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

Metal reactor decommissioning

Dealing with the coolant when decommissioning liquid metal cooled reactors, is a demanding and hazardous challenge. Jason Casper looks at how this may be addressed to complete the timely decommissioning of the UK's Dounreay reactors

Phase two of Sellafield project contracted

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

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

Geological exploration for storage of radioactive waste

DMT concludes a 2D seismic survey campaign in northern Switzerland

Solving the lightning strike problem at nuclear power plant

Lightning solution keeps the Browns Ferry Nuclear plant's off-gas stack strike-free reducing lightning strikes by 80 per cent within a 500metre radius. Del Williams reports

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

Remote handling of electrical connections made easier

Typical applications are in the nuclear decommissioning sector for circuits in hot cells, process areas and decommissioning projects

Fusion energy: 3D software helps engineers develop next stage

Fusion power technology is mankind's biggest engineering challenge. Leading scientists, engineers and planners are working towards the solution significantly aided by the availability of 3D model based data held within a single software environment. Nick Lerner reports

Quality Assurance: using the customised safety case approach

Pontus Ryd and Andreas Knutsson look at successful quality assurance and licensing in nuclear power plants upgrades/uprates with a customised safety case approach

Global economic impact of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster

Large, but – probably – temporary impact on the Japanese economy; small impact on the rest of the world, says IHS Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh

Nuclear power investment 'must not be delayed'

Multi-billion pound opportunity for UK, says Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment



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