Decommissioning dominates

Investments in the nuclear power industry are dominated by decommissioning, refuelling and safety projects, reports Eugene McCarthy

Europe continues fusion reactor funding

The ITER experimental fusion reactor has secured funding to take it to the operational level. Sean Ottewell reports

Contaminated equipment recovered from nuclear fuel storage pond

Pond has to be emptied carefully as part of a clean-up and decommissioning of oldest nuclear facilities in the UK

Camera systems for the nuclear industry

In highly radioactive environments camera servicing or replacement are not an option

Vacuum equipment plays a key role uranium enrichment

Oerlikon Leybold’s vacuum solutions deal for a nuclear plant presently under construction in the United States

Nuclear plant pile chimney opened for first time in over 17 years

Work is now underway for the major demolition of the filter gallery structure and this is due to be completed by the end of 2014

Instrument protection system targets nuclear industry

Hima-Sella to develop a two-tier, fail-safe Instrument Protection System to include the EMPHASIS-approved Planar4 logic solver

Double Drax contract win for Capula

Imtech UK’s Capula business division has won two contracts with Shepherd Engineering Services for work at the Drax Power Station

High efficiency, high reliability cooling water pumps

Specially designed for pumping large quantities of critical cooling water within fossil and nuclear power generation applications

Developing nuclear skills

National Skills Academy Nuclear & National Nuclear Laboratory Sign Agreement on high level skills for the nuclear sector

Tackling challenging nuclear clean-up projects

Bo Wier looks at the challenges involved to complete one of the world's deepest nuclear clean-ups, and at some of the innovative approaches being deployed to accelerate the programme whilst minimising cost

Waste interim storage: the cost efficiency challenge

In the on-going search for the optimum solution for interim storage of radioactive waste, Val Drake, looks at the factors to take into account in reviewing the alternatives, and considers whether one of the first waste package designs could still be the most cost-effective

The new power mix in Germany: how will it work

Nigel Blackaby discusses how Germany will fare without a new generation of nuclear power plants and the phasing out of the existing fleet, coupled with growing opposition to coal-fired generation, and analyses the steps that Germany will need to take to reach a fully integrated energy future

Phase two of Sellafield project contracted

Involves completion of the design, specifications, procurement packages and safety case support

Geological exploration for storage of radioactive waste

DMT concludes a 2D seismic survey campaign in northern Switzerland

Pile fuel storage pond decommissioned

Babcock completes treatment plant 10 months ahead of schedule

Safely accelerating shutdown while maximising revenues

There have been many advances in reactor shutdown techniques and average outage times had fallen by 64 per cent to around 40 days (2007). Stephen Bell reports


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