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TVA Backs Away from Bellefonte

The giant utility says won’t fund completion of the 1260 MW plantIn a new Integrated Resource Plan released for public comment this week, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said it no longer has plans to finish the partially complete Bellefonte...

Posted April 15, 2015    

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Goes Shopping for Nuclear Reactors

His short list includes nuclear reactors from France and uranium from CanadaOne of the things the head of state gets to do when on an international, multi-nation trip is draw up a list of things to buy and bring home. In terms of a trip to France,...

Posted April 13, 2015    

Mideast Nuclear Projects: A Mix of Progress and Perils

UAE applies for operating licenses for first two of four unitsJordan signs agreement with Rosatom for two VVERsTurkey’s first of three major nuclear projects delayedTurkey to buy four reactors from JapanWith a nuclear regulatory structure and agency...

Posted March 31, 2015    

Areva Struggles to Dig Out of Debt

No more big first of a kind reactor projects, more cooperation with EDFCapital from China?Tech Transfer for India?Anne Lauvergeon reflects on her time as CEONewly appointed French CEDO Phillippe Knoche told UK news media March 15, where the firm is...

Posted March 25, 2015    

Westinghouse Revives SMR Efforts

Westinghouse Electric Company said this week that the NRC gave permission for the company to test its small modular reactor design (SMR). It is a major reversal of the company’s decision in February 2014 to cancel its development efforts due to...

Posted March 23, 2015    

China Years Away from Being a Major Nuclear Export Player

Before it can sell its reactors to other nations, it must prove it can build them at home.Much has been made of China’s global ambitions to become a major player in the global nuclear export market. Analysts have pointed to deals with Argentina,...

Posted March 17, 2015    

South Korea Expands its Nuclear Energy Export Horizons

Saudi Arabia to buy two South Korean 100 MW PWRsUAE expands bilateral ties with South Korea for energy projectsSouth Korea to start APR-1400 certification review with US NRCAmong the powerhouse nuclear energy export nations, South Korea has inked...

Posted March 14, 2015    

China Restarts its Nuclear Reactor Construction Program

The Bloomberg wire service reports that China has approved start of construction of two new nuclear power plants, the first such approvals since the Fukushima crisis in Japan in 2011. The China State Council inked the go-ahead decision on Feb 17 for...

Posted March 12, 2015    

Areva in Deep Financial Trouble

French government and investors ask whether it has hit bottom?It is no secret that state-owned nuclear energy giant Areva has ten tons of financial debt on a five ton truck. After several years of smacking the bumper with a 2 x 4 to keep half of the...

Posted March 10, 2015    

Be Careful About Rose-Colored Glasses When Viewing the Future of SMRs

SMRs “back on the agenda next year”, says new report by Nuclear Energy Insider, a trade and consulting group.Two major developers of SMRs have walked away from further investment in the technology saying the technical and financial barriers for new...

Posted March 3, 2015    

Japan's Largest Nuclear Power Station Moves to Center of Reactor Restart Efforts

TEPCO calls for rate increase if it cannot restart of Kashiwazaki-KariwaKANSAI gets preliminary approval to restart Takahama 3 & 4MIT’s Richard Lester offers TEPCO and Japan advice on reducing greenhouse gasses by investing in nuclear energyThe...

Posted February 27, 2015    

Japan’s U-turn on the zero option for nuclear energy

The Cabinet hits the brakes on a formal policy to phase out all nuclear reactors in 30 years.Hiromasa Yonekura, Chairman of the Keidanren business lobby (L) in happier days shaking hands with Japan Prime MInister Yoshihiko Noda (R) at a Asian...

Posted September 23, 2012