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  1. British nuclear deals finally signed

    The British government, EDF and China General Nuclear Group have signed an agreement to commence development of Britain’s new generation of nuclear power plants, 12 years after then Prime Minister Tony Blair kick-started the process with his party’s energy review. The Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant will now be going to construction phase and following the London signing ceremony the Chinese party also turns its attention to building their own reactor in Essex. CGN’s investment in British nuclear represents the largest ever investment by China in the UK. The finalisation also refers to a suite of agreements relating to Sizewell C (SZC) and Bradwell B (BRB) with the EDF Group (EDF) and the UK government. The agreements also enable preparatory work to begin on BRB, allowing CGN to put its HPR1000 technology through the UK’s Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process. CGN Chairman He Yu commented, “This flagship programme is a triple win for China, Britain, and France and is a culmination of years of cooperation between the three countries. CGN looks forward to providing UK consumers with safe, reliable and sustainable energy and maximising opportunities for UK suppliers and the UK workforce.” The proposed Bradwell B project will, subject to design approval, consist of two HPR1000 reactors each with an output of 1.15 GW. CGN will have a 66.5 per cent interest in Bradwell with the remainder held by EDF. HPR1000 is based on leading third generation nuclear technology and is China’s nuclear technology of choice for export. CGN’s Fangchenggang Unit 3 currently under construction in Southern China will be the reference plant for Bradwell B. The UK has a goal of generating 25 per cent of its energy requirements from renewable, sustainable sources. The construction of HPC will provide 7 per cent of the UK’s energy needs, delivering secure and affordable low-carbon electricity for 60 years. Hinkley alone will provide over 25,000 employment opportunities which will benefit France and Britain’s nuclear power industry supply chain, as well as provide skills training. The British government has admitted that the Hinkley Point C deal is more expensive than if gas-fired power had been chosen to backbone the country’s energy system over the coming decades, but said it was justified because it would help meet climate change targets. Meanwhile writing in the Telegraph , He Yu, chairman of CGN, said the companies were “cementing the golden era between China and the UK” and attacked the “baseless and inaccurate” criticism of Chinese involvement in UK nuclear power. CGN plans to begin the safety approval process for its reactor “immediately” and aims to complete it within five years.

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    Fri, 30 Sep 2016

  2. Jordan and Vietnam named as nuclear growth hotspots

    Three countries have been highlighted as growth regions for the nuclear power industry by a global professional services consultancy.

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    Thu, 8 Sep 2016

  3. Macfarlane urges nuclear power industry to stay focused on safety

    NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane urges nuclear power industry to stay focused on safety and public outreach

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    Wed, 19 Nov 2014

  4. Nuclear Energy News: California land officials sign off on closing nuclear plant

    California land officials dropped their longstanding environmental objections to the state's last nuclear power plant and signed off Tuesday on a deal to close the Central Coast facility many years earlier than its operators had previously sought.

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    Wed, 29 Jun 2016

  1. Nuclear Energy News: California land regulators to weigh end of nuclear power

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    Tue, 28 Jun 2016

  2. GE Hitachi and Exelon bring data analytics to the nuclear power industry

    GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Exelon Generation announce the joint development of two digital solutions. 

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    Wed, 30 Sep 2015

  3. California land regulators to weigh end of nuclear power

    The commission's vote is the first of multiple regulatory hurdles facing the agreement to shut down the 31-year-old plant nearly 20 years ahead of PG&E's previously planned termination 

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    Tue, 28 Jun 2016

  4. Last California plant to close as nuclear power struggles

    Rooftop solar panels and churning wind turbines are hastening the demise of U.S. nuclear power plants and the safety fears and high operating costs they bring.

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    Wed, 22 Jun 2016

  5. Nuclear power industry explores accident-resistant fuel

    Researchers are trying to make the fuel in nuclear power plants safer during extreme accidents

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    Tue, 17 Jun 2014

  6. Nuclear power industry explores accident-resistant fuel

    In response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident, the U.S. government dramatically increased funding to develop tougher protective skins for nuclear fuel, hoping to spur innovation in designs that hadn't changed much in years

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    Wed, 18 Jun 2014

  7. Nuclear power industry explores accident-resistant fuel

    Researchers are trying to make the fuel in nuclear power plants safer during extreme accidents.

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    Tue, 17 Jun 2014

  8. Study says nuclear power industry must think about unthinkable disasters

    New report from the National Academy of Sciences says key lesson of Fukushima is the nuclear industry must focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios.

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    Fri, 25 Jul 2014

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