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India Plans Exports of AHW Reactors Fuelled by LEU

India has announced intentions to export power reactors to other nations and is developing an advanced design for that purpose. Chairman of India’s Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar

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The Dilemma of Aging Nuclear Plants

From the time the world’s first commercial nuclear power plants were switched on in the late 1950s, installed generating capacity rose rapidly over two decades. It leveled off in the 1980s as new building programs were scrapped in the wake of the accident at Three Mile Island, among other factors. Contractors generally designed plants to last for 40 years – ...

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Malaysia Aims to Add N-Energy As Alterative Source by 2025

Malaysia aims to use nuclear power as an alternative energy source by 2025, a government official said. Nuclear policy has got the go-ahead to be implemented and the government will link up with international organizations such as the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Malaysia’s Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Fadillah Yusof. Malaysia now relies on ...

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Kazakhstan Aims to Diversify into N-Fuel and Reactor Tech Exports

Kazdownload (3)akhstan has seen a significant increase in uranium production during the first half of 2009. Besides being the world's leading

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Japan’s TEPCO to Restart Quake-Hit Second N-Unit

TEPCO received ultimate local approval recently to restart a second reactor at its nuclear plant in northwest Japan which was damaged by an earthquake, a move that will help the utility to lower its fuel bill. The heads of three local governments approved the restart after a panel of experts judged that anti-quake safety had been secured at the 1,356-megawatt No.6 ...

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India, Namibia Ink Pact on Uranium Exploration, Mining

Namibia and India have signed two bilateral agreements in the fields of communications and peaceful use of nuclear energy during President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s three-day state visit to India recently. Even as Australia reiterated its inability to sell uranium, India signed an agreement on civil nuclear cooperation with Namibia recently. “Among the agreements we signed today is the cooperation between us ...

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Czech Firm Calls for Tenders to Build N-Plants at Home and Abroad

Czech utility CEZ has launched a public tender for a contractor for two new reactors at its Temelin nuclear power plant with a view to build more units abroad. CEZ said that the exact type of reactors and their capacity would be determined during the tender process, but the units would be Generation III Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs). The Temelin ...

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Italian N-Power Expansion Plan Unveiled

Italy’s Minister of Economic Development Claudio Scajola has said the country will have locations for its new nuclear plants within six months with a consortium approach for financing and a cooperation deal with the United States. Speaking to the CEOs of the major utilities recently, Scajola explained the government’s vision of a nuclear Italy and specified that a new nuclear ...

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Canada’s AECL to Get New Mandate for Expansion

Canada’s national nuclear company will be given a new mandate and structure, the country’s government said. Private companies are likely to take major involvement in AECL’s research and laboratories. Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt said: “The ultimate objective of this restructuring is to leverage Canada’s long-term investment in nuclear energy and strengthen Canada’s nuclear industry at a time of global ...

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Worlds 1st Laser Tech-Based Uranium Enrichment Plant

Global Laser Enrichment (GLE) has completed its licence application to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to construct the world’s first uranium enrichment facility based on laser technology. GLE – a venture launched by GE-Hitachi and in which Cameco has taken a 24 percent stake – submitted the environmental portion of a combined construction and operating license (COL) application to ...

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