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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday laid the foundation stone for the kingdom's first nuclear research reactor, state media said, as the kingdom seeks to diversify its energy mix.
Toshiba has unveiled plans to wind-up its wholly owned UK-based nuclear development business NuGen after failing to secure a deal to sell it.
Georgia Power announced the placement of two key floor modules at the Vogtle nuclear expansion near Waynesboro, Georgia.
Cavendish Nuclear has started to install a new waste treatment plant that will deliver the next phase of remediation at the site of the world’s first commercial nuclear power station.
TENEX in a consortium with V.G. Khlopin Radium Institute (KRI), Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (RIAR) and FSUE RosRAO have successfully fulfilled the first phase of works on the research project of the ageing properties of fuel debris.
Comprehensive Decommissioning International, LLC , a joint venture company of SNC-Lavalin and Holtec International, has been awarded a nuclear decommissioning contract, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, by Holtec Decommissioning International.
Candu Energy Inc., a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been selected to provide decommissioning services for the Saskatchewan Research Council’s (SRC) Safe Low-Power Kritical Experiment (SLOWPOKE-2) research reactor.
SNC-Lavalin and Holtec International group are pleased to announce a new US-based joint venture company named Comprehensive Decommissioning International, LLC (CDI).
Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, working in partnership with SpinChem, a Swedish technology company, have successfully completed tests on an innovative nuclear waste treatment ion exchange technology supported by Barrow-in-Furness tech company Fortis Remote Technology.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has completed the first and most intensive phase of review for NuScale Power’s design certification application (DCA).
Following a planned outage, Unit 1 at the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley in southeastern Georgia returned to service in early March outfitted with first-of-their-kind accident tolerant fuel (ATF) test assemblies.
ET, operators at the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant safely returned Unit 1 to service following a planned refueling and maintenance outage that began Feb. 4at 9:28 p.m. ET.
Every element in the construction and operation of power generation plants must be considered to keep such mission-critical facilities running around the clock.
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister called on the U.S. to give it the same rights as other nuclear nations in its push to process its own nuclear fuel, revealing that it's currently in talks with 10 other countries should America refuse.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed the successful completion of its review of Sizewell B.
Duke Energy’s 11 nuclear generating units posted strong operating performance in 2017, providing the Carolinas with nearly 90 billion kilowatt-hours of carbon-free electricity – enough to power more than 7 million homes.
Cyclife2, an EDF Group subsidiary, and SOGIN, the Italian public company in charge of decommissioning and waste management, have signed an agreement to the tune of 28 million Euros for the treatment of 1 800 tons of metal waste produced during the decommissioning of three nuclear power plants in Italy (Trino, Garigliano and Latina).
In the space of a few months, New AREVA has signed three contracts totaling nearly 9 million euros, 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). These successes illustrate our capacity to develop technical and innovative solutions to better meet the needs of our clients.
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Global Nuclear Fuel announced that its ACUMEN™ core monitoring system has been installed and is now operating at two U.S. nuclear power plants.
SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall announced that they have formed a joint venture company to continue to drive the HYBRIT initiative. The three companies will each own one third of the company, which will seek to develop a steelmaking process that emits water instead of carbon dioxide.
The 2017 RadWaste Summit will explore the theme, New Priorities, Regulations, and Opportunities as the industry moves into the fourth quarter of the Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress. The Summit will explore the existing policy, budget allocation, project priorities, and more.
Duke Energy’s 11 nuclear generating units enjoyed a record-breaking 2016, providing the Carolinas with nearly 90 billion kilowatt-hours of carbon-free electricity.
Southern Nuclear in collaboration with South Carolina Electric & Gas was honored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) with a Technology Transfer Award for the development and implementation of a project titled Pilot plant application of risk-informed in-service inspection to new build fleet.
On 19 January, Rosatom and Iranian Atomic Energy Organization have signed the documents relating to Iranian-Russian cooperation in peaceful uses of atomic energy.
New York Utility regulators have approved the proposed sale of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County, the Associated Press reported.
Recently, a project using CO₂ (carbon dioxide) plus O₂ (oxygen) in-situ leaching for uranium mining, conducted by the Tongliao Uranium Company (attached to the China National Nuclear Corporation), was nominated for the 4th China Grand Award for Industry.
