Category Archives: ABWRs

Taiwan puts opening of new reactor on hold, schedules referendum

World Nuclear News reported today: The government of Taiwan has announced that unit 1 of the Lungmen nuclear power plant will be mothballed once pre-operational safety checks are completed. Construction of unit 2, meanwhile, will be suspended immediately. A referendum … Continue reading

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TEPCO to suspend operations at last active nuke

The Wall Street Journal just reported: Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday it will suspend operations of the No. 6 reactor at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on March 26 for a periodic check, a plan that … Continue reading

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Big news: NRC suspends consideration of STP expansion over foreign ownership

The San Antonio Express-News just reported: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has suspended its review of the foreign ownership portion of the application to expand the South Texas Project nuclear plant over concerns that the owners haven’t done enough to ensure … Continue reading

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NRC to make decision on new reactor design on Nov. 1

Reuters just reported: U.S. nuclear regulators said on Wednesday they would announce on Nov. 1 their decision whetherto approve a new version of the Advanced Boiling Water Reactor design proposed by the South Texas nuclear power project. Once the Nuclear … Continue reading

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Hitachi settles suit over ABWR design defects

Proponents of advanced boiling water reactors (ABWRs) are quick to point to the operational record of the world’s existing nuclear reactors in Japan. South Texas Nuclear Project has ordered two ABWRs from Toshiba as part of the plant’s planned expansion. … Continue reading

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Typhoon bearing down on damaged Fukushima reactors

The San Francisco Chronicle reported in the last hour: Typhoon Roke brought evacuation orders, downpours and fears of floods to southern Japan today as it began to traverse the country on a course towards the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. … Continue reading

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Japan poised to restart reactors

Three stories today seem to indicate that Japn is set on restarting some of the nation’s shut down nuclear power plants, and that the nuclear industry is prepared to put the Fukushima disaster behind them. First, Japan’s new prime minister is pressing for … Continue reading

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