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