Electrabel Board Requests EPR Study:
Belgian utility Electrabel has announced that its board of directors,
during an energy-policy meeting yesterday, requested management
“to pursue the necessary contacts and studies that will
eventually make it possible to have nuclear capacity of the EPR
(European pressurised water reactor) type under the most favourable
economic conditions”. No. 187 / News; 29.09.2004.
IAEA Resolutions Offers Widespread Support
For New Technologies: The International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) has given strong support to the development of new
reactor and fuel cycle systems by adopting a resolution stressing
the need for “international collaboration for the development
of innovative nuclear technology”. No. 186 / News; 24.09.2004.
New US Study Points To ‘Competitive’
Prospects For N-Power: A new US study into the economic
competitiveness of nuclear power suggests that projected future
costs associated with nuclear electricity generation are comparable
with gas and coal-based generation. No. 184 / News; 20.09.2004.
Royal Society President Says UK Needs
‘More Nuclear Power Stations: The truth is that
it will be difficult for Britain to lead the way on climate change
in the mid-term future without building new nuclear power stations”,
says Lord Robert May of Oxford, president of Britain’s Royal
Society, the UK national academy of science, and chief scientific
adviser to the UK government in 1995-2000. No. 182 / News; 16.09.2004.
NRC Approves Design Of Westinghouse AP1000
Reactor: The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) yesterday
announced that it had issued a final safety evaluation report
and final design approval (FDA) for the Westinghouse AP1000 advanced
reactor design – and that the approval is good for five
years. No. 179 / News; 14.09.2004.
Nuclear Debate Sparks Interest At World
Energy Congress: Chairing the session “Nuclear
Energy: inevitable or Irrelevant?” yesterday at the 19th
World Energy Congress in Sydney, Australia, Nuclear Energy Agency
(NEA) director-general Luis Echávarri said: “This
debate on nuclear energy could not be timelier – the coming
years will be crucial in determining what contribution nuclear
energy will make to the world energy supply and to sustainable
development.” No. 177 / News; 09.09.2004.
EC Announces Revised Nuclear Package
Proposals: The European Commission has announced revised
versions of two proposed directives on nuclear installations safety
and radwaste management – and called for them to be discussed
“without delay” by EU leaders. No. 176 / News; 09.09.2004.
IAEA Reports On 2003 And Updates On ‘Fastest
Growth In Asia: The International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) says it continued to expand its scope of activities in
2003 – a year that marked the 50th anniversary of US president
Dwight D Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech
– and that Asia continues to be the centre for nuclear expansion
and growth prospects. No. 167 / News; 27.08.2004.
US And France Sign Agreement On R&D
And Phenix: US energy secretary Spencer Abraham yesterday
signed an agreement with French atomic energy commission (CEA)
chairman Alain Bugat to allow cooperation between the US Department
of Energy's (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology
and the CEA – and to provide the DOE with access to France’s
Phenix prototype fast breeder reactor, which the DOE said “has
a capability that no longer exists in the US”. No. 166 /
Ukraine’s Khmelnitsky-2 Connected to Grid:
Ukraine’s new nuclear power unit, Khmelnitsky-2, was connected
to the national grid for the first time at approximately noon
yesterday – during a ceremony attended by the country’s
president, Leonid Kuchma, and fuel and energy minister Serhiy
Tulub. No. 159 / News; 09.08.2004.
Russia Completes Design Work For New
Fast Reactor: Russia’s Research Institute for Atomic
Reactors (RIAR) in Dimitrovgrad has completed design and preparatory
work for a proposed new fast reactor to replace its BOR-60 (BOR
– fast experimental reactor) which is nearing the end of
its design life. No. 157 / News; 30.07.2004.
UK Sets Out Future Strategy For Radwaste
Management Body: The British government said yesterday
that a new state-owned “company limited by guarantee”
(CLG) is being set up to hold shares in the UK’s Nuclear
Industry Radioactive Waste Management Executive (Nirex), and oversee
its business operations. No. 153 / News; 22.07.2004.
NRG To Study New Nuclear In The Netherlands:
Nuclear Research and consultancy Group (NRG) has announced
it will launch a study next month related to the introduction
of new nuclear capacity into the Dutch energy market. No. 151
/ News; 20.07.2004.
India To Use Waste Heat From Reactors
For Desalination: India is planning to use waste heat
from some of its nuclear reactor units for desalination, including
a facility to produce 500 cubic metres of desalinated water a
day utilising heat from a proposed advanced heavy water reactor
(AHWR). No. 149 / News; 16.07.2004.
Russian President Pledges Support For
‘Development’ of IAEA: President Vladimir
Putin said yesterday that Russia was committed to supporting the
development of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and
that he hoped the agency’s activities would be expanded.
No. 144 / News; 01.07.2004.
France’s EDF Gives Go-Ahead For
EPR Reactor Development: The Electricité de France
(EDF) board of directors on 22nd June authorised the launch of
the process leading to the construction of a demonstration unit
of the European pressurised water reactor (EPR) – while
related energy legislation continues to make its way through the
French parliament. No. 137 / News; 24.06.2004.