Uranium mining ultimatum in Western Australia sparks nuclear debate

SYDNEY, June 22 (Xinhua) — A nuclear debate is heating up in Western Australia on Thursday, after the state government informed three uranium mining companies that their approval licenses will expire if their sites are not operational within five years.The newly formed State Government’s clarification on its policy has followed on from an election promise …

Rosatom, Zambia agree to cooperate on nuclear energy development

Rusatom Overseas, a division of Russian State-owned atomic corporation Rosatom, on Monday signed a project development agreement (PDA) with Zambia, paving the way for a preliminary feasibility study into the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant. The signing took place during the yearly international nuclear forum Atomexpo 2017. Rosatom also signed several agreements with Zambian …

Turkey gives Rosatom go ahead to build nuclear plant

ANKARA (Reuters) – Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) won approval from Turkey’s energy watchdog on Thursday to go ahead with building its $20 billion Akkuyu nuclear power plant in southern Turkey. The project to construct four nuclear reactors has repeatedly run into delays, including being briefly halted after Turkey downed a Russian jet near …

Rolls Royce has 450 MW modular nuclear reactor design

Rolls-Royce’s director of technology and engineering, John Molyneux gave more details on Rolls-Royce’s new reactor design and the next steps in its development when speaking to the European Young Nuclear Generation Forum event in Manchester, organised by the European Nuclear Society and the UK Nuclear Institute. Still without a publicized name, Rolls-Royce’s design is a pressurized …

Enter the Nimble Dragon: China looks to small reactors for nuclear edge

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China is betting on new, small-scale nuclear reactor designs that could be used in isolated regions, on ships and even aircraft as part of an ambitious plan to wrest control of the global nuclear market. Within weeks, state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) is set to launch a small modular reactor (SMR) …

France to close some nuclear reactors, says ecology minister Hulot

BOLOGNA, Italy (Reuters) – French environment and energy minister Nicolas Hulot said on Monday that the government plans to close some nuclear reactors of state-controlled utility EDF (EDF.PA) to reduce nuclear’s share of the country’s power mix.He gave no indication of timing.Hulot told reporters at the G7 environment summit in the Italian city of Bologna …