29 January–04 February 2013, UKM, Bangi ; Brosur
Syarahan Umum oleh Dr. Edward McGinnis, Deputy Assistant Security for International Nuclear Energy Policy and Cooperation, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, United States of America akan diadakan seperti berikut: Tarikh: 2 Februari 2012 (Khamis)
Masa: 8.30 pagi
Tempat: Bilik Persidangan, Fakulti Sains dan Teknologi, UKM
Tajuk: Global Use of Nuclear Energy: Challenges and Opportunities. Brosur.
The Malaysian Nuclear Society (MNS), established 1988, welcomes the decision in the 2009 budget speech that Malaysia will be “exploring nuclear energy… to ensure long term energy security of the nation.”
New....Nuclear Youth Congress organized by Nuclear Engineering Student Society, Universiti Teknology Malaysia, Skudai, Johor
Date : 12 & 13 October 2015
Venue : Dewan Sultan Iskandar, UTM, Skudai, Johor
International Conference on X-Ray and Related Technique in Research and Industry 2016 (ICXRI2016) Date - 17-18 Aug. 2016 ; Venue - TBA. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org ; email@example.com More....
Tokyo Tech and Hitachi-GE Nuclear Engineering Course in Malaysia, 6th Term
Materials & Plant Hydrothermal Dynamics
Date: Monday, 26th till Wednesday,28th October 2015
Venue: DK1, College of IT (COIT), UNITEN.
(1) This event is jointly organized by UNITEN and UKM, and will feature experienced speakers in their subject matter.
(2) Course tentative and registration formis attached. We would appreciate it if you could extend this invitationto the relevant departments and students in your institution.
(3) Note that only 100 seats are availableand only 50 is available for students(first come first served basis). The student’s rate has also been revised to RM10only, instead of RM30.
(4) The deadline for registration has been extended to October 16, 2015.
New!!. iNuSTEC2015 & NuPID2015 Paper Submission latest by 30 Sept 2015 ; firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
3. Half-Day Seminar on "Nuclear Power Action 1 for Malaysia"; Date(tent) : Nov 2015; Venue - Hotel Residence (tentative); contact MNS Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) 4. Welding Engineer Course 2015; based on ISO and JWES Standards. for more...
"Exciting times for nuclear power," IAEA Director General Says
By Miklos Gaspar, IAEA Office of Public Information and Communication
Nuclear power is enjoying a period of revival worldwide, particularly in Asia, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in Singapore (Jan 2015).
A growing number of countries are considering building nuclear power plants to meet increasing energy needs of their growing economies while decreasing their greenhouse gas emissions, Mr Amano said at Singapore's Energy Market Authority, where he gave a public lecture as part of the agency's Distinguished Visitor Programme.
Nuclear power "can help to improve energy security, reduce the impact of volatile fossil fuel prices, mitigate the effects of climate change, and make economies more competitive," he said. "Nuclear can deliver the steady supply of baseload electricity needed to power a modern economy."
Mr Amano said that in the five years since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan, huge improvements have been made to nuclear safety all over the world, and there has also been significant progress in treating and disposing nuclear waste. Furthermore, he said, "remarkable research is being done on new generations of reactors which will be safer and generate less waste."
Thanks to recent advances in the research and development of small and medium-sized reactors, smaller countries such as Singapore may be able to take advantage of nuclear power in the future as well, Mr. Amano said. "There is also great potential for smaller countries to cooperate regionally on nuclear power projects," he added, emphasizing that the IAEA does not influence the sovereign decisions of its Member States whether to use nuclear power. The IAEA's role is to advise those countries that choose to include nuclear power in their energy mix, he said.
Mr Amano concluded by thanking Singapore for its cooperation with the IAEA and for its advanced use of nuclear applications. "I wish Singapore continued success in the coming decades in using nuclear science and technology for the health and well-being of its people," he said.
During his three-day visit to the city state, Mr Amano signed the IAEA-Singapore Third Country Training Programme and held talks with Grace Fu Hai Yien, Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, and visited the country's National Cancer Centre.
From Consideration to Construction: The United Arab Emirates' Journey to Nuclear Power
A Country Case Study
By Elisabeth Dyck and Ayhan Evrensel, IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy
Interview with AmbassadorHamad Al Kaabi, Resident Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the IAEA.
The UAE decided to embark on nuclear power in 2008, becoming in 2012 the first 'newcomer' country in 27 years to start constructing its first reactor. Three of the four reactors planned are already under construction. How did you do it so fast? What are the experiences and challenges faced so far?
Upon taking the decision to embark on a national nuclear power programme, the Government took into consideration all elements required for developing a successful programme. We began by establishing a detailed policy framework that would guide the progress of the programme. The UAE based its approach on international best practices, understood early in the process the required nuclear infrastructure and identified the measures for meeting national targets in time. Strong government commitment, establishing the legal framework and a competent nuclear regulator, as well as adopting an innovative procurement approach all allowed the UAE to advance quickly. Also, strong international cooperation, well defined roles and responsibilities for various national stakeholders, and making the required resources available helped the UAE not only to have a quick start but also sustain the progress.
