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Wales Online: Wave hello to sea power proposals

‘THE full list of options for bringing the world’s most ambitious green electricity scheme to South Wales have been unveiled. Over the next two years, these 10 rival schemes will be studied in depth and whittled down into one proposal for generating environmentally-friendly power from the Severn Estuary. The list includes six barrages, two types of lagoon, a tidal fence and a tidal reef.’

RIA Novosti: Russia's Rosatom to bid to build nuclear reactor in Belarus

‘Russian state nuclear power corporation Rosatom has agreed to take part in a tender for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus, the ex-Soviet republic's energy ministry said Tuesday.’

RBC: TVEL to boost its nuclear fuel market share

‘TVEL Corporation plans to increase its share on the global nuclear fuel market to 30 percent by 2030, the Rosatom state corporation said in a statement. The document reads that there are currently 67 Russian-designed reactors in operation worldwide, while western-made pressurized water reactors (PWRs) number 214. The plan is to increase Russian-designed reactors to 145 by 2030, while the number of PWRs will rise to 350.’

Bloomberg: Japan to Curb Emissions With Hybrids, Nuclear Power

‘Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda vowed to make half of vehicles sold in his country run on hybrid or other clean technologies by 2020 and to build nine nuclear reactors in as many years to fight global warming.’

World Nuclear News: Nuclear cooperation to come with Italy

‘Italy's economic minister, Claudio Scajola, held meetings with energy minister and former AtomStroyExport president Sergei Shmatko, with the Russian ministry saying their talks had set priorities for their countries' cooperation in gas, electricity and nuclear power generation.’

World Nuclear News: Entergy helps extend life of Taipower plant

‘Entergy Nuclear will assist in a project to extend the operating life of Taiwan Power Co's (Taipower's) Kuosheng nuclear power plant. The Kuosheng plant comprises two boiling water reactors (BWRs), which were constructed in the early 1980s. The plant is considered a sister plant to Entergy's Grand Gulf plant in Mississippi, USA, in terms of age and design.’

Yahoo! News: Rice warns Iran against stalling on nuclear offer

‘US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Iran Tuesday not to delay a decision on an international offer of incentives if it halts sensitive nuclear work, ahead of a Saturday deadline. "The Iranians should know that this is not going to be a matter that they can stall," Rice told reporters after talks with her Italian counterpart Franco Frattini at her office. "The world is watching...," she said.’

George Monbiot: Nuking the Treaty

‘Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s insistence that Iran enriches its own fissile material, and the guessing game he is playing with Israel, the atomic energy agency and the UN Security Council is irresponsible and staggeringly dangerous. But if I were in his position I might be tempted to do the same.’

Quamnet: Shandong Nuclear Power Company and Westinghouse Electric Start Excavation on New AP1000 Plant in Haiyang, China

‘The Shandong Nuclear Power Company with Westinghouse Electric Company LLC and its consortium partner The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SGR) broke ground today one month earlier than scheduled on the Haiyang Nuclear Power Facility in Shandong Province, one of the most highly advanced nuclear power plants being constructed in the world.’

The Hindu: No ‘unconditional’ NSG nod for India, says U.S.

‘Though India has made it clear that it expects the United States to deliver a “clean and unconditional exemption” for it from the export guidelines of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, Washington says it is committed only to a “clean” and not “unconditional” waiver for New Delhi.’

RIA Novosti: Jordan seeks nuclear cooperation deals with Russia, U.S., China

‘Jordan plans to sign nuclear cooperation deals with Russia, the United States and China in the fall, Jordanian Atomic Energy Commission chief Khaled Tukan told reporters Tuesday. Amman, which is seeking to develop a civilian nuclear energy program, signed preliminary nuclear cooperation agreements with Canada and Britain in late June. It signed the first such agreement with France at the end of May.’

Reuters: Fire at Finnish nuclear reactor construction site

‘A small fire at the construction site for a new nuclear reactor in Olkiluoto, western Finland, spread to two floors of the reactor building, before it was put out, plant operator Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) said on Wednesday.’