The UK’s National Grid on Monday unveiled a proposal to connect NuGen’s planned nuclear power station at Moorside in Cumbria to the electric grid using lines placed underground and below Morecambe Bay.
The signings took place between the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark, EDF group Chairman and CEO Jean Bernard-Levy and CGN Chairman He Yu. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and the Administrator of the Chinese National Energy Administration Nur Bekri attended the ceremony.
Lightbridge Corporation a U.S. nuclear energy company announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance for a key patent covering its metallic nuclear fuel rod design from the European Patent Office.
On 23 June, the French nuclear energy society (SFEN) presented its award for technological innovation to Onet Technologies and the French alternative energies and atomic energies commission (CEA). The distinction was given in recognition of the remotely operated laser-cutting technology developed at the CEA Saclay and Marcoule facilities and implemented by Onet Technologies in clean-up operations at CEA Marcoule. The innovation was also praised by the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE) and could be used for the removal of melted fuel debris from the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The remotely operated laser-cutting technology developed by CEA and implemented by Onet Technologies is especially suited to cutting very thick materials in a hazardous environment. It allows for easy remote operation while offering impressive position tolerance for cutting heterogeneous layers of materials; moreover, it generates fewer aerosols than most other available techniques.
Introduced by Onet Technologies as a world first in December 2015, the technology has demonstrated its full potential in the ongoing project to dismantle MAR200 dissolvers in the spent-fuel reprocessing facility at the CEA Marcoule site in France. The dismantling process was also nominated in the WNE Awards and received the SFEN award for technological innovation on 23 June this year.
Introduced by Onet Technologies as a world first in December 2015, the technology has demonstrated its full potential in the ongoing project to dismantle MAR200 dissolvers in the spent-fuel reprocessing facility at the CEA Marcoule site in France. The dismantling process was also nominated in the WNE Awards and received the SFEN award for technological innovation on 23 June this year.
A key challenge: adapting current technology to Fukushima Daiichi requirements
The award showcases promising technology that could be chosen as a solution to remove melted fuel debris from the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant—a project in which Onet Technologies and the CEA have been actively involved since 2014. The ongoing initiative involves adapting the existing, reliable technology to the highly specific requirements of the damaged reactors. Removing fuel debris from the reactor cores will be a vital step in the decommissioning programme.
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World Nuclear Exhibition held a special Awards Competition ceremony to reward the cutting edge nuclear technologies and innovation projects. “Multi-D-based Project Management System” of Rosatom ASE Group of Companies won the first prize in the Operation Excellence category.
Construction of major facilities often implies cost overruns and longer timelines, ranging from 10% to 50% on average. According to the developers of the system the situation can be remedied only by the effective management, combining IT tools and business processes. The use of Multi-D-based Project Management System technology specially designed by Russian specialists would facilitate essential optimization and control of deadlines/value for money during erection of capital construction facilities. Furthermore, this technology is universal and can be successfully applied not only at nuclear power plants building but also in any other complex infrastructure projects.
The development of these technologies was triggered by ASE Group of companies’ positive track record in project management and construction of facilities implementing Dassault Systemes’ commercial packages and its 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The company's experience has shown that the application approach to the construction and use of the technology allows carrying out the projects according to all the deadlines and strictly keep within budget.
ASE has proved that the use of adequate tools allows timely project implementation and withstanding budget pressure, for example, during construction of the Rostov NPP Units 3&4 and the Yuzhnouralsk GRES-2 (power units 1&2). This technology is being replicated in all Russian-designed NPP construction projects deployed both in Russia and abroad and provides the basis for the progress trend in consulting services (PMC) rendered as part of major non-nuclear projects.
Jury Nomination Chairman Jacques Regaldo, Chairman of the World Association of Nuclear Operators, noted that the diversity of projects presented by different industrial companies was motivating and challenging. “However the Jury draw attention to the projects that involve all levels of operation excellence”, - he added. The projects of Apave, EDF and Westinghouse were also presented at the shortlist of nominees.
The joint project "Tournament of Young Professionals ‘TeMP’" of Rosatom and Rosatom Corporate Academy was shortlisted in the Knowledge Management category along with EDF and Oxand projects.
