11/18/2013 Fukushima Unit 4 Fuel Rod Removals to Begin Today
Removal of the first of the 1,533 fuel-rod assemblies at the plant’s No. 4 reactor building is scheduled to begin at about 3 p.m., Masateru Araki, a spokesman for the utility known as Tepco, said by phone.
11/16/2013 Japan and nuclear power
AMONG the twisted metal and random debris that litter much of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, the fourth reactor looks in relatively good condition. A new structure covers the damage from a hydrogen explosion that blew its roof off days after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the plant in March 2011.
11/16/2013 Bellefonte pricetag debated as nuclear plant is idled again
TVA President Bill Johnson told TVA directors Thursday that a new assessment of the plant raised the estimated price tag of just one of the units to between $7.4 billion and $8.7 billion. In 2011, TVA estimated the first reactor could be finished for $4.9 billion.
11/15/2013 Why Some Climate Scientists Are Warming To Nuclear Power
The American nuclear fleet supplies about 20 percent of the electricity in the U.S., and supplies more than any other energy source in seven states. It also accounts for 64 percent of the total electricity output of all zero carbon emission sources.
11/15/2013 Egypt to launch tender for first nuclear power plant in early 2014
According to Reuters, Aktham Abouelela, spokesman for the Ministry of Electricity and Energy revealed that the Nuclear Plants Authority plans to set up the first station in Dabaa, located on the Mediterranean Coast. “It will be a pressurized water reactor with a capacity to produce up to 1,650MW of energy and the station will have two units,” Abouelela said.
11/15/2013 VY Decommissioning may not take 60 years
Michael Twomey, vice president of external affairs for Entergy Nuclear, Yankee’s owner, told the panel Thursday that while the company was leaning toward a delayed decommissioning, it’s not a given that it will take all 60 years allowed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
11/14/2013 Westinghouse Electric eyes nuclear power projects in Saudi Arabia
The request for proposals could be for more than one reactor, the first of which would start construction in 2017 for completion in 2022, said Muhammad Garwan, the atomic energy team leader of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (Ka-Care), the government’s energy diversification planner.
11/14/2013 B&W seeks investors to build SMRs in Oak Ridge
The Babcock and Wilcox Co. has already invested more than $360 million in a project that could result in a small nuclear reactor in west Oak Ridge, and now the North Carolina company is looking for investors and possibly majority owners.
11/14/2013 Fukushima residents may never go home, say Japanese officials
A report by members of the governing Liberal Democratic party [LDP] and its junior coalition partner urges the government to abandon its promise to all 160,000 evacuees that their irradiated homes will be fit to live in again. Decontamination is woefully behind schedule in seven of the 11 selected towns and villages, not finishing the work by the March 2014 deadline.
11/13/2013 WIPP could keep nuclear mission going until 2055
New Mexico's $1.2 billion repository for transuranic radioactive waste could extend its life by another 25 years, its managers said Tuesday. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad has a good chance of being in operation until 2055 because of continuing defense missions across America, they told state legislators.
11/12/2013 Radioactive waste to be shipped to Nevada starting in 2014
Despite questions and opposition from Nevada’s governor and federal elected officials, the federal Energy Department said today in a press call that it would begin shipping 403 canisters of highly radioactive nuclear waste to Nevada for shallow burial about 65 miles north of Las Vegas at the Nevada National Security Site, formerly known as the Nevada Test Site.
11/10/2013 Nuclear power can save America from an 'energy cliff'
In 2010, two forward-thinking utilities in the southeastern U.S. made an investment in the future to protect stable pricing and hedge against pending environmental regulations that penalize carbon emissions. They committed to building four new Westinghouse advanced-generation nuclear power plants -- the first in the U.S. in 30 years.
11/08/2013 Comanche Peak nuclear power plant's expansion put on hold
A planned expansion at the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in Glen Rose has officially been put on hold. Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings is suspending its plans to build two new reactors at Comanche Peak after its partner on the project, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, said it was focusing on getting its nuclear reactors in Japan back online.
11/07/2013 Fukushima Unit 4 readies for dangerous fuel rod removal
More than 1,500 nuclear fuel assemblies, the bulk of them used, but including 200 new ones, need to be pulled out of the pool where they were being stored when the tsunami smashed into Fukushima in March 2011.
11/07/2013 Areva wins contract to finish Angra 3 NPP
AREVA has signed a contract worth 1.25 billion euros with the Brazilian electrician Eletrobras Eletronuclear for the completion of the construction for the Angra 3 reactor, located in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
11/06/2013 TEPCO aims for July restart of Kashiwazaki Kariwa
The company, known as Tepco, is rewriting a business revival plan following $27 billion of losses from the disaster, which included restarting reactors at the Kashiwazaki station northwest of Tokyo as a central element.
11/06/2013 Fire at Beaver Valley prompts shut down
A fire described by officials as "small" prompted the shutdown of one reactor at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in western Pennsylvania. Operators of the Shippingport plant said an electrical short occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday outside the turbine where electricity is produced.
11/06/2013 Vietnam's Nuclear Energy Plan Likely Part of Russia Talks
Russian President Vladimir Putin begins an energy-heavy visit to Vietnam next week, putting into the spotlight the energy plans of the Southeast Asia country – including its ambitious goal of building 13 nuclear reactors.
11/05/2013 Belarus breaks ground for nuclear plant
The construction of Belarus’ Astravas nuclear power plant (NPP), only 50 kilometers away from Vilnius, started on Nov. 5. Belarus is getting down to the main phase of the nuclear power plant construction. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko signed the relevant decree No. 499 on Nov. 2, enabling its start.
11/05/2013 Dismantling of Chernobyl stack begins
Work to dismantle the old ventilation stack shared by units 3 and 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has begun, making way for installation of the giant protective structure over the damaged reactor.