Industry Insight

Canadian utilities build SMR alliances as developers tackle licensing

Jan 16, 2019

Nuclear utilities are playing a growing role in Canadian SMR development and their operational expertise could support the first fleet deployment at mining sites, industry experts said.

Canadian operator uses on-site invention labs to accelerate tech gains

Dec 12, 2018

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is using on-site technology invention labs and a streamlined development process to transfer the latest advances to operational plants, Jason Wight,...

US decommissioning costs fall as operators implement learnings

Nov 28, 2018

U.S. nuclear decommissioning cost estimates dipped in 2017 as industry learnings consolidated estimates, while strong capital markets hiked decommissioning funds, the latest figures...

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...