Saskatchewan sets up nuclear secretariat to plan for reactors

The provincial government unveiled its plans Wednesday to establish an office to co-ordinate nuclear policy and program work within the Climate Change and Adaptation Division of the Ministry of Environment. The new nuclear secretariat is mandated to develop and execute a strategic plan for the deployment of “clean-energy small modular reactors” in the province. No …

X-energy receives $6mn grant from the US Government

Nuclear reactor and fuel engineering company X-energy has announced that it will receive USD$6mn in funding from the US Department of Energy (DoE) Nuclear reactor and fuel engineering company X-energy has announced that it will receive USD$6mn in funding from the US Department of Energy (DoE). Led by a team with a diverse range of experience, including “engineering, policy, …

IEA recovery plan proposes investment in nuclear

Investing in existing nuclear power plants, new nuclear build and supporting innovation in small modular reactors (SMRs) are among measures set out to support a broad range of clean energy technologies in an energy-focused COVID-19 economic recovery plan released today by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Its emphasis for nuclear investment, however, is on existing …

IEA recovery plan says investing in nuclear will generate jobs and help secure a sustainable clean energy future

Today the International Energy Agency (IEA) has released an energy-focussed COVID-19 recovery plan identifying actions that will “move the world towards a cleaner and more resilient future.” Investment in existing nuclear plants, new nuclear build and supporting innovation in small modular reactors are among measures proposed to support a broad range of clean energy technologies. …

South Africa kickstarts nuclear plans

The Department of Minerals and Energy has published the Request for Information, which resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe said would start preparatory work to develop plans for the programme. “Given the long lead-time of building additional new nuclear capacity, upfront planning is necessary for security of energy supply to society,” Mantashe tweeted. Power security …

Power sector problems see greenhouse gas target missed

Problems in the power sector have seen Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions rise and the 2018 target being missed. Scottish government figures show source emissions increased by 1.5% largely because of the long-term shutdown at Hunterston nuclear power station. It led to more electricity being generated at the gas-fired Peterhead power station, where emissions doubled. A Scottish …

IEA says nuclear is not on track to meet sustainability goals

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest Clean Energy Progress Track report published on 11 June, assesses the full range of energy technologies and sectors. Only six out of 46 technologies and sectors were “on track” with the IEA’s Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS), which maps out pathway to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement on …

Trump administration seeks to use global aid for nuclear projects

The Trump administration is taking the first steps toward allowing international development funds to be spent on nuclear projects, working to lift a longtime prohibition on how the anti-poverty funds can be spent. The Wednesday proposal from the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) would make it perhaps the only government development agency in the world to use its …

Framatome completes modernization project at Doel nuclear power plant

Framatome’s digital instrumentation and control (I&C) systems at the Doel nuclear power plant in Belgium passed the final site acceptance test (SAT). This important milestone marks the completion of the project to modernize the control and emergency systems at units 1 and 2. As part of the project, Framatome designed, manufactured, tested and installed its …