TeMP is aimed at attraction and selection of talented young graduates for future employment at Rosatom enterprises. Its aim also to increase attractiveness of nuclear industry careers among young professionals in specialized universities. The tournament is held on crowd sourcing online platform with the live grand finale. The winners receive a job offer from the leading enterprises of Rosatom. Participants of the tournament have an opportunity to develop projects dealing with real production targets, working in close collaboration with Rosatom experts. The most interesting and promising ideas are selected by jury consisting of top representatives of Rosatom divisions. Best projects are chosen by Rosatom top management and its CEO. This year alone, the number of applications from participants exceeded 3,000 people, and only 100 got into the final.
118 projects were chosen for the WNE Award competition, 14 of them were shortlisted in 4 categories: Innovations, Operation Excellence, Nuclear Safety and Knowledge Management. The jury included top managers of leading international companies and organizations of the nuclear industry. Among them were Bernard Bigot, Director General ITER, Jacques Regaldo, Chairman of the World Association of Nuclear Operators, William D. Magwood, Director General NEA, and David Drury, Technical Head – Management and Human Resources, IAEA. According to the competition results, 4 winners and 8 nominees were announced. Another 2 projects received special attention of the jury.
ROSATOM and the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia signed a memorandum on personnel training and education in nuclear energy and related sectors and a memorandum on cooperation in public acceptance of peaceful use of nuclear energy.
The Memoranda were signed by Kirill Komarov, First Deputy CEO for Corporate Development and International Business of ROSATOM, from the Russian side, and Luis Alberto Sanchez, Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, from the Bolivian Side. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Álvaro García Linera, Vice President of Bolivia.
The Memoranda represent the frame agreements on cooperation in two key areas of Bolivia’s nuclear energy program: public acceptance and personnel training. The Memoranda constitute the basis for the further development of the bilateral cooperation in the above areas.
In particular, within the framework of the Memorandum on public acceptance, the parties agreed on bilateral cooperation in preparation and implementation of public and media relations campaign as part of the Nuclear Research and Technology Center Project in Bolivia.
In his comments on the Memorandum signing, K. Komarov noted that public acceptance is a crucial condition of the national atomic programs in the countries that take the path of atomic technology development. “This is certainly very important for Bolivia. The nation of the country will benefit from the Nuclear Research and Technology Center that is why the information about the project and atomic technology should be true, open and available. Rosatom has accumulated extensive experience in public relations in the regions of nuclear infrastructure construction both in Russia and abroad. We are ready to support Bolivia and share our best practices in promoting public awareness of the Project absolute safety for people and environment as well as its benefits that will be actually appreciated after the Center opening”, he said.
The Memorandum on personnel training and education in the use of the nuclear energy and related sectors envisages the cooperation of the parties in the following areas: personnel education and training as part of the nuclear infrastructure formation in Bolivia; making and further development of education and training program for the Center personnel; education of Bolivian students at Russian educational institutions; joint training programs for teachers; development of educational, methodological and scientific literature on peaceful uses of nuclear energy; organization of courses in fundamental sciences and nuclear education disciplines for students.
Slovenské elektrárne (SE), an Enel Group company, completed the construction works of Mochovce NPP Unit 3 by finalising the control assembly of Mochovce NPP Unit 3 reactor. This a new important milestone in the commissioning of Unit 3 reactor which is now ready for primary circuit testing. Afterwards, the reactor will be prepared for the first hydrostatic test.
“We are very pleased to announce the successful completion of assembly of the internal elements of Unit 3’s reactor, which is the heart of a power plant,” said Nicola Cotugno, Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Director of Slovenské elektrárne. “This is one of the most important milestones achieved in the first half of this year, marking the completion of construction works of Unit 3 which now enters the testing phase. It also confirms our strong commitment to complete new Mochovce NPP units, with the third unit completion at more than 92.5%, and Unit 4 at 74.9 %.”
The aim of control assembly was to check the reactor vessel and the mutual mechanical relations of the reactor’s individual internal equipment. The operation also aimed at checking the assembly and disassembly operations of the reactor internal equipment in order to prepare it for individual testing.
