29 June 2015
NUCLEAR POLICIES: Canada, UK extend nuclear energy cooperation
Canada and the UK today signed a memorandum of understanding on enhancing cooperation in the field of civil nuclear energy.
URANIUM & FUEL: EU funds diversification of Russian reactor fuel supply
Westinghouse Electric Company and eight European consortium partners announced today that they have received €2 million ($2.2 million) in funding from the European Union "to establish the security of supply of nuclear fuel for Russian-designed reactors in the EU".
CORPORATE: Consortium chosen to run Canadian laboratories
The Canadian National Energy Alliance consortium has been named as the Canadian government's preferred bidder to manage and operate nuclear science and technology organization Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.
CORPORATE: Grafenrheinfeld ends electricity production
The single-unit Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant in Germany was disconnected from the grid on 27 June after 33 years of operation. The government had ordered the plant to close by the end of this year as part of the country's energy transition.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Areva announced on 26 June that it has temporarily reduced its activities at the Angra 3 nuclear power unit in Brazil due to "delays encountered in securing financing for the remainder of the project's activities". Under a €1.25 billion ($1.39 billion) contract signed in November 2013 with Brazilian nuclear utility Eletronuclear, Areva supplies engineering services and components, as well as the reactor's instrumentation and control system. Areva said it will resume all project activities as soon as Eletronuclear "secures a sustainable financial solution".
Sanmen Nuclear Power Co Ltd - the joint venture that will own and operate the Sanmen plant in China's Zhejiang province - signed a "technical support and services framework agreement" on 26 June with Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute. The agreement covers project commissioning, technical operational support, research and the training of personnel. The first phase of the Sanmen plant comprises two Westinghouse AP1000 units.
Uranium Resources has executed a definitive agreement to sell its Roca Honda assets in New Mexico to Energy Fuels for $2.5 million in cash, $375,000 in Energy Fuels shares, plus agreements covering royalties and lode mining claims. The companies signed a letter of intent on the deal in May, and the transaction is now expected to close in July.
The Palo Verde nuclear power plant in Arizona is to be the first recipient of Westinghouse's Mobius continuous mobile boration system under a contract with Arizona Public Service. At Palo Verde, the customized system will also be used at the start of outages to provide faster boration than current methods, resulting in shorter outages. Delivery is scheduled for late 2015.
Russia's National Operator for Radioactive Waste Management said on 25 June that it plans to commission a near-surface radioactive waste disposal facility in Novouralsk - a closed town in the Sverdlovsk region - by the end of this year. The waste will be from the Urals Electrochemical Combine. Regulator Rostechnadzor approved the readiness of the site to host the facility in April.