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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

APR+ Design Certification Announced

Posted: 02 Sep 2014 12:43 PM PDT

While discussion has been focused on the announcement that the ESBWR was approaching design certification in the United States, another, completely different reactor plant type has actually achieved its design certification without any news coverage of note whatsoever.http://atomicpowerreview.blogspot.com/2014/09/apr-design-certification-announced.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AtomicPowerReview+%28atomic+power+review%29

Cangzhou NPP to Start Construction in June 2016

Cangzhou NPP to Start Construction in June 2016

Chief Executive Officer at Dynatom International GmbH
Hebei Cangzhou government released an announcement on Heibei Cangzhou Haixing nuclear power project on August 26th in which the public participated for the first time. According to the announcement, Hebei Haixing nuclearpower plant plans to build two million-kilowatt AP1000 units in the first phase, in which unit 1 is scheduled to complete the first FCD in June 2016 with construction period of 54 months and realized operation in December 2020.
Meanwhile, Hebei Construction Energy Investment Co., Ltd also announced on the same day to take up shares in Cangzhou Haixing nuclear power project with its own funds of RMB one million and to set up a joint ventre with CNNC Huadian Hebei nuclear power company , together with CNNC and Huadian Power International. The registered capital is RMB 10 million, in which CNNC invests RMB 5.1 million sharing 51% of the stake.
Located at Haixing county in Cangzhou, Hebei province, Cangzhou nuclear power project planned to build 6×1250MW AP1000 nuclear units with 2×1250MW units in the first phase. The preliminary feasibility study report review has been completed. It is estimated that RMB 8.443 billion will invested in the first phase.

Source: http://news.bjx.com.cn/html/20140902/542759.shtml
北极星核电网讯:河北省沧州市政府8月26日发布的《河北沧州海兴 核电项目公众参与第一次信息公告》(以下简称《公告》)显示,河北海兴核电厂一期规划建设2台百万千瓦级 AP1000型 核电机组,其中1号机组计划于2016年6月浇筑第一罐混凝土,建设周期为54个月,2020年12月投入运行。...

Germany's flagship green energy policy 'in tatters'

 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/11070145/Germanys-flagship-green-energy-policy-in-tatters.html
Daily Telegraph       2 September 2014
Germany's flagship green energy policy 'in tatters'

TVA continuing nuclear power push

 

TVA continuing nuclear power push


http://www.parispi.net/opinion/editorials/article_38dc8cfe-32bf-11e4-8822-0019bb2963f4.html

Molten salt reactor technology is the future of nuclear power [Letter]


Molten salt reactor technology is the future of nuclear power [Letter]


http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-ed-nuclear-power-20140829,0,4832519.story

Saudis Announce Plan to Build 1st Nuclear Reactor

Saudis Announce Plan to Build 1st Nuclear Reactor


http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/09/02/saudis-announce-plan-to-build-1st-nuclear-reactor/

Fukushima Fallout: Resentment Grows in Nearby Japanese City


Fukushima Fallout: Resentment Grows in Nearby Japanese City


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fukushima-fallout-resentment-grows-in-nearby-japanese-city/

Mexico Is Poised for Energy Boom

Mexico Is Poised for Energy Boom

Major reforms mean private and foreign firms will help tap more hydrocarbons, including natural gas


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mexico-is-poised-for-energy-boom/

New nuclear builds – news roundup


New nuclear builds – news roundup


http://neutronbytes.com/2014/09/01/new-nuclear-builds-news-roundup/

Romania, China to Sign Civilian Nuclear Agreement


Romania, China to Sign Civilian Nuclear Agreement


http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2014/09/02/romania_2c00_-china-to-sign-civilian-nuclear-agreement-080201.aspx#.VAXz7Rm5I7A

Hierarchy of Nuclear Regulatory Requirements by Dave Lochbaum


Hierarchy of Nuclear Regulatory Requirements


http://allthingsnuclear.org/hierarchy-of-nuclear-regulatory-requirements/

Molten Salt Reactor Designed to be Commerical Success



http://atomicinsights.com/terrestrial-energy-molten-salt-reactor-designed-commercial-success/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AtomicInsights+%28Atomic+Insights%29

This Map Shows Which Countries Prefer China Over The US

This Map Shows Which Countries Prefer China Over The US



http://www.businessinsider.com/this-map-shows-which-countries-prefer-china-over-the-us-2014-9?utm_source=alerts&nr_email_referer=1

Regulating India’s nuclear estate


Regulating India’s nuclear estate

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/lead-article-regulating-indias-nuclear-estate/article6360984.ece

