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All about Uranium, the Critical Raw Material for N-Energy

Uranium, the critical raw material required for the production of nuclear energy, is very much in the news in India these days. First, India has taken a major initiative to expand nuclear power generation capacity, using uranium. Second, India commanding only over

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N-Deal Opens Door for More US Exports to India

The Indo-US civilian nuclear deal inked between New Delhi and the Washington last year, opens door for more American exports to India, an official US report has said. “The Civil Nuclear Agreement signed on October 10, 2008, opens the door even wider for US exports to help India meet its tremendous energy needs,” the report ‘2009 Trade Policy Agenda and ...

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Kuwait plans N-energy body to draw up power programme

Kuwait’s cabinet has approved a draft project to set up a national nuclear energy commission.  Kuwait is the third Middle Eastern country to take steps towards working out its own nuclear power programme in recent months. The Kuwaiti cabinet announced that a national committee for the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad ...

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Canadian N-Reactor Leaks, Medical Isotopes Output Hit

A 52-year-old Canadian nuclear facility, producer of medical isotopes leaked radioactive water during a power outage, federal regulators said. The incident was reported recently by

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Nuclear Power Emerges as Green Option for Asia

Nuclear power is emerging as an option key source of “green energy” for most developing Asian countries, in order to stem the spike in greenhouse gas emission which came along way with the region’s economic success, experts who participated recently in a Manila forum said. The growing concern over climate change and how it will hurt the region’s environment, human ...

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MOX Fuel Assemblies for Japan’s Ohma N-Plant

The Japan Electric Power Development Co Ltd (J-Power) has signed an agreement with Global Nuclear Fuel Japan (GNF-J) for the supply of mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel assemblies for use in the Ohma nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. GNF-J has outsourced the manufacture of the MOX fuel assemblies to Areva’s Melox subsidiary which will fabricate the fuel at Melox’s plant ...

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Japanese utilities’ annual plan for fissile plutonium use

Japan’s 11 electric power utilities expect to use mixed oxide (MOX) fuel containing about six tonnes of fissile plutonium (in about nine tonnes of reactor grade Pu) each year, once they are in full operation with this from about 2012. This corresponds to about 120 tonnes of MOX fuel. The utilities hold 13.8 tonnes of fissile plutonium stored in France ...

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Climate change worry turns N-power into better global energy option

Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, has just released the findings of its 20-country, 10,500 person survey on attitudes to nuclear power, meant to sound out the popular appeal of different energy options for policy-makers. Nuclear power is becoming a more attractive energy option around the world, thanks to concerns about climate change, but the industry ...

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Canada’s Contributes to N-Security Fund against Terrorism

Canada’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon has recently announced that his country will contribute $4 million to strengthen nuclear security in countries of the former Soviet Union (now known as the CIS region) through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nuclear Security Fund (NSF). This contribution is Canada’s third to the NSF which will complement the nuclear security improvements ...

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First Shipment of Uranium from France Arrives in India

The Hyderabad-based Nuclear Fuel Complex  (NFC) has received the first shipment of 60 tonnes of uranium ore concentrate in India from Areva NC, France recently, five months after India signed the deal with US. “NFC will convert the concentrate into cylindrical pellets that will be used to fuel nuclear power plants,” said CEO of NFC, R.N. Jayaraj. The pellets will ...

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