The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering the reversal of a three-year secrecy policy that could make public thousands of documents involving the troubled operations of a Tennessee nuclear fuel processing plant.
Guardian website 25th August 2007 more >>
French construction firm Alstom has been awarded a contract worth E135 million by Chinese industrial group Dong Fang to supply four 1000MW-class steam turbine-generator packages for the conventional island of a new nuclear power plant to be built at Hong Yan He, in Liaoning province, northern China.
Energy Business Review 25th August 2007 more >>
Interactive Investor 24th August 2007 more >>
The Brazilian Government will decide in 2008 where to build new nuclear plants.
World Nuclear News 24th August 2007 more >>
A nuclear power station shut down in July has started generating power again. One reactor is back online at Oldbury Power Station in South Gloucestershire, supplying power to the national grid. When the power station closed it was revealed that it had only been open for eight days since last August.
BBC 24th August 2007 more >>
Bad news from Singapore yesterday. Reneging on commitments to strengthen renewable energy development given at last year’s meeting, this year’s Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) energy ministers’ conference ended in a colossal cop-out when they announced plans to develop both new nuclear and ‘clean coal’ power plants.
Greenpeace UK website 24th August 2007 more >>
IF THE predictions of the nuclear industry prove correct, and concerns about carbon emissions and climate change drive more governments to start investing in nuclear power to keep the lights on, how will the world protect itself from the technology’s inherent dangers? It is not just the risk of accidents that keeps people awake at night. Some materials and technologies used to generate electricity can, without a lot of extra effort, be abused for bomb-making. And with more and more nuclear material being processed and reprocessed—as mostly uranium-laden reactor fuel-rods turn into mostly plutonium-laden spent fuel—the possibilities for theft or diversion can only grow. A crude nuclear device, or a dirty bomb that spews radioactive debris about, is everyone’s nightmare.
Economist 23rd August 2007 more >>
Article about the three main reactors designs likely to be in contention if new reactors are built in the UK.
The Engineer 2nd July 2007 more >>
Letter about the ACR1000, which is not mentioned in the above article, from AECL.
Engineer 17th July 2007 more >>
Useful round-up of recent events from the August issue of Nuclear Engineering International. Once a pioneer in fuel cycle technologies and advanced reactor design, the UK is now doing everything it can to bury its indigenous nuclear history. But as it does so, England looks set to embark on a programme of nuclear new build.
Nuclear Engineering International 24th July 2007 more >>