China upgrades nuclear reactors to wean itself off coal

China’s state-owned power plant operators are introducing safer, more efficient nuclear reactors as the government looks to raise its nuclear power capacity by 50% by 2020 to reduce its reliance on coal. So-called generation III plus reactors have safety features that automatically shut down the unit if the power is cut off. At least three advanced …

Kazakhstan, Brazil To Sign Nuclear Energy Agreement

Brazil is eager to continue supplying Kazakh uranium ore concentrate, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary to Brazil, Kairat Sarzhanov said Thursday. At a briefing here in Astana, Sarzhanov recalled that the list of products exported from Kazakhstan to Brazil had been updated and now included uranium ore concentrate. In April 2018, Kazatomprom company won a $1.3.7 million worth tender on supply of uranium ore concentrate for Industrias Nucleares do …

U.S. Puts New Restrictions on Nuclear Technology Exports to China

The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it would sharply restrict exports of civilian nuclear technology to China that officials claimed was being diverted to power new generations of Chinese submarines, aircraft carriers and floating nuclear power plants. The announcement mixed security warnings with longstanding complaints that Beijing was continuing to steal nuclear-related technology from …