Rising sea temperatures force Vattenfall to close reactor in Sweden

The energy giant said the decision to close part of the Ringhals nuclear plant was caused by “unusual” circumstances

US provides $20m for advanced nuclear technologies

The Department of Energy said nuclear power is a critical part of the nation’s all-of-the-above energy strategy

EDF and GE sign deal to build six reactors for new nuclear plant in India

The companies said the agreement is an important step in the construction of the Jaitapur power station

US restarts nuclear test reactor after 23 years

A nuclear energy facility which tests reactor fuels and materials under extreme conditions has been restarted in the US. The Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) started operations in 1959 and conducted thousands of experiments until it was shut down and maintained in standby status since 1994. TREAT can produce sudden […]

Russia to build nuclear power station in Nigeria

Russian energy giant Rosatom is to build and operate a nuclear power plant in Nigeria. The two nations have also signed agreements for the construction of a research centre housing a multi-purpose nuclear research reactor. They will conduct feasibility studies for the project, which will include site screening as well as establishing the capacity, equipment […]

Firm cleared to buy parts for Welsh nuclear reactor

A firm has been cleared to buy nuclear reactor components for a new plant in Wales. Horizon Nuclear Power can start buying major equipment for its proposed reactor at Wylfa Newydd. Independent assessment organisation Bureau Veritas issued the Licensee Certificate confirming the procurement of Long Lead Items (LLIS). LLIs have long manufacturing times and are […]

UK nuclear site declared fuel free

UK regulators have confirmed a nuclear site in Suffolk to be fuel free. Sizewell A is located near Leiston and is a twin reactor site. It was fully operational in 1966 and shut down in December 2006. The final flask of fuel was sent to Sellafield in Cumbria for reprocessing last summer. The Office for […]

Last EDF nuclear reactor back in action after safety check

The last of EDF Energy’s nuclear power reactors taken offline for safety checks in 2014 is now back in action, according to the energy firm. The second reactor of Heysham 1 power plant was switched back on at 6.40pm on Saturday after a “successful” inspection of its boiler. Regulators gave the last unit at Heysham 1 […]

UK boosts support for nuclear research

The Government has announced funding worth £13 million to support nuclear research facilities in the UK. It is providing around £5 million to the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) to start the process for commissioning the third phase of its Central Laboratory on the Sellafield site in Cumbria. Phase 3 includes a suite of “hot-cells” able […]

AREVA signs series of deals with Chinese nuclear partners

The French energy company AREVA has signed a series of deals with its Chinese nuclear partners during a visit to China by the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. Working with Siemens, the company will supply instrumentation and control (I&C) systems for two 1,000 MW pressurized-water reactors – Fuqing 5 and 6. The reactors will be […]