Test on reactor’s functionality and assembly of the reactor required 22,000 man-hours and have been carried out in close cooperation with Škoda JS and its subsidiary Škoda Slovakia under strict so-called clean conditions in the Mochovce NPP Unit 3 reactor hall.
The next step will be the extensive testing and assembly works on the reactor and its internal equipment which is carried out in line with the programme for the reactor equipment’s commissioning and installation works. This programme will include:
• the so-called “cold” and “hot” hydrostatic test of reactor and primary circuit equipment connected with circulation flushing of the primary circuit equipment, check of leak-tightness and reading of hydraulic characteristics of the reactor and its internals.
• Inspections and checks of the reactor equipment after performance of hydrostatic tests at parameters close to the operating.
In this phase, activity of the reactor equipment will be tested in the non-active conditions, i.e. without nuclear fuel. Along with this programme, preparatory works for testing of emergency control rod assembly (ECRA) drives are performed.
The reactor’s internal equipments, which represent the technological heart of the nuclear power plant, are key structural components of the reactor together with the reactor pressure vessel. Their function is to direct the coolant flow in the reactor, position fuel assemblies and ECRA in the core and lead ECRA through the reactor core.
Emergency control rod assemblies are a standard component of reactors and they are independent systems which allow to change the balance of neutrons if needed, and interrupt or regulate the fission chain reaction through fast injection of absorbate into the core and taking a part of fuel out of the core. They also allow to maintain reactor power at a certain level or change it from a level to another, as well as compensating fast reactivity changes.The emergency control rod assembly motor-operated drives are situated in the upper plenum above the reactor, and they perform vertical or safety vertical movement of the emergency control rod assemblies.
Unit 3 of Mochovce NPP will contain 37 automatic ECRAs and 312 fuel assemblies in the tandem arrangement.
Alpiq successfully concludes the sale of its interest in AVAG on 7 July 2016. The buyer is a consortium comprising EBM Netz AG, Städtische Betriebe Olten and UBS Clean Energy Infrastructure Switzerland. Alpiq will use the proceeds of CHF 312 million to further reduce net debt.
In November 2015, Alpiq announced that it was reviewing the possibility of divesting its interest in Alpiq Versorgungs AG (AVAG) in Olten. Alpiq held an interest of 96.7 per cent in AVAG. The sale to a consortium comprising EBM Netz AG, Städtische Betriebe Olten and UBS Clean Energy Infrastructure Switzerland was successfully concluded on 7 July 2016. Alpiq generated revenues of CHF 312 million from the divestment and intends to use these proceeds to further reduce net debt.
Alpiq is continuing to consistently implement the Group’s transformation. In this context, the top priority is ensuring capital market viability. With the opening of up to 49 per cent of the hydropower portfolio to new investors, Alpiq is reducing its dependency on wholesale prices and decreasing net debt. In addition, opportunities to divest other non-strategic interests will be assessed and consistently implemented. The already initiated cost reduction programme and revenue improvement measures will be rigorously pursued. Energy trading and energy services offer growth potential and will be further developed in line with financial resources.
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Clenergy’s 20MW photovoltaic power station successfully connected on December 28 to the grid in Guyang, Inner Mongolia, capping months of hard work.
SHIZUOKA – Chubu Electric Power Co. said Thursday it has finished building a huge sea wall at its Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka Prefecture to protect the facility from a possible earthquake-triggered tsunami.
Germany’s nuclear power–producing companies will be able to shoulder the costs of the nuclear phase-out—including costs for decommissioning and the disposal of radioactive waste. That’s according to the country’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, as it published the results of a “stress test” on October 10. The government on July 1 reaffirmed that energy companies must bear the costs of dismantling their nuclear plants and concluded in October that reserves set aside by EON SE, RWE AG, Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg AG, Vattenfall AB, and Stadtwerke Muenchen GmbH of €38.3 billion ($41.98 billion) are within various scenarios examined during the stress test.
20 countries have launched Mission Innovation in Paris today, committing to double their governmental and/or state-directed clean energy research and development investment over five years and make clean energy widely affordable.
Today, Gamesa announced that it has joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, joining more than 140 companies from across the American economy that are standing with the Obama >Administration to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to climate action and to voice support for a strong outcome to the COP21 Paris climate negotiations.
