Nuclear Reactor

  • Underwater fence at Fukushima found damaged September 26, 2013

    Tokyo: The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), said Thursday that an underwater curtain was found damaged below the stricken complex, according to local media. The curtain, called silt fence, was installed around an adjoining pair of water intakes of the plant's reactor numbers...
  • Japan to boost surveys off Fukushima: report September 14, 2013

    Tokyo: Japan's nuclear authority plans to conduct radiation contamination surveys at 600,000 points on the seabed off the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, up from 200 places so far, a report said. The Nuclear Regulation Authority is to survey the spots in a 1,000 square-kilometre (about 385 square-mile) area stretching 50 kilometres...
  • Fukushima water leak risk exaggerated: Japan September 5, 2013

    Tokyo: The chief of Japan's nuclear watchdog chided the operator of the Fukushima plant Thursday for its inability properly to explain problems, which he said was inflating fears around the world. Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, said information given by Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) on the level of...
  • Fukushima operator to seek foreign advice on toxic water August 27, 2013

    Hirono: Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501.T), the operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, said it would invite foreign decommissioning experts to advise it on how to deal with highly radioactive water leaking from the site, and Japan signalled it may dip into a $3.6 billion emergency reserve fund to...
  • INS Arihant's 'criticality' a giant stride for India: PM August 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday congratulated scientists and defence personnel on the reactor on India's first nuclear submarine INS Arihant going critical, calling it a "giant stride" in the progress of the country's indigenous technological capabilities. "I am delighted to learn that the nuclear propulsion reactor on...
  • 'Kudankulam plant is almost ready to begin functioning' May 7, 2013

    Chennai: The first unit of the 1,000 MW Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP), set up by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL), is almost ready for beginning the fission process, said a top official of the country's atomic regulator. "As of now, the test reports and the results submitted by...
  • Defective valves found in Kudankulam pre-commissioning tests April 20, 2013

    Mumbai: India's nuclear regulator ordered replacement of four defective valves of the system that cools the reactor of Kudankulam nuclear power plant after the problem was detected during ongoing pre-commissioning tests. The defect in the components of the four valves--there are thousands of such devices in a nuclear reactor--was found...
  • Meet North Korea's new Kim, same as the old Kims? April 3, 2013

    Washington: North Korea's young leader Kim Jong-un is using his forebears' time-tested "crazy-guy-in-the-neighborhood" strategy, senior US officials say, but with a provocative new twist - aiming Pyongyang's threats directly at the United States. There are indeed signs of an earlier method in what might seem like Kim's rhetorical madness, which...
  • North Korea to restart work at closed nuclear reactor April 3, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea will restart all nuclear facilities including its shuttered Yongbyon nuclear reactor, its official KCNA news service said on Tuesday. It will rebuild and restart nuclear facilities including its mothballed uranium enrichment facility and the 5 MW Yongbyon reactor which it closed in 2007, KCNA quoted a spokesman at...
  • Trust our nuclear technology: French president to India February 16, 2013

    Mumbai: French President Francois Hollande on Friday urged India "to trust" his country's nuclear technology and extended France's support to the Indian nuclear power generation programme. Hollande stressed the need for cleaner technologies and highlighted issues of global warming and green house emissions at a summit hosted by business organisations like...
  • Canada to allow civil nuclear trade with India November 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Canadian firms will soon be able to export uranium and nuclear reactors to India for the first time in almost four decades following an agreement between the two countries, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday. It will end a penalty Canada imposed in 1976 after India secretly...
  • Kudankulam: Protesters bury themselves in sand, 250 held September 16, 2012

    Kudankulam (TN): Around 250 people were on Sunday arrested in Tuticorin after being stopped from heading towards anti-nuclear agitators here who, in a fresh form of protest against loading of fuel in Kudankuklam plant, buried themselves upto waist in beach sand. The slogan-shouting protesters, who were held for violating police regulatory...
  • Kudankulam protesters form human chains in sea September 13, 2012

    The villagers protesting against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant on Thursday entered sea water and started a 'Jal Satyagraha' demanding the loading of uranium fuel in the reactors be stopped. ...
  • Kudankulam to be fuelled by mid-August August 10, 2012

    New Delhi: The Kundankulam nuclear reactor would be fuelled by mid-August, according to a report. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd is hopeful of soon getting clearance from the sectoral regulator to fuel the first reactor at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), a senior official said. "We had two detailed...
  • Pak speeding up work on its fourth N-reactor May 23, 2012

    Washington: Pakistan is half way through the construction of its fourth nuclear reactor at Khushab, which will give it capability to speed up plutonium manufacturing, latest US satellite imagery has revealed. On completion, the reactor would enable Islamabad to build large number of smaller nuclear warheads, Washington-based eminent think-tank Institute for...
  • France waits for India to clarify N-liability framework April 6, 2012

