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Urenco's owners set year-end deadline for indicative bids- sources

Sunday, October 12, 2014

(Reuters) - Britain, Germany and the Netherlands have asked prospective buyers for their jointly-owned nuclear fuel enrichment firm Urenco to submit indicative bids by year-end, sources familiar with the process said.

The governments, which each own a third of Urenco, have agreed to test the market's appetite for the world's second-largest nuclear fuel vendor before deciding whether to kick-start a privatisation process that could fetch up to 10 billion euros ($13 billion), said the sources.

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Common cause mechanical deficiency in control rods

During an outage, on 26 September 2013, NRG reports the discovery of a deficiency in one of the six control rods of the High Flux Reactor (HFR) during an outage. Based on this discovery NRG decided to delay the restart of the reactor until the root cause and necessary measures were established and carried out. During the investigation two more control rods were found to show comparable deficiencies. The deficiencies could be traced back to an unreliable joining method of two main parts of the control rods.

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Deficiency in the determination of the uranium content of liquid waste tanks

On 26 October 2013 NRG reports that the of concentration Uranium-235 in one of the liquid waste tanks in the Molybdenum Production Facility (MPF) appears to be higher than allowed according to the license. Therefore, a criticality incident could not be excluded. The MPF has twelve storage tanks for liquid uranium-containing waste: six for highly radioactive waste and six for waste with a lower activity. The waste is temporarily stored in the tanks awaiting transport to the Dutch processor of radioactive waste, COVRA.

Category: Radioisotope Processing/Handling Facility Netherlands Dutch NRG »

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Deficiency in the determination of the uranium content of liquid waste tanks

On 17 October 2013 NRG reports that the of concentration Uranium-235 in one of the liquid waste tanks in the Molybdenum Production Facility (MPF) appears to be higher than allowed according to the license. Therefore, a criticality incident could not be excluded. The MPF has twelve storage tanks for liquid uranium-containing waste: six for highly radioactive waste and six for waste with a lower activity. The waste is temporarily stored in the tanks awaiting transport to the Dutch processor of radioactive waste, COVRA.

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Zeeland energy firm Delta hires Morgan Stanley to assess its future

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Energy group Delta, which is still in the hands of Zeeland local authorities, has hired merchant bank Morgan Stanley to investigate a potential merger or sale, the Financieele Dagblad says on Wednesday.

'We are taking a broad approach,' a spokesman told the paper. 'We can continue as an independent, merge or be sold off, and that could involve an international company.'

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Plan to sell Urenco runs into Dutch objections

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The UK Government’s plans to raise £3bn from the sale of uranium enrichment group Urenco may have hit a stumbling block after it emerged that the Dutch government is understood to have raised concerns about the sale of its stake.

The Dutch and UK governments each own a third of Urenco, one of the world’s biggest uranium enrichment companies, while Germany’s top two utilities, RWE and E.ON, own the rest.

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Deficiency in the safety evaluation of the primary reactor drain line

On 19 February 2013 NRG reports the discovery of a deficiency in the safety evaluation of the primary reactor drain line of the High Flux Reactor (HFR). It was found that the possible failure of the primary drain line of the reactor was not considered in this safety analysis.

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UK seeks 3bn from uranium group sale

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Ministers are looking to raise up to £3bn before the end of the year through the sale of the government's 33 per cent stake in Urenco, the uranium enrichment company, in one of the biggest privatisations in years.

The deal would be a relief to the Treasury, which hopes that a series of sales will put a dent in the country's towering debt. Royal Mail could also be sold this year, raising £3bn-£4bn.

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Dutch nuclear plant Borssele approved for longer life

Friday, March 29, 2013

FRANKFURT/AMSTERDAM, March 27 (Reuters) - Dutch nuclear reactor Borssele has been given permission to operate up to 2033, though the approval can still be contested, Dutch and German stakeholders said on Wednesday.

Started in 1973, the 500 megawatt plant is one of the oldest reactors in Europe. It is 70 percent owned by Dutch generator Delta, in turn owned by Dutch provincial authorities, and 30 percent by German utility RWE.

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Dutch clear way for nuclear sale

Sunday, March 17, 2013

HOLLAND has dropped its historic opposition to a sale of Urenco, clearing the way for a full privatisation of the state-backed nuclear fuel maker.

The sudden change of heart came after several rounds of intergovernmental talks over the future of Urenco, which is owned by the governments of Britain and Holland and two German utility companies.

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