Russia's BN-800 unit enters commercial operation

01 November 2016

Beloyarsk 4 - 460 (Rosatom)

Unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in Russia has started commercial operation, state nuclear corporation Rosatom announced today. The BN-800 fast neutron reactor started operating at 100% power for the first time on 17 August.

Rosatom described the achievement as "one of the most important events of the year for Russian nuclear power".

Andrey Petrov, general director of Rosatom's civilian nuclear power plant operator subsidiary Rosenergoatom, signed the order giving permission for the start of operations of Beloyarsk 4 yesterday. Before go-ahead from Petrov, regulator Rostechnadzor had completed all the required checks of the unit and issued a "certificate of compliance with design documentation, technical regulations and regulatory legal acts, including the requirements of energy efficiency", Rosatom said.

GEH and Southern team up on Prism

01 November 2016

Prism (GE-Hitachi) 47x48GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Southern Nuclear are to collaborate on the development and licensing of fast reactors including GEH's Prism sodium-cooled fast reactor, the companies announced yesterday.

RPV for Belarus 2 starts journey to Ostrovets

01 November 2016

Ostrovets 2 RPV complete - 48Russia has shipped the reactor pressure vessel for unit 2 of the nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus, state nuclear corporation Rosatom announced yesterday. The equipment for the VVER-1200 unit weighs more than 330 tonnes, is 13 metres high and has a 4.5 metre diameter.

New contract for US uranium mill

31 October 2016

US uranium producer Energy Fuels Inc has entered into a contract to secure additional quantities of a uranium-bearing alternate feed material for its White Mesa mill in Utah, the company announced today.

Swiss utility eyes early shutdown costs as referendum approaches

01 November 2016

Leibstadt 48Swiss utility Alpiq estimates it will face economic damages of some CHF2.5 billion ($2.5 billion) if voters back an initiative calling for the early shutdown of the country's nuclear power plants in a referendum later this month. However, it says even if the early phase-out is rejected, it cannot operate its reactors economically under current market conditions.

First nuclear generation purchase agreement for UAE

01 November 2016

Barakah-One-ADWEC-agreement-(Enec)-48The Abu Dhabi Water and Electric Company has signed the first agreement to purchase electricity generated from the United Arab Emirates' Barakah nuclear power plant, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Company announced today.

IAEA launches updated toolkit for nuclear contracts

31 October 2016

A new online Nuclear Contracting Toolkit has been launched by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to help member states plan and implement procurement and contracting processes for their nuclear power projects.

The bigger picture of risk

Understandably in the world of nuclear, risk management is focused on safety. Wider considerations of longer term strategic risks and short to medium-term project risks can easily be neglected. A broader approach in which risk management is embedded across your organisation could be key to improving overall business performance, writes Val Jonas.

Ideally, risk management should be an integral part of every business process for organisations working in waste and nuclear. However, the nuclear industry is unique in some of the challenges facing it.

If we start with the extreme time-frames we work to, effectively our industry life-cycle spans decades. Already this complicates the decision-making process, and sets the scene around the scope of risk that organisations need to factor into their management approach. For example, horizon scanning becomes necessary, taking into account threats such as catastrophic terrorism, cyber-crime as well as those posed by the natural world like earthquakes. We're contending with such huge risks - climate change and how this affects rising sea levels - that risk takes on an enormous role.

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