Dominion reactor parts from company that supplied shut Belgian unit

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dominion's four Virginia nuclear units have reactor pressure vessels made by the same manufacturer that supplied a Belgian reactor shut down because of possible vessel cracking, a Dominion spokesman said Friday.

Dominion is following developments in Belgium, but has not been notified by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission of any information related to the incident, Richard Zuercher said.

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EU calls for more nuclear tests after Belgian fears

Friday, August 10, 2012

The discovery of possible cracks in a Belgian nuclear reactor should trigger urgent testing around the EU, but such decisions are for national governments to take, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Thursday.

"National authorities will conduct tests, that seems obvious," said Marlene Holzner, spokeswoman for EU energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger. "The European Commission can make recommendations, but it can't make them binding," she stressed.

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Sixteen states talk nuclear power

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The representatives of the 16 EU countries that have opted for nuclear energy have identified the four 'pillars' on which the EU's energy policy must be built: safety of sourcing, consumer purchasing power, industrial competitiveness and the fight against global warming.

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RWE AG : Dutch Utility Delta Shelves Plan To Build 2nd Nuclear Plant

Monday, January 23, 2012

AMSTERDAM -(Dow Jones)- Dutch utility Delta NV said Monday it has shelved its plan to build a second nuclear plant in the Netherlands, in the latest example of waning appetite for atomic power in Europe.

Delta NV, which aimed to build the plant together with Germany's RWE AG, said the current market climate makes it no longer viable to move ahead with the project and that it will shelve its plans for two to three years.

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The art of easing nuclear fears

Sunday, May 29, 2011

VLISSINGEN // A tapestry adorns a concrete wall that separates a decade’s worth of radioactive waste from the population of the Netherlands.

It is a reproduction of a 17th-century weaving of a naval battle from the Dutch war of independence. A golden sun marks the spot on the panorama where, now, the by-products of nuclear power plants and medical research reactors are sequestered in concrete warehouses.

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Dutch Court Rules Stake In Nuclear Plant Can't Go To RWE

Monday, January 24, 2011

AMSTERDAM (Dow Jones)--The Dutch Supreme Court Friday upheld an interim injunction that prevents German utility RWE AG (RWE.XE) from obtaining a 50% stake in the only nuclear power plant in the Netherlands.

The ruling is a setback for RWE, which acquired Dutch utility Essent in 2009, but a final decision on whether RWE will eventually gain control of the stake in the Borssele reactor could still take years.

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RWE interested in Dutch nuclear newbuild if new govt revokes ban

Friday, February 26, 2010

German utility RWE has indicated its interest in building a nuclear power plant in the Netherlands should a new government revoke the ban on such projects, RWE CEO Juergen Grossmann said at the company's annual earnings press conference Thursday in Essen.

"We are interested and we are competent," Grossmann said, when asked about the issue by a Dutch journalist.

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Eastern Europe to host EU nuclear waste storage facility

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

High-level nuclear waste from across the European Union could be shipped to eastern Europe for burial in a central underground storage facility under plans being considered by EU member states.

The Times has learnt that the project, which comes amid a resurgence of interest in nuclear power, could be given the green light later this year by the European Commission. Ewoud Verhoef, deputy director of Covra, the agency responsible for the storage of the Netherlands´ nuclear waste, said: "The nuclear programme in Holland is small and the cost of building a geological repository is very high. We only have one nuclear reactor in the Netherlands so there would be big advantages to a shared solution."

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Think Tank to Bid Again for Dutch Nuke Project

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute said yesterday that it will probably bid again for a nuclear research reactor project pursued by the Netherlands in the second half of this year.

Institute director Yang Myeong-seung said, “We are actively considering re-entering the bid for PALLAS, a project on the construction of a nuclear research reactor in the Netherlands.”

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RWE will fight for Dutch nuclear stake

Thursday, June 4, 2009

LONDON (Reuters) - German RWE, Europe's fifth-largest utility, will fight to take over Essent's stake in the Netherland's only nuclear power plant, disputing a claim by peer Delta that it should sell it on.

RWE does not have to comply with a demand by Dutch state-owned utility Delta to sell on the 50 percent stake of the Borssele nuclear power plant it is buying as part of its 8.2 billion euro ($11.6 billion) takeover of Essent, RWE finance director Rolf Pohlig said in an interview.

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