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Life extension sought for UK’s oldest nuclear plant

The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has appealed to the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) to extend the life of the UK’s oldest operating nuclear power station, Oldbury, was due to close in December 2008. One of the twin 217 MWe Magnox generators in Gloucestershire was recently shut down for inspection of its graphite core, but was restarted in August. The ...

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Croatia considers nuclear energy option

Croatia, a southern Central European country will soon make a decision on whether to construct a nuclear power plant. Recently, Prime Minister Ivo Sanader said that the government had examined several energy options and preferred… those not involving nuclear power plants. He added “We are open for a public debate and if the public shows that we need a different ...

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AREVA to set up six EPRs in India by 2020

French nuclear electrical major AREVA will be setting up four to six European Pressurised Water Reactors (EPRs) in India by 2020… Although it is uncertain when they would be able to begin their work, AREVA’s Chairman and Managing Director Aurthur deMontalembert who has come to head the newly set up office of AREVA in Mumbai for establishing EPR in India ...

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US concern over North Korea’s covert uranium enrichment effort

The United States has raised anew the possibility that North Korea has an active programme to enrich uranium, an issue the administration had played down in recent years as it sought to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear programs. With just a few days left in the Bush administration, National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley made the allegation in ...

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Slovakia launches work on two N-energy reactors with $3.6 bn investment

Slovakia is building two nuclear reactors that will cover 22 percent of the country’s electricity requirements from 2012 and 2013. The start of the €2.8 billion ($3.6 billion) project was inaugurated on 3rd November, 2008 by Slovakia’s prime minister, Robert Fico. Site preparation began in September 2007, and actual work to complete the reactors is now permitted after approval from the ...

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Energy-hungry Poland eyes nuclear plants

Poland hopes to reduce its heavy reliance on coal, which produces harmful greenhouse gases, by building a few nuclear power plants by 2030, Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Waldemar Pawlak said recently. Pawlak’s ministry is currently working on a new energy strategy designed to meet the Polish economy’s booming demand for electricity and to modernize its communist-era power plants. ...

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Philippines plans to set up 600-mw N-power plant by 2025

The Philippines plans to launch its first 600-megawatt (MW) nuclear power plant by 2025, according to data from the Department of Energy (DOE). In its latest Philippine Energy Plan (PEP), it was noted that the new nuclear power facility is expected to contribute 0.885 million tonne oil equivalent (MTOE) to the projected energy mix and will reach up to 3.54 ...

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NPCIL Plans ‘Nuclear Parks’ at Five Sites to Build 1,000-MW Clusters

State-owned Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL), is planning to establish ‘nuclear parks’ and four to five sites have been identified, mainly in the coastal areas of the country, including Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. A cluster of 1,000 MW nuclear power plants would be located in the proposed parks, said NPCIL Chairman and Managing Director S. K. Jain.  ...

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Areva to Supply Six Steam Generators to Korean N-Plants

French nuclear group Areva has set up a consortium with Korean engineering contractor Daelim Industrial Co for supplying six replacement steam generators for units 1 and 2 at Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power’s (KHNP) Ulchin plant. Areva, which has won a contract to provide six new steam generators for two Korean nuclear units, is to head the consortium and take ...

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