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Germany To Phase Out Nuclear Reactors By 2022

Germany plans to close all its nuclear reactors by 2022 as another nuclear power plant is going offline on December 31. With this, Germany will have six nuclear power plants to shut by 2022. This step has been taken in the wake of the Fukushima disaster that took place in 2011 in Japan. Nuclear power generation in Germany has been ...

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Sri Lanka’s Focus On Occupational Radiation Protection

Sri Lanka’s programme to monitor workers exposed to radiation through their jobs is well-established and would benefit from long-term planning, sustainable coordination and stronger cooperation and consultation among stakeholders. This was the conclusion of an IAEA Occupational Radiation Protection Appraisal Service (ORPAS) mission to the country conducted last month. Sri Lanka requested an ORPAS mission to help review measures in ...

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Sudan Looks to Nuclear Technology to Double Farmers’ Income, Grow Exports

Sudanese farmers in areas prone to drought now have a drought-tolerant peanut variety, which will improve their livelihoods and increase the country’s exports. This new variety has shown up to 27% improvement in yields while needing less water and has the potential to double farmers’ income. It was developed through nuclear techniques with the support of the IAEA, in cooperation ...

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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Completes Reactor Decommissioning Project in Sweden

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH)  has completed its work supporting the decommissioning of the Oskarshamn Nuclear Power Plant (OKG) in Oskarshamn Municipality in Sweden. GEH recently completed the segmentation of reactor internals at OKG Unit 1. The company’s work at the Oskarshamn site began in 2017 with the dismantling and segmentation of reactor internals of OKG Unit 2. The handling ...

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Australia Should Consider Nuclear Power

Australia’s quest to decarbonise stepped forward this month with the release of a federal inquiry report looking to bin our ban on nuclear power introduced in the 1990s. The report recognised nuclear energy as a source of clean, low-carbon electricity, and the potential of new and emerging nuclear technologies in Australia if they are delivered alongside community consent and meet ...

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Turkey Aims To Go Nuclear By 2030

The Mersin Akkuyu project undertaken with Russia is Turkey’s sole concrete ‘nuclear energy game’ in town. This does not mean that the Akkuyu project will have a smooth path towards the 2023 target and beyond. The government presents nuclear energy as cheap, sustainable and environmentally friendly. It is also portrayed by many as a powerful way to diversify the country’s ...

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EU Leaders Include Nuclear Energy In Green Transition

European Union leaders agreed that nuclear energy will be part of the bloc’s solution to making its economy carbon-neutral by 2050, allowing them to win the support of two coal-dependent countries. The EU heads of state and government agreed that nuclear energy will be recognized as a way to fight climate change as part of a deal that endorsed the ...

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EU Must Include Nuclear Power In Its List Of Sustainable Sources

Nuclear power is the single biggest source of low-carbon electricity in Europe and is recognized in many of the scenarios assessed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the International Energy Agency and other organisations as having a critical role to play in responding to the climate emergency. It is therefore vital that nuclear is included in the EU’s new ...

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Madrid Talks Leave Carbon Pricing To COP26

The UN climate talks in Madrid  ended recently with agreement to postpone a decision on the sixth article of the Paris climate accord. COP25 had been supposed to work out rules for a new global carbon market and create a system that would allow countries to pay each other for projects that reduce emissions. That task will now have to be ...

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Turkey Point Licence Extension; EDF and Veolia Tackle Graphite Decommissioning

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) application for a 20-year licence extension for Turkey Point units 3 and 4. This is the first time that the regulator has issued licences authorising reactors to operate for up to 80 years. The two pressurised water reactors have been in commercial operation since 1972 (unit 3) ...

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