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Electron Beam Welding Could Cut Reactor Build Costs By 85%

Engineering specialists Sheffield Forgemasters is leading a consortium of partners to explore the industrialization of Electron Beam Welding (EBW) in nuclear applications. The company, based in the UK, says integrating EBW into the manufacturing process not only improves material strength and safety but also offers significant reductions in manufacturing costs of more than 85%. The UK Government’s Department for Business, ...

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Core Melt Trap Installed At Kudankulam 3

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom on 4 December completed installation of the core melt trap at unit 3 of India’s Kudankulam NPP. “The melt localisation device is a unique development of Russian nuclear technology and one of the most important nuclear safety systems,” said Vladimir Angelov, project director in India for Rosatom’s Engineering Division Atomstroy export. “It is a special ...

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Canada Energy Regulator Releases New Long-Term Energy Outlook

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) released its long-term energy outlook that explores how new technologies, infrastructure developments and climate policy will impact Canadian energy consumption and production trends over the next 20 years. Canada’s Energy Future 2019: Energy Supply and Demand Projections to 2040 shows that while domestic fossil fuel consumption growth slows, crude oil and natural gas production continues ...

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Nuclear Power Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  The IAEA’s work has a direct impact on fundamental issues of war, peace, health, energy, food and water, Rafael Mariano Grossi told a Special Session of the Agency’s General Conference following his appointment as IAEA Director General. Mr. Grossi, a senior Argentinian diplomat with a career spanning several decades in nuclear non-proliferation and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy ...

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Indonesia Strengthens Nuclear And Radiation Safety, Sees Areas for Enhancement

Indonesia has made progress in strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety, addressing most of the recommendations made during an initial review in 2015. The team also noted areas for further enhancement, including the need to maintain and expand qualified staff to meet future needs. The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team recently concluded an 11-day follow-up mission ...

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Russia Supports India’s Nuclear Industry

Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation fuel has said that it has completed the supply of 50 tons of uranium fuel pellets for India’s boiling water reactors (BWR). The Corporation’s fuel division, TVEL, said in a statement that it has shipped to India the final consignment of uranium fuel pellets for BWRs and thereby fulfilled the contract with the Department ...

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NWMO Advances Canada’s Plan For Long-Term Management Of Used Nuclear Fuel

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is advancing the site selection process for a deep geological repository for Canada’s used nuclear fuel. The organization will narrow its focus from five to two potential siting areas, an important advancement in Canada’s plan. The site selection process has been underway since 2010. This process started with 22 municipalities and indigenous communities that ...

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Nuclear Energy: A Feasible Solution

As the world feels the dire effects of climate change, many prominent scientists are working to provide safe, efficient, and clean alternative fuels and energies. As they scramble to find ways to make solar and wind farms cheaper and more efficient, there are others who know that a safe, relatively cheap, efficient, and clean energy already exists: nuclear power. People ...

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US Confirms Saudi Arabia Nuclear Energy Talks

A senior US official has confirmed that Washington is in talks with Riyadh about supporting Saudi Arabia’s planned nuclear programme. Speaking in Abu Dhabi in October, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry Perry confirmed that talks were ongoing. Perry told the forum that Saudi Arabia’s leadership in Riyadh wanted to sign a ‘123 Agreement’ with the United States. A 123 Agreement ...

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France Extends Nuclear Reactors Outage After Earthquake

French utility EDF had extended outages at three nuclear reactors at its Cruas plant until Nov. 15 following a 5.1 magnitude earthquake in southeast France that forced it to temporarily suspend electricity generation at the site. A sensor at the plant was activated during the earthquake in the region, requiring the state-controlled utility to carry out further checks for potential ...

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