    New Delhi: In the midst of the run-up to the French presidential elections, France has been in dialogue with India to clarify issues relating to the nuclear liability law, and is waiting for New Delhi to establish the legal framework before signing commercial contracts for setting up atomic reactors. Last month,...
  • Japan quake anniversary: Nuclear safety in focus March 10, 2012

    Houston: The anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed communities along the northeast coast of Japan and crippled a large nuclear plant has focused nuclear supporters and foes on safety and the future of atomic power. In the United States, regulators on Friday issued the first formal rule changes to...
  • Iran to install fuel rods in Nuclear reactor February 15, 2012

    Tehran: Iran will insert its first domestically-produced nuclear fuel rods into a research reactor in Tehran on Wednesday, a top Iranian official said. "Because western countries were unwilling to help us, we began enriching uranium to 20 percent to make nuclear fuel rods," Ali Bagheri, deputy chief of Iran's National Security...
  • Nuclear reactors not affected by cyclone 'Thane' December 30, 2011

    Chennai: It was business as usual at the Kalpakkam atomic power plants, around 80 km from Chennai, even as cyclone Thane lashed the coastal districts affecting normal life on Friday. The two power plants of Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) located on the Kalpakkam coast were generating power as usual, though...
  • World's oldest working civil nuke reactor to shut October 22, 2011

    London: The operator of the world's oldest working civilian nuclear reactor says it will be shut down next year after nearly 45 years of service. Magnox Ltd says that Reactor One at the Oldbury power station in western England will stop generating electricity in February 2012. The station's Reactor Two...
  • PM sends emissary to Koodankulam nuclear site September 20, 2011

    New Delhi: The fast in Koodankulam protesting the building of new nuclear reactors in the area entered its tenth day on Tuesday. The Prime Minister sent an emissary hoping to keep the peace. Whether at Jaitapur in Maharashtra not long ago, or Koodankulam in Tamil Nadu now, public anger against nuclear...
  • Rawatbhata nuclear plant to get 2 new reactors July 22, 2011

    Rawatbhata (Rajasthan): As the Nuclear Suppliers Group tries to throw a spanner into India's nuclear plans, the country has begun work on its latest nuclear reactor. While new foreign reactors are welcome, the country has big plans for the cheap and proven nuclear technology it already has. Rawatbhata in Rajasthan is one...
  • Japan quake reconstruction to cost $ 184 bn May 22, 2011

    Tokyo: Japanese Economics Minister Kaoru Yosano said on Sunday the government may need to spend 10 trillion yen to 15 trillion yen ($184 billion) for reconstruction from the devastating earthquake that hit the country's northeast in March. The government may need to issue bonds to meet the costs but should...
  • Kaiga N-reactor shut down after smoke alarm April 10, 2011

    Kaiga: A nuclear power reactor at the Kaiga Generating Station (KGS) was shut down after a smoke detection alarm went off on Friday. A smoke detection alarm appeared in the control room of Unit 3 on Friday around 4.30 am following which the 220 MWe nuclear...
  • Japan nuclear leak found in reactor pit April 3, 2011

    Tokyo: Japan's prime minister made his first visit to the country's tsunami-devastated region on Saturday as officials grappling to end the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl said they may have discovered why radiation has been leaking into the sea. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it had found a crack in...
  • Japan: TEPCO worried over high radiation levels March 22, 2011

    New York: The reconnection of power at the earthquake-damaged reactors in Japan is a big step in managing the nuclear crisis, experts said on Monday, but concerns about radiation in the air, seawater and food showed the dangers are far from over. Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) on Monday...
  • Efforts on to tackle crisis in quake-hit Japan March 21, 2011

    Tokyo: Engineers restored electricity to three reactors at a crippled Japanese nuclear power plant and hope to test water pumps at the quake-damaged facility soon, the first clear signs of progress in tackling the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years. Japan suffered an estimated $ 250 billion in damage from...
  • Japan reconstruction may take 5 yrs: World Bank March 21, 2011

    Singapore: Japan may need five years to rebuild from the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that has caused up to $ 235 billion of damage, the World Bank said on Monday. The March 11 disaster which ravaged northeastern Japan will likely shave up to 0.5 percentage point from the country's economic growth...
  • Japan: radiation contaminates food and milk March 21, 2011

    The Japanese government has issued an advisory to a village near Fukushima Daiichi plant not to drink tap water, due to elevated levels of radioactive iodine. ...
  • Another quake measuring 6.1 hits north Japan March 19, 2011

    Tokyo: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 hit northern Japan on Saturday, broadcaster NHK said. The epicenter was not far from Japan's stricken nuclear power plant. There was no tsunami threat and no immediate reports of injuries or damage, NHK added. Kyodo agency reported that a change in the...