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A few news items, mostly garnered from World Nuclear News. Love 'em or hate 'em, they do report on new builds, advances and setbacks. I usually post their stop without commentary or introductions. Here I've entered my much loved personal commentary through out....

So...the world nuclear build up hasn't really slowed down, Fukushima or no Fukushima. But it does stand mired in controversy and portends hope from every conceivable angle. So here are few tid bits in the world of nuclear.

Of Interest:

New commercial documentary from director Robert Stone:

PANDORA'S PROMISE. See the trailer here:

Rod Adam's from Atomic Insights describes it this way:

Mark is one of the stars of Pandora’s Promise, a Robert Stone-produced documentary that was well-received at Sundance 2013. That film, which will debut in theaters around the US in June, describes the conversion of four former antinuclear campaigners to ardent supporters of nuclear energy. Here is the official trailer of that exciting new contribution to the energy conversation.
Nukes in Turkey By Gosh!
--From World Nuclear News:
Turkey stands to be the first country to use the Atmea1 reactor design by Areva and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). An accord signed today could see four of the units deployed at Sinop in the early 2020s.

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to the country today and the pair signed an agreement that provides for the construction of a new nuclear power plant at Sinop featuring Atmea1 pressurized water reactors.

The official Invest In Turkey website described the accord as granting "exclusive negotiating rights to build a nuclear power plant." The end result is expected to be a contract for up to four reactor units, at an expected cost of $22 billion, but this has not yet been confirmed.

Pretty picture:
The plant in question
Sort of amazing at many levels.

So the Turks are building 4 of these along with 2 1200MW VVER 1200 plants from the Russians.

And in Virginia...

ESBWR back as proposed North Anna unit

Virginia has had an off again/off again relationship with nuclear for decades. Here is the report, in part:

Dominion has reverted to GE-Hitachi's Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) as the favoured technology for the proposed third unit at its North Anna plant in Virginia.

The utility originally selected the ESBWR design for North Anna 3 in 2005. It submitted a combined construction and operating licence (COL) application for the unit in November 2007, referencing the ESBWR. In 2009, however, Dominion said that it had been unable to negotiate a contract with GE-Hitachi and launched a competitive bidding process. The following year, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' (MHI's) Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor (APWR) was selected as the preferred technology to be used.

However, in a filing yesterday to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Dominion said that it had now "decided to replace the reactor design previously selected for a potential unit with ESBWR technology."

Full story here

I'll believe it when I see it. More on the ESBWR here. Here is a pretty picture of the plant:

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

    by davidwalters on Fri May 03, 2013 at 11:14:54 AM PDT

  •  On Turkey... (2+ / 0-)
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    Deward Hastings, snacksandpop

    seems the news items have left out discussion on earthquake preparedness. The whole country vibrates more or less continual from small tremors. But they do get 'big ones' now and again, more often that California, more like Japan. I am wondering how their seismic precautions are compared to other reactors.


    Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

    by davidwalters on Fri May 03, 2013 at 11:22:41 AM PDT

    •  Just what I was wondering. N Anatolian Fault Zone (0+ / 0-)

      has occasional clusters of destructive earthquakes that move down the length of the fault. I think that the average recurrence period may have been already passed, but I need to check sources to confirm what I remember.

      look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

      by FishOutofWater on Fri May 03, 2013 at 11:45:16 AM PDT

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  •  My problem with “nuclear”... (1+ / 0-)
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    snacksandpop the name.

    I prefer the name “fission power plants”.

    There is no scientific reason that humans will not perfect FUSION power plants.

    When that day comes, the hurdle of convincing a non-scientific community of the fusion vs. fission difference will most likely be a major obstacle.

  •  an unaddressed question (1+ / 0-)
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    is which (if either) of these technologies can survive an emergency shutdown without further intervention (or, at least, nothing more than a gravity feed water supply).

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Fri May 03, 2013 at 11:57:32 AM PDT

    •  That's correct. (3+ / 0-)

      I don't know about the EBSWR but the Atema1 can. I believe that in part the definition of any Gen III reactor is passive calling and 'walk away safe' (which means 72 hours minimum).

