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Egypt's nuclear plant 'online in 10 years'

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

CAIRO, Nov.

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Russia to supply 7 kg of nuclear fuel for Ukraine test reactor

Monday, November 5, 2007

MOSCOW, November 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russian state-run nuclear fuel producer TVEL will supply 7 kilograms of low enriched uranium to a research reactor in Ukraine in 2008, the company announced on Thursday.

The nuclear fuel will be delivered under a Russian-U.S. program, Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR), aimed at developing technical methods to convert reactors from the use of highly-enriched uranium (HEU), which can be used in atom bombs, to low enriched uranium (LEU).

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Uranium - blessing or curse?

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

DAKAR, 10 October 2007 (IRIN) - As the global demand for nuclear energy rises, analysts say the large amount of uranium in Niger is not a benefit to the country’s people but adds to the serious problems facing the region.

Niger, an impoverished country on the southern fringe of the Sahara desert, has one of the world’s largest reserves of uranium, the main source of nuclear fuel - but virtually nothing to show for it.

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Both low head safety injection motors declared inoperable because of insufficient motor cooling water flow

The event involved the unavailability of both low head safety injection (LHSI) motors for an extended period for certain accident scenarios that went undetected by all the present processes currently in use for surveillance, maintenance and testing.
On 2005-12-05 both LHSI motors were declared inoperable because of reduced motor cooling water flow. An Operating Technical Specification Limiting Condition of Operation required the unit to be taken from a plant state of Intermediate Shutdown Residual Heat Removal system conditioned to Cold Shutdown within 24 hours.

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Lost source causing a radiological accident at Meet Halfa, Egypt

On Monday, 26 of June 2000 the authorities in Egypt were faced with a radiological accident in Meet Halfa, a village of El-Qualuobia Governorate, 20 km from Cairo. The accident resulting from a lost Ir-192, 40 Ci source found its way to one of the village houses. The accident resulted in two deaths and other two severely affected. The team from the Atomic Energy Authority and Ministry of Defence succeeded in locating the source and the source was handled remotely and sent to the special storage area of the Atomic Energy Authority.
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Category: Radiation Source Egypt »

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Loss of 185 MBq of I-131 in type A packaging

A consignment of 185 MBq of I-131 in Type A packaging, produced by the South African Atomic Energy Corporation, was delivered to Johannesburg International Airport on 10 September 1999, for transportation to Cape Town. The package was not delivered by 13 September, and has not been able to be located to date.
Justification of the Rating:
Since the lost source does not have the potential to cause prompt adverse health effects, its loss is rated at Level 1, the minimum prescribed by Section C3.3 of the addendum to the INES User's Manual, which replaces Section IV-5.1.2.

Category: Transportation South Africa »

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Loss of 7 TBq of Mo-99 in B(U) packaging

A routine consignment of 7 Tbq of Mo-99 in Type B(U) packaging, produced by the South African Atomic Energy Corporation, was delivered to Johannesburg International Airport on 2 March 1999, for transportation to Israel. The package could not be found by the carrier later on the same day. The carrier has instituted a worldwide search, and the local police service has been informed.
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Category: Transportation South Africa »

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Loss of 4 TBq of Mo-99 in B(U) Packaging

A routine consignment of 4 TBq of Mo-99 in Type B(U) packaging, produced by the South African Atomic Energy Corporation was delivered to Johannesburg International Airport on 22 April 1998, for transportation to Buenos Aires. The package could not be found during the carrier's warehouse check on 23 April. The matter was reported to the local police service, and a "trace" process was instituted on flights which might have carried the consignment erroneously.

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Loss of 4 TBq of Mo-99 in B(U) packaging

A routine consignment of 4TBq of Mo-99 in Type B(U) packaging, produced by the South African Atomic Energy Corporation was delivered to Johannesburg International airport on 22 April 1998, for transportation to Buenos Aires. The package could not be found during the carrier's warehouse check on 23 April. The matter was reported to the local police service, and a "trace" process was instituted on flights which might have carried the consignment erroneously.

Category: Transportation South Africa »

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Workers receive dose exceeding statutory annual dose limit

During a routine filter change, in the refuelling water storage and cooling system, three workers received whole body radiation doses of 50, 90 and 105 milli-Sieverts. The statutory annual whole body dose limit is 50 milli-Sieverts.

Category: Power Reactor South Africa »