UAE to open Arab world’s first nuclear power plant – an annotated infographic

The United Arab Emirates is due to commission the Arab world’s first nuclear power station in 2018. The Barakah plant’s four reactors are expected to supply up to 25 percent of the UAE’s electricity needs by 2020. As reported by E&T news in October last year, Saudi Arabia intends to begin the first reactor casing pouring in 2018 on two power plants with a capacity up to 2.8GW. The conservative Gulf Kingdom, which has a population of 32 million, is thought to hold 18 per cent of the world’s total crude oil reserves and has long been the world’s top … Continue reading UAE to open Arab world’s first nuclear power plant – an annotated infographic

New Safe Containment steel dome to seal off radiation @Chernobyl – an annotated infographic

The Chernobyl reactor – scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 1986, 30 years ago – is now being entombed in a giant steel shelter. The $2.2 billion New Safe Confinement project is due for completion in 2017, replacing the crumbling concrete sarcophagus erected after the accident. E&T news covered this Chernobyl containment story in full yesterday. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading New Safe Containment steel dome to seal off radiation @Chernobyl – an annotated infographic

Japan’s nuclear industry set for revival after #Fukushima – an annotated infographic

Japan is preparing to restart its fleet of mothballed nuclear reactors under a new safety regime introduced in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima accident. 24 out of Japan’s 43 operable reactors have applied for restart permits. The first one to be approved is the Sendai plant on the southern island of Kyushu, which could be back online as soon as August 10. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is keen to revive the nuclear plants to reduce Japan’s reliance on expensive fossil fuel imports, which have driven up electricity prices and increased the country’s trade deficit. Click on the graphic for … Continue reading Japan’s nuclear industry set for revival after #Fukushima – an annotated infographic

#Hiroshima honours 70th anniversary of the city’s atomic annihilation by the USA – an annotated infographic

A minute of silence this morning commemorated the 150,000 victims of the world’s first nuclear explosion targeted to kill civilians – the American attack on Japan’s Hiroshima, which took place 70 years ago today. Uranium fission that provided the basis for the construction of a nuclear weapon was first described by German scientists in 1938. America was thus impelled to fast-track the development of the atomic bomb technology with the knowledge that the Germans had got a headstart. E&T news reported on the Hiroshima 70th anniversary event earlier today. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading #Hiroshima honours 70th anniversary of the city’s atomic annihilation by the USA – an annotated infographic

@Conservatives push ahead with contentious #Trident nuclear submarine programme – an annotated infographic

In the midst of UK election fever, what better way to throw your incumbent weight around than by committing to the purchase of four shiny new nuclear submarines? The Conservative Party has decided that what this nation needs more than anything – e.g. better hospitals and schools for everyone, regardless of income levels – are four new Trident missile-armed submarines in order to maintain the country’s nuclear deterrent. Forgive us for stating the bleedin’ obvious here, as we certainly do not purport to understand the complexities of caretaking our national defence policy, but even the writers of James Bond movies … Continue reading @Conservatives push ahead with contentious #Trident nuclear submarine programme – an annotated infographic

Japanese families return to #Fukushima – Japan still reliant on imported fuel – two annotated infographics

For the first time since Japan’s nuclear disaster three years ago, authorities are allowing residents to return to live in their homes within part of the 20km no-go zone around the Fukushima plant. Meanwhile, one direct consequence of the disaster sees all of Japan’s 48 reactors remaining closed for safety inspections, with as few as a third of them likely to pass the stringent checks required to restart. With many reactors staying offline, Japan will continue to be heavily dependent on imported fuel to maintain its economy. E&T has been following the Fukushima story since the initial tsunami. Read our … Continue reading Japanese families return to #Fukushima – Japan still reliant on imported fuel – two annotated infographics

Radiation leak detected at New Mexico military nuclear waste plant – an annotated graphic

Experts are monitoring America’s only deep geological nuclear waste dump after an airborne radiation alert. The US Department of Energy (DOE) said specialists were assessing a “possible radiological event” at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. According to the DOE, an air monitor detected radiation on the plant’s underground levels at 11.30pm local time last Friday. Officials say no employees were working underground at the time and those on the surface have been sheltered in place as a precaution. They say nobody has been found to be contaminated. WIPP is the nation’s first and only deep … Continue reading Radiation leak detected at New Mexico military nuclear waste plant – an annotated graphic

#Fukushima fuel rods finally removed – an annotated graphic

Workers at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant have started removing fuel rods from the plant’s reactor 4, the only one that didn’t melt down after the 2011 earthquake. The highly dangerous procedure is the first step towards full decommissioning and clean-up of the plant, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which is foreseen to take decades. Unit 4 was the only reactor that was off-line during the tragic 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, as it was undergoing maintenance. Its fuel rods were, at the time of the incident, stored in a storage pool inside the building. Thanks to … Continue reading #Fukushima fuel rods finally removed – an annotated graphic

#Fukushima dangers and leaks – two annotated graphics

With the news that radiation levels have spiked 18-fold at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, as millions of gallons of radioactive water pour out of the stricken plant and head towards the sea, the Japanese government has been obliged to step in with the announcement of a “comprehensive package of measures” to stem the toxic tide. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government “will step forward and implement all necessary policies” to deal with the flood of radioactive water from the plant, a legacy of the world’s worst atomic disaster in a quarter century. E&T has a comprehensive collection of … Continue reading #Fukushima dangers and leaks – two annotated graphics

Russia’s new generation of nuclear weapons and armed submarines – an annotated graphic

For those who hanker for the heady days of the Cold War and the tension of the 1980s nuclear arms race – ah, whither Ronnie and Maggie now, eh? – we bring you this infographic detailing Russia’s latest nuclear weaponry. The first of a new fleet of eight Russian ballistic missile submarines entered service recently, with each sub boasting (yes, actually boasting) 16 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles – ICBMs to their friends – which we assume means they can be launched from one continent to destroy something on another continent. Excellent. We still wonder what the point of all this … Continue reading Russia’s new generation of nuclear weapons and armed submarines – an annotated graphic