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New Brunswick SMR cluster eyes power, technology exports

Nov 28, 2018

New Brunswick's new SMR demonstration cluster could spur the replacement of coal plants across eastern Canada and drive up power and technology exports, Rory O'Sullivan,...

NuScale-BWXT contract set to reveal full modular build payoff

Nov 14, 2018

NuScale's new SMR engineering contract with U.S. supplier BWXT aims to pinpoint manufacturing, assembly and transport efficiencies, prioritising lower levelized cost of energy,...

Canada targets higher nuclear returns, longer lifespans at new test facility

Nov 14, 2018

Canada's new reactor research center will use advanced inspection technologies and micro materials testing to improve maintenance and ageing management programs, industry experts...

New decommissioning giant seeks further sites under ‘dominant’ transfer model

Oct 31, 2018

Holtec and SNC-Lavalin's new Comprehensive Decommissioning International (CDI) group forecasts significant economies of scale following Holtec's purchase of three closing U.S...

Robotic spent fuel inspection trials bring commercial use closer

Oct 31, 2018

U.S. researchers have completed eight field trials of robotic dry cask storage inspection and are widening drone testing from containment structures to fuel pads, Jeremy Renshaw,...

US reactor tests boost case for 80-year lifespans as prices bite

Oct 17, 2018

As wholesale price pressure spurs demand for 80-year reactor licences, operators and government agencies are combining critical system tests with monitoring advances to prove the...

Entergy targets post-shutdown savings at Pilgrim after key NRC approval

Oct 17, 2018

U.S. utility Entergy is focusing on post-shutdown cost reductions at Pilgrim and targets all spent fuel stored by 2022, learning from decommissioning and licence transfer progress at...

Infographics: US decommissioning market takes off as closures mount

Oct 3, 2018

Following a flurry of closure announcements, the nuclear decommissioning market is being shaped by new business models and joint ventures. We illustrate the growing activity in this...

Florida decommissioning cost drop signals nuclear industry progress

Oct 3, 2018

As Duke Energy nears the end of major license termination activity at its Crystal River 3 plant in Florida, a site-specific study shows decommissioning costs are 10% lower than 2013...

NRC ruling boosts SMR build prospects at disused coal plants

Sep 19, 2018

A new favorable ruling on Tennessee Valley Authority's safety methodology for re-sizing emergency zones could open up SMR build opportunities on retired coal sites and closer to...

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