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More then thirty years of debate, and the controversy remains as polarised as ever. This website (to be fair - whose maintainer is anti-nuclear) collects news about nuclear power in Europe, sorted by nuclear power plant, type of power plant, country etc.

By presenting different (media) angles on current nuclear issues, we hope to be able to cut out some spin, either pro or against, and to allow the reader to make up his or her own mind about today's pro's and con's of nuclear power.

In the menu on the right you can select your country, the nuclear power plant in your neighbourhood, or your favourite company and read latest (most English) news about it.

Latest nuclear news

Austrians resist EU funding for UK's Hinkley Point nuclear project

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Austrian premier Werner Faymann will today (18 December) protest at the British inclusion of landmark nuclear energy projects – including Hinckley Point – within its list of infrastructure eligible for funding under the proposed €315bn Juncker investment plan.

The UK has listed several nuclear-related projects within the Juncker plan, a list of 2,000 projects drawn from across all member states, which will be considered for funding under the investment plan.

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Germany wants to ringfence nuclear plant closure money-paper

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BERLIN, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Germany plans to set up a fund to ringfence 17 billion ($21.2 billion) euros nuclear power firms have set aside to cover the long-term costs of decommissioning plants, Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Wednesday.

There has been concern in Germany that taxpayers could foot part of the bill to shut the plants because the money put aside by the firms to cover decommissioning costs could be lost in the event of a bankruptcy, or used for something else.

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Russia to extend US$270m export credit to Armenia for extending nuclear power operation

Thursday, December 4, 2014

(Armenian News, Yerevan, 19 November 2014) Armenia has approved a proposal for the extension of an Armenian-Russian intergovernmental agreement on cooperation extending the operation of the 2nd power unit of the Armenian nuclear-power plant (NPP). Armenia’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Yervan Zakharyan noted that, under the agreement, Russia is to extend a $270m export credit to Armenia.

Armenia said Sept. 13 it would extend the life of its ageing nuclear power plant, despite safety concerns over the Soviet-era facility in an active seismic zone.

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Event during operation of Zaporizhzhya NPP Unit №3

On 28 of November 2014 at 19:24 the disconnection of the Unit №3 of Zaporizhzhya NPP from power grid occurred. According to the preliminary information the cause of the occurrence was the failure of electrical equipment in the turbine hall.
As of 3rd December 2014 the reactor facility remains in the “cold” shutdown.
According to the preliminary evaluation this situation is qualified according to INES scale – “0-deviation (No Safety Significance)”.

Category: Power Reactor Ukraine Zaporizhzhia »

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Exposure to Worker in Excess of Administrative Limit

On May 04, 2014, C-1 was in shutdown state and maintenance activities were being performed during refueling outage. A worker belonging to Electrical Maintenance Division entered in restricted area of Reactor Building for a maintenance job on Containment Reactor Coolant Drain System (SRD) pumps. This area was already cordoned off and entry was restricted by Health Physics Division owing to the fact that dose rate was high due to placement of In-Core Neutron Flux Monitoring System Thimbles. The worker received a dose of 8.5 mSv which is above the administrative limit set by the plant i.e.

Category: Power Reactor Pakistan »

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Radiation Leakage from Brachytherapy Machine

The Brachytherapy machine became out of order in September 2009. The Bio-medical Engineering Department of the hospital explored to obtain maintenance support from the manufacturer for the repair of the machine but the same could not be arranged and machine remained out of use and was kept safe and secure in its bunker. In February 2014, during a routine check of the machine condition, the machine showed radiation leakage in the bunker room. It was suspected that the source pellet, while returning from the intermediate safe to the main safe mode, got stuck in the passage.

Category: Radiation Source Pakistan »

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Realizing of maintenance activities without respecting the procedures

During maintenance activities that were conducted on some systems of one of the two irradiators present in the Sterigenic's installations, it was found that some safety-related equipment was unavailable. However, the availability of this equipment is requested as described in the procedure currently in application.

As this equipment was unavailable, Sterigenic's operators carried out those maintenance operations with only one safety device ensuring protection from a potential irradiation by the 60-Co sources that are used in the installations.

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Areva rethinks strategy after ditching targets

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PARIS (Reuters) - Areva must consider radical restructuring options after it abandoned financial targets in the face of continuing delays, writedowns and losses from its nuclear operations, analysts said, after the firm's shares plunged on Wednesday.

The state-owned group issued a third profit warning in four months, said it would review its funding options and dropped its 2015-16 financial targets, blaming delays to its Finnish Olkiluoto reactor, the slow restart of Japan's reactors and a lackluster nuclear market.

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Nuclear plants closure bill to reach $100bn

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The bill for closing down and cleaning up the world’s ageing nuclear reactors will exceed $100bn over the next 25 years alone, the leading energy watchdog has said, warning that governments risk underestimating the cost.

With almost 200 reactors due to be shut down by 2040, the International Energy Agency says in its annual report there are “considerable uncertainties” about decommissioning costs, reflecting governments’ limited experience in safely dismantling nuclear plants. In the last 40 years, only 10 reactors have been closed down.

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Areva-Siemens raises claim to $4.4 billion over Finnish reactor delays

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

(Reuters) - The French-German consortium Areva-Siemens, the supplier of Finland's much-delayed Olkiluoto-3 nuclear reactor, has increased its claim against Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO), TVO said late on Friday.

TVO and Areva have traded accusations about who is to blame for delays and extra costs, and the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) arbitration court is processing a dispute on cost overruns between the two sides.

Areva-Siemens in September said the start date of the reactor, which is planned to be Finland's fifth and biggest nuclear unit, will be pushed back to late 2018 - almost a decade later than originally planned.

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