PBMR project update – December 6, 2005

South Africa’s PBMR (Pty) Ltd has signed two contracts with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan. One contract – worth $10 Million US – is for the long lead time items and forgings required for the Core Barrel Assembly for the demonstration PBMR project planned for the Koeberg site in Western South Africa. The second contract […]

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Small Nuclear Power Reactor Issue Brief

The World Nuclear Association recently updated its Small Nuclear Power Reactor Information and Issue Brief. This paper is an excellent review of most of the projects around the world that include nuclear power reactors with outputs of less than 300 MWe (megawatts electric), which is the current International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) definition of a […]

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British Member of Parliment (MP) excited about nuclear prospects

On Thursday, December 1, 2005, the Buisness Gazette published an article written by David Siddall titled Warm Reaction to All-Encompassing Review. It is a fascinating look into the British political environment in which the idea of new nuclear power plants is going to be evaluated. Mr. Jamie Reed, MP from Copeland had the following to […]

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Some Irish politicians announce opposition to UK nuclear power

According to a 29 Novement 2005 article published on the online.ie web site, Irish Minister for the Environment Dick Roche, Fine Gael spokesman Fergus O’Dowd and Green Party spokesman Ciaran Cuffe have expressed their concern about the UK’s recent statements that they are considering an energy policy that might include new nuclear plants. Specific concerns […]

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NRC Briefing on Status of New Reactor Issues

On November 21, 2005, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) (with all five members in attendance) held a series of meetings to discuss issues associated with new nuclear power plants. There were three invited groups – utilities that had expressed intentions to file a combined Construction and Operating License (COL) application, vendors and financial […]

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