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Europe Stands By Iran Nuclear Deal

The leaders of Germany, France and the U.K. will stand by the Iran nuclear deal, defying a call from President Donald Trump to abandon the 2015 pact. But they warned Iran that it must comply with the commitments within the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), chiefly, the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron ...

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Virginia Tech Awarded Nuclear Regulatory Commission Integrated University Program Grants

The nuclear engineering program in Virginia Tech’s Department of Mechanical Engineering has been awarded two grants totaling $850,000 by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Integrated University Program for faculty development and graduate student fellowships. The program was authorized by Congress in 2009 to enhance the nuclear workforce. Since nuclear engineering was re-established at Virginia Tech in 2007, the program has been successful ...

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Barakah Nuclear Project Aims For Early 2020 Startup Of First Unit

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation is getting ready to begin powering unit 1 of its Barakah atomic power plant, as the UAE looks to significantly increase the ratio of clean power in its energy mix, according to its chief executive. The Barakah nuclear power plant will add 5.6 gigawatts of capacity to the grid when fully operational and will establish the ...

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Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Hits Near Iran Nuclear Power Plant

An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale struck two towns in southern Iran near the Bushehr nuclear power plant but didn’t cause any casualties. Iran’s first nuclear plant, which was built by Russia, can survive an earthquake of a magnitude of up to 9 on the Richter scale, according to a report by the Center for Energy and Security ...

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Iran Abandons 2015 Nuclear Deal

Iran would no longer abide by limits on its nuclear activities set as part of the deal signed with the world powers in 2015 because of the Trump administration’s killing of its top military general Qassem Soleimani. According to a statement, the Islamic Republic will not obey limitations on uranium enrichment, on the amounts of enriched uranium it can stockpile ...

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Yuzhnoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant Power Unit Disconnected From Grid

The third power-generating unit of the Yuzhnoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) was disconnected from the grid by the protection system recently. Situated on the banks of the Pivdenny Buh River in the town of Yuzhnoukrainsk, Mykolaiv region, the NPP is a standalone unit of Energoatom and is part of the South Ukrainian energy complex. Energoatom is the operator of all ...

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UAE Affirms Commitment To Safe Nuclear Power Production

The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, in Al Dhafra, has been inspected by international bodies more than 40 times over the past decade, according to Hamad Al Kaabi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Al Kaabi said the IAEA and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) had conducted the missions at the ...

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Sweden Shuts Nuclear Reactor After Over 40 Years Of Operation

Sweden recently shut down one of four nuclear reactors at its largest power station after over 40 years of operation, with operators citing a lack of profitability and rising maintenance costs. The Ringhals 2 reactor in southwestern Sweden was permanently shut down in accordance with a 2015 decision by its owners — Swedish state-owned energy group Vattenfall and German utility ...

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US DOE Awards Clean-Up Contracts For Hanford Site

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a new Hanford environmental cleanup contract worth up to $10 billion over ten years. The winning bidder for the new Hanford Central Plateau Cleanup Contract is at the Central Plateau Cleanup Co comprising Aecom Management Services (Maryland), Fluor Federal Services (South Carolina) and Atkins Nuclear Secured (Tennessee). The contracting team will do ...

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Switzerland Shuts Mühleberg Nuclear Power Plant

The 47-year-old Mühleberg nuclear power plant, near Bern, was permanently switched off. This is the first of five Swiss nuclear power reactor to be decommissioned. The Mühleberg nuclear power station was officially taken offline at 12.30pm, when the last control rod was removed from between the fuel elements. This stopped the chain reaction and deactivated the reactor. The process took ...

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