Atkins consultancy and Ernst & Young on small modular reactors (SMRs) found that integral pressurised water reactor (IPWR) technology has the potential to contribute to the low carbon generation of electricity in the UK around 2030 under certain conditions

UK government announces support for nuclear innovation
11 December, 2017
The UK government on 7 December announced several measures intended to support the development of next-generation nuclear technology.

Wood wins Hinkley services contract
11 December, 2017
Project, engineering and technical services company Wood announced on 7 December that it has won a contract as the sole supplier of inspection qualification services to the Hinkley Point C NPP in the UK.

South Korea preferred bidder for NuGen
07 December, 2017
South Korean state-owned utility Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) announced on 6 December that it had won preferred bidder status to buy Toshiba’s Nugeneration (NuGen) consortium, which is planning to build two nuclear power units in the UK at the Moorside site in Cumbria.

Brazil boosts co-operation with Russia
06 December, 2017
Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Brazilian companies Eletrobras and Eletronuclear aimed at increased cooperation in nuclear power, including the possible construction of a new nuclear plant in Brazil.

More delays for Japanese reactor restarts
06 December, 2017
Japan’s utilities, Kansai Electric Power Company and Kyushu Electric Power Company, have requested two-month delays in pre-operation inspections of reactors by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) Kyodo reported on 30 November.

UK White Paper recognises importance of nuclear
06 December, 2017
The UK government supports innovation in the clean energy sector as one of four main economic drivers aimed at overall long-term growth, according to its 255-page Industrial Strategy White Paper released on 27 November.

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