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Spain nuclear power plant automatically shuts down

The 1,000-MW Almaraz I nuclear power unit in Spain automatically shut down after a pressure drop in the reactor triggered the response.

The drop in pressure set off the protection system, which led to the shutdown, according to Reuters. The cause of the drop has been identified, and the plant remains offline. The plant is co-owned by Iberdrola, Endesea and Gas Natural.

Developing world revives nuclear power prospects, but yet to commit

LONDON (Reuters) – Developing nations are leading a revival of interest in nuclear power, say atomic plant builders, but orders remain elusive as more safety features post-Fukushima have inflated investment costs.

Three-and-a-half years after Japan’s reactor accident shook confidence, around 25 countries are thinking of turning nuclear to sustain strong growth and provide cleaner and reliable power.

“It’s not so much growth in the developed countries but we’re seeing a lot of other countries that are wanting to develop nuclear. We’re finding money in places we didn’t even know existed,” Danny Roderick, chief executive of Toshiba-owned nuclear reactor maker Westinghouse, told Reuters at a nuclear industry conference last week in London.

Rival reactor designer GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, a joint venture between the U.S. and Japanese companies, said it has held meetings with officials from India, Mexico and Vietnam, among others.

Countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Turkey or Jordan, are also considering building nuclear plants and around 160 reactors are expected to come online over the next decade, according to the World Nuclear Association.

On paper, that should provide plenty of work, but the industry continues to lick its wounds in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Japan in March 2011, which caused triple meltdowns and hydrogen explosions at Tepco’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Finnish PM faces backlash over Russia nuclear plant

BRUSSELS - Finland’s new PM, Alexander Stubb, is facing a coalition split over plans for Russian firm Rosatom to build a nuclear reactor.

A contact in the Green League, a junior coalition party, on Thursday (18 September) confirmed to EUobserver that it will quit if Stubb’s cabinet approves the project at a meeting later the same day.

“We joined the coalition on the understanding that there would be no new nuclear plants built during the current, four-year term. So we would see this as a broken promise,” the contact said.

The league’s head, environment minister Ville Niinisto, made his threat public on Monday when Stubb’s economy ministry said the project should go ahead.

If the Greens abandon him, it would leave Stubb with just a 101-strong majority in the 200-seat parliament.

It is also likely to trigger a vote of confidence and, if Stubb loses, snap elections ahead of a scheduled vote in April.

Stubb has joked that if the Greens quit, he will be forced to make sure all his remaining MPs turn up to vote whenever parliament meets. “Let’s put it this way - the rules on traveling will be tighter,” he said.

Three Out of Four Nuclear Reactors Under Construction Around the Globe Are Behind Schedule

Chronic Delays Making Already Extremely Expensive Power Source Even More Costly: At Least 49 Out of 66 Reactor Projects Now Running Behind Schedule, Including All 5 in U.S. and Most in China.

PARIS and WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Contrary to what is often claimed in the United States by proponents of nuclear power, the reality is that other nations around the globe do not have a better track record when it comes to delivering nuclear reactor projects on time and on budget, according to an updated analysis conducted by the authors of the "The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014".

UAE’s first nuclear power unit 57pc complete

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has announced that Unit 1 of the four reactors being developed in the UAE’s nuclear energy programme in Barakah, Abu Dhabi, is now more than 57 per cent complete.

Meanwhile, construction of Unit 2 is also well under way.

The Enec’s strategic objective is to supply safe, clean, reliable and efficient nuclear energy that supports continued growth in the UAE, it said.

Barakah plant Unit 1 under construction

The indicative timeline for the power station to enter commercial operation is for Unit 1 in 2017, Unit 2 in 2018, Unit 3 in 2019 and the final Unit 4 in 2020.

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) recently announced that it had granted Enec approval to commence construction of Units 3 and 4, following an 18-month rigorous review by the regulator and a team of nuclear energy experts in conjunction with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Republic of Korea’s nuclear energy regulator. 

In May 2014, Enec received its first reactor vessel, which is one of the largest components in a nuclear energy plant and is one of the many defence-in-depth barriers to ensure safety of the plant. Controlled nuclear reactions occurring inside the vessel release energy that is then converted into electricity.

CALLAWAY: OFFSITE NOTIFICATION DUE TO OIL TANKER TRUCK SPILL

At approximately 0913 CDT, the Callaway Plant Control Room was notified that an oil tanker truck overturned on plant property. The location of the incident was inside the owner controlled area but outside of the protected area. The truck was making a delivery to the plant. The Callaway County Emergency Operation Center was contacted at approximately 0930 to request an ambulance for the driver. The driver of the truck was transported offsite for medical treatment. The drivers injuries are not life threatening. The incident has resulted in a slow leak of diesel fuel that is being contained onsite.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources was notified of the spill.

"The Missouri Highway Patrol is onsite assisting with the incident and restoration efforts.

Both NRC Resident Inspectors were notified.

NRC Notified By: RICHARD HUGHEY

10 CFR Section: 50.72(b)(2)(xi) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION

RX Type: [1] W-4-LP

Vermont Yankee nuclear plant begins gradual power down

VERNON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Yankee  nuclear power plant has begun a gradual reduction of the electricity that it generates that will end with the plant shutting down in December.

The so-called coast-down period typically occurs at the end of the plant's operating cycle as the nuclear fuel in the reactor is depleted.

The state's only nuclear power plant has been generating electricity continually since the spring of 2013, a stretch of 500 days.

Entergy Nuclear (NYSE: ETR), Vermont Yankee's owner, made the decision last year to close the plant at the end of the current fueling cycle, December of this year.

EU regulators set to clear Britain's 19 billion euro nuclear project

(Reuters) - European Union state aid regulators are set to approve Britain's 19-billion-euro (£15 billion) plan to build a nuclear plant with French utility EDF, several people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The case is important for Britain, which wants to replace a fifth of its ageing nuclear power and coal plants over the coming decade, and for France, whose nuclear sector would benefit from the major export contract.

Other EU countries such as Germany, which is phasing out nuclear energy, and pro-nuclear Lithuania and Poland are also following the case for guidance on the level of state aid allowed for such projects.

"We can expect some resolution (approval) in the next couple of weeks. The intention is to move forward," said one of the sources, declining to comment on the specifics of the case.

Update On The Revision To NUREG 0654/FEMA‐REP‐1

Development of draft Revision 2 of NUREG‐0654/FEMA‐REP‐1, “Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants,” continues with additional changes being made based on feedback provided by stakeholders during a follow‐up stakeholder engagement session held on June 25, 2014. The document is currently undergoing final review and approval by NRC and FEMA management prior to its scheduled release for formal public comment in the 4th quarter of Calendar Year 2014.

The NRC has also completed the initial draft of a new guidance document (NUREG) that will amplify information on overall emergency preparedness (EP) program capabilities specific to evaluation criteria applicable to nuclear power plant licensees and applicants, as well as address other EP‐related topics. The document is currently undergoing review by NRC staff and management. A draft of the new EP guidance document will be publicly available for viewing during the public comment period for NUREG‐0654/FEMA‐REP‐1. A separate formal public comment period for the draft NUREG will be scheduled after the public comment period for NUREG‐0654/FEMA‐REP‐1 ends.

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