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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    

Is there a nuclear energy squeeze play in Japan and France?

Political expediency seems to be the motivation in Japan, but the picture is less clear in France Last Friday Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda appeared to bow to overwhelming anti-nuclear sentiment in his country in an effort to save his party'...

Posted September 17, 2012    

Calling Out Red Herrings about MOX Fuel for TVA

The path to using it is paved with government documents The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is considering a plan to burn mixed oxide fuel in two of its power reactors starting in 2018. While the utility hasn’t formally made up its mind, the...

Posted September 10, 2012    

Power projects seek investors on a global scale

China's huge sovereign wealth fund is a frequent target of power proposals The Peoples Republic of China is sitting on huge cash reserves available for investment, domestic or foreign.  According to some estimates, the amount is about $4...

Posted September 4, 2012    

LWR SMRs have fuel advantages

Fast reactor designs face export controls and the need to develop new fuel types which may slow time to marketThis article is based on a presentation given by Andrea Jennetta, Publisher, Fuel Cycle Week, at a conference held in July in Washington,...

Posted August 24, 2012    

No restart date yet for SONGS reactors

Reports of a late Fall return to service are pro-forma Image Source: Smart Animation by Real IllusionBreathless news media reports last week that Units 2 &  3 at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) would restart in late Fall...

Posted August 6, 2012    

CB&I surprises investors with $3 billion takeover of Shaw

Stockholders will receive $46/share, a 72% premiumChicago Bridge & Iron (NYSE:CBI) agreed to acquire The Shaw Group (NYSE:SHAW) for $3.04 billion in cash and stock on July 30. The surprise move extends CB&I’s growth into the U.S. power...

Posted August 3, 2012    

Race for DOE SMR money heats up

B&W inks MOU with First Energy for economic, siting, and licensing studiesThe Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (NYSE:BWC) and FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) announced July 25 that FirstEnergy and a B&W subsidiary, Generation mPower LLC (...

Posted July 26, 2012    

A long hot summer ahead for SONGS

Both nuclear reactors will remain offline while Southern California Edison works on steam generator problems   Movie poster for Chaplin's Modern TimesThe U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said in a press statement and report July 19...

Posted July 24, 2012    

Japan's culture and Fukushima

Personal accountability trumps organizational loyaltyU.S. President Harry S. Truman's famous motto: "The buck stops here."In a fiery essay published in the Financial Times July 10, Columbia University Professor Gerald Curtis makes the point that...

Posted July 20, 2012    

UAE grants license to build two reactors

Four reactors are planned to supply electricity for manufacturing, general use, and water desalinizationReuters reports that the United Arab Emirates will be the first gulf state to start construction of a commercial nuclear power plant in the...

Posted July 19, 2012    

Duke Progress merger punts plans for six new reactors

It will be a a long time before the combined utility needs to build any new reactors or replace any units in its fleet This is my updated coverage from Fuel Cycle Week V11:N480 July 12, 2012, published by International Nuclear Associates,...

Posted July 18, 2012