THE NEW U.S. NUCLEAR
PLATTS - The US nuclear power fleet produced more electricity in 2018 than ever before and its generation costs have declined significantly in recent years, but action must be taken to ensure more plants are not forced to shut for economic reasons, the head of the nuclear industry's trade group said Tuesday.
"Last year was a great year for nuclear," Maria Korsnick, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute, said in her remarks at NEI's annual briefing on the state of the industry in Washington.
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U.S. primary energy consumption totaled 101 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu). This total was the highest since at least 1949, the earliest year for which EIA has data.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has finalised further federal loan guarantees of USD3.7 billion for the continued construction of Vogtle units 3 and 4, Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced today during a visit to the construction site near Waynesboro, Georgia.
Electricity generation from U.S. nuclear power plants totaled 807.1 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2018, slightly more than the previous peak of 807.0 million MWh in 2010, based on preliminary annual data. Although several nuclear power plants have closed since 2010, a combination of added capacity through uprates and shorter refueling and maintenance cycles allowed the remaining nuclear power plants to produce more electricity. In the near future, however, EIA expects that U.S. nuclear power output will decline.
Since then, U.S. continued federal efforts to curb retirements of coal and nuclear units for resilience and national security have met with much resistance and found little success.
The U.S. has agreed to build six nuclear power plants in India, according to a joint statement from the two countries issued March 13 in Washington, D.C.
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U.S. EIA - Crude oil production from the major US onshore regions is forecast to increase 80,000 b/d month-over-month in April from 8,380 to 8,460 thousand barrels/day , gas production to increase 907 million cubic feet/day from 78,930 to 79,837 million cubic feet/day .
The rules governing the EU's internal gas market will in future also apply to pipelines to and from third countries. The Council today formally adopted an amendment to the so-called gas directive which aims at closing a legal gap in the EU's regulatory framework and boosting competition in the gas market. This is the final step in the legislative process.
Russian energy major Gazprom Neft expects the Arctic to account for more than half its oil and gas production by 2020,
А.Е. Лихачёв напомнил, что нынешний форум проходит под девизом «Ядерные технологии для лучшей жизни». Нет такой сферы человеческой деятельности, где так или иначе не присутствовали бы достижения атомной отрасли. «Мирный атом связан и со всеми задачами и целями устойчивого развития, обозначенными ООН. На нынешнем форуме мы обсудим новейшие технологии, которые будут лежать в основе будущего нашей планеты», - подчеркнул А.Е. Лихачёв.