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Friday, February 15, 2008

Nuclear news 15/02/2008

Russia, Iran to draw up nuclear power plant operation plan by May
RIA Novosti
Russia and Iran will work out a plan for a joint venture to operate the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran within the next two months, a senior Atomstroyexport executive said on Friday.
"A plan for setting up the joint venture will be drawn up within two months, and the composition and number of Russian and Iranian personnel at the Bushehr NPP will be determined," said Gennady Tepkyan, vice president of the Russian nuclear power equipment and service export monopoly.
He said the joint venture was designed to "provide Iranian specialists with expertise in operating the nuclear power plant," adding that around 760 personnel from Russia and Iran would work there.
Atomstroyexport's chief executive had said on Thursday that the joint venture could be established within three months.

USA: Exelon Ill. Braidwood 2 reactor cut to 57 pct power
Exelon Corp's 1,152-megawatt Unit 2 at Braidwood nuclear power station in Illinois slid to 57 percent by early Friday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a report.
On Thursday, the unit was operating at full power.
The 2,330 MW Braidwood station, which entered service in 1988, is located in Braceville in Will County, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. There are two units at the station, the 1,178 MW Unit 1 and Unit 2.
Unit 1 continued to operate at full power.

Energy is Pricey—But So Is Building More Power Plants
So far, the pain of rising energy costs has been visible mostly at the gas pump and not in the electricity bill. But that is bound to change—unless we find a way to use a lot less power—due to the skyrocketing cost of building new power plants.
A new study by Cambridge Energy Research Associates shows that the cost of new power plant construction in North America increased 27 percent in just the last year and is 130 percent higher than in 2000. A plant that would have cost $1 billion in 2000, in other words, would cost $2.31 billion today. What's driving those costs is essentially the same thing driving the high cost of gasoline—demand in Asia. That demand is ratcheting up the cost of raw material, equipment, and engineering talent ever higher. CERA said the trend is especially marked in nuclear power construction—if you don't include nuke plants, power construction costs have risen 79 percent since 2000.

Switzerland, Turkey to work on power
A Swiss company may help Turkey build power plants.Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler said that Swiss EGL Co., which is planning to build the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, is also considering building a natural gas power plant in Turkey.TAP is a joint project of Turkey and Switzerland that aims to carry Iranian natural gas to the Balkans, Albania and then to Italy via Turkey, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.Guler, who met Walter Steinmann, the director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy in Ankara, said that Turkey and Switzerland will sign a memorandum of understanding soon regarding the TAP project.

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