Orano commissions new conversion facility

The new Philippe Coste uranium conversion plant at Orano’s Tricastin site in southern France has now been commissioned following the completion of a test programme. Orano said that during the testing programme the plant’s process equipment was progressively started up so that the complete manufacturing line could be tried out. The major equipment of the …

The lights could go out this winter if we close more coal and nuclear power plants

It’s been an early start to winter this year across much of the Central and Eastern United States. And plunging temperatures have highlighted a surprising fact: Not only are natural-gas prices soaring, but fuel stockpiles have dipped to unusually low levels. It’s a somewhat unexpected turn of events — since the United States has been the …

Saudi energy minister says kingdom launches uranium exploration program

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih addresses the gathering during India Energy Forum in New Delhi, India, October 15, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday the kingdom had launched a uranium exploration program and initial indications were positive, Al-Arabiya Business reported on Twitter. Falih added that a project to construct …

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 …