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Nuclear plant automation contract awarded for UK power plants


Thales was awarded a 10-year, £30 million ($37.9 million) contract to support computerized control system services at all but two EDF Energy’s UK nuclear power plants.

Underground storage radiation leak may have another cause


A radiation leak at an underground nuclear waste storage site in New Mexico may have been caused by improper packaging.

Vogtle nuclear Unit 1 automatically shuts down


Unit 1 at Plant Vogtle in Georgia automatically shut down July 27th during testing.

IHS: A drop in U.S. fuel diversity will cost reliability, jobs and money


A predicted lack of fuel diversity in the U.S. power generation industry will lead to fewer jobs, a lower gross domestic product (GDP) and less grid stability.

Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters


A U.S. science advisory report says Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation's nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios.

Boundary Dam Unit 53 returns online, ahead of schedule


Boundary Dam’s generating Unit 53 has returned online after a severe electrical short disabled the unit right before peak generation.

NRC lifts order at uranium conversion facility


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has lifted a confirmatory order at the Honeywell Metropolis Works facility in Illinois.

Kudankulam nuclear Unit 2 expected to be commissioned soon


The second 1,000-MW unit at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in India is expected to be commissioned soon.

Columbia nuclear power plant sets generation record


The 1,170-MW Columbia Generating Station in Washington state generated a record 9.7 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Company to provide radiography services to Southern nuclear fleet


Mistras Group Inc. (NYSE: MG) was awarded a multi-year contract to provide fleet radiography services to Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO).

DOE awards $420mn order for uranium enrichment facility decommissioning


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a task order to Fluor Federal Services Inc. for deactivation services at a former uranium enrichment facility in Kentucky.

Nuclear power plants reducing output due to warm water


Two nuclear power plants in Sweden have had to cut output due to warm temperatures in Scandinavia.

Missouri town to end coal use at two power plants


The Independence City Council on July 18 passed a proposed resolution directing the end of coal use at two power plants owned and operated by the municipally-owned Independence Power and Light (IPL).

Indian Point shutdown plan debated in New York


A debate is brewing over the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposal to force the Entergy (NYSE:ETR) Indian Point nuclear units go offline for a prolonged period during the fish migration season every year.

Nebraska utilities get more time to gauge nuke flood risks


Federal regulators have given Nebraska's two biggest utilities more time to evaluate flooding hazards at their two nuclear power plants.

Summer nuclear power plant automatically trips offline


The single-unit V.C. Summer nuclear power plant in South Carolina tripped back offline July 22 due to low steam generator level.

NRC issues confirmatory order to Entergy Nuclear


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a confirmatory order to Entergy Nuclear (NYSE: ETR) in regards to corrective actions taken at the Palisades nuclear power plant in Michigan.

Wind energy plant restarted after forest fire threat


Alterra Power Corp. (TSX: AXY) restarted full operations July 18 at the Dokie 1 wind farm in Vancouver, British Columbia after a forest fire threatened the plant.

Fast-breeder nuclear reactors set for Russian power plant by 2030


Russia’s Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Plant is set to be home to three fast-breeder nuclear reactors by 2030.

Kentucky coal-fired power plant set to host $19.5mn carbon capture system


A $19.5 million carbon capture pilot project is set to be located at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown Generating Station.