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India on track to seal deal for nuclear reactors

India said it was on track to seal a deal next year with Westinghouse Electric Co LLC to build six nuclear reactors. The move is seen as a sign the country’s $150billion nuclear power programme is getting off the ground.

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UN closes the books on decade-long Iran nuclear probe

The UN nuclear agency have approved a resolution that ends a decade-long probe of allegations that Iran worked on atomic weapons. The probe had to be formally closed as part of an Iran-six nation deal restricting Iran’s current nuclear programmes which could be used to make such weapons, in exchange for sanctions relief for Tehran.


Opinion: Another fine mess in the making

At last, one sensible decision from energy secretary Amber Rudd. I am among those who welcome the shutting down of all UK coal-fired plant by 2025, unless retrofitted with CCS. That seems clear and unequivocal. Since no-one is prepared to invest in heavy-duty clean-up technologies, the operators of the remaining coal-fired plant effectively wrote the death warrant themselves. On Tuesday evening, there was a fascinating documentary on the box about UK power generation. Basically the focus was Ferrybridge in Yorkshire, which is operated by Scottish & Southern Energy and clearly on its last legs.

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Amec Foster Wheeler strikes deal with EDF Energy Generation for UK reactor fleet

Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a lifetime enterprise agreement from EDF Energy Generation to provide technical support and expertise for the lifetime of their current UK reactor fleet. The agreement will cover all interfaces of work with a focus on EDF Energy’s reactor systems, reactor technology and plant performance to the end of the operating life of its existing fleet of advanced gas-cooler reactors.

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US issues backing for Faslane nuclear programme

The US Government has reiterated its support for the UK’s nuclear arsenal amid Labour’s growing support for its abolition. The UK Government is preparing to replace its nuclear submarine fleet, based at Faslane on the Clyde, with new vessels to be jointly developed with the US Government to carry the US- manufactured Trident D5 missile. The Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly to call for the renewal of Trident to be scrapped on Tuesday, following Scottish Labour’s decision to reverse its historic pro-nuclear stance.

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Watchdog group takes action against Californian coastal agency

A watchdog group has sued a California coastal agency as it looks to overturn its decision to allow 1,632 tonnes of radioactive waste from a close nuclear power plant to be buried in containers not far from a beach. Citizen Oversight has asked a San Diego Superior Court to reverse an October ruling by the California Coastal Commission that Southern California Edison could bury uranium fuel rod assemblies in steel casks on the property of the San Onofore Nuclear Generating Station. The facility had closed in 2012 after unexpected equipment failures.

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Entergy Corporation to shut New York nuclear plant

Entergy Corporation will close a nuclear power plant in New York which employs more than 600 workers within the next year. The company said its decision to close the James A Fitzpatrick plant in Scriba was based on the “continued deteriorating” economics of the facility. Entergy said the key drives behind the move include significantly reduced plant revenues due to lower gas prices.

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Russia offers gas supplies to Iran in swap deal

Russia's Energy Minister has offered gas supplies to Iran as part of a swap agreement with the Middle Eastern country. The politician said the Kremlin-controlled gas producer Gazprom was also considering other possible deals. The country has been looking to boost its efforts to foster political and economic ties with Tehran.

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For nuclear’s cost, UK could have six times the wind capacity

Britain could have six times the power- generation capacity for the same money by investing in wind turbines instead of the 24.5 billion-pound ($37.9 billion) Hinkley Point nuclear reactor. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a London-based researcher that estimates the cost of power from renewables in the U.K. are rivaling fossil fuels even without subsidy. Wind easily beats the more expensive nuclear plant that Electricite de France SA is building with the support of investment from China. The findings highlights the trade-offs Prime Minister David Cameron weighed in his decision to support EDF’s bid to build the first new reactors in the UK in more than two decades. In backing nuclear and maneuvering to draw Chinese funds in a deal due on Wednesday, Cameron prioritized reliability of supply and the impact on rural landscapes over cost.

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Japan acknowledges first possible casualty from Fukushima

Japan is said to have acknowledged the first possible casualty from radiation at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The worker was diagnosed with cancer after the crisis broke out four years ago forcing more than 160,000 people from their homes after the meltdown at the plant following an earthquake and tsunami. The incident was the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl 25 years previously.

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Protesters set up camp near proposed Hinkley nuclear power station

Campaigners have set up a protest camp near the site of the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. They have established a camp on a roundabout at the gates of the development in west Somerset as the president of China, Xi Jinping, arrives for a four-day state visit to the UK.

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UK spies set to monitor IT systems at Chinese-built nuclear plants

British spies are expected to scrutinise computer systems at new nuclear plants built by Chinese firms to address national security fears. Listening post GCHQ will be responsible for ensuring the country’s energy network is not made vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to The Times. The safeguard emerged as President Xi Jinping arrives for a four-day state visit hailed by David Cameron as a symbol of a “golden era” in relations with Beijing.

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EDF hopes to announce deal with Chinese investors in coming days for Hinkley Point

EDF said its hopes to announce a deal with Chinese investors to build a nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in the coming days. The French company’s chief executive Jean Bernard Levy said it was in the final negotiations with its Chinese partners. However he said he did not want to anticipate what would happen later this week as China’s President Xi Jingping to Britain.

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Osborne plans to lead trade delegation to Iran

The Chancellor of the Exchequer plans to lead a trade delegation to Iran next year if the country stays committed to a nuclear deal with other world powers. According to the Financial Times, the move would be made after six world powers agreed earlier this year to lift sanctions in return for the Islamic Republic accepting long-term curbs on a nuclear programme.

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R2S sees more nuclear potential after Dounreay project

An Aberdeen firm best known for its photographic work on offshore installations and at crime scenes is to carry out a technical survey as part of the decommissioning of the Dounreay nuclear plant in Caithness. Return To Scene (R2S) will use its visual asset management (VAM) system to produce images of part of the complex, which will in turn be used in support of dismantling and restoration work at the site. The R2S team is already on location and project delivery is anticipated by mid-October.