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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has completed the segmentation of the reactor internals of units 1 and 2 at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in Sweden, fulfilling a contract awarded by plant operator OKG AB in December 2016. Large-scale dismantling and demolition of the two boiling water reactors will begin next year.

Date: Friday, 20 December 2019
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Sweden’s Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) approved the safety report for dismantling and demolition of the Barsebäck-1 and -2 nuclear plants about 30 km from Malmö in southern Sweden.

The Barsebäck station has two ABB-designed 600-MW boiling water reactor units. Barsebäck-1 was permanently shut down in November 1999 and Barsebäck-2 in May 2005.

Sweden’s government decided in 1997 that both units should be closed. Operator Barsebäck Kraft AB appealed and the closures were delayed.

In a separate move, more than 300 people lodged unsuccessful appeals to the supreme administrative court against the decision to close Barsebäck-2, including officials from the local municipality who claimed the closure violated Swedish environmental and industrial laws and EU legislation.

Date: Friday, 13 December 2019
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Following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the Japanese government launched decontamination work in the surrounding area. With most of this work now completed, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) has today published an assessment of the effectiveness of the strategies used, with a focus on radiocaesium.

Date: Friday, 13 December 2019
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The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) has approved a safety report for the dismantling and demolition of the Agesta nuclear power plant, a 10-MW pressurised heavy water reactor unit that was the country's first energy generating nuclear reactor.

The decision means dismantling and demolition can begin, although details of work being carried out must first be reported to SSM.

Agesta, south of Stockholm, began commercial operation in May 1964 and was permanently shut down in June 1974. It produced district heating and electrical energy for the suburb of Farsta between 1964 and 1974.

The transfer of district heating from the plant meant Agesta was located close to the homes in Farsta and for safety reasons was largely built inside a bedrock cavity.

Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
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Target is to finish cleanup at site within within 30 to 40 years of the 2011 accident The government of Japan and Tokyo Electric Power Company plan to start removing melted fuel from Unit 2 at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station in 2021, according to the latest decommissioning plan.

The draft plan, revised for the fifth time and released on 2 November, said Unit 2 was picked first for the removal process because it is safer than Units 1 and 3, which also melted down after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

The revised draft plan will be finalised after residents and experts give their opinions to a committee of cabinet ministers related to the decommissioning and contaminated water problems at the plant.

Investigations have confirmed that debris believed to be melted nuclear fuel at the bottom of the containment vessel in the Unit 2 reactor building can be lifted by a remote-control device.

Date: Thursday, 05 December 2019
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Two consortia, led by Barrnon and Wood, have reached the next round of an innovation competition that could help decommission radioactive facilities at Sellafield, the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has revealed. The projects were among five collaborative consortia, comprising almost 30 organisations, which have developed projects over the past two years.

Date: Tuesday, 03 December 2019
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China has approved the decommissioning plan for its first nuclear reactor - the Heavy Water Research Reactor (HWRR), which will be undertaken by the China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE). CIAE received government approval of the plan on 4 November.

Date: Thursday, 21 November 2019
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US-based EnergySolutions announced on 12 November that it has completed the physical work at the La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor (LACBWR) Decommissioning Project. This includes remediation and removal of radioactive material including confirmation surveys and inspections necessary to demonstrate compliance with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved Licence Termination Plan.

Date: Friday, 15 November 2019
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Switzerland’s Federal Council on 6 November adopted the third revision of the Decommissioning and Disposal Fund Ordinance (SEFV), which reduces the real yield of the two funds from 2.0% to 1.6%, sparking objections from the three operators of Switzerland’s four nuclear plants.

Date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019
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The global nuclear decommissioning services market is expected to grow by 6.8% a year to be valued at $8.9bn by 2025, according to a report by Grand View Research.

Global nuclear plant retirements are the main factor behind the projected growth, the report says.

Public safety concerns about nuclear and a transition towards renewables are likely to lead to further retirements and an increase in market demand over the coming years, according to the report.

Date: Saturday, 09 November 2019
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