Wed, 29 Jun 2011: Bids received for nuclear project…



By utilizing ‘passive safety,’ the AP-1000 relies only on natural forces such as gravity and thermal convection to ensure the reactor is always in a safe condition. That means the plant is capable of withstanding any credible emergency event - including loss of all offsite power supplies, the company says. The meeting in Vilnius followed a government meeting with Japan’s Hitachi and Hitachi GE Nuclear Energy, who had presented a competing bid. Lithuania wants to build a new nuclear power plant to cut energy dependence on neighboring Russia, the sole supplier of natural gas, after shutting the Soviet-era Ignalina nuclear plant in 2009 under agreement with the European Union. Lithuanian officials earlier estimated th... Read the rest of this entry »

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