The UK’s nuclear sector needs support and clarity from the government

Britain’s nuclear sector needs the government and industry to commit to the country’s nuclear capability in the critical next decade, a new report suggests. EY will publish a report today saying the government estimates investment of more than £45bn will be needed to develop the first three new nuclear power plants: Hinkley Point C, Wylfa …

US eyes safety rules for small modular reactors, as nuclear touted at UN climate meeting

Dive Brief: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering new safety rules for small modular nuclear reactors, new types of facilities that aim for faster permitting and construction, possibly relying on off-site development. Earlier this year, NuScale Power submitted designs for a new type of reactor to NRC — an initial step towards permitting smaller facilities that could be …

World Energy Outlook 2017

Global shifts in the energy system Four large-scale shifts in the global energy system set the scene for the World Energy Outlook 2017: the rapid deployment and falling costs of clean energy technologies, the growing electrification of energy, the shift to a more services-oriented economy and a cleaner energy mix in China, and the resilience …

Cameco, Areva & Purepoint Approve $4M for 2018 Patterson Drilling

Purepoint Uranium Group Inc. announced today that the proposed 2018 Hook Lake JV exploration program with a budgeted cost of $4,000,000 has been approved by the JV partners. Situated within the Patterson Uranium District, the Hook Lake JV is a project owned jointly by Cameco Corp. (39.5%), AREVA Resources Canada Inc. (39.5%) and Purepoint Uranium …

Texas uranium deposits could meet US nuclear energy demand for almost a year

The Southern High Plains region of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma may hold more uranium than previously thought, a new study published Tuesday shows, but prices for the radioactive commodity would need to move much higher before any new mining takes place in the area. According to the latest report by the US Geological Survey (USGS) there …

French nuclear output keeps trailing 2016 as EDF again delays two reactors

French reactor output on Monday peaked just below 42 GW, still trailing the already reduced levels of last November, despite a number of reactor returns over the weekend with EDF once again delaying two planned reactor return, according to the French state-owned utility. Reactor returns lift nuclear output towards 42 GW Paluel-3, Chooz-2 delayed by …

Destination Kazakhstan

Construction of the IAEA’s long-awaited low-enriched uranium bank is finally complete, and the bank was officially opened during a ceremony in Kazakhstan. Future Power Technology visited the facility to find out about the fuel bank and why it is needed. On 29 August, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations nuclear watchdog, officially …

Tepco starts installing device to remove fuel from reactor 3 cooling pool at Fukushima No. 1

FUKUSHIMA – Tepco on Sunday began installing equipment to be used for removing fuel from the storage pool for reactor 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The equipment, weighing 72 tons, was lifted by two large cranes. The storage pool, located in the reactor building on a floor 36 meters above ground level, holds …