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Report: NKorea begins building light-water reactor

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2010 at 9:54 am

Iran begins fuelling Bushehr nuclear reactor

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 5:35 am

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran on Tuesday began fuelling the reactor core of its Russian-built nuclear power plant while saying the content, date and venue of new talks with the big powers on its atomic programme have yet to be agreed.


“Today, the plant is going through the sensitive phase of loading fuel in the core … We hope that the electricity produced by the Bushehr nuclear plant will be connected to the national grid in three months’ time,” state television reported atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi as saying.

The reactor building at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, 1200 Kms south of Tehran. AFP file

“Bushehr power plant is one of the world’s exceptional plants … I am optimistic about the future and, with the commissioning of this plant, we will witness the construction of other plants in different areas of our country.”


The transfer of fuel into the facility began on August 21 in a process that was described as the “physical launch” of the power plant by Russia, which took over construction of the complex in the mid 1990s.


Rich in both oil and gas, Iran says it needs the plant to meet a growing demand for electricity.


Tuesday’s announcement takes Iran a step closer to putting its first nuclear power plant on stream.


US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Iran should be allowed to have civilian nuclear power but renewed accusations that it was seeking atomic weapons.


“Iran is entitled to the peaceful use of civilian nuclear power. They are not entitled to a nuclear weapons program,” Clinton said on the sidelines of a UN Security Council debate.


“Our problem is not with their reactor at Bushehr, our problem is with their facilities at places like Natanz and their secret facility at Qom and other places where we believe they are conducting their weapons program.”


Moscow has supplied 82 tonnes of fuel for Bushehr and also plans to reprocess the spent material.


Contractors from Germany’s Siemens began work on the Bushehr plant in the 1970s under the rule of the US-backed shah, but the project was shelved when the shah was toppled in the 1979 Islamic revolution.


It was revived a decade later under current supreme leader Ali Khamenei and, in 1994, Russia agreed to complete its construction.


Tehran, at loggerheads with the West over its controversial nuclear drive, also said on Tuesday that the content, date and venue of mooted new talks with six major powers on its nuclear programme have yet to be finalised.


“We are hopeful that through exchange of views by both parties, we would come to an agreement regarding date, venue and more importantly content and agenda of this negotiation,” Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told a news conference.


In remarks translated into English by Iran’s Press TV channel, Mottaki acknowledged that the “political will” for talks existed among both parties.


European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton proposed on Friday that the negotiations be held November 15-17 in Vienna.


Iran has always insisted that the talks be held on the basis of a package of proposals it gave the major powers before the last round of talks last October. The package does not explicitly talk of its atomic programme.


In a letter to Iran on Friday, Ashton insisted that the “main focus” of the talks be the “question of the Iranian nuclear programme,” which Western governments suspect is aimed at developing a weapons capability, an ambition Tehran strongly denies.


Ashton represents six major powers — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — in the negotiations with Iran.


Iranian officials including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have broadly welcomed fresh talks, but a spokesman for Ashton said on Friday she was still waiting for Tehran’s formal response.


Ahmadinejad and several lawmakers have laid down three conditions they say the major powers must answer during the negotiations.


Lawmakers say these were outlined to Ashton in a July letter by Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili.


He told Ashton the world powers must say whether the talks are aimed at “engagement and cooperation or continued confrontation and hostility towards Iranians.”


“Will you be committed to the logic of talks which calls for avoiding threats and pressure?” he asked, while also urging the six powers to state their “clear view” on the “Zionist regime’s nuclear arsenal.”


Israel, which has not ruled out taking military action against Iran over its nuclear programme, is widely believed to have the Middle East’s sole but undeclared nuclear arsenal.


Iran is under four sets of United Nations sanctions for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment, the most controversial part of its nuclear programme.

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Bill Gates, Toshiba to develop nuclear reactor: report

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:16 am

 Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Japan’s Toshiba will team up to develop a next-generation nuclear reactor that can operate for up to 100 years without refueling, a report said Tuesday.


Their joint development efforts will focus on the Traveling-Wave Reactor (TWR), which consumes depleted uranium as fuel, the Nikkei economic daily said without naming its sources.


Current light-water reactors require refueling every few years.


Gates is expected to use his personal wealth to back the development of TWRs and his investment could reach as high as several billion dollars, the paper said.








Then Microsoft Corporation chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates is pictured delivering a speech at a joint press conference with Toshiba Corporation, in Tokyo, in 2005

The TWR technology is being developed by TerraPower, based in Washington State and effectively owned by Gates, the paper said.


As TerraPower lacks the know-how to manufacture nuclear power equipment, it has decided to join hands with Toshiba, which has developed a design for an ultracompact reactor that can operate continuously for 30 years, it said.


Toshiba owns US nuclear plant maker Westinghouse.


No immediate comment was available from Toshiba early Tuesday and a spokesman said he was checking the validity of the report.





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