Feb. 6–Feb. 12, 2015 A report to members of the Nuclear Energy Institute In This Issue NEI to Wall Street: Power Market Flaws Must Be Corrected 1 NEI Calls WCS Interim Used Fuel Project Significant, Promising 2 Ginna Power Plant an Economic Powerhouse, Report Finds 4 Int’l Conference Reaffirms Convention On Nuclear Safety 6 OECD: Doubling Global Nuclear Capacity Needed by 2050 7 NEI to Wall Street Analysts: Power Market Flaws Must Be Corrected U.S. nuclear plants set performance record in 2014 Significant movement under way to better monetize value of nuclear power plants Concrete action imperative to avoid more premature shutdowns Feb. 12, 2015—Recognition of the electricity market flaws that are putting even highperforming nuclear energy facilities at risk has grown quickly among those with the authority to fix the problem and initial market reforms are taking shape, Nuclear Energy Institute President and CEO Marvin Fertel told financial analysts in New York today. “We’ve seen significant movement in the past year on the part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the regional transmission organizations in recognizing the underlying problems in capacity market designs and prices in competitive energy markets,” Fertel said. Two well-run nuclear energy facilities have shut down in the past 20 months because of these problems—Kewaunee in Wisconsin and Vermont Yankee in Vermont—and several more facilities in the Midwest and Northeast also are at risk. “It’s imperative that concrete actions be taken that recognize the inherent value of nuclear assets in time to ensure that we don’t lose additional nuclear plants that are excellent performers,” Fertel said. Signs of progress include efforts under way by FERC to explore changes to capacity and energy markets, Fertel said. FERC also has ordered regional transmission organizations to submit “fuel assurance” reports. Last winter’s polar vortex revealed significant shortcomings in fuel security, as some natural gas plants were idled for lack of fuel and coal piles froze. In addition, PJM Interconnection is seeking FERC’s approval of changes in its capacity market that are aimed at improving the reliability of the regional electricity system. PJM operates the grid from the mid-Atlantic to the Midwest, which supplies electricity for 61 million people. www.nei.org “It made no economic sense to allow [Kewaunee and Vermont Yankee] to close. Replacement electric generating capacity, when needed, would likely produce more costly electricity, more pollution and fewer jobs that would pay less,” Fertel said. “Each source of electricity has its own set of attributes that provide varying degrees of value to the grid, and those attributes must be reflected in the total compensation provided to each generator.” Feb. 6–Feb. 12, 2015 Page 2 He added that nuclear energy’s unique value proposition centers on stable, affordable electricity prices, around-the-clock availability, support for grid stability and no carbon emissions. NEI’s Cyber Security Implementation Workshop will assist licensees in implementing the Cyber Security Plan and in meeting the milestones in the implementation schedule. The 2015 workshop will focus on 1) the examples included in revised NEI technical report NEI 13-10; 2) the methodology for shared Direct CDA assessments; 3) sharing lessons learned from cyber security program inspections; and 4) moving forward with other elements of full program implementation. For more information and to register visit: http://www.nei.org/ Conferences/Cyber-SecurityImplementation-Workshop. The value of America’s nuclear energy facilities was underscored by their record performance in 2014, Fertel noted. U.S. nuclear power plants operated at a record average capacity factor (a measure of efficiency) of 91.9 percent last year, according to preliminary NEI estimates. Also, the industry undergirded the electric grid during the 2014 polar vortex and last month’s winter storm Juno, with weekly average capacity factors in the mid-to-high-90s—far above other electricity production sources. Recorded video of Fertel’s remarks and the question-and-answer session is available on NEI’s YouTube channel. His prepared remarks and slide presentation also are on NEI’s website. << NEI Staff, [email protected] NEI Calls WCS Interim Used Fuel Project Significant, Promising WCS announces plan to license consolidated used fuel storage facility Consolidated storage complements proposed Yucca Mountain repository NEI calls on Congress to implement both elements—interim storage and disposal Feb. 10, 2015—Texas-based Waste Control Specialists yesterday announced its Feb. 6 notification to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it intends to license an interim consolidated storage facility for used nuclear fuel at its existing low-level radioactive waste disposal site in Andrews County. The facility would be used by the federal government until a federal disposal facility for