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Canadian plant offtake contract spurs cost-cutting digitization projects

Nov 16, 2016

Bruce Power’s new long-term offtake contract with the Ontario grid has allowed the operator to raise profitability through advanced digitization and robotics initiatives, Sarah...

US operators roll out electronic project apps to speed up maintenance

Nov 16, 2016

U.S. utilities can cut overheads for plant operations and maintenance (O&M) work package lifecycles by up to 75% by switching from paper to digital and mobile platforms, Jeff...

Westinghouse targets first SMR within a decade using '100% modularity'

Nov 2, 2016

The global nuclear company is using its modular build and design approval experience to shorten the development time and raise the competitiveness of its Small Modular Reactor (SMR)...

US operator urges faster changes to I&C rules holding back digitization

Nov 1, 2016

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) must accelerate rule changes on digitizing safety control systems and update software failure assumptions so plant operators can implement lower...

US utility’s deferred reactor clean-up shows cost pressure on early closures

Sep 21, 2016

Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) has opted to defer decommissioning of the 479 MW Fort Calhoun Station (FCS) to delay high upfront spending and protect consumer prices but industry...

Idaho government predicts economic boom from first SMR

Sep 20, 2016

NuScale's first Small Modular Reactor is forecast to generate 12,808 local jobs during construction, 1,507 during operations and the developer has identified new cost reductions...

US operators urged to decommission immediately to prevent cost hikes

Sep 7, 2016

Nuclear plant operators should start decommissioning activities of shutdown reactors as early as possible as the deferral of decontamination and dismantling (D&D) exposes operators...

Rolls-Royce plans UK funding surge upon SMR design approval

Sep 7, 2016

Deployment of a UK-developed Small Modular Reactor (SMR) could support 40,000 jobs in the next 20 years and add 100 billion pounds ($132.9 billion) to the UK economy in 2030-2050,...

Nuclear engineers apply 3D printing to cut cost of parts replacement

Aug 23, 2016

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's new 3D printing project for nuclear plant components demonstrates the rising use of 3-D modelling to optimize complex engineering and manufacturing...

US waste facility developer acts on local impact queries to avoid delays

Aug 18, 2016

Texas' Waste Control Specialists (WCS) has responded to all of the NRC's Environmental Report questions following its application to build the U.S.' first Consolidated...

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