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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...

EDF, Veolia target reactor dismantling gains ahead of UK closures

Sep 19, 2018

A joint project to develop robotics and waste technology for gas-cooled reactors will help EDF optimize UK decommissioning projects planned in the 2020s and raises Veolia’s nuclear...

Holtec grows from spent fuel specialist into major decommissioning player

Sep 5, 2018

After a flurry of license transfer agreements with Entergy and Exelon, a new joint venture by Holtec and SNC-Lavalin plans to combine spent fuel storage innovations with economies of...

Researchers develop AI to cut staff costs for advanced reactors

Aug 15, 2018

A new U.S.-funded research project aims to use artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and expert safety analysis to reduce operational staff count and help secure the long-term...

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