used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste opens. “This is a unique opportunity for WCS to provide a viable solution to the industry’s needs,” WCS CEO William Lindquist said. “This will be a community-supported, consent-based facility—just as are our current nuclear disposal facilities. …With this development we will be in a position to provide a comprehensive solution for the entire range of waste produced in the nuclear fuel cycle.” The Andrews County Commission last month unanimously approved a resolution supporting the project. WCS has operated two low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities in Andrews County since 2012. The commission stated in its resolution that the company “has consistently shown its commitment to the environment and the citizens of Andrews County.” (For more, see Nuclear Energy Overview, Jan. 28.) Lindquist said WCS hopes to submit a Part 72 specific license application for the dry container storage facility by April 2016 and to begin accepting spent nuclear fuel, initially from Texas nuclear power plants and then from shutdown reactors across the country, by December 2020. WCS President Rod Baltzer added during a Feb. 9 news conference in Washington, D.C., that WCS’ extensive characterization of the Andrews County site and the use of already- licensed storage systems should allow the storage facility to be licensed within five years. Page 3 Feb. 6–Feb. 12, 2015 The Nuclear Energy Institute welcomed the announcement. NEI Senior Director for Federal Programs Beverly Marshall called the project “a significant development.” “Consent-based consolidated storage is the quickest route for the federal government to begin moving commercial used nuclear fuel before a repository is open, and to begin reducing the taxpayers’ liabilities,” Marshall said. “NEI's success is the result of collaboration with its member organizations and other supporters of nuclear energy,” NEI President and CEO Marvin Fertel says in his letter to NEI members accompanying the 2014 NEI's Annual Report to Members. “As you read through this year's accomplishments, recognize that these are your accomplishments, too, and be proud of them,” Fertel says. “They enumerate the impacts we have made on the industry, federal and state governments, and the public.” Visit NEI's website to view the report. Please note you must log in to the NEI member website. The report is best viewed with Internet Explorer 10 or greater, Chrome, Safari or Firefox. “Interim consolidated storage is one element of properly managing the entire fuel cycle. This project is a prudent investment while continuing to pursue geologic disposal, whether at Yucca Mountain or another site. It would complement the repository program and provide a contingency in case the repository program continues to suffer significant delays,” she said. The industry has long advocated for an integrated strategy for used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste management. The elements of this integrated strategy include a new management organization dedicated to executing a sustainable highlevel radioactive waste management program; access to the Nuclear Waste Fund for its intended purpose; completion of the Yucca Mountain repository; and an interim consolidated storage facility in a willing host community and state, with priority for used fuel from shutdown commercial reactor sites. For further detail, see NEI’s used fuel policy brief. Development of one or more interim storage facilities is a key recommendation of the president’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future in 2012. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality concluded in a March 2014 report that such a facility in Texas would “offer electricity consumers significant savings compared to storage at each nuclear power plant” and that a facility is “not only feasible but could be highly successful.” DOE’s failure to meet its statutory obligation to begin disposing of used nuclear fuel in 1998 already has cost taxpayers $4.5 billion in damage payments. DOE estimates the total liability for the federal government at $27.1 billion, assuming DOE begins disposing of the fuel in 2021. “On behalf of nuclear energy producers and suppliers, we urge Congress to take action to implement the necessary elements of an integrated strategy to safely manage used nuclear fuel,” Marshall said. “Funding should be provided to DOE and NRC to complete the review of the Yucca Mountain license application. In addition, DOE should be authorized and funded to implement an interim consolidated storage program to explore the unique opportunity that the WCS project and future projects may present.” For additional information from WCS on its Andrews County project, see wcsstorage.com. << Chris Charles, [email protected] Feb. 6–Feb. 12, 2015 Page 4 Ginna Power Plant an Economic Powerhouse, Report Finds Co-organized by NEI and World Nuclear Association, World Nuclear Fuel Cycle 2015 provides