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German firms apply data-driven reactor dismantling amid mounting closures

Mar 22, 2017

ENBW's Neckarwestheim-1 reactor has become the latest German plant to commence dismantling and contractors are using software to optimize the removal of radioactive materials...

New reactor ownership models set to cut decommissioning costs

Mar 8, 2017

The accelerated decommissioning market is taking shape as new license transfer approaches and cutting-edge technologies look set to dramatically shorten dismantling and fuel transfer...

Canada set for first lead-cooled reactor by 2025 after $200mn funding boost

Mar 8, 2017

LeadCold plans to use the large investment by Indian conglomerate Essel Group to fund pre-licensing, detailed engineering design, and development costs for a 3 MW demonstration reactor...

France's lower-cost decommissioning plan rests on Chooz A reactor learnings

Feb 22, 2017

A new parliamentary report has said EDF's decommissioning cost estimates for its 58-reactor fleet appear too low but the operator believes learnings from the dismantling of Chooz...

Terrestrial Energy to unveil US SMR site, supplier plans in 2017

Feb 22, 2017

The molten salt reactor developer has shortlisted four existing nuclear sites for its first U.S. power plant, Simon Irish, CEO, said. The company plans to provide the Nuclear...

California's $4 billion SONGS project set to test decom efficiency gains

Feb 8, 2017

The EnergySolutions-AECOM contractor partnership can use time-saving learnings from earlier projects like Zion in Illinois to help boost confidence in cost forecasts and new build...

Westinghouse 3D printing trials reveal cost savings for all reactor types

Jan 25, 2017

New research has shown that additive manufacturing (AM) can halve manufacturing costs for replacement nuclear parts and complex design prototypes will demonstrate efficiency gains for...

NuScale files US’ first SMR license application as suppliers await tender

Jan 10, 2017

NuScale's Design Certification Application (DCA) marks a major step for the SMR industry and the Oregon-based developer has identified around six more potential plants in Western...

UK uses multiple site data to save over 1 billion pounds on decom

Jan 10, 2017

Decommissioning contractor Magnox is building a body of multiple site learnings which have reduced cost risks associated with waste transfer, experts told Nuclear Energy Insider.

Operators told to plan shutdowns three years ahead, focus on labor

Nov 30, 2016

Nuclear operators must start decommissioning work at least three years before shutdown and prioritize labor placement decisions to minimize the transition period and associated...

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