      PS...I've been lazy in looking up the specs on the EBSWR.

      Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

      by davidwalters on Fri May 03, 2013 at 12:16:18 PM PDT

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      •  OK, it's "ESBWR"...sorry... (1+ / 0-)
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        Deward Hastings

        So, from

        "The passive safety systems in an ESBWR operate without using any pumps, which creates increased design safety, integrity, and reliability, while simultaneously reducing overall reactor cost. It also uses natural flow for coolant circulation within the reactor pressure vessel (RPV); this results in fewer systems to maintain. There are no circulation pumps or associated piping, power supplies, heat exchangers, instrumentation, or controls needed for these systems.

        ESBWR's passive safety systems include a combination of three systems that allow for the efficient transfer of decay heat (created from nuclear decay) from the reactor to pools of water outside containment – the Isolation Condenser System, the Gravity Driven Cooling System, and the Passive Containment Cooling System. These systems utilize natural circulation based on simple laws of physics to transfer the decay heat outside containment while maintaining water levels inside the reactor, keeping the nuclear fuel submerged in water and adequately cooled."

        Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

        by davidwalters on Fri May 03, 2013 at 12:19:22 PM PDT

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  •  And in the US of A federal courts (1+ / 0-)
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    Southern Company and its contractors Shaw and Westinghouse have filed a blizzard of suits and countersuits over the under-construction new Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia, which is now predicted to go way ($500 million?) over budget.

    Part of the problem is that the fill dirt that goes under a nuclear plant must be "special" and compact extra uniformly, in contrast with fill dirt for ordinary construction projects for which there are more lenient standards.  The Vogtle fill dirt is turning out to be spendy.

    And a federal judge tossed out a whistleblower suit regarding the new Summer nuclear plant plant in South Carolina on a technicality.  The worker had been fired after complaining about substandard steel supplies for that nuke's ongoing construction.

    The Judge ruled  that getting fired for complaining about construction materials fraud wasn't protected under the whistleblower laws.

    Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

    by 6412093 on Fri May 03, 2013 at 12:35:35 PM PDT

    •  Um, the whistleblower brought a charge (1+ / 0-)
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      against the Energy Reorganization Act and Sarbanes-Oxley. Only the case citing Sarbanes-Oxley was dismissed because it was not a protected activity. The case against ERA went unchallenged and is moving forward.

  •  Nukes in Saudi Arabia (2+ / 0-)
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    snacksandpop, peace voter

    According to Mohammed Al Sabban at Harvard last week, nuclear is not an option for that country.  His personal opinion is that they are not viable for the whole region which has no internal capacity for nuclear and, if more natural gas is found, solar and gas will be sufficient to power the country.

    Al Sabban was both an OPEC and climate change negotiator for the Saudi government and is now an academic.

    •  But they are planning on building 16 nukes (0+ / 0-)

      despite this one guy. There is virtually no opposition (even reading between the lines of this authoritarian state).

      From the small amount you state, it's absolutely true: solar WITH gas will go a long way. But that's the truth. Gas is a terrible GHG emitter, half as much as coal, in fact. (Notice how I worded that? I could of said, gas is so much BETTER as it's "only half as much as coal"...). No, renewables wouldn't drop consumption of natural gas there that much and the reason ALL these countries: Iran, S. Arabia and the UAE want to build nukes is that they need to sell their gas and oil and not use them for energy generation. Since nuclear can cancel oil and gas plants on a MW per MW capacity basis, they are going with nukes.

      The UAE is due to run out of gas for exporting soon, thus the 'rush' to build nukes.

      Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

      by davidwalters on Fri May 03, 2013 at 01:08:43 PM PDT

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  •  You may wish to edit, Virginia, not Texas (0+ / 0-)

    for North Anna. It says Virginia in the writeup, but Texas in your intro for it.

    Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

    by kbman on Fri May 03, 2013 at 05:50:58 PM PDT

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