Ignalina NPP: first time an International decommissioning project finished in accordance with initial planned contract schedule and budget

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The consortium of the Energiewerke Nord GmbH (EWN), Sintagma UAB and Ernst & Young Baltic UAB successfully completed in September 2008 the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) decommissioning management system and database (DMSD) project.

The joint team with subcontractors IBM and CORE2 provided all services according to the project schedule of 14 months. Beside the delivery of a comprehensive set of different IT equipment, an enlarged training of nominated INPP staff was performed. The project was financed by the International Ignalina Decommissioning Support Fund managed by the Central Project Management Agency with the overall value of 3.5 million EUR.

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Nuclear energy: assessing the emissions

Monday, October 20, 2008

For decades nuclear power has been slated as being environmentally harmful. But with climate change emerging as the world's top environmental problem, the nuclear industry is now starting to enjoy a reputation as a green power provider, capable of producing huge amounts of energy with little or no carbon emissions. As a result, the industry is gaining renewed support. In the United States, both presidential candidates view nuclear power as part of the future energy mix. The US government isn't alone in its support for an expansion of nuclear facilities. Japan announced in August that it would spend $4 billion on green technology, including nuclear plants.

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Italy's Sogin to speed up nuclear decomissioning

Friday, September 19, 2008

MILAN, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Italy's nuclear decommissioning company Sogin will invest 490 million euros ($711 million) under its new 2008-2012 business plan to speed up decommissioning of power stations, part of Italy's ban on nuclear power.

Sogin's new plan comes as Italy, which rejected nuclear power in a referendum in 1987 after the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine, debates the possibility of a nuclear energy revival to help offset rising oil costs and the emission of greenhouse gases.

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Cleaning up Serbia's nuclear legacy

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, located 9 miles from Belgrade, is Yugoslavia's oldest nuclear research institute. Established in 1948 as the Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, its efforts supposedly included an attempt to build a Yugoslav nuclear bomb. For almost 45 years, it collected Yugoslavia's and Serbia's radioactive waste.

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Nuclear is the real threat to the fuel-poor, not wind energy

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Recent allegations that a dash for wind would cause a big increase in fuel poverty crumble when you do the numbers, says Oliver Tickell. Nuclear is the real worry

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Nuclear lobbying debate

Friday, August 29, 2008

Green campaigners have expressed concern that the Government's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is using the same lobbying consultancy as a firm that often bids for major nuclear decommissioning contracts.

The NDA is charged with cleaning up the UK's nuclear waste - and in particular with decommissioning the Sellafield site. It has employed Bell Pottinger Public Affairs (BPPA) since 2005.

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Reactor’s final de-fuelling misson begins

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

MAGNOX North’s Chapelcross site has begun the next phase in its life with the start of final de-fuelling of Reactor 1.

The first fuel element was removed from the reactor core on August 18, beginning the active commissioning of the newly upgraded fuel route.

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Burnt nuclear reactor site visited

Thursday, August 21, 2008

For the first time since a fire 50 years ago, engineers have taken a look inside the Windscale Pile 1 reactor at the Sellafield nuclear plant.

The decommissioning team looked inside the affected area with an endoscope to take pictures from the core, allowing for the removal of the remaining fuel and isotopes in the reactor pile.

In 1957 one of the two reactor piles caught fire and caused Britain's worst nuclear accident, releasing masses of radiation into the countryside.

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Radioactive waste now 'harmless'

Monday, August 18, 2008

Tonnes of radioactive liquid metal - a legacy of the experimental fast reactor programme at Dounreay in Caithness - have been destroyed.

Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) said the material was turned into "harmless" salt water.

The water was put through a further process so it could be discharged into the sea.

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Sellafield clean-up set to take 112 years

Thursday, July 10, 2008

It has been revealed that it will take more than 100 years before the toxic nuclear site in Sellafield is safe.

A report from Westminster's Public Accounts Committee says the UK's largest atomic power station will not be completely clean until 2120.

The South Down SDLP MP, Eddie McGrady, described the nuclear waste as a time bomb waiting to happen. 'They are not only producing but importing the dirty stuff from the rest of the world, it is incredible,' he said.

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