New News information at Nuclear Engineering International New and updated information from News listed on en-us New News information at Nuclear Engineering International UK tests borehole sealing technology by <br/> <br/> The UK’s Nuclear Waste Services (NWS) has sealed existing boreholes at Rosemanowes Quarry, Cornwall, as part of a vital research project for the safe and permanent disposal of higher activity radioactive waste. Thu, 01 Dec 2022 08:42:00 GMT European court dismisses Austrian concerns about Hungary’s Paks-II by <br/> <br/> The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has dismissed an action by Austria contesting the European Commission's (EC’s) approval of investment aid for an upgrade of Hungary's Paks NPP. Austria had argued that Hungary's direct award of the project to a Russian contractor in the framework of an agreement involving €10 billion ($10.44bn) of credit from Russia violated European Union rules on public procurement. The EC had cleared the aid, subject to conditions, citing a provision in the Treaties that allows aid for certain economic activities as long as it "does not adversely affect trading conditions to an extent contrary to the common interest". Thu, 01 Dec 2022 08:36:00 GMT Fermi Energia launches cooperation with Ukraine’s Eco-Optima by <br/> <br/> Estonia’s Fermi Energia and Ukraine’s Eco-Optima have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Lviv to co-operate in studying deployment of a small modular reactor (SMR) in Ukraine. The parties agree to share with each other any non-confidential studies that they perform under this agreement, either done on their own or performed with other partners. The parties intend to cooperate in and support each other in SMR deployment with potential for district heating and technical assistance. Thu, 01 Dec 2022 08:33:00 GMT Netherlands considers building two new NPPs by <br/> <br/> The Netherlands Cabinet of Ministers are planning to install two new nuclear power units in Borssele, RTL News has reported. The units must operate from 2035 at the latest and the government will contribute financially to their construction. Some €5 billion ($5.22bn) has been released for the first steps but the cabinet has not said exactly how much the government will ultimately contribute. The cabinet wants to opt for two generation III + reactors. The aim is for nuclear energy to account for 11-15% of the total supply of electricity from 2035. Thu, 01 Dec 2022 08:26:00 GMT Canadian port considers ARC aSMR by <br/> <br/> Canada’s Belledune Port Authority has announced it is working with Cross River Infrastructure Partners to pursue the use of advanced small modular reactor (aSMR) technology as part of a future expansion at the northern New Brunswick port. Thu, 01 Dec 2022 08:23:00 GMT UK confirms support for Sizewell C and buys out China’s stake by <br/> <br/> UK Business Secretary Grant Shapps Shapps has visited the site of the planned Sizewell C NPP to be built by EDF and partners on the Suffolk coast. This came a few weeks after the Chancellor confirmed government funding of GBP679 million $821m) for the project during his Autumn Statement. The government's investment is for the early stage development of the plans, with the plant expected to take a decade to build at the cost of between GBP20-30 billion. Speaking to reporters at the site, Shapps said he "queried" estimates that the costs would be as high as GBP30bn and said he was confident money could be raised to build it from private investors. "We're very confident actually, because we've been speaking to potential investors," he said. Thu, 01 Dec 2022 08:19:00 GMT ČEZ receives three bids for Dukovany new build by <br/> <br/> Elektrárna Dukovany II (EDU II), a wholly owned subsidiary of Czech power group ČEZ, has received initial bids from three suppliers for the construction of a new nuclear power unit at the Dukovany NPP - France's EDF, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), and US-based Westinghouse. EDU II will now analyse the bids and then negotiate with the bidders. The bidders will then submit their final bids by the end of September 2023, ČEZ said. China and Russia were excluded from the tender for political reasons. Thu, 01 Dec 2022 08:03:00 GMT Europe backs Ukrainian claims to ZNPP as Russia strengthens control of the plant by <br/> <br/> The European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) has said that "Energoatom is the only legitimate licensee of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) and that the plant has to be operated as per licence conditions and in accordance with Ukrainian and international legal and regulatory requirements, under the supervision of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU)." Thu, 01 Dec 2022 07:41:00 GMT Kansai Electric to seek life extension for Takahama 3&4 by <br/> <br/> Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co has said it will seek regulatory approval to extend the life of two pressurised water reactors (PWRs) at units 3&4 of its Takahama NPP in Fukui prefecture to 60 years. The company said in a statement that inspections had found nothing significant that might cause problems if the operation period were extended and has therefore decided apply for an extension to the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA). Tue, 29 Nov 2022 23:12:00 GMT UAE regulator approves operational plans to 2026 by <br/> <br/> The Board of Management of the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has approved its Operational Plan for 2023-2026, relating to its future blueprint for regulating the nuclear and radiological sectors in the UAE. Tue, 29 Nov 2022 22:49:00 GMT