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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.