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Areva names 1250 MWe BWR Kerena

Areva has named its 1250 MWe Generation III+ boiling water reactor (BWR) design, provisionally known as SWR-1000, Kerena. Kerena is one of three Generation.. III+ reactor designs offered by Areva, other than the EPR and Atmea pressurised water reactor designs. Atmea and Kerena are still in the design phase. Two EPRs are currently under construction, at Olkiluoto in Finland and ...

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Exelon-NRG deal runs into deeper trouble over takeover strategy

The atmosphere between Exelon and its takeover target NRG Energy has further soured with a new lawsuit over Exelon’s strategy and statements. Top NRG executives have rejected Exelon’s offer, which was made as NRG stock slumped in October last year on worries about its levels of debt. Their primary objection has been the price, and without the NRG board approval ...

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NPCIL – A Company Powering India’s

Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd is a public sector undertaking spearheading the country’s nuclear power programme. Seventeen reactors are under operation and Five reactors are under construction. Nuclear Power is environment friendly, technologically proven, economically competitive and associated with the advantage of energy security and diversity. The NPCIL, with its record of safety and excellence, preserves the environment, keeping ...

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Hitachi Probes N-Equipment Testing Data Falsification

Hitachi is carrying out an investigation after discovering that testing data on power equipment it had supplied to two Japanese nuclear power plants had been falsified. The doubts centre on inspection record for heat-welded pipes in moisture separator heaters supplied for unit 5 at Chubu’s Hamaoka plant and for Chugoku’s Shimane-3, still under construction. Moisture separator heaters are not part ...

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Belgian approval to restart isotope production

Belgium’s nuclear regulator has given the go-ahead for the production of medical isotopes at the Institute of Radioelements (IRE) at Fleurus. The facility, which manufactures a range of isotopes by processing ‘targets’ exposed to radiation in research reactors, had been out of action since an unexpected release of iodine-131 in August. This extended outage had added to other problems to ...

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Westinghouse to enter Indian nuclear market with AP1000 Plant

US-based nuclear equip -ment maker Westing -house Electric Company has announced  that it expects that its participation in the recently concluded nuclear trade mission to India will be the beginning of a long and mutually rewarding relationship… with a wide range of Indian power companies, suppliers and academic institutions. Addressing a press conference at end of the mission’s visit in ...

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Private players must gain experience via NPCIL for setting up own plants

The Indian Government will soon amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1962 to enable private participation in the civil nuclear programme. Indicating this, a top government official has said that India may consider allowing private players to set up nuclear power plants only after they gain experience through collaborative projects with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL). “Once the ...

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Who could and can benefit from the Nuke Deal

Whether India’s victory at the NSG will keep the markets in a buoyant mood for any length of time still remains to be seen. But the deal will spell clear business opportunity for several engineering and infrastructure companies, over the medium term. The granting of a waiver by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) for international trade of fissile materials with ...

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Snake-Arm Robots to Keep Watch on N-Plant Pipework

Canada’s Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has awarded a contract to OC Robotics of the UK to design and make a snake-arm robot mounted on a mobile vehicle which will be used to inspect complex pipework and structures within its Candu reactors. Snake-arm robots are flexible robotic arms with many joints so they can “follow their nose” into confined spaces. The ...

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