KazAtomProm chief to lead new energy ministry

08 August 2014

KazAtomProm president Vladimir Shkolnik has been appointed head of the country's new energy ministry, which puts four previously separate government departments - for oil and gas, solid energy resources, the electricity grid, and the nuclear industry - under one person's control.

During Sholnik's five years at the helm, state-controlled KazAtomProm became the world's biggest uranium producer – after Canadian Cameco and French Areva – and entered new sectors, including the rare-earth and solar power industries. In 2009, Kazakhstan provided almost 28% of world uranium production. That increased last year to 38%, or 22,574 tonnes of uranium. For comparison, Canada and Australia accounted for 16% and 11%.

Umirzak Shukeyev, chairman of Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund, Samruk-Kazyna, said that Shkolnik had proved himself to be a "progressive leader."

UK opens robotics laboratory

08 August 2014

RACE - Culham 48A new centre for developing technologies for remote handling in extreme conditions has opened at the Culham Science Centre in the UK. A £15.6 million ($26.2 million) purpose-built facility is to be constructed at the site by 2016.

Tepco brings lessons from accident sequence

07 August 2014

As it continues to study the details of the complex accident at Fukushima Daiichi, Tokyo Electric Power Company is sharing information with other nuclear power plant operators.

Biosphere reserve for Chernobyl

07 August 2014

Pripyat wildlife 48Ukraine expects to prepare soon a draft presidential decree on establishing a biosphere reserve in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

PSEG plans site for new reactor

08 August 2014

Salem and Hope Creek 48Public Service Enterprise Group is in the process of negotiating a land swap with the US Army Corp of Engineers to acquire land adjacent to its existing Salem and Hope Creek nuclear power plants along the Delaware River.

Harwell test facility prepares for decommissioning

07 August 2014

Harwell B459 PIE facility 48Operations have ended at a post-irradiation examination facility at the UK's Harwell nuclear research site. Decommissioning activities will begin in about three years.

Russian regulator grants site licence for MBIR

06 August 2014

Rostechnadzor, the Russian regulator, has granted the NIIAR research institute a license to site a multi-purpose fast neutron research reactor (MBIR) in Dimitrovgrad. The license is valid until 25 June 2019, the same year the reactor is to be commissioned.


There has arguably never been a more eventful year in Australia's uranium history than that to mid 2014, writes Ian Hore-Lacy.
While low prices were directly or indirectly the cause of some events, exploration, innovation and determination dictated some of the script while Olympic Dam provided the only stability. Read more... 

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