Energy-starved Africa looks to India for nuclear reactors

As part of India’s strategy to expand its footprint in Africa, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is exploring supply of small nuclear power reactors to the electricity-starved countries. Interestingly, India’s civilian nuclear power programme has caught the fancy of African countries because climate change has impacted their conventional hydropower generation capacity, which was primarily …

Chinese nuclear heating project starts up

China’s first commercial nuclear heating project has begun operating at the Haiyang nuclear power plant in Shandong province. The plant’s two AP1000 units will initially provide heating to 700,000 square metres of housing. Shandong Nuclear Power Company (SDNPC) – a subsidiary of State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) and the owner of Haiyang plant – announced …

Japan nuclear plant safety costs increase 5-fold over 6 years to 5.4 trillion yen

The estimated cost of safety measures at nuclear power plants across Japan has increased fivefold over the past six years to just over 5.38 trillion yen, a Mainichi Shimbun survey has shown. Eleven power producers spent the funds to implement stiffened safety standards at 15 nuclear power plants, including those currently under construction, according to …

France’s EDF expects six new nuclear reactors to cost 46 billion euros

French power utility EDF estimates it would cost at least 46 billion euros ($51 billion) to build six of its latest generation EPR nuclear reactors if the government decides to build them, French newspaper Le Monde reported on Saturday. The estimate was in a confidential document presented to the board of state-controlled EDF at the …

Ginna Nuclear Power Plant Celebrates Five Decades of Carbon-Free, Reliable Power and Community Stewardship

Nuclear station holds world reliability record for number of hours online, providing reliable emissions-free energy for 500,000 homes Exelon Generation’s R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant is celebrating a strong record of reliable carbon-free power generation and community stewardship since the first nuclear reaction took place in Ontario, New York 50 years ago on November 9, 1969. …

President Trump nominates Dan Brouillette to be United States Secretary of Energy

Today, President Donald J. Trump formally nominated Dan Brouillette to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Energy. Brouillette, current U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy, would replace sitting Secretary Rick Perry if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. “It has been the opportunity of a lifetime to serve as Secretary of Energy. I have the utmost …

‘We expect the … [uranium] price in the fourth quarter will exceed $47/lb’

Canada-based uranium producer Cameco (TSX: CCO) has tipped higher revenue and a slightly higher realised price for its key commodity as it swung to a loss in its September quarter results. Its net loss was C$13 million (US$9.9 million) or 3c per share, compared with earnings of $28 million (US$21.3 million) and 7c respectively a …