Building a sustainable national capacity is a challenge for the global nuclear sector and naturally also for the UAE. We have taken aggressive steps in developing the required human resources through an array of programmes, including scholarships, on-the-job trainings, and introducing nuclear education at undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels. These will produce an advanced nuclear cadre to support long-term sustainability objectives.
How is the UAE cooperating with experienced nuclear countries?
Transfer of technology, nuclear material and knowledge can only be done through a robust international nuclear cooperation framework. The UAE has concluded nine bilateral nuclear cooperation agreements with responsible and experienced nuclear countries, mainly suppliers and those with good track record in nuclear power development and management. Both government-to-government agreements and industry-to-industry arrangements, early on in the programme, have proven key to the UAE's programme in several aspects, such as safety and security, transfer of technology and human resource development.
What is the involvement of the national industry in the nuclear power project?
Given the opportunities the nuclear programme offers, the national industry response has been quite substantial and its involvement in the project has increased by time.
Along with the UAE's prime contract with its Korean partners, many subcontracts have been concluded with local contractors, particularly in the areas of construction, site preparation and infrastructure development. Emirates Steel, for example, has been a main supplier in the Barakah NPP construction, having so far delivered around 100,000 tons of steel expecting to do more.
The power plant requires particularly robust and high quality materials to meet the nuclear safety and security standards. Hence, the nuclear programme has also enabled some local industries to upgrade their quality standards to meet such "nuclear grade" standards
The UAE has been working closely with the IAEA during the initial phases of the project. Now that the programme is quite advanced, what kind of support does the UAE expect from the IAEA?
The close partnership between the UAE and the IAEA dates back to preliminary consultations before we decided to develop a nuclear programme. From the outset, all steps taken have been in line with the IAEA's Milestones Approach, according to which we are now in the last phase. Additionally, the UAE has concluded and implemented all relevant international agreements under the auspices of the Agency covering all areas of nuclear safety, security, non-proliferation and nuclear liability.
We have been very active in the IAEA's Technical Cooperation (TC) programme, through which we receive important capacity building support. The number of UAE participants in IAEA activities and events has significantly increased to over 600 in 2013. The IAEA has been supporting us in developing the nuclear regulator, its legal framework and training. An Integrated Work Plan with the Agency enabled us to establish a holistic approach of IAEA assistance towards the UAE programme. We have an on-going, agreed programme of IAEA support up to the projected operational date of the NPP.
We are now getting closer to "graduating" from the "nuclear newcomers" category. But we will continue to seek IAEA assistance even when we move into the advanced stages of commissioning and operation. We will continue to be interested in IAEA peer reviews and technical support to ensure safe operation. While support areas may change, IAEA assistance will continue to be valuable.
The UAE will also continue to contribute to the work of the Agency by providing feedback and sharing its experience in implementing the IAEA guidance. This has proven to be of high interest to other member states who are interested in embarking on a new nuclear programme.
The Obama administration last week sent to Congress the text of a bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement signed last week by the United States and Vietnam. If lawmakers do not object during an ensuing 90 days of continuous session and review, the agreement will then enter into force.
Some critics argue that unless this agreement is renegotiated, the United States would take a step back in its global nonproliferation leadership role and thereby ease the way for Vietnam and other states to develop nuclear weapons capabilities. They note that four years ago the United Arab Emirates formally committed itself in a new bilateral nuclear pact with the U.S. not to enrich uranium or reprocess spent fuel. Thus, the argument goes, the lack of this provision in the agreement with Vietnam undercuts the UAE and signals to others that the U.S. is not steadfast.Mark Hibbs More... Nuke deal with Vietnam good for US. ________________________________
Japan and Vietnam sign cooperation deal Jan 21, 2011 02:59 pm
Source: WNN; Category: Nuclear Applications
Japan and Vietnam have signed an agreement for cooperation in the development and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. The accord follows the announcement in October 2010 that Vietnam had selected Japan as a partner for cooperation in the construction of nuclear power plants. Under the agreement, Vietnam and Japan will cooperate in areas including: research and application
of radioactive isotopes and radiation; the design, construction and operation of light water reactors; nuclear safety and security; the transportation, storage, processing and disposal of radioactive wastes; the development of
human resources; development of a legal system for the use of nuclear energy;
and the exploration and mining of uranium resources. According to Tanizaki, the agreement will create the necessary legal framework and conditions for Japanese and Vietnamese nuclear energy-related agencies, organizations and enterprises to conduct activities and investment cooperation within the framework of the agreement.
Vietnam on the go again.
It had signed contract for two power reactors,and a research reactor with Russia.
Now two more reactors from Japan with the American back-ups.
But where are we now......