a top-level international forum for senior industry leaders to discuss the issues affecting the commercial nuclear fuel cycle today, with a focus on enhancing the economic competitiveness of the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear energy. Over $350 million/year economic impact in New York state As many as 2,500 jobs dependent on Ginna NYISO says Ginna necessary for regional grid reliability Feb. 9, 2015—The operation of Exelon’s R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant generates an average annual economic output of over $350 million in western New York state and an impact on the U.S. economy of about $450 million per year, a new economic analysis reveals. This year’s conference also features a technical visit to Temelin Nuclear Power Plant. For more information and to register visit: http://www.wnfc.info/. R.E. Ginna nuclear power plant on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. Photo: Exelon The study, “Economic Impacts of the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant,” was prepared by the Nuclear Energy Institute. It analyzes the impact of Ginna’s operations through the end of the facility’s 60-year operating license in 2029. The 580-megawatt pressurized water reactor produces enough electricity to power 400,000 homes. “This study confirms that Ginna greatly strengthens the local, regional and state economies through job creation, tax payments, and direct and secondary spending,” NEI’s vice president for policy development, planning and supplier programs, Richard Myers, said. “In many ways, nuclear energy facilities and their employees are invaluable to the quality of life in the communities where they operate.” Maria Korsnick, chief nuclear officer for Constellation Energy Nuclear Group and senior vice president for Exelon, added, “Operationally, Ginna is an outstanding performer and is recognized as a reliable generating asset in the nuclear industry. Feb. 6–Feb. 12, 2015 Page 5 Ginna also provides tremendous carbon-prevention benefits that are all too often overlooked.” “Ginna creates very positive financial impacts for the entire state of New York and, as this study shows, it is a very important asset for the local economy providing affordable, reliable, baseload electricity that New York homeowners and businesses can count on.” Key findings of the NEI study include: NEI's Nuclear Plant Site Emergency Contacts database facilitates routine communications among industry professionals and effects a ready response to plant events or other developments. It contains basic data on U.S. nuclear energy facilities, joint information centers, emergency planning zone populations and emergency plan contacts for all sites, as well as media and public information contacts. To submit updates for a plant site or for more information, contact NEI’s Jennifer Maloney at [email protected] Exelon/Constellation pays higher-than-average salaries at Ginna. Ginna employs about 700 people directly, adding another 800 to 1,000 periodic jobs during reactor refueling and maintenance outages every 18 months. Because they are technical in nature, these jobs typically are higher-paying. This direct employment creates more than 800 additional jobs in other industries in New York and the United States. The facility is one of the largest and highest-paying employers in Wayne County, with an annual payroll of approximately $100 million. Ginna’s annual economic activity in the state is more than $350 million. The plant contributes more than $350 million per year to New York’s gross state product. Ginna’s total effect on the U.S. economy is more than $450 million annually. For every dollar of output from the plant, the U.S. economy produces $1.91. Ginna is the largest taxpayer in Wayne County. The Ginna facility is the largest taxpayer in Wayne County, contributing more than $10 million in state and local property and sales taxes in 2014. When calculating the total direct and secondary tax impact, the plant’s operations resulted in nearly $80 million in tax revenue to the local, state and federal governments. Ginna is a highly reliable source of electricity. Ginna has operated at a capacity factor of more than 95 percent for the past 10 years, above the industry average and significantly higher than other forms of electric generation. This reliable production helps offset the potentially severe price volatility of other energy sources such as natural gas and the intermittency of renewable electricity sources. NEI’s report focuses on Ginna’s economic and environmental impacts. In May 2014, the New York Independent System Operator analyzed the impact to New York State’s electricity system if Ginna were to close. The NYISO report found that Ginna’s retirement would result in grid reliability problems through 2018 and concluded that a replacement for all Ginna’s electricity output “would be necessary to maintain reliability in the Rochester area.” Clean electricity for New York. Ginna