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Days after Vietnam stalled its plans to build nuclear power plants citing safety concerns, a nuclear expert in India says overall nuclear power is likely to expand in Asian countries. In the post Fukushima world, where safety concerns were repeatedly raised around nuclear power plants, Retired Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and Founder-Chairman of Nuclear Power Corporation of India M.R. Srinivasan tol ...

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Taiwan nuclear malfunction shuts down plant

A safety mechanism triggered by a high level of feed water shut down one of the two reactors in the Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant — or the First Nuclear Power Plant — on Thursday, the Taiwan Power Company (Taipower, 台電) said. The exact cause of the incident is still under investigation, Taipower said, while stressing that there had been no radioactive leak. At 1:10 p.m., the safety mechanism reportedly caused ...

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Serious flaws at Taiwan’s nuclear waste management

Japanese nuclear waste management specialist Masako Sawai yesterday identified flaws in Taiwan Power Co’s (Taipower) nuclear waste management, describing the contingent measures at the Guosheng Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s Wanli District (萬里) and a radioactive waste repository on Orchid Island (Lanyu, 蘭嶼) in Taitung County as “ill-planned and careless.” Sawai, a member of Japan’s Citizens’ Nucle ...

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Radioactive leak at Takahama plant

Japan’s nuclear power-reliant utility Kansai Electric Power said on Saturday it had found a pool of contaminated water at a nuclear reactor slated to restart in late February after years of being shut down. In a statement posted on its website, Kansai Electric said it has found 34 litres of radioactive water at the No. 4 unit at its Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui prefecture, 500 km west of Tokyo. The water ...

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India’s Nuclear market to attract US Investment?

Eight years after India and the US signed a pact to collaborate in civil nuclear energy, US companies are evincing interest in entering the Indian market worth an estimated $150 billion. According to a person familiar with the development, who did not want to be named, Westinghouse Electric Co. Llc is among several companies lining up not only to enter the Indian market but also to increase the number of po ...

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Lynchburg-based company gets Chinese nuclear-plant contract

Lynchburg-based BWX Technologies announced today that its subsidiary, BWXT Canada, has been awarded contracts for a nuclear plant in Guanxi, China. The company will be undertaking steam generator design and component manufacturing for Guangxi Fangchenggang Nuclear Power. The delivery of the steam generator components is scheduled for 2018. “We look forward to supplying high-quality designed and manufactured ...

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What does the Iran nuclear deal mean for South Asia?

As reports on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement between Iran and the P5+1 — the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany — began to trickle out from Vienna on 14 July 2015, India and Pakistan quickly put out statements welcoming the deal. The deal will have major consequences for South Asia. Indian and Pakistani policymakers realise that since they had curt ...

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North Korea will pursue ‘defensive’ nuclear programme

North Korea will pursue its "defensive" nuclear programme as long as it feels threatened by the United States, its UN disarmament envoy in Geneva told Reuters on Thursday. In a rare interview, Ambassador So Se Pyong also denounced the latest joint US-South Korean military exercises, due to start next week, saying they fanned tensions on the divided peninsula as it marks the 70th anniversary of liberation fr ...

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With Iran’s Help, India Eludes China in Race for Gas Riches

Anyone looking for the biggest immediate impact from Iran’s nuclear deal may want to turn away from the Middle East and toward the Indian subcontinent. With U.S. sanctions easing, India is racing to build a port in Iran that will get around the fact that its land access to energy-rich former Soviet republics in Central Asia has been blocked by China and its ally Pakistan. “We’re seeing the latest manifestat ...

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Japans third nuclear plant starts

Japan's nuclear regulator signed off on the basic safety of a reactor at a third nuclear plant on Wednesday, as the country inches toward rebooting its atomic industry more than four years after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The decision will be a boost for operator Shikoku Electric Power Co, which relied on its sole Ikata nuclear power station in southwestern Japan for about 40 percent of its electricity ou ...

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