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UK nuclear fusion lab (Culham Centre) faces uncertain future

Posted November 30th, 2016 In News

A question mark hangs over a world-leading laboratory that has pioneered research into fusion for nearly 40 years. The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy near Oxford is largely funded by the EU and dozens of its scientists come from outside the UK. Since the vote for Brexit, many at the centre have become “extremely nervous” […]

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UK regulators may move GDA target date for AP1000

Posted November 30th, 2016 In News

UK regulators expect to complete the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process for Hitachi-GE’s UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) as scheduled, in December of 2017, but doubt the GDA for the Westinghouse AP1000 will be done by March as previously stated. In its quarterly GDA report for May to October 2016 issued recently, the […]

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Engineers enclose radioactive remains of Chernobyl 4

Posted November 30th, 2016 In News

The process of sliding the arched structure into place to shield the damaged unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been completed, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced. London-based EBRD said a ceremony in Chernobyl today marked the successful conclusion of the sliding operation, which it described […]

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Fukushima clean-up costs double

Posted November 28th, 2016 In News

Japan’s government estimates the cost of cleaning up radioactive contamination and compensating victims of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has more than doubled, reports say. The latest estimate from the trade ministry put the expected cost at some 20 trillion yen ($180bn, £142bn). The original estimate was for $50bn, which was increased to $100bn three […]

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Contract signed for Areva reactor business sale

Posted November 17th, 2016 In News

Areva and EDF yesterday signed a contract for the sale of Areva NP’s reactor business. EDF will take exclusive control of the new entity, referred to as ‘New NP’ and valued at €2.5 billion ($2.7 billion). EDF agreed in July 2015 to take a stake of at least 51% in Areva’s reactor unit in a government-backed […]

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