generates about 4 percent of New York’s electricity. Emission-free electricity from Ginna prevents the release of more than 2 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. New York’s electric sector emits more than 30 million tons of carbon dioxide annually and nuclear energy provides nearly 60 percent of the state’s carbon-free electricity. If Ginna were shut down, the report says, it would undo all the renewables investment made by New York in the past decade to comply with Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative requirements. Feb. 6–Feb. 12, 2015 Page 6 Ginna also contributes to the quality of life in the local community. Since 2010, Exelon/Constellation has awarded several college scholarships to local high school students. Ginna employees also sponsor after-school programming through Big Brothers and Big Sisters designed to encourage interest in math and science. The report finds that if Ginna were to close prematurely, the financial consequences would be severe. Initial output losses would be $485 million to New York and about $808 million to the United States in the first year after closure. These would escalate to a peak of about $691 million in New York and $1.3 billion nationally in the seventh year. About 3,600 jobs in New York and 6,800 throughout the United States would also be lost. << NEI Staff, [email protected] International Conference Reaffirms Convention on Nuclear Safety NEI’s 62nd Annual Industry Conference and Supplier Expo: Nuclear Energy Assembly is the annual conference of the nuclear technologies industry. The conference draws hundreds of senior executives and policymakers from around the world. Join us May 12-14, 2015 in Washington, D.C.! For more information and to register visit: http://www.nei.org/ Conferences/Annual-Nuclear -Industry-Conference-andNuclear-Sup. CNS delegations unanimously adopt Vienna Declaration Reaffirms relevance of long-standing Convention on Nuclear Safety U.S. says key lessons learned from Fukushima already part of convention Feb. 12, 2015—An international diplomatic conference has reaffirmed the guiding safety principles of the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS). Convened to consider a proposed amendment by the Swiss delegation, the parties to the CNS instead unanimously adopted the Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety without amending the convention. Ambassador C.S. Eliot Kang, deputy assistant secretary for nuclear affairs at the U.S. Department of State, said that the United States “strongly” supports the convention and the guidance mechanism in the convention that appropriately addresses safety. “The United States strongly supports the convention and views it as an important instrument for international cooperation,” Kang said. “The guidance that was updated and put into effect in April 2014 incorporates key lessons learned from the Fukushima accident. This ability to immediately update guidance and safety standards—without amending the convention—makes the convention a modern, relevant, and effective instrument to improve nuclear safety well into the future.” Kang added that the United States also supports the Vienna declaration as adopted, which contains a series of principles to guide countries in areas such as the design, siting and construction of new nuclear power plants. “We believe the proposed Vienna declaration is an excellent reflection of the consensus among the parties to the convention and we are ready to support it,” Kang said in remarks to the diplomatic conference in Vienna. The objective of the CNS, which entered into force in 1996, is to achieve and maintain a high level of nuclear safety worldwide. The 77 member countries (or contracting parties) to the treaty submit national reports on the implementation of their obligations under the convention for peer review in meetings held every three years. Feb. 6–Feb. 12, 2015 Page 7 The last review meeting took place in Vienna in 2014, with more than 800 participants. << Thaddeus Swanek, [email protected] Follow NEI NEI posts nuclear energy-related blog posts, tweets, videos and more on a variety of social media sites. Connect with NEI here: http://www.nei.org/ contactus/socialmedia/. OECD Calls for Doubling of Global Nuclear Capacity by 2050 NEA/IEA report says 20 gigawatts a year must be added Policies, markets must support new build and continued operation Pew report finds scientists also support new nuclear construction Feb. 11, 2015—Global installed capacity of nuclear energy must more than double by 2050 to limit global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), according to a policy roadmap issued jointly by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency and International Energy Agency. “Nuclear energy can play a key role in decarbonizing our electricity systems by providing a stable source of low-carbon baseload electricity,” says the report, an update of a 2010 edition. The IEA/NEA Technology Roadmap: