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Egypt Plans Tender for First Nuclear Power Plant

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 17:03 CST

Egypt said it plans to hold a tender by the end of 2014 for its first nuclear power plant. According to RIA Novosti, it is expected that the new power plant will have a capacity of 1,000 to 1,200-MW and will be located in the city of Dabaa west of Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast. It is not known if the tender will be an opened or closed one.

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Lockheed Goes Global To Build Its Nuclear Business

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 15:34 CST
Dallas News (originally published Jul 21, 2014)

In a nondescript strip mall across town from the heavy security of its fighter jet operations, defense contractor Lockheed Martin opens its doors each day to a rotating crew of Chinese engineers. While the U.S. and Chinese governments spar over the theft of classified military data, Lockheed has entered into a deal with China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. to help build that country’s next generation of nuclear plants. The only hitch is that the Chinese want their own engineers workin...

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India's Nuclear Capacity Could Jump Threefold by 2023-24: Modi

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 15:33 CST
Business Standard

During his four-hour visit to BARC, Modi praised the contribution of nuclear scientists in the successful implementation of India’s three-stage nuclear program. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the department of atomic energy (DAE) should strive to meet the target of increasing nuclear capacity threefold from the present level of 5,780 Mw by 2023-24, within the projected cost.


Russia Targets 2030 for BN-1200

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 15:32 CST
World Nuclear News

Russia plans to start construction of three BN-1200 sodium-cooled fast neutron reactors before 2030, the director general of Rosenergoatom, Evgeny Romanov, said on 21 July. Russian nuclear engineering company OKBM Afrikantov is developing a BN-1200 reactor as a next step towards future reactor designs, commonly known as Generation IV. "We associate fast reactors with our strategic goal of a closed nuclear fuel cycle," Romanov said. The first of these units will be located at the Beloyarsk nuc...


UK Decision to Take over Foreign Plutonium Raises Safeguards Questions

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 15:31 CST
International Panel on Fissile Materials (originally published Jul 19, 2014)

The UK Government has announced that it has struck an agreement with German and Swedish governments to take title to plutonium arising from the reprocessing at Sellafield and management at Dounreay respectively of spent nuclear fuel from the two nations. In a written statement to the UK Parliament on 3 July 2014 by then energy minister Michael Fallon--who has since been promoted to become Defense Secretary--it was revealed that the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has agreed ...


“The Six’s” Guiding Principles in Negotiating with Iran

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 15:30 CST

The recent negotiations in Vienna have shown that the principles driving the positions of the “The Six”--the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia--differ markedly from those of Iran. Based on several discussions with senior members of the Six, the principles underpinning a deal must include: 1) sufficient response time in case of violations; 2) a nuclear program meeting Iran’s practical needs; 3) adequate irreversibility of constraints; 4) stable provisions; and 5) adequ...


Missile Defense: DOD’s Report Provides Limited Insight on Improvements to Homeland Missile Defense and Acquisition Plans

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 15:28 CST
Government Accountability Office (originally published Jul 17, 2014)

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is developing the Ground-based Midcourse Defense System (GMD) to defend the United States against an intermediate and intercontinental ballistic missile attack. As part of this system, the Department of Defense (DOD) has already deployed 30 ground-based interceptors—consisting of a booster with a kill vehicle on top—and a fire control system that uses information from sensors to formulate a battle plan. According to DOD, GMD is able to protect the United State...

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West Still Struggles to Cut Feared Bomb Risk in Iran Nuclear Talks

Posted: Jul 22, 2014 15:28 CST
Reuters (originally published Jul 21, 2014)

Major powers appear to have made only limited headway in making sure Iran will not be able to build an atomic bomb any time soon, underlining the uphill task they face after talks that began in February were extended by four months. Western officials say some progress was achieved during the most recent round of negotiations with Iran - enough to justify continuing the high-stakes diplomacy. Iran's enrichment capacity goes to the heart of the dispute over its atomic ambitions as it determines...


Iran Wanting What Argentina Got Shows Nuclear Market Precedent

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 16:02 CST
Bloomberg (originally published Jul 20, 2014)

War with an industrial power and nuclear technology developed under military rule doesn’t preclude a country from enriching uranium. Just ask Argentina. As world powers reached an impasse with Iran over the Persian Gulf country’s nuclear work, Argentina said it will become just the 11th nation to begin large-scale enrichment of the heavy metal used for industrial, medical and energy applications. It’s been producing enriched uranium on an experimental scale since the 1980s, the government sai...


CB&I Lands $100 Million Contract from Entergy for Reactor Safety Enhancements

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 16:01 CST
Nuclear Street

Fresh on the heels of an expanded partnership with China's state-controlled nuclear enterprise, Chicago Bridge & Iron last week announced $100 million in contracts to help upgrade Entergy nuclear plants in the U.S.

