Weekly News Roundup – Friday 09 December

We round up the recent news and updates from the world of Nuclear.

India announces plans to build more nuclear power plants, from Power Technology: “The Indian government has said it intends to build more nuclear power plants to boost the country’s clean energy generation. Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh said that the government has, in principle, given approval for five new locations for building nuclear power plants in the future.”

Majority of Finns champion nuclear power, from Euronews: “As winter approaches and the energy demand increases, Finland hopes to reduce its dependency on Russia. Nuclear power, once a source of public mistrust, has now become an attractive solution… Between 60% and 70% of the Finnish public now support nuclear power, which is well above the EU average. This hasn’t always been the case, with polls from the 1980s showing that only 40% of Finns were in favour of this energy source.”

New IAEA Tools Help Countries Select Suitable Nuclear Reactor Technologies, from IAEA: “The newly updated publication “Nuclear Reactor Technology Assessment for Near Term Deployment, part of the Nuclear Energy Series, refines the IAEA’s methodology for nuclear reactor technology assessment (RTA) used to make informed decisions on the most appropriate nuclear power plant designs. It lays out the obligations and responsibilities integral to making an informed assessment.”

Cold hydro testing for Vogtle 4 completed, from World Nuclear News: “Georgia Power has announced the successful completion of cold hydro testing for Vogtle unit 4, which it describes as “another critical milestone along the path” to bringing online the first new nuclear units in the USA for more than 30 years.”

Iran Building New Nuclear Plant; Indonesia Seeks Investors for its First, from Power Magazine: “Two countries seeking to expand development of their nuclear power programs have announced new projects. Iranian officials on Dec. 3 said construction of what would be that country’s second nuclear power plant has begun. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s government on Dec. 4 said it is looking for investors to support development of what would be the country’s first nuclear power plant.”