Today's big stories from the nuclear industry:
Protests over re-opening of Japanese nuclear reactor ‘(Buddhika Weerasinghe-Japan) Japanese peace and human right activists together protest against to Japan's Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)has reactive controversial "fast-breeder" Monju nuclear reactor14 years after the plant was shut down following a liquid of sodium leaked and fire in 1995. That fast breeder Monju nuclear reactor suspended four months after start-up in August 1995 and today morning 10.30 restarted to operation. Two organizations of right activists separate time morning and afternoon protest against to restarted "fast-breeder" Monju nuclear reactor. Fukui Kenmin Kagi joint right organization about 30 activists held protest rally and march to entrance of Monju then later hand over the petition and appeal suspend the operation of Monju. Shrasaka Kzyhe, activist of "No more Hiroshima, No more Nagasaki Action" organization said, "Why they use 98% plutonium? We think they try to make nuclear bomb power of their politics. Five of members of their organization come from Tokyo and Toyama protest and strongly condemned of Japan Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and reactive Monju.
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station gets another three years without cooling towers ‘It will take another three years for state water officials to determine whether nuclear power plants like the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station are required to install dozens of cooling towers so as to avoid using ocean water for cooling. Following an all-day hearing Tuesday, board members with the state Water Quality Control Board unanimously passed new regulations for the state's 19 coastal power plants. The regulations require plants using ocean water for cooling to reduce their intake by more than 90 percent in order to dramatically reduce the amount of fish and fish eggs that are taken from the Pacific Ocean and killed in the process of generating electricity. However, reducing water intake requires the use of evaporative cooling towers that expose hot water to cool air in a continuous loop. Closed cooling tower systems are estimated to use only about 5 percent as much water at the "once through" systems currently used by most plants.’
Nuke plant not in Klang Valley ‘PETALING JAYA: Malaysia's first nuclear power plant should not be built in the Klang Valley which has a high population of seven million people, said the atomic energy regulator. Atomic Energy Licensing Board director-general Raja Datuk Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan said the plant and its buffer zone needed to be constructed on at least 2.6sq-km of land, equal to about 314 football pitches. Abdul Aziz, who claimed he was neither for nor against nuclear energy, said the plant would need a base of solid rock with little or no seismic movement, more than 10m elevation to be safe from disasters like tsunamis and hurricanes, and located near a large body of water for cooling purposes. "It needs to be near the electricity grid in order to 'hook' onto it and on the least populated area with no other land use. "So, the Klang Valley is expected to be out," he said in an interview yesterday. Abdul Aziz was commenting on a statement by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui that his ministry was currently conducting a study into constructing Malaysia's first plant, estimated to cost RM20bil.’
EDF agrees nuclear partnership with China ‘EDF has signed agreements with China National Nuclear Corporation and China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Company (CGNPC) to become a partner in China's nuclear programme. The agreement is intended to strengthen the engineering collaboration between the companies, which started with the construction of the nuclear plants of Daya Bay and Ling Ao in Guangdong Province. This agreement will see increased liaison between the two groups, particularly in the fields of training, project management and R&D. The partnership with CGNPC complements the joint-venture agreement, concluded with EDF in 2008, for the construction and operation of two EPR nuclear reactors at Taishan. It provides a broader framework for co-operation between the two groups, particularly in the fields of engineering, purchasing and R&D. It is also a reminder of the determination of EDF and CGNPC to identify the opportunities for joint development projects, both within China and internationally.’
Final acceptance of initial Tianwan units ‘The final acceptance documents for the initial phase of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China have been signed by general contractor AtomStroyExport (ASE) of Russia and the plant owner, Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation (JNPC). The documents were signed by Alexander Nechaev, first vice-president of ASE, and Jiang Ghoyuan, general manager of JNPC. JNPC was established in December 1997, primarily to be responsible for the construction and operation of Tianwan plant. The corporation consists of three shareholders: China National Nuclear Corporation (50%), China Power Investment Corporation (30%) and Jiangsu Guoxin Group (20%). Tianwan Phase I at Lianyungang city in Jiangsu province was constructed under a 1992 cooperation agreement between China and Russia. The cost of the project - comprising two 1060 MWe Russian AES-91 type VVER pressurized water reactors - is reported to be $3.2 billion, with China contributing $1.8 billion of this. The reactors incorporate Finnish safety features and Siemens-Areva instrumentation and control systems. Russia's Energoatom has been responsible for maintenance from 2009. First concrete at the Tianwan site was poured in October 1999.’
Another major investor for Kalahari ‘Hong Kong-listed trading company APAC Resources Limited is to buy up to 7.1% of Kalahari Minerals, giving it a major investment in the mining company which is looking to develop Namibian uranium interests. London-based Kalahari announced that it has agreed to sell up to 16 million ordinary shares at a price of £1.85 ($2.79) each, equivalent to a total of £29.6 million ($44.6 million). The shares will be sold in two tranches, with the first tranche of 4.8 million shares to be acquired by APAC on 7 May and the second tranche of at least 7.4 million and up to 11.2 million shares on or by 10 June. Kalahari executive chairman Mark Hohnen welcomed APAC as a shareholder register, noting that the development gave further support to the company's "already strong institutional backing" - APAC joins Japanese trading house Itochu, which agreed to take a 15% share of the company in March 2010. According to Hohnen, APAC's" invaluable relationships and contacts in the Chinese commodities market" will further strengthens Kalahari's exposure to the Asian resource sector. APAC is a natural resources and investment trading group with a focus on base metals.’