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Iberdrola Adds Impetus to Plan to Generate Power from Nuclear Waste

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 16:00 CST

A plan to generate power from the UK’s nuclear waste has received a boost with the news that Iberdrola has signed a memorandum of understanding with GE Hitachi to participate in the PRISM project. The Spanish utility is to be involved in the building of the 622 MW nuclear plant at Sellafield, which is focused on turning the UK's 100 tonnes of plutonium into a metal fuel, a new source of low carbon energy.


Status of Iran’s Nuclear Program in Relation to the Joint Plan of Action

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 16:00 CST
IAEA (originally published Jul 20, 2014)

As foreshadowed in GOV/2014/2, this report provides information on the status of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (Iran’s) nuclear program in relation to the “voluntary measures,” that Iran has agreed to undertake as part of the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) agreed between the E3+3 and Iran on 24 November 2013. According to the JPA, the first step would be time-bound (six months) and renewable by mutual consent. The JPA took effect on 20 January 2014.

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Iran Eliminates Sensitive Stockpile under Interim Nuclear Deal: IAEA

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 15:59 CST
Reuters (originally published Jul 20, 2014)

Iran has moved to eliminate its most sensitive stockpile of enriched uranium gas under an interim nuclear deal reached with six world powers last year, according to a monthly update by the U.N. nuclear watchdog obtained by Reuters on Sunday.

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Incertitude of Indian Nuclear Doctrine: BJP’s Stand on the Issue – OPED

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 15:59 CST
Eurasia Review (originally published Jul 18, 2014)

BJP’s recent election manifesto fiasco brought to the fore a startling and alarming revelation. Is our political cohesion so weak, that a mere media misinterpretation can raise a furor over an issue as sensitive as the national nuclear doctrine? Why were top level politicians themselves confused and making contradictory statements about a topic, which should have an explicit level of understanding amongst the political echelon? Or has the significance of the nuclear doctrine depreciated to th...

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Dollars for Fuel Plates: How the Iran Nuclear Talks Were Kept Alive

Posted: Jul 21, 2014 15:58 CST
The Guardian (originally published Jul 19, 2014)

If nuclear negotiations were a World Cup football game, it's 1-1 and they've gone into extra time. It's a score draw because both sides in Vienna have achieved something. Iran has kept all its agreements, freezing most of its nuclear program and dialing back some parts. The US has kept to its side of the bargain, releasing $4.2 billion from Iran's frozen back accounts. They have shown that deals can be done and implemented, which is something after so many years of deadlock.


Nuclear Tube Manufacturer Wins Supply Contract in China

Posted: Jul 18, 2014 17:50 CST

Vallourec announced that its subsidiary, Valinox Nucléaire, won a contract to supply tubes for two Chinese nuclear reactors. The contract is for 750 kilometres (466 miles) of tubes intended for the steam generators at the Fuqing units 5 and 6 operated by Chinese National Nuclear Corp. (CNNC). The contract also allows Valinox Nucléaire to obtain qualification for the 1,100-MW CAP1000 Chinese nuclear reactor design.

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Iran Nuclear Talks: Gaps Remain as Deadline Approaches

Posted: Jul 18, 2014 15:49 CST
The Guardian

Nuclear negotiations with Iran in Vienna stalled in recent weeks following disagreements over limits on Iran's enrichment capacity and how long those limits should last. All sides at the talks are prepared to extend them beyond Sunday's deadline, but an extension faces significant opposition in the US Congress. The proposed extension would last four months, but there is a dispute in Vienna over what the terms of that extension would be. Iran wants more of its assets from oil sales held in wes...


A Generational Shift in the North Korean Nuclear Program?

Posted: Jul 18, 2014 15:48 CST
The Strategist (originally published Jul 17, 2014)

The death last week of General Jon Pyong-ho, aged 88, chief architect of the North Korean nuclear program, raises the tantalizing question, ‘where to from here?’. We’ve become accustomed to a North Korean nuclear program that limps rather than runs. Two factors have constrained the program: a shortage of fissile material and a lack of nuclear testing. Deals cut in the 1990s and at the Six Party Talks (SPT) have also slowed proceedings; twice now the small 5MWe gas graphite reactor (the source...


New Norms Signal Support for Nuclear Plants

Posted: Jul 18, 2014 15:45 CST
China Daily

China's top energy regulator on Thursday announced 164 industry standards, about half of which are related to nuclear power, a signal that the country will support its nuclear sector with new approvals for plants. The National Energy Administration is putting an emphasis on the nuclear industry with detailed standards for upstream and downstream segments such as primary coolant pumps, a keyreactor component, as well as instrument and control systems. Experts said the standards pertain to the...


A Look Ahead

Posted: Jul 18, 2014 15:30 CST

What’s next on nonproliferation and international security, in Washington and around the globe.



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