Nuclear Energy calls for installed nuclear generating capacity to increase to 930 gigawatts from 396 gigawatts by 2050 to halve energy-related carbon emissions and meet the IEA’s 2-degree scenario. That would mean increasing annual nuclear plant connection rates from 5 gigawatts in 2014 to more than 20 gigawatts. That growth rate would result in nuclear energy generating 17 percent of global electricity in 2050, down from the 25 percent called for in the 2010 roadmap but still representing “formidable growth.” The report notes that although the near-term outlook for nuclear energy may have been affected by the Fukushima Daiichi accident and the global economic crisis, 72 reactors were under construction worldwide at the beginning of 2014, the highest number in 25 years. “In the medium to long term, prospects for nuclear energy remain positive,” the roadmap says. It recommends a host of policies to ensure that nuclear energy can continue to play “a major role in lowering emissions from the power sector, while improving security of energy supply, supporting fuel diversity and providing large-scale electricity at stable production costs.” NEA and IEA also call for the contributions of nuclear energy to be fully acknowledged by electricity markets. In the United States, new nuclear energy facilities are under construction in electricity markets favorable to new build. However, two nuclear energy facilities, Kewaunee and Vermont Yankee, shut down since May 2013 because of unfavorable market structures where they operated. The roadmap predicts that currently low natural gas prices in the United States will rise, making nuclear energy generation more valuable, especially if emission standards—such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan—are imposed. Feb. 6–Feb. 12, 2015 Page 8 PEW: SCIENTISTS SUPPORT NEW NUCLEAR BUILD Like NEI NEI has its own Facebook page. Join the conversation: www.facebook.com/ NuclearEnergyInstitute. A majority of scientists—and a large percentage of the general public—also call for the building of new nuclear energy facilities, a new report from the Pew Research Center finds. Sixty-five percent of the scientists Pew polled favor constructing more nuclear energy facilities, while 45 percent of the general public supports the development of new nuclear. The report is based on surveys conducted by Pew in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science to compare views from the general public and AAAS-affiliated scientists on a range of scientific issues. << Andrea Korte, [email protected] Japan Nuclear Update NRA Clears Two More Reactors for Restart Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority has given final approval of post-Fukushima changes to be made by Kansai Electric Power Co. to its Takahama 3 and 4 reactors prior to their restart. The recommended changes to the 870-megawatt pressurized water reactors—including increased resistance to earthquakes, tsunami and tornadoes—are deemed to meet NRA’s new regulatory requirements, bringing them closer to restart. NRA said the next step of the restart process will entail review of the “detailed design and construction of the nuclear reactors and related facilities as well as operational safety programs, including organization systems and procedures for accident responses.” Last September, NRA similarly granted Kyushu Electric Power Co. permission to make changes to the reactor installations of Sendai 1 and 2 prior to restart. Local and prefectural government approval is required in both Takahama and Sendai’s cases before they can restart. Safety assessment applications for 17 other reactors are still being reviewed by NRA. TEPCO to Test Muon Ray Technology to Locate Fukushima Core Debris Tokyo Electric Power Co. has announced it will begin testing a first-of-a-kind method of detecting the location and condition of melted core debris inside the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactors 1, 2 and 3. The project will use muons, a type of cosmic radiation that easily penetrates lighter materials but is blocked by heavy elements such as uranium. TEPCO says it believes that difference can be used to create 3D images of the melted fuel inside the reactors. The initiative is under the joint aegis of Japan’s International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) and other domestic and overseas research institutions. A muon detection apparatus being developed by Japan’s High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, also known as KEK, will use the so-called “permeation” method to investigate the condition of Fukushima Daiichi reactor 1, Feb. 6–Feb. 12, 2015 Page 9 while a different muon detector method will be used for reactor 2. Analysis of the reactor 1 data is expected by the end of March. "This is a great example of how innovation and cooperation from external experts is helping us overcome challenges and make progress toward decommissioning," TEPCO Chief Decommissioning Officer Naohiro