The MoU was signed by Hipólito Suárez, Gamesa's Managing Director for Mexico & Latam, and Benjamín Granados, Director of Project Finance at the CFE. The signing ceremony was attended by Gamesa's Business CEO, Xabier Etxeberria, and the Managing Director of the CFE, Doctor Enrique Ochoa.
The award ceremony was presided over by Antonio Simões, Brazil's Ambassador in Spain, and José Gasset Loring, President of the Brazil-Spain Chamber of Commerce, an institution which fosters business relations between the two countries.
Rapid economic growth across Asia Pacific has led to the demand for power to soar, fuel prices to rise and environmental and financial regulations to tighten. As a result, generators are looking for ways to improve efficiency and flexibility while reducing costs and environmental impact, and they are increasingly turning to companies such as GE (NYSE: GE) for solutions. Today at the POWER-GEN Asia conference, GE announces more than $1 billion in orders from customers across the region, demonstrating the growing demand for GE’s power generation systems and software.
GE (NYSE: GE) announced today the launch of its latest aeroderivative gas turbine, the LM6000-PF+, employing technologies from across the GE Store to bring power online faster and more efficiently than in the past. The LM6000-PF+ (PF+) already has seen success with a six-unit order from Thailand’s Gulf Energy Development (GED) with Mitsui Corp (Mitsui) under EPC contract with TOYO Engineering Corp (TOYO), making it the largest Thailand deal for distributed power applications in GE’s history. The announcement was made at this year’s POWER-GEN Asia conference in Bangkok.
With energy demands rising in Vietnam, coal remains a critical part of the country’s current and future energy mix. GE (NYSE:GE) will supply two sets of high-efficiency steam turbines and generators to the EPC consortium of Russia-based OJSC Power Machines and Petrovietnam Technical Services Corporation for the new Long Phu 1 coal-fired thermal power plant in Soc Trang, a province in the Mekong Delta known for its Khmer culture and community. Petrovietnam is the owner of the new plant.
GE (NYSE: GE) today announced it is helping the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) upgrade its fleet of four GE 9F gas turbines at the Authority’s two power plants. As a result, EGAT is improving the operational and fuel flexibility of the plants while significantly reducing emissions to improve air quality in Bangkok and the surrounding area. EGAT is Thailand’s leading state-owned power utility and largest power producer.
GE (NYSE: GE) today announced that GE has been chosen to upgrade the efficiency and availability of eight GE gas turbines at the Japanese utility’s Joetsu Thermal Power Station. Under terms of the agreement, GE’s Power Generation Services business will provide three GE Power FlexEfficiency* upgrade offerings, including a Dry Low NOx 2.6 (DLN2.6) combustor, an OpFlex* gas turbine controls technology package and its Advanced Gas Path (AGP) solution to upgrade eight 7F gas turbines that are powering Chubu’s 2,380-megawatt combined-cycle power plant.
TEPCO, Japan’s largest electric utility, has selected GE (NYSE: GE) to completely replace and upgrade the components of eight gas turbines ranging from 9FA.01 to 9FA.03 models at its Yokohama Thermal Power Station.
Marking a new phase in boosting London’s energy security and helping reduce the area’s emissions, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, through Skanska—one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups—has contracted with Clarke Energy to install a combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) plant powered by a Jenbacher gas engine from GE Power & Water (NYSE: GE).
GE (NYSE: GE) today announced that it has shipped the sixth and final Jenbacher J920 FleXtra gas engine for Sky Global Partners, LLC (Sky Global)’s “Sky Global Power One” power plant in Colorado County, Texas, beside San Bernard’s Rock Island substation. The final unit is expected to arrive in the U.S. in early September, completing shipment for the largest North American power project for GE’s J920 FleXtra gas engine so far. The plant, which broke ground in January, is expected to enter commercial operation in early 2016.
GE’s Distributed Power business (NYSE: GE), Western Energy Systems and San Francisco-based Phoenix Energy today announced they have signed an agreement for GE to provide equipment for an integrated biomass gasification solution to power a bioenergy plant in North Fork, the next in a series of bioenergy plants that Phoenix Energy is building in the state. GE’s integrated biomass gasification solution includes an Ecomagination qualified, 1-megawatt engine and biomass gasification system. Phoenix Energy and GE have collaborated to design and implement this solution statewide.
Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) today announced that its newest boiling water reactor fuel innovation, NSF channels, has been approved for use by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
GNF nuclear reactor fuel innovation approved by NRC
Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF), a GE-led joint venture with Hitachi Ltd and Toshiba Corporation, announced on 11 September that its newest boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel innovation, NSF channels, has been approved for use by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom visited Sellafield to see the world-leading innovation being used to clean up the site.
Transforming critical infrastructure puts city on the path toward more responsive, resilient systems
Industry-Leading Experts to Speak at Major Washington, D.C. Conference on Smart Cities.Bechtel, one of the world’s leading engineering, procurement and construction companies, announced today that four of its leading authorities on smart and resilient city infrastructure will share their views at Smart Cities Week, North America’s first major smart city conference and exhibition. The event, taking place in Washington, D.C., September 15-17, has been organized by the Smart Cities Council, of which Bechtel is a lead partner.
Fluor Corp.'s (NYSE: FLR) Executive Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, Dave Dunning, and China National Nuclear Corp.’s (CNNC) President, Qian Zhimin, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate on nuclear and renewable energy opportunities in Europe and China.
“We are excited to cooperate with CNNC on potential nuclear and renewable opportunities,” said Dunning. “Our clients will benefit from Fluor’s cost-effective, safe and secure solutions that result from decades of experience on nuclear decommissioning efforts and commercial nuclear new-build projects.”
The two companies will work together on a broad range of civil nuclear-related opportunities in the U.K., Germany and China. The MOU also covers work in the renewable energy market.
“CNNC is the major investor in the nuclear power stations in operation and under construction in China. It is also the main R&D organization of nuclear technologies, the most important engineering and construction contractor of nuclear power stations and supplier of nuclear fuel,” said Qian. “CNNC will work with Fluor to explore the full range of cooperation in Europe and China based upon the principles of mutual benefits, win-win and complementary of each other's strengths.”
Russia has signed protocol to the intergovernmental agreement for the preparation of a nuclear power plant and another interagency memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Iran for increased cooperation regarding peaceful use of atomic energy.
The municipal assembly of the Japanese town Satsumasendai has approved the plan for restarting the Sendai nuclear plant.
This marks a step towards reviving the nuclear industry, which has been lying idle since the Fakushima disaster in 2011.
The approval comes even after tremors have been reported at nearby Mount Ioyama volcano, which has raised concerns of a probable nuclear disaster.
Reuters quotes a city assembly member as saying that 19 out of 26 members voted in favour of the restart. Only four were against it, while three abstained from casting their votes.
Owned by Kyushu Electric Power, the Sendai plant houses two nuclear reactor units.
With a 100,000 population, Satsumasendai has long been dependent on the nuclear facility for power and jobs. The decision to restart the plant has been facing criticisms and concerns in the country, following the Fukushima disaster. Further operational safety checks will need to be carried out before the plant starts operation starts operation, however.
Importing expensive fossil fuels for power generation has become a expensive proposition for the country, which previously relied on atomic power to meet 30% of its power requirements.
Kyushu Electric's other nuclear plant had been under fire earlier this week, according to Kyodo News.
A sleeping volcano close to the damaged Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan is erupting, raising concerns of a probable nuclear disaster.
Mount Ioyama on the island of Kyushu is about 64km away from the Sendai plant.
This comes nearly a month after the eruption of Mount Ontake volcano, which killed 57 people.
Japan lies in the Ring of Fire band and has more than 100 volcanoes.
According to volcanologists, a major earthquake of 2011 could have intensified the volcanic activity across the country.
If the Mount Ioyama erupts, it is likely to create another major nationwide disaster, News.com.au reports, citing government-commissioned panel on volcanic eruption prediction head Toshitsugu Fujii.
An official from the Japan Meteorological Agency's volcano division has said that the warning level for Mount Ioyama on the threat scale has been raised from the lowest possible level to the second highest.
Road access to the area near Mount Ioyama has been closed following a warning issued by Japan's Meteorological Agency.
Restarting the Sendai nuclear power plant has been deemed dangerous for the country, which is still coping with the after-effects of the Fukushima disaster.
