Výběr zpráv ze sítě NucNet - 41. týden 2003

New US 60-Year Licence Extensions Takes Total To 18 Units

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has renewed the operating licences
for units one and two of the St Lucie nuclear power plant in Florida for a
further 20 years.

Plant operator Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) submitted its licence renewal
application on 29th November 2001. The licence for St Lucie-1 has been extended
from 1st March 2016, to 1st March 2036, and the licence for unit two is extended
from 6th April 6 2023, to 6th April 2043.

NRC staff had concluded that there were no environmental impacts or safety
concerns that would preclude the renewals which take the total number of US unit
licence renewals to 18.

Dutch Intermediate Storage Facility Opened

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands officially opened the HABOG intermediate
storage facility for high-level waste (HLW) on 30th September.

The intermediate storage facility is located near the Borssele nuclear power
plant in the Vlissingen industrial area of the Netherlands. Operated by COVRA
(Central Organisation for Radioactive Waste) it is designed to store HLW for 100
years.

The two Dutch nuclear power plants at Dodewaard (closed in 1997) and the
currently operational Borssele plant, both of which have contracts to reprocess
their spent fuel abroad, will store the returned HLW at the facility pending an
eventual decision on final disposal. The facility will also accommodate spent
fuel from the research reactors in Petten and Delft.

Although a decision on the final solution for long-lived residues has not been
taken, the Dutch government is following a strategy of eventual retrievable
disposal in suitable rock formations deep underground, and to this end finances a
contribution to international research by the Dutch nuclear research and
consultancy group, NRG.

Australian Society Discusses ‘Evaluation’ Of Nuclear Option

Nuclear power should be evaluated as a part of Australia’s future energy needs,
‘taking into account cost competitiveness, including all external costs and
environmental factors’, according to a draft paper from the Australian Nuclear
Association (ANA).

The one-page document - which when finalised will be presented to the ANA’s
conference in the country’s capital, Canberra, next month - will also be sent to
members of Australia’s federal and state parliaments. It describes nuclear as a
“mature technology” dependent upon “an assured availability of uranium, the price
of which will be stable compared to the uncertain long-term prices of coal and
gas”.
On radioactive waste, the document points out that “safe and economic methods
are available to manage the small amounts produced”, while the “management of the
large volumes of carbon dioxide and toxic wastes from burning fossil fuels is
expensive and unproven”.
The document says coal plants meet 85% of Australia’s electricity demand and,
although renewable sources are increasingly being utilised, they are unlikely to
contribute more than a few per cent over the next 10 to 20 years. Against this
background, the ANA predicts that electricity demand could grow by about 3%
annually to 2020 - representing a 70% increase on current demand and requiring
around 50 000 megawatts of new capacity.

Zdroj: NucNet

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