Masuda said. Photos and video of the apparatus are available on TEPCO’s website. << Chris Charles, [email protected] Milestones NuScale Installs Helical Coil Steam Generator at Italian Test Facility Oregon-based NuScale Power has installed a full-length helical coil steam generator at the SIET test facility in Italy. The company will be testing the performance of the steam generator as a component of the NuScale Power Module small modular reactor it is developing. A Feb. 11 press release said full-scale tests “over the expected range of reactor operating conditions” will provide “important input” to the design certification application it plans to submit to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission next year and for a combined license application in 2017 to build a commercially operational plant for the Utah Associated Municipal Power System’s (UAMPS) Carbon Free Power Project. NuScale says it expects the UAMPS project to be commercially operational at a site in Idaho by 2023. NuScale majority investor Fluor Corp. is the engineering, procurement and construction manager for the project. NuScale was the sole winner in December 2013 of a second round of matching funds for the Department of Energy’s public-private cost-share program to help commercialize small reactor designs. The NuScale Power Module is a 50-megawattelectric (gross) pressurized water reactor design with integral containment and a dedicated steam turbine-generator set. The design features natural convection cooling and the ability to shut down safely without operator action, AC or DC power or external water. Up to 12 modules could be combined in one plant to produce as much as 570 megawatts of electricity or process heat for district heating or desalination, depending on customer demand. Regulator OKs Safety of Finnish Repository Design Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) this week notified the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy of its conclusion that Posiva’s license application for a spent fuel repository and encapsulation facility would meet safety criteria set forth in the country’s Nuclear Energy Act. A statement by STUK said, “the final disposal facility can be built to be safe,” confirming Posiva’s research findings. Posiva is Finland’s company for the management of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste, owned by nuclear utilities Fortum and TVO. In 2012 Posiva submitted to STUK its construction license application for a repository to be built at Olkiluoto in the municipality of Eurajoki. The Finnish parliament approved a decision-in -principle on the repository project in 2001. Feb. 6–Feb. 12, 2015 Page 10 STUK’s statement will allow the project to move forward with detailed engineering. A final construction license must still be issued by the government, based on the STUK review and input from other stakeholders. Posiva is expected to apply separately for an operating license for the repository in 2020. NRC Staff Recommends License Renewal for Callaway The NRC staff has recommended to the commission that it approve a 20-year renewal of the operating license for Ameren Missouri's Callaway nuclear power plant, concluding in its paper (SECY-15-0018) to the commission that there is “sufficient basis” on environmental grounds and “reasonable assurance” on safety grounds to support license renewal. The single 1,279-megawatt reactor’s original 40-year operating license expires in October 2024. Ameren Missouri applied in December 2011 to renew the license to 2044. Atucha 2 Ramping Up to Full Power Argentina’s Atucha 2 nuclear reactor has reached 97.5 percent of full power, owner and operator Nucleoeléctrica Argentina S.A. said. The state-owned company said the 692-megawatt pressurized heavy water reactor is expected to achieve full power by the end of the month. Atucha 2’s construction was revived in 2006 after being suspended in 1994 for lack of funds. First criticality was achieved last June. Nuclear Made Up Largest Share of EU Energy in 2013 Nuclear energy made up the largest share of European Union primary energy production in 2013, EU statistical office Eurostat announced. Nuclear accounted for 29 percent of energy, followed by renewables (24 percent), solid fuels (20 percent), gas (17 percent), oil (9 percent) and non-renewable wastes (1 percent). Nuclear generation within EU countries reached 876.8 million gigawatt-hours in 2013, a 10.3 percent increase from 1990 but a drop from the 2004 peak of 1,008.4 million GWh. A majority of EU countries operating nuclear facilities increased the amount of power produced between 1990 and 2013, with the Czech Republic, France, Slovakia, Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Spain and Romania all increasing their nuclear energy output. << Chris Charles, [email protected] and Andrea Korte, [email protected] Contracts GE Hitachi Signs MOU With VARANS GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety. Under the MOU, aimed