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Will Areva Survive a Cascade of Crises?

Phillippe Knoche, Areva’s CEO, at this point in his brief history at the head of the firm, could probably be forgiven for thinking that without too much trouble he could throw a rock in just about any direction and hear the clang of its impact on...

Posted May 13, 2015    

Argentina Shifts its Energy Focus to Nuclear

In the past few months Argentina has catapulted to the front end of global attention on new nuclear builds with deals for three new nuclear reactors, two from China and one from Russia.  Additionally, the country has its own nuclear R&D...

Posted May 12, 2015    

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Approves License for DTE ESBWR at FERMI III

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has cleared the way for the that agency’s Office of New Reactors to issue a license to DTE Energy to build and operate a GE-Hitachi 1530 Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR). While the...

Posted May 7, 2015    

Chinese Nuclear Firms Compete Abroad for Exports and for Market Share at Home

Two giant rival Chinese state-owned nuclear firms are pulling out the stops to achieve success with exports and increased market share of the restarted domestic reactor construction program. The so-called Hualong One, a 1000 MW PWR type reactor, is...

Posted May 5, 2015    

Nuclear Energy: Fast Reactors Come and Go

X-energy pursues 50 MW pebble bed designAmid all the interest in small modular reactors using well known light water technologies, occasionally fast reactor start-ups appear on the technological horizon. Several such start-ups have recently garnered...

Posted May 1, 2015    

Nuclear Energy in the U.S. is Not Dead, Yet

Lots of people in the US want to write the obituary of the nuclear energy industry in the US.  Among their reasons the high cost of new reactors, the low price of natural gas, and a skeptical public spooked by the shadow of Fukushima.EIS for...

Posted April 28, 2015    

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