EU clears Belgian support for nuclear power reactors

The European Commission has approved Belgium’s plans to provide state aid for three nuclear power reactors. In 2014 and 2015, the nation signed two agreements with ENGIE Electrabel and EDF to extend the operational lifetime of the reactors Doel 1, Doel 2 and Tihange. Under the agreements, the companies committed to invest around €1.3 billion […]

US continues to import uranium for nuclear reactors

Most of the uranium used to power nuclear reactors in the US is imported. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), owners and operators of nuclear power plants bought 57 million pounds of uranium last year. Nearly half of the purchases were from Canada and Kazakhstan, which provided 17 million pounds and 11 million pounds […]

US Government issues $6.5bn for nuclear reactors

The US Government is providing loans worth $6.5 billion for the construction of the nation’s first new nuclear reactors in more than 30 years. The two 1,100MW nuclear reactors, which will be built at the Alvin W.Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, is a “first mover for a new generation of advanced nuclear reactors”, the US Department […]

South Korea could face ‘worst power shortage’ this summer

All public offices in South Korea (pictured) will have to cut their electricity usage by as much as 20% this summer in an effort to prevent power disruptions, according to reports. They claim the nation’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) have announced householders could be offered incentives, such as cuts in utility bills, […]

Indian scientists call for nuclear reactors’ inspection

Scientists in India have joined forces to express their concern over the nuclear plant soon to be commissioned in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. They wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as well as the Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala about the quality of the components and equipment used at […]

Japan to restart two nuclear reactors

Japan is set to restart two of its nuclear reactors within the next three weeks, signalling an end to the nuclear shutdown which began after the Fukushima disaster last March, according to reports. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (pictured) is said to have ordered the reactors at the Oi power plant in Fukui Prefecture back […]

Nuclear ‘stress test’ gives UK good safety report

The UK’s nuclear power stations have no fundamental weaknesses, according to the latest safety ‘stress test’ by regulators. A report published today by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the UK’s independent nuclear safety regulator, finds UK sites have identified and made improvements to boost safety. Stress tests in countries around the world were prompted […]