New partnership to boost building capabilities on nuclear energy technologies

The partnership between the World Nuclear Association and the ASEAN Centre for Energy also aims to enhance human resource capabilities in the area of nuclear science and technology and improve public engagement

World Nuclear Association appoints new Director General

Dr Sama Bilbao y León will take on the role next month

UAE issues operating licence for first Arab nuclear power plant

The Barakah nuclear plant will consist of four units that will supply 5.6GW of electricity, helping meet up to 25% of the UAE’s power needs

Nuclear industry ‘needs to step up deployments’

The world needs to do more to ensure nuclear energy can reach its maximum potential. That’s according to World Nuclear Association (WNA) Director General, Agneta Rising, who has called on governments, expert bodies and the nuclear industry to increase new build rates, showcase environmental and safety credentials and pursue compensation for the grid reliability nuclear […]

Sweden scraps nuclear tax

The Swedish Parliament has agreed to abolish a tax on nuclear power. It will be completely phased out in two years starting in 2017. The current tax stands at €0.75/kWh (0.59p/kWh). The government also plans to allow the construction of 10 new reactors to replace old plants built in the 1970s/80s. Nuclear power provides around 40% of […]

Great nuclear shift towards Asia predicted

There’s going to be a “shift towards Asia” in the world’s nuclear power industry. This despite the region’s previous nuclear powerhouse Japan scaling down its operations in the sector after its Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011. In particular more power stations are being built in China according to Steve Kidd, Deputy Director General of the […]

China tells nuclear plants to boost safety

China has told three of its nuclear plants to improve their safety management, according to media reports. The Chinese Government is said to want around 80 billion yen (£8bn) spent on improving the plants under its 12th Five Year Plan up to 2020. The safety improvements could include tsunami-proofing, according to the country’s National Energy […]

Belgian nuclear levy could stay at €550m in 2013

Belgium’s €550million (£460m) levy on the nuclear power industry for 2012 is likely to apply the following year, reports suggest. The country’s energy minister Melchior Wathelet told a newspaper last week it could be the same in 2013, reported Reuters. Nuclear energy provides half of the country’s domestically generated electricity, according to the World Nuclear […]