From Prof Noramly Muslim
Nuclear power is viableBy: (Oct 04, 2010)
(letter to editor, pulished in The Sundaily) I REFER to "Public not consulted on nuclear energy plan"
Letters, Sept 27). The decision by the Merkel government to go ahead with the plan for extending the operation of 17 nuclear reactors in Germany 12 more years was not well-received by anti-nuclear movements. Beyond that obvious effect, however, we need to look at the ramifications of that decision in a different light. More.....
Capsule marks Belarus' nuclear future
10 August 2012
The president of Belarus has helped bury a capsule at the site of the country's planned new nuclear power plant at Ostrovets, marking a significant occasion in that country's journey towards energy independence.
President Alexander Lukashenko placed the capsule, which had been crafted by local seventh grade students and two young workers from construction company Belenergostroya, inside a rock at the construction site. He then helped fix a plaque over the capusle with a message for future generations: "This marks the establishment of nuclear energy - a significant step in strengthening the energy security of the country, and a powerful incentive for accelerating scientific and technological progress and innovation."
The message added, "We are sure that we have taken the right decision in building a nuclear power plant, which embodies the best ideas and achievements of a scientific world, and which will ensure dynamic economic growth and improve the welfare of the people in the region." It was signed by President Lukashenko.
Lukashenko emplaces the capsule (Image: President's website)
Belarus is dependent on Russian gas for much of its energy needs - a dependency the country aims to reduce. The reactors to be built at the Ostrovets plant will also be supplied by Russia: two VVER 1200 units provided by main contractor Atomstroyexport. However, the addition of 2400 MWe of nuclear generating capacity represents an important diversification of electricity supply for the currently non-nuclear country. Belarus' total generating capacity currently stands at only about 8000 MWe.
The general contract for the units was signed in July, following about three years of negotiation. A price tag of $10 billion has been associated with the deal, which will rely heavily upon the use of local contractors. Although groundwork has already commenced at the site, the pouring of concrete for the first unit is slated to take place by late 2013 and the unit should start generating electricity in 2018.
Researched and written by World Nuclear News
Going nuclear for the election
15 January 2010 WNN
As Ukraine's presidential election approaches, hopeful candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has embarked on a remarkable pro-nuclear campaigning spree. Earlier this week Tymoshenko, who is the current prime minister, paid a visit to the nuclear-industrial complex in the Zaporizhzh oblast
31 March 2010
Category: news (Nuclear Applications)
The USA has signed with Vietnam for increased cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy. America's memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Vietnam was signed in Hanoi yesterday by Le Dinh Tien, Vietnam's deputy minister of science and technology, and Michael Michalak, US Ambassador to the country. In a statement, the US Department of State said, "This MoU will open the door for increased cooperation in such areas as the development of human resources and safety and security infrastructure, access to reliable sources of nuclear fuel, and the management of radioactive waste and used fuel." It added, "Vietnam has demonstrated its commitment to the responsible expansion of nuclear power through careful steps taken in cooperation with the United States, among other international partners, towards the development of the robust nuclear infrastructure needed to oversee the deployment of its first nuclear power plants over the coming decades." For more : Read the Article:http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP-USA_and_Vietnam_agree_to_nuclear_cooperation-3103104.html?jmid=12415&
Overview of Nuclear Energy in Uruguay
Eng. Alvaro Bermudez
Uruguay´s overall energy situation is in line with its consumption, one of the lowest in Latin America. In the past 25 years, different democratic governments have made only reduced efforts regarding electricity generation, but they have developed an intensive policy in trying to secure international investment with diverse success. The most important industrial venture in the country´s history is the recent BOTNIA cellulose manufacturing plant under the control of the Finish UPM. This venture had to change its ambitious initial project because of a lack of long term energy resources and turn to a self-generating energy scheme for its wood process transformation, with the resulting reduction of production scope.
With 191 million inhabitants, a demographic growth of 1.2% per year and a GDP growth rate of almost 3%, Brazil's energy requirements are considerable.
Massive investments have been made to support the country's development. A government program launched in January 2007, called the "Program to Accelerate the Growth" (PAC), provided for the allocation of 130 billion dollars to the energy sector.
·Nuclear power meets 3% of the country's electricity demands. 90% of the electricity comes from renewable energies. The remainder comes from various sources such as petroleum, coal and gas. ·Brazil has two nuclear reactors at the Angra site near Rio de Janeiro: Angra 1 (626 MW, commissioned in 1985), and Angra 2 (1,270 MW, commissioned in 2001). ·The country has mastered virtually all nuclear technologies:
·Uranium extraction (Brazil has 158,000 tons of uranium, in other words 6% of the world's conventional reserves)
It may be decades before nuclear power becomes a realistic option in Cqambodia, but for students in Battambang, there is now a course to teach nuclear engineering as a major after three years at the University of Battambang.
The idea is to build up human resources in nuclear engineering and eventually to produce energy to make electricity from a nuclear power plant. More...