Top uranium miner Kazatomprom meets 2020 guidance, production drops 19%

The world’s largest uranium producer Kazatomprom reported Monday that its full-year 2020 uranium production of 10,736 tonnes of uranium (reported as U3O8) was within the guidance despite a 19% production drop over 13,291 tonnes mined in 2019. The company said that on both a 100% and attributable basis, production volumes for the fourth quarter and …

Berkeley threatens to claim 500 million euro from Spain if proposed uranium mine vetoed

Pressure mounts around controversial Retortillo uranium mine project in Spain as Berkeley Energia threatens to claim EUR 500 million (US$603.45 million) from the Spanish government if proposed climate law jeopardizes authorization for Retortillo. Local media sources reported yesterday that Francisco Bellón, president of Berkeley Spain, advised that they will activate all the legal mechanisms at …

Biden can rescue the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from industry capture

Over the past two decades, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been captured by the nuclear power companies it is supposed to regulate. The process of capture and resulting erosion of regulation has been driven in part by the increasingly poor economics of nuclear energy as companies struggle to avoid large costs due to …

Construction of phases 2, 3 of Bushehr nuclear plant has started

TEHRAN- Hadi Beiginejad, a senior member of the Parliament’s Energy Committee, said on Sunday that Iran has started construction of phases 2 and 3 of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. “The second and third phases of the Bushehr power plant development have been signed with the Russians under 10-year and 8-year contracts,” Fars quoted Beiginejad …

Armenian Nuclear Power Plant’s License to Be Extended Until 2026

YEREVAN (Arka) — Armenia’s State Nuclear Safety Regulatory Committee will extend the license for the operation of the Armenian NPP until 2026 after the successful implementation of all activities planned for this year, NPP CEO Eduard Martirosyan said last Friday during a discussion that involved Armenian Territorial Administration and Infrastructure Minister Suren Papikyan, Russian Ambassador …

Bulgarian cabinet approves plan for new unit at Kozloduy

The Bulgarian Council of Ministers, at a meeting on 20 January, approved plans presented by the Minister of Energy to construct a seventh unit at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant using Russian-supplied equipment purchased for the Belene project. The minister noted discussions have been held with Westinghouse of the USA to construct the unit. During …