California PUC launches rulemaking to consider extension of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant

California regulators on Thursday voted to open a rulemaking to consider extending the operations of the 2.2-GW Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, the last operational nuclear facility in the state. The rulemaking stems from legislation approved last September, which among other things required the California Public Utilities Commission to issue a decision by the end of this year …

France exports electricity to its European neighbours again

Electric pylons in the countryside of Saint-Laurent-de-Terregatte, western France. © AFP – Daien Meyer For the first time in months, France is a net exporter of electricity as a result of a mild winter, increased wind power production, and the re-starting of several nuclear reactors. Despite the threat of power cuts due to the energy crisis, there …

Kazakhstan to select supplier for nuclear power plant this year – PM

Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov Wednesday commented on the construction of a nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan and selection of the supplier for NPP, Kazinform correspondent reports. When asked about the construction of the nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan on the sidelines of the Government’s meeting, Prime Minister Smailov noted that ‘a nuclear power plant is …

In pictures: Inner dome in place as Akkuyu aims for 2023

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discussed progress on building Turkey’s first nuclear power plant as the latest landmark saw the inner containment dome installed in the design position at Akkuyu unit 1. Turkey’s President Erdoğan was reported by Russia’s official Tass news agency to have told his Russian counterpart during their phone call that “the …

US DOE awards $14 million to US uranium converter for reserve program

DOE had previously purchased domestic U3O8 from miners Uranium will be stored as UF6 ready for enrichment Several US uranium companies plan production restart ConverDyn has received a $14 million award for uranium conversion services from the US Department of Energy under its $75 million program to create a domestic uranium reserve to boost energy …