Archive: Nuclear

Artwork: POWER/Sonal Patel

More Premature Nuclear Unit Retirements Loom

Two more U.S. nuclear power plants are facing early retirement, joining a string of generators whose fate was determined by market conditions, political pressure, or financial stresses assailing the sector. Several others may be poised to join them. The 647-MW Duane Arnold nuclear plant in Palo, Iowa, will likely close in 2025 after a current […]

First-of-a-kind. On January 28, CNNC hoisted and installed the pressure vessel for Fuqing 5-the first HPR 1000 unit. Courtesy: CNNC

Major Players in World Nuclear Market Merge

China’s State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission reorganized and transferred China Nuclear Engineering & Construction Corp. (CNEC) to China National Nuclear Corp. (CNNC) on January 31, forming a new giant in the nuclear power industry. The combined company is estimated to have nearly $100 billion in combined assets and almost 150,000 employees, according to data […]

MPW Mobile Ultrafiltration and Demineralization Units Exceed Canadian Power Plant Expectations

Challenge:
After a major refurbishment, a Canadian nuclear plant required additional process and boiler feed water for plant start-up and commissioning.
The plant’s raw water supply contained measurements ranging from 1-10 NTU, conductivity from 70-100 and color units ranging from 180-420. The plant also experienced highly variable flow rates, ranging from 0-600 GPM, and issues with the

Owners’ decisions last year to abandon two under-construction reactor units isn’t unprecedented. Over the short course of
nuclear power’s history in the U.S., more than 100 reactors (of about 230 projects scrutinized by the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission [NRC] and its predecessor the Atomic Energy Commission) have been canceled—nearly half of which had
already begun construction. Many had been faced with increasing uncertainties concerning low forecasted load; construction
financing constraints and reversals; state certification hurdles; and challenges to nuclear profitability posed by the
growing share of coal plants at the time. The graphic below offers a sampling of projects that have been abandoned. For
more detail, see a supplement associated with this infographic at www.powermag.com. Note: All dollar figures are from the
corresponding year. Source: NRC

THE BIG PICTURE: Abandoned Nuclear

This month’s THE BIG PICTURE infographic is accompanied by an interactive map. For more, visit: http://www.powermag.com/interactive-map-abandoned-nuclear-power-projects/

Owners’ decisions last year to abandon two under-construction reactor units isn’t unprecedented. Over the short course of
nuclear power’s history in the U.S., more than 100 reactors (of about 230 projects scrutinized by the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission [NRC] and its predecessor the Atomic Energy Commission) have been canceled—nearly half of which had
already begun construction. Many had been faced with increasing uncertainties concerning low forecasted load; construction
financing constraints and reversals; state certification hurdles; and challenges to nuclear profitability posed by the
growing share of coal plants at the time. The graphic below offers a sampling of projects that have been abandoned. For
more detail, see a supplement associated with this infographic at www.powermag.com. Note: All dollar figures are from the
corresponding year. Source: NRC

THE BIG PICTURE: Abandoned Nuclear Power Projects (Interactive Map)

A supplement to POWER‘s February 2018 THE BIG PICTURE print infographic, this interactive map offers a sampling of nuclear plant projects that have been abandoned. Double click on the map to activate the zoom function. Click on “Map Overview” to zoom out. Scroll down for an overview. Note: All dollar figures are from the corresponding year. Source: NRC […]

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Power Plant Construction and Upgrade Best Practices

Schedule delays and cost overruns can pose problems for complex power plant construction and retrofit projects. Sound planning, accurate modeling, and good communication can lead to successful projects for all

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Changing the Power Industry Culture

The news has been filled with high-profile sexual harassment cases recently. Although more women seem to be coming forward lately to tell their stories and bring misconduct to light, it’s far from a new

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What’s Next for the Clean Power Plan?

“The Trump administration is listening to the people of Wyoming,” remarked Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. His comment referenced a

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What Tax Reform Means for the Energy Industry

One of the most important items on President Trump’s first-year agenda was the implementation of tax reform in the U.S. Republican lawmakers worked tirelessly as the calendar year drew to an end to get a new

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Russia Prepares to Start Up Two Nuclear Reactors

Russia’s nuclear engineering and construction firm Rosatom in December brought the fourth unit at its Rostov nuclear power plant (NPP) near Volgodonsk in southern Russia to first criticality. Later that

Artwork: POWER/Sonal Patel

POWER Digest [February 2018]

Polish Energy Company Puts Large Coal-Fired Unit Online. Enea , the Polish state-owned energy company, in December inaugurated what it calls the largest coal-fired power generation unit in Europe. The company