at improving the agency’s understanding of boiling water reactor technology, GEH will promote training and development in the field of nuclear safety analysis. Feb. 6–Feb. 12, 2015 Page 11 This is the third agreement GEH has signed in Vietnam in recent months. Last autumn, MOUs were signed with Hanoi University of Science and Technology and Electric Power University to cooperate in the field of nuclear engineering and technology. AREVA Signs MOU With Hungary’s Evopro AREVA and Hungarian engineering company Evopro have signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize global cooperation in nuclear and renewable energy. The first area of collaboration will be for the supply of instrumentation and control systems to Hungary’s existing and future power reactors. Evopro has recently completed AREVA’s supplier pre-qualification program. AREVA-supplied I&C systems were installed at all four of Hungary’s Paks nuclear power reactors 15 years ago. The companies are hoping to participate in a forthcoming tender to upgrade the plant’s systems in an investment program starting in 2018. AREVA’s senior vice president of sales in Western and Northern Europe, Frank Apel, said the agreement “strengthens our relationship with the Hungarian nuclear industry and supports our localization initiatives for new builds and modernization projects.” Russia to Build Egypt’s First Nuclear Plant Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, announced during a visit to Cairo by Russian President Vladimir Putin that the two countries have agreed to collaborate on building Egypt’s first nuclear power plant. A memorandum of understanding was signed by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, agreeing “to launch detailed discussions on the prospective project.” Rusatom Overseas and the Egyptian Nuclear Power Plants Authority also signed a project development agreement for a nuclear power plant with a desalination facility. Rosatom Director General Sergey Kirienko said the agreement provides for the construction of two nuclear reactors, with the prospect of a further two. Kirienko said additional intergovernmental agreements for plant construction and financing will be signed in short order. Czech Republic, Jordan to Cooperate in Nuclear Power The Czech Republic and Jordan have agreed to cooperate on the peaceful development of nuclear power with the signing of a memorandum of understanding during Czech President Miloš Zeman's visit to the Middle Eastern country. The MOU between the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission and ÚJV Řež—which provides research and development, design and engineering services to nuclear power plant operators in the Czech Republic and other countries—“assumes the strong involvement” of the Czech Republic in preparations to construct Jordan’s first nuclear power plant. Jordan, which relies on imports to meet some 90 percent of its energy needs, plans to build two 1,000-megawatt reactors by 2025 in the Amra region about 50 miles east Feb. 6–Feb. 12, 2015 Page 12 of the capital Amman. Russia, the plant’s preferred bidder, is expected to make a significant investment in the plant. << Chris Charles, [email protected] Awards The nuclear energy industry’s National Academy for Nuclear Training (NANT) awarded $762,500 in scholarship and fellowship awards for the 2014-2015 academic year through its Educational Assistance Program. The 2014 awards included 18 graduate student fellowships in the amount of $25,000 each and 125 undergraduate scholarships of $2,500 each. Administered by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and with funds provided by all U.S. nuclear electric utilities and INPO supplier participants, the NANT program supports undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields who are interested in pursuing nuclear energy-related careers. To be eligible for the awards, students must intern with a nuclear utility and be recommended by the company. More information on the NANT educational assistance program is available on NEI’s website. << Chris Charles, [email protected] Transitions Industry Brad Berryman will become vice president of organizational learning and strategy at the Wolf Creek nuclear plant in Kansas. Berryman was most recently the vice president of site operations and general plant manager at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. Government Commissioner Greg White of the Michigan Public Service Commission has been elected chairman of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition. White succeeds David Boyd of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission as NWSC chairman. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has selected Scott Rutenkroger as the new senior resident inspector at Exelon Nuclear’s Limerick nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. Rutenkroger joins resident inspector Richard Montgomery at the plant.
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