Hanhikivi investment decision

15 April 2014

A binding decision to construct and finance the Hanhikivi nuclear power plant in Finland has been made by the shareholders of Fennovoima, including Russian state nuclear company Rosatom.

At the general meeting of Fennovoima, held today in Helsinki, Voimaosakeyhtiö SF - the Finnish majority owner of Fennovoima - and Rosatom announced their intention to build the proposed Hanhikivi plant. The plant will be built in the municipality of Pyhäjoki on Finland's western coast.

IPCC calls for energy transformation

17 April 2014

Only a total shift to low-carbon generation can effectively tackle climate change, according to a report published by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Improving the energy efficiencies of fossil power plants or shifting from coal to gas will not by itself be sufficient.

Westinghouse, OPG team up

17 April 2014

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Westinghouse have agreed to explore opportunities to work together on a wide range of global nuclear projects.

New concept for offshore nuclear plant

16 April 2014

MIT platform power plant concept (Jake Jurewicz / MIT-NSE) 72x48A new floating nuclear power plant concept has been put forward by US university MIT based an offshore platform similar to those used by the oil industry.

Chimney work changes Sellafield skyline

17 April 2014

Windscale_pile_chimney_April_2014_(Sellafield)_48Work to decommission the iconic filter gallery on the last remaining chimney from the UK's historic Windscale reactors has reached the half-way point.

Magnox waste facility supplier chosen

16 April 2014

A facility to encapsulate legacy materials from Magnox fuel stored at the UK's Sellafield site will be built by a French-British joint venture under a contract worth up to £1.2 billion.

Fuel cycle roundup #24

16 April 2014

• Nichols Ranch in operation
• Four Mile ready to go
• Resource figures for Cebolleta
• NRC licence for Dewey-Burdock
• Texas project starts permitting

Industry Talk

UAE-Australia agreement

A cooperation agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Australia has entered into force, clearing the way for Australia to supply uranium to fuel UAE's nuclear power program. The Australian Ministry for Trade and Investment expects the UAE will need to import around 800 tonnes of uranium per year from 2020.

Board approves Ranger restart

The board of Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) has approved plans to restart operations at the Ranger processing plant, halted since the failure of a leach tank in December 2013. Regulatory approvals will be required before the plant can restart.

Korean stator contract for Areva

Areva has been awarded a contract by Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power for the supply and replacement of six stators at units 3 and 4 of the Kori nuclear power plant. The components will be manufactured at Areva's Jeumont facility in northern France. Delivery of the stators will begin in June 2015 with installation to be completed in 2018.

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