Tepco announces restructuring

19 August 2015

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has announced a restructuring of the company which will see its nuclear and decommissioning operations remaining under a new holding company, while its non-nuclear businesses will be spun off into three subsidiaries.

Tepco announced yesterday that, as from 1 April 2016, the company would be structured under a holding company to be known as Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings. Meanwhile, its fuel and thermal generation operations will be placed in a subsidiary called Tepco Fuel and Power Incorporated; its power transmission and distribution business will become Tepco Power Grid Incorporated; and, its electricity retail operations become Tepco Energy Partner Incorporated.

The company said that its nuclear-related operations will remain within the holding company. "The holding company takes responsibility for compensation, decommissioning and revitalization related to the Fukushima nuclear accident", Tepco said.

Vogtle 3 shield building takes shape

20 August 2015

Vogtle 3 building panel installation 48The installation of shield building panels has begun at the first AP1000 unit under construction at the Vogtle plant in Georgia, USA. The shield building encases the unit's containment vessel.

Test runs to start at UK dry fuel store

20 August 2015

The UK regulator has given approval for the inactive commissioning process to begin at a dry nuclear fuel store at Sizewell B, the country's first such nuclear fuel storage facility. Construction of the store began in early 2013.

Decommissioning of UK research reactor approved

18 August 2015

Imperial College London has received approval from the UK nuclear regulator to decommission its 50-year-old CONSORT research reactor. Decommissioning work is expected to be completed by 2021.

Russia tests fuel assemblies for BN-800 fast reactor

20 August 2015

Russia's Mining and Chemical Combine said today that its mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility has completed tests on putting together the first nuclear fuel assemblies for the BN-800 fast neutron reactor, using uranium pellets. The BN-800 is unit 4 at the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in the Sverdlovsk district.

Ukraine's Energoatom looks ahead to Rovno 3 life extension

19 August 2015

Work is under way at the Rovno nuclear power plant in Ukraine to apply to extend the operating life of unit 3. Ukraine's State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate issued 20-year operating life extensions for units 1 and 2 nearly five years ago.

Canada's Isowater Corp advances heavy water production

18 August 2015

Canadian hydrogen isotopes supplier Isowater Corporation yesterday announced completion of a $3.2 million project to advance its D2X Process to produce heavy water. Pressurised heavy water reactors use it as moderator, but there are a number of non-nuclear uses for the chemical compound.

The human side of nuclear safety

The 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan has, as might be expected, led to improvements in equipment at plants around the world that have fortified safety systems and allowed for better protection against rare, extreme natural events.
Equally important to the process of improving nuclear safety is the emphasis placed on implementing quality improvements to the 'human' side of nuclear safety, a crucial element that is often not considered by those outside the nuclear sector, writes William Magwood.


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