Despite public concerns, the Japanese Government had announced its decision to restart the Kyushu Electric Power owned Sendai plant earlier this year. This is expected to happen by 2015 post operational safety checks and approvals from local authorities.
The power plant is also reported to be a mere 50km away from Mount Sakurajima, another active volcano that erupts frequently.
Turkey intends to construct a third nuclear power plant by 2018-2019 as a national project, announced Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
The plant will be built by Turkish experts Davutoglu said on Tuesday, following a meeting on the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, reports World Bulletin.
Currently, Turkey has two ongoing nuclear power projects.
The first nuclear plant Akkuyu Nuclear will be built by Russia's Rosatom in the Mediterranean region of the country, Mersin.
Earlier this month, Turkey said that it plans to speed up the process to begin the construction of its first nuclear power plant.
This was announced by Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz.
Following a meeting with Russian nuclear company Rosatom's head Sergey Kiriyenko, the minister revealed: "Our target is to speed up the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant."
The agreement on this project was signed between the governments of Russia and Turkey in Ankara in May 2010.
The plant construction is likely to begin in 2016 once the environmental assessment report is submitted. It is set to go online by 2020.
The plant will have four reactors for power generation.
The second plant will be constructed through a cooperation with Japan.
This plant will be constructed in Sinop, in the Black Sea region of the country.
The deal for the second project is based on a build-operate-transfer basis.
The second nuclear plant will be built based on an agreement signed between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in May 2013.
Iran and world powers struck a deal on Friday to extend their Sunday deadline to strike a nuclear accord easing fears Tehran will get the bomb, an Iranian and a Western diplomat said.
DirectIP™ Network Video Recorderfrom IDIS Receives Highest Rating in Respected Publication’s Product Round-up Following Independent Testing
Benchmark Magazine, the UK-based publication dedicated to “driving innovation in the security industry,” recently completed an independent test of the IDIS DR6116P Network Video Recorder (NVR). The magazine awarded the IDIS NVR a rating of 85, featuring the results of the product test in its July 2014 issue, where IDIS received the highest rating of all NVRs featured in the magazine’s round up.
In its review, Benchmark Magazine lists the DR6116P NVR as a “recommended” product, noting the robust features and functionality of the IDIS NVR. The magazine describes products given a “recommended status” as those that have “no obvious flaws or performance issues, do not lack credibility and have been designed for simple installation and operation.” With regard to the IDIS DR6116P, the magazine specifically mentions the integrated provision of the IDIS Center software package, “to deliver remote connectivity and system control,” and speaks to the NVR’s place as part of IDIS’s one-stop-shop DirectIP total solution. It notes that ONVIF devices may be used with the DVR and that IDIS offers a “true plug and play,” simple to configure, networked surveillance solution.
Brian Song, Managing Director of IDIS Europe, commented, “It is always an honour to have IDIS quality recognised by credible industry experts, such as those at Benchmark Magazine. It is especially gratifying to learn the IDIS DR6116P NVR received the highest rating of all reviewed.
“The DR6116P and all of our NVR offerings reflect IDIS’s commitment to innovative research and development and industry leading product quality. Our NVRs deliver on that commitment, as an essential part of our DirectIP total solution—one that offers customers everything required to build a cost-effective, powerful, and simple to install networked surveillance solution.”
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The Nuclear Decommissioning and Used Fuel Strategy Summit confirmed for 1-2 October, Charlotte NC - organized by Nuclear Energy Insider
Nuclear decommissioning is a subject currently undergoing intense study in the USA, with 5 units in the country having been prematurely closed in the last 2 years. With this topic making the news in a big way, Nuclear Energy Insider has organized The Nuclear Decommissioning and Used Fuel Strategy Summit to take place on 1-2 October in Charlotte, NC.
Iran has offered "rational proposals" in nuclear negotiations but "excessive demands" of the P5+1 world powers are likely to prevent agreement by the July 20 deadline, Tehran's foreign minister said on Thursday.
After several years of delay, the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) on 10 April 2014 has approved the Instrumentation and Control (I&C) system for the Olkiluoto-3 (OL3) European Pressurized water Reactor (EPR) under construction in Finland. Teollisuuden Voima Oy, (TVO), the owner of the OL3, welcomed the decision, but pointed out that for final approval of the I&C architecture STUK still requires that AREVA complement the ongoing I&C failure analysis.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has recently launched a new major project to challenge the culture of procurement in the business.
