US nuclear firms urge Ex-Im Bank renewal

30 July 2014

US nuclear power companies argue they will lose business to rivals from other countries, including Russia and China, if Congress decides against reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

Established by President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1934 Ex-Im Bank is the USA's official export credit agency. Its mission is to assist in financing the export of US goods and services to international markets.

"This is not a partisan issue. This is an American competitiveness issue," Westinghouse president and CEO Danny Roderick said on July 28. "From the energy industry perspective, Ex-Im is an absolute necessity in order to compete globally against state-funded and state-subsidized companies," Roderick said.

Licence amendment for Darlington

30 July 2014

Darlington aerial 48The Canadian nuclear regulator has approved a one-year extension to the operating licence of the Darlington nuclear power plant. This will allow extra time for preparation of information by Ontario Power Generation in support of its application for a licence extension to 2028.

India's Additional Protocol comes into force

29 July 2014

India's Additional Protocol for nuclear safeguards has been brought into force after the country handed over the instrument of ratification to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

North Carolina power agency sells stakes in reactors

29 July 2014

Brunswick NPP 48Duke Energy Progress will assume full ownership of the Brunswick and Shearon Harris nuclear power plants as part of a $1.2 billion agreement to buy certain generating assets from North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency.

Resources announced for Wyoming project

29 July 2014

Ur-Energy says Shirley Basin has the potential to be its next Wyoming production centre after announcing mineral resources of 8.816 million pounds U3O8 (3391 tU) at the project.

Thales gets UK control system work

29 July 2014

Torness_(EDF_Energy)_48Thales Group has secured a ten-year, £30 million ($51 million) contract to provide long-term support for computerised control systems at seven of EDF Energy's UK nuclear power plants.

US Senate adopts Vietnam agreement

28 July 2014

The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has passed legislation approving a 123 agreement on nuclear cooperation with Vietnam.

Editorial

Work by the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory to recover americium-241 from the UK's ageing civil plutonium stockpile under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) raises some interesting issues, writes Ian Hore-Lacy.

ESA said that it wanted the stuff for radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) – the standard western power source in satellites and other space vehicles such as the Mars rover Curiosity now rambling around that planet. This was interesting, since virtually all RTGs so far are powered by plutonium-238, which has a high heat yield and low gamma radioactivity. Read more...

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