Cavendish Fluor takes over UK nuclear sites

Cavendish Fluor takes over UK nuclear sites

Fukushima gov. officially OK’s N-waste storage


Fukushima gov. officially OK’s N-waste storage


http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001537568

Jinxed Finnish nuclear plant to function almost a decade late: Areva

Jinxed Finnish nuclear plant to function almost a decade late: Areva

Fukushima accepts 'temporary' radioactive waste storage

Fukushima accepts 'temporary' radioactive waste storage

UN climate chief says 'door closing' on warming fix

UN climate chief says 'door closing' on warming fix

Fukushima workers to sue TEPCO for danger pay

Fukushima workers to sue TEPCO for danger pay

Sierra Nevada freshwater runoff could drop 26 percent by 2100

Sierra Nevada freshwater runoff could drop 26 percent by 2100

First fuel loaded at Fangjiashan 1

First fuel loaded at Fangjiashan 1
The process of loading fuel assemblies into the reactor core of unit 1 at the Fangjiashan plant in China's Zhejiang province has begun.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-First-fuel-loaded-at-Fangjiashan-1-0209144.html

Design completed for prototype fast reactor

Design completed for prototype fast reactor
Russian power engineering R&D institute NIKIET has completed the engineering design for the BREST-300 lead-cooled fast reactor. http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-Design-completed-for-prototype-fast-reactor-0209147.html
 

China's new nuclear baby

China's new nuclear baby
China has formally launched its first indigenous nuclear power reactor design, with some French ancestry but born of two major internecine contests, writes Ian Hore-Lacy.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/E-Chinas-new-nuclear-baby-0209141.html

US NRC Blog Update: The NRC Information Digest Knowledge Hunt

The NRC Information Digest Knowledge Hunt

Ivonne Couret
Public Affairs Officer
 
2013_2014_InformationDigestCoverToday marks the debut of the 26th edition of the NRC Information Digest — an award winning publication that provides a summary of information about us and the industries we regulate. The Digest is used by a wide array of people, including the public, industry stakeholders, government agencies and the media. It strives to provide a handy primer of the agency’s regulatory responsibilities and licensing activities.
The Digest includes some of the quick facts and short answers to commonly asked questions about the NRC. Here are some of the questions for which you can find answers in the Digest.
  1. What is the statutory authority that created the independent NRC from a portion of the former Atomic Energy Commission and what day did this agency begin its operation? Hint – NRC: An Independent Regulatory Agency section, page 4
  2. What is the renewal date for our international agreement with the United Kingdom? Hint – U.S. and Worldwide Nuclear Energy section, page 23
  1. How many current operating nuclear reactors are there and in what section can you find a listing of the operating nuclear reactors and their general licensing information? Hint – Nuclear Reactors section, page 33
  1. What is the total number of material licenses in NRC Jurisdiction? Hint – Nuclear Materials section, page 65
  1. What are the names of the nuclear reactors currently undergoing decommissioning in DECON status? Hint – Radioactive Waste section, page 95
We’re always interested in what you have to say about the Info Digest as we continue to work to make it better and more useful. Let us know with your comments below or send us an email at opa.resource@nrc.gov.

Answers:
  1. The Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 created the NRC from a portion of the former Atomic Energy Commission. The new agency was to independently oversee—but not promote—the commercial nuclear industry. The agency began operations on January 18, 1975.
  2. 2018
  3. 100 reactors and Appendix A begins on 116
  4. 2,857
  5. LaCrosse, Zion 1 & 2 and Humboldt Bay 3

Power Engineering's Top Stories 9/2



Top Stories
Duke Energy to retire W.C. Beckjord Station coal-fired units
Duke Energy announced Thursday that the company will retire the remaining coal-fired units, 5 and 6, at its W.C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio, effective Sept. 1.
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Xcel Energy defends $665mn Monticello plant project
Xcel Energy says customers should pay for the overrun costs of a $665 million project to rebuild a power plant in Monticello.
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DOE settles used nuclear fuel storage lawsuit for $23.5mn
Energy Northwest (EN) won a $23.5 million settlement from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the construction and licensing of a used nuclear fuel storage area at the Columbia Generating Station in Washington.
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Industry News
Westinghouse to replace nuclear fuel at Oskarshamn power plant
Westinghouse Electric Co. will provide replacement nuclear fuel deliveries for three units at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in Sweden.
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Kudankulam nuclear unit may begin commercial operations next month
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) expects to begin commercial operations of the first unit at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in September.
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Fluor completes 170 MW solar energy facility in California
Fluor Corp. has completed the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning for LS Power’s Centinela Solar Energy Facility located near El Centro, California.
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Electric cars could drive utility power demand


Electric cars could drive utility power demand

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/electric-cars-could-drive-utility-power-demand/304015/

Colorado finds itself an earthquake lab amid gas boom

Colorado finds itself an earthquake lab amid gas boom



http://fuelfix.com/blog/2014/09/01/colorado-finds-itself-an-earthquake-lab-amid-gas-boom/

Researchers at work on using liquid nitrogen instead of water in fracturing

Researchers at work on using liquid nitrogen instead of water in fracturing


http://fuelfix.com/blog/2014/09/01/researchers-working-on-a-way-to-use-liquid-nitrogen-instead-of-water-in-fracturing/

Crude oil rides Texas’ rails with little tracking


by FuelFix.com, 8 hours ago
For generations of producers drillers in Texas, where a vast pipeline system has grown with the fits and starts of the oil industry's notorious business cycle,.. http://fuelfix.com/blog/2014/09/01/crude-oil-rides-texas-rails-with-little-tracking/

Black Sea Oil Claims Before and After Russia Annexed Crimea

Black Sea Oil Claims Before and After Russia Annexed Crimea


The significance of the annexation of Crimea by Russia goes far beyond land territorial claims. Here are a couple of maps that show how Crimea affects oil rights in the black sea.

Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/09/black-sea-oil-claims-before-and-after.html#s50TpXCHOkeqpiSz.99


http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/09/black-sea-oil-claims-before-and-after.html

Lack Of Water Could Limit Oil And Gas Development In Energy-Rich Nations

Lack Of Water Could Limit Oil And Gas Development In Energy-Rich Nations


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/09/02/3477800/water-oil-gas-development-report/

China winning from Russia-Ukraine crisis

China winning from Russia-Ukraine crisis


http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2014/09/01/china-emerges-as-winner-from-russia-ukraine-crisis/

FAS Roundup: September 2, 2014

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Worldwide Deployment of Nuclear Weapons


Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project, and Robert Norris, Senior Fellow for Nuclear Policy, estimate that there are approximately 16,300 nuclear weapons located at  98 sites in 14 countries. Roughly 10,000 of these weapons are in military arsenals; the remaining weapons are retired and awaiting dismantlement. Approximately 4,000 are operationally available, and 1,800 are on high alert and ready for use on short notice. In the latest Nuclear Notebook published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Kristensen and Norris examine the storage sites of deployed weapons in the nine nuclear countries.

Read the article here. 
 

From the Blogs


Gov't Resists Court Review of State Secrets: It is “not appropriate” for a court to conduct its own independent review of evidence that the government asserts is protected by the state secrets privilege, attorneys for the government argued last week. They were objecting to an order that was issued in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the “no fly” list in the case of Gulet Mohamed v. Eric Holder. On August 6, Judge Anthony J. Trenga of the Eastern District of Virginia ordered the government to submit for in camera review a copy of all documents and testimony relevant to the case that it asserts fall under the state secrets privilege.

The 2014 Ebola Outbreak and More from CRS: Secrecy News has obtained recently released CRS reports on topics such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, long range ballistic missiles and existing laws relating to climate change. 

Call for Submissions: Public Interest Report Articles 


FAS welcomes article submissions for future issues of the PIR; if interested please submit a one paragraph abstract regarding scientific and policy issues of concern related to catastrophic threats including biological and nuclear weapons, homeland security and natural disasters. Abstract should be no more than 500 words and feature relevant content; please include biography with submission. The submission deadline for the Fall 2014 issue is September 19, 2014. Please submit abstract via email to pir@fas.org.

If selected, authors will be asked to submit an article on the chosen topic (less than 3,000 words) for publication in future issue.

FAS in the News

Fukushima Crisis Continues, Was Worse Than First Reported

Fukushima Crisis Continues, Was Worse Than First Reported


http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/25644-fukushima-crisis-continues-was-worse-than-first-reported

PennEnergy's Daily Power Update 9/2

Energy News & Insights

Finding the Green Workforce

While there may always be room for debate concerning clean energy initiatives and the long-term merits of a low carbon driven economy, what remains is the fact that the renewable industry is growing rapidly and it requires a substantial workforce. …more>>

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Construction time uncertain for Vogtle nuclear project

Georgia Power said its $6.7 billion budget to build a new nuclear plant is holding steady, but it reported Thursday that builders face "challenges" sticking to the construction schedule and costs could change in the future. …more>>

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206 MW Maine wind power project gets preliminary approval

Proposed 206-megawatt wind power in project in Main has received preliminary approval. …more>>

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Report: Clean Energy Jobs Doubled in 2nd Quarter in U.S.

On the eve of Labor Day weekend, a new report from the nonprofit, nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs shows that more than 12,500 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced in the second quarter of this year. …more>>

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Duke to retire remaining units at W.C. Beckjord coal power station

Duke Energy to retire the remaining coal-fired units at its W.C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio. …more>>

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Fluor completes 170 MW Centinela solar power facility in California

Fluor Corporation has completed the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning for both phases of LS Power’s new Centinela Solar Energy Facility, one of the largest of its kind in the United States. …more>>

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Chile announces grand opening of its largest wind power facility

President of Chile announces grand opening of Pattern Energy’s 115 MW El Arrayan Wind, Chile’s largest wind power facility. …more>>

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B&W previews new waste-to-energy plant in South Florida

Babcock & Wilcox hosts tour of the country’s first new waste-to-energy plant to be built since 1995. …more>>

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