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July 29, 2015
TEPCO's Fukushima compensation cost to reach over $57 bn
Tokyo (AFP) July 28, 2015
Japan's embattled utility Tokyo Electric Power Co now expects the compensation costs after the Fukushima nuclear disaster to be more than $57 billion, the government confirmed Tuesday. It approved the latest rehabilitation plan drafted by TEPCO, which put the total cost for compensation alone after the 2011 tsunami-triggered accident at 7.08 trillion yen ($57.19 billion). The new higher estimate means the government will have to provide fresh public money of 950 billion yen ($7.68 billion), the ... read more
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China to Build Two Nuclear Power Plants in Southern Iran
China will build two nuclear power plants for Iran on the Makran coast neighboring the Gulf of Oman, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, announced on Wednesday. "I ... more

Construction of 2nd phase of India's Kudankulam NPP to start in 2015
A general framework agreement on the construction of the second phase, which includes a third and fourth power unit for the nuclear power plant, was signed by Russia and India in 2014. "The Go ... more

French MPs vote to halve energy use, slash nuclear dependence
French lawmakers adopted a new law on Wednesday that will halve the country's energy consumption by 2050 and slash its reliance on nuclear energy. ... more
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Sweaty work for Japan teams scrubbing away Fukushima radiation
Sweating inside their plastic protection suits, thousands of men toil in Japan's muggy early summer in a vast effort to scrub radiation from the villages around Fukushima. ... more


French energy company ENGIE expanding reach
After a string of moves into the Asian market, French energy company ENGIE said Wednesday it was moving deeper into Latin America with a Chilean acquisition. ... more
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Metal foams capable of shielding X-rays, gamma rays, neutron radiation
Research from North Carolina State University shows that lightweight composite metal foams are effective at blocking X-rays, gamma rays and neutron radiation, and are capable of absorbing the energy ... more

Slovenia, Croatia discuss settlement of nuclear plant waste
Slovenia presented Croatia with plans for additional radioactive waste repositories for the mutually-owned nuclear power station NEK in Krsko at a joint commission meeting on Monday. The Croat ... more
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Location of Vietnam's nuclear power project extended
Construction on Ninh Thuan 1 and 2 nuclear power plants, the first of the kind in Vietnam, will be extended southwest as required in new changes to their master plan approved by the Ministry of Indu ... more

Fukushima Cleanup Financially Motivated, Expert Warns
The meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant are not over, and the Japanese government's push to decommission and dismantle the plants in the next thirty years are not scientifically feasible, ... more

Swedish energy group Vattenfall reveals 3.9 bn euro write-down
Sweden's state-owned energy group Vattenfall announced a massive 36.3 billion krona ($4.2 billion, 3.9 billion euro) writedown Tuesday tied to looming closures of two nuclear reactors and slumping lignite activity in Germany. ... more
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Japan nuclear refugees face dilemma over returning home
More than four years since Satoru Yamauchi abandoned his noodle restaurant to escape radiation spreading from the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, the Japanese government is almost ready to declare it safe to go home. ... more

Slovakia, Enel discuss construction of nuclear power plant
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has confirmed that he met on Friday with management members of Italian energy giant Enel, the majority owner of Slovak Elektrarne (SE) energy utility. "We tal ... more
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Slovenia, Croatia extend atomic plant's lifespan by 20 years
Slovenia and Croatia agreed on Monday to extend the lifespan of a jointly-owned nuclear plant until 2043, overriding calls from green groups to close the facility. ... more

TEPCO to Resume Fukushima Protective Cover Removal in Late July
Japanese utility company TEPCO will resume work to remove a protective cover from the stricken Fukushima reactor building in late July, a public Japanese broadcaster said. A dome was installed ... more

Return of Iranian oil may cause more OPEC tensions
The return of oil from Iran following the landmark nuclear energy deal with world powers could create fresh tensions within OPEC but may reinforce the cartel's output strategy, analysts say. ... more

Russia Will Start Selling Enriched Uranium to Europe
Russia's top exporter of primary stage nuclear material has completed a pilot shipment to Germany and Sweden via its northern Ust-Luga seaport. Techsnabexport performed the shipment jointly wi ... more

Russian firm dismisses South Africa nuclear build fears
Russia's state energy corporation Rosatom on Wednesday denied that it had already secretly won a massive nuclear power contract in South Africa, and sought to allay fears of corruption over the deal. ... more
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Neutrons find 'missing' magnetism of plutonium
Groundbreaking work at two Department of Energy national laboratories has confirmed plutonium's magnetism, which scientists have long theorized but have never been able to experimentally observe. Th ... more

Putin, Zuma consider development of South African nuclear energy priority
Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Jacob Zuma said that launching a program of development of South Africa's nuclear energy was a priority, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov ... more

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Japan reactor refuelled for restart, despite opposition


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Austria files EU complaint against UK nuclear plant


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Japan Creates Scorpion-Robot to Explore Fukushima Reactor


Hungary, Euratom Clear All Issues on Russian Nuclear Fuel Supplies


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Austria delays complaint against UK nuclear power plant

German lawmakers call for end to subsidies as nuclear failures continue

Saudi Arabia to Turn to Russian Expertise in Nuclear Energy

France to study building nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia

Austria to file EU complaint against UK nuclear plant

E.ON wants to close Swedish nuclear reactor

Russia, Myanmar Sign Agreement on Nuclear Energy Cooperation

Bacteria could clean groundwater contaminated by uranium ore processing

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US Anticipates Small Modular Nuclear Reactors in Next Decade

Russia Ready to Cooperateon Building Finnish Loviisa Nuclear Plant

Japan Prepares to Restart Sendai NPP

Vietnam to evacuate 1,288 households for construction of nuke power plants

S. Korea to close its oldest reactor

Japan speeds up return of Fukushima refugees to cut costs

Japan delays removal of fuel rods from Fukushima for 3 years

Kiev Claims Nuclear Facilities in Crimea Belong to Ukraine

South Korea Plans to Increase Number of Nuclear Reactors to 36

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