New News information at Nuclear Engineering International New and updated information from News listed on en-us New News information at Nuclear Engineering International US removes highly enriched uranium from Japan by <br/> <br/> The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) says it has removed 45 kilograms of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Japan and returned it to the USA. Fulfilling a commitment made at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, NNSA and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) have removed all HEU from the Kyoto University Critical Assembly (KUCA). Fri, 12 Aug 2022 10:30:00 GMT India’s L&T to build natural draught cooling towers for Rawatbhata atomic power project by <br/> <br/> The construction arm of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has secured a significant order from Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) for its Heavy Civil Infrastructure (HCI) business to build natural draught cooling towers and a cooling water pump house for the Rawatbhata atomic power project units 7 and 8," the company said in a regulatory filing on 10 August. Fri, 12 Aug 2022 10:00:00 GMT E.On not prepared for continued operation of NPPs by <br/> <br/> German energy company E.On had not planned to continue operation of its Isar 2 NPP in Lower Bavaria, but has indicated that it is ready to discuss the possibility. At the beginning of the Ukraine war the federal government spoke out clearly against extending the service lives of NPPs in Germany, E.On CFO Mark Spieker noted on 10 August, adding that a political decision was taken not to resort to this option. “We respect this decision,” he said. Fri, 12 Aug 2022 09:30:00 GMT EDF demands $8.5bn to compensate for capped electricity prices by <br/> <br/> Electricite de France (EDF) has asked its main shareholder, the French state, for €8.34 billion ($8.5bn) in compensation after the government forced it to sell power at cut-rate prices to protect consumers from surging inflation. EDF said in a recent statement that “Following an in-depth legal analysis, and in light of the losses incurred,” it had requested the Conseil d’Etat, France’s highest administrative court, to overturn orders requiring it to sell electricity at a discount. Fri, 12 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT Trial operation begins at Bolivia’s nuclear research and technology centre by <br/> <br/> Rosatom has launched a trial operation of the first industrial facilities at the Centre for Nuclear Research and Technology (CNRT) under construction in El Alto, Bolivia, the world’s highest altitude nuclear centre situated 4,000 metres above sea level. A ceremony was held to marking trial operation the first industrial facilities of the CNRT - the preclinical cyclotron-radiopharmacological complex (PCRC) and the multipurpose irradiation centre (MCC). The event was attended by CEO of the Bolivian Atomic Energy Agency Ortesia Jimenez and President of JSC Rusatom Overseas Evgeny Pakermanov. Fri, 12 Aug 2022 08:30:00 GMT French regulator modifies ruling on NPP thermal discharges by <br/> <br/> French regulator Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) has temporarily modified its prescriptions governing thermal discharges from several NPPs. ASN said that, “faced with the exceptional meteorological situation, and in response to the need to ensure the safety of the electrical network and to save the natural gas and water reserves of the hydroelectric dams”, it was “temporarily modifying its prescriptions governing thermal discharges from nuclear power plants at Blayais, Bugey, Golfech, Saint-Alban and Tricastin”. Fri, 12 Aug 2022 08:00:00 GMT Ukrainian State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate to be restructured by <br/> <br/> The Board of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) has discussed and approved a bill restructuring it as the National Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The bill says the commission will be established as a government agency regulating nuclear and radiation safety and replacing the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate. Fri, 12 Aug 2022 07:55:00 GMT Rosatom gives more details of construction dispute at Akkuyu NPP by <br/> <br/> Akkuyu Nukleer (part of Rosatom) has issued an official statement on the situation concerning contractors for construction of Akkuyu NPP being built by Rosatom in Turkey. It said work at the construction site continues as usual. “After the project management decided to reorganise the composition of the participants in the construction work - in particular, to terminate the contract with the company Titan 2 IC Ictas Insaat Anonim Sirketi" (T2IC), subcontractors are actively involved in the process of re-signing contracts with the new main contractor for the construction of power units Akkuyu NPP - TSM Enerji Insaat Sanayi Limited Sirketi (TSM).” Fri, 12 Aug 2022 06:43:00 GMT Concern continues for Zaporizhzya Nuclear Power Plant by <br/> <br/> International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 10 August that Ukraine had informed the Agency that a shelling incident on 6 August near the dry used fuel storage facility at the Zaporizhzya NPP (ZNPP) had caused some damage, but that available radiation measurements continued to show normal levels at the site. Thu, 11 Aug 2022 06:30:00 GMT China approves launch of liquid-salt thorium reactor by <br/> <br/> The Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP), a division of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), has received permission from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment to commission an experimental liquid-salt thorium reactor. The project began in 2011, when CAS launched an R&D programme for liquid-salt thorium reactors. It is variously referred to as a liquid fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR), a thorium-breeding molten-salt reactor (TMSR), or fluoride salt-cooled high temperature reactor (FHR). Thu, 11 Aug 2022 06:22:00 GMT