Japanese firm gets approval for first reactors since Fukushima

Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has been granted initial safety approval to restart two reactors at a nuclear plant. It is the first approval from Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) since the Fukushima incident in 2011, which led to a meltdown of reactors following an earthquake and tsunami. The NRA said two reactors at the […]

Tories told small reactors are the way to decarbonise

Small nuclear reactors (SMRs) will play an essential role in the UK’s journey towards decarbonisation. That’s according to David Orr, Senior Vice President at Nuclear Rolls Royce, who said the technology is ideally suited to cost-effectively filling the gap in the grid that will be left when fossil fuel generation is taken off. He suggested […]

Toshiba’s US nuclear unit files for bankruptcy

Toshiba’s US nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Company (WEC) has filed for bankruptcy protection. It is seeking to undertake a strategic restructuring “as a result of certain financial and construction challenges in its US AP1000® power plant projects”. Toshiba and the WEC Group are working with the owners of the two sites in Georgia and South […]

EU clears Hungarian state aid for Russian-backed nuclear power plant

The European Commission has approved Hungary’s financial support for the construction of two new nuclear reactors. The Hungarian Government plans to provide funding for the 2,000MW Paks II nuclear power plant, replacing the four reactors currently operating at the Paks site which were built in the 1980s. It is also backed by Russia, with the […]

UK’s exit from European nuclear body ‘could threaten new build, supplies’

The future of Britain’s nuclear reactors, decommissioning activities and fuel supplies could be at risk if the UK leaves a Europe-wide nuclear co-operation body without transitional arrangements. The warning from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) comes as ministers previously said the government intends to leave Euratom as part of Brexit. It is calling on […]

Japan court okays restart of nuclear reactors

A Japanese court has granted permission for two nuclear reactors to be restarted. The Fukui District Court lifted an injunction that had blocked the re-opening of the reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO). It was issued earlier this year after a group of residents argued the facility would not be able to withstand […]

Further delay for Hinkley Point nuclear project

French utility EDF has pushed back its investment decision on a £16 billion nuclear power project. The agreement for the two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point was expected to be signed in March but the company said a final investment decision will be made “in the next few months”. The news came as EDF Energy […]

US nuclear plants ‘facing early retirement’

More than three dozen nuclear reactors in the United States are at risk of early retirement, claims an American researcher. The warning follows the news a number of US reactors are closing before the end of their shelf life including California’s San Onofre reactor (pictured). Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis at Vermont Law […]

Small fire at Hartlepool nuclear power plant

The fire brigade were called to a small fire at the Hartlepool nuclear power station over the weekend. The plant operator EDF Energy confirmed there was an oil leak and small fire on the lagging around part of the turbine equipment in unit 2 on Saturday around 6.30pm, which was totally extinguished within two hours. […]

Fukushima hasn’t dented MENA’s nuclear ambitions

The disaster at Japan’s Fukushima hasn’t dented the ambitions of emerging nuclear nations according to new research which shows 95,000 megawatts (MW) worth of nuclear capacity is expected to be added within two decades. Middle East and North African nations (MENA) and Asia-Pacific countries will be “substantially bolstering” the size of their nuclear power production […]