Generation mPower announced as Gold Sponsor along with confirmation on attendance from Exelon, EDF, OPG and more for this year’s groundbreaking event.
The SMR conference,held at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, NC on 31st March – 1st April, is gathering momentum as further guests and delegates are confirmed from the forefront of SMR expertise. The conference will give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to evolve your SMR strategy after hearing from some of the biggest names in the industry discuss the issues that matter today!
A critique of the I.E.E.R report, looking at the studies conducted on the viability and benefits of SMR design and utilization.
A recent report released by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (I.E.E.R) attempted to undermine popular opinion of the feasibility of using SMRs as a source of Nuclear Energy. This is contrary to many studies conducted by industry professionals that outline the practicality of SMR design on a number of levels, including the cost effective nature of the technology and enhanced safety features.
The team of VF, a.s. (VF) and HI-Q Environmental Products Company, Inc. (HI-Q) has been awarded the contract to design and manufacture the replacement plant vent stack radiation monitoring system for the Columbia Generating Station near Richland, WA, USA.
Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) has secured a five-year maintenance and modifications contract with Texas-based STP Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC).
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will remove used fuel rods from the crippled reactor 4 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is asking the public to comment on a proposal to update, clarify and strengthen the requirements for material control and accounting (MC&A) of special nuclear material. The proposed rule appears in today’s Federal Register.
Areva has secured a series of contracts for delivery of its spent fuel pool level instrumentation (SFPLI) system to the US-based utilities.
UK energy supplier EDF Energy has announced automatic shut down of both Dungeness B reactors following power cut off caused by debris landing on the incoming power lines.
Pakistan has commenced spadework on the 1,000MW nuclear power plant being built with the Chinese assistance near Hawkes Bay in Karachi, unnamed sources have revealed.
EnBW Kernkraft (EnKK) has reconnected Unit II of the Neckarwestheim nuclear power plant (GKN II) to the grid, following completion of its annual inspection.
China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has successfully completed hydrostatic testing of the under development Fuqing unit 1 reactor coolant system, moving the unit a step closer to commissioning.
US-based nuclear energy operator Southern Nuclear has shut down unit 1 of the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant in Dothan, Alabama, US, for a planned refueling and maintenance outage process.
EnBW's Unit-II of its Neckarwestheim nuclear power station in Germany has been disconnected from the grid on September 21 2013 to carry out a scheduled annual maintenance.
China Nuclear Engineering Corporation Limited (CNEC) has started pouring concrete at Unit 5 of the Yangjiang nuclear power plant (NPP) located in Guangdong province.
Japan has shut down its last working nuclear reactor for a scheduled maintenance without specifying a potential date for the restart.
French energy firms Areva and Electricite de France (EDF) organized the third joint-edition of Supplier Days in Poland to help support new-build nuclear projects in the country.
PSEG Nuclear, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), has awarded a long-term contract to Areva for supply of outage services for three reactors at the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear generating stations in Salem County, New Jersey, US.
Rolls-Royce has secured a contract worth $13.7m for replacing the plant process computers (PPC) for the two generating units at Luminant's Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in Texas.
Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) reported a leakage of 300 metric tons of contaminated water with high levels of radiation from a drain valve of a storage tank in the H4 area at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.
Day & Zimmermann's (D&Z) Engineering, Construction and Maintenance group renewed its multi-year contract with FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC).
Electricity and natural gas firm Xcel Energy resumed power generation at its Monticello nuclear generating plant in Minnessota, US.
Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk and Russian state corporation Rosatom International Activities deputy director general Nikolai Spassky held discussions on various issues of cooperation as part of the project to develop a nuclear power project in Belarus.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has undertaken a special inspection at the Columbia Generating Station to investigate a problem with a piece of equipment that provides cool air to a room, which houses emergency electrical equipment.
PPL has disconnected Unit 1 at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in northeastern Pennsylvania from the regional power grid, in order to repair one valve out of the total four that regulate the quantity of steam going into the turbine.
The unit 1 at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant located in the Tirunelveli district, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has reached ‘critical’ condition on Saturday 13 July.