Connecticut has received over 100 bids in its Zero Carbon program, including one from Millstone nuclear plant owner Dominion Energy. State legislation passed last year allowed nuclear plants to participate in the new program designed to assist renewable energy sources.
Indian Point nuclear plant's Unit 3 is back online following a shutdown that lasted nine days. Repairs were completed to fix a safety injection system water leak.
Three public hearings on New Jersey's Zero Emission Credit program will start in October, as the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities discusses potential nuclear plant subsidies.
The former USS Sturgis, a cargo ship-turned-floating nuclear plant, has been deactivated and will be scrapped in Texas, says the US Army Corps of Engineers. Over 1.5 million pounds of used nuclear fuel were removed from the ship.
The Unit 1 reactor at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Tennessee has started a scheduled refueling, with over 11,500 upkeep tasks planned for the time it is offline. The reactor had been active for almost 500 days since its last planned outage, says Paul Simmons, site vice president.
The US should focus on advanced nuclear reactors to help meet growing electricity demand, but also to preserve international security-related influence, writes Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act is a big step toward spurring advanced nuclear investment and research, Murkowski writes.
Peace and security in the Middle East and around the world could be disrupted following the American exit from the Iran nuclear deal, says Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. Certain sanctions will be reimposed by the US on Iran in November.
Saudi Aramco will spend over $133 billion over the next 10 years on drilling for oil and natural gas, says Mohammed al-Qahtani, the company's senior vice president for upstream. The effort is part of the Saudi Vision 2030 initiative.
Shell UK says changes to its operating model at central North Sea offshore platforms will include the creation of operation and maintenance technician positions. The company, which expects to enact the changes in the second quarter of 2019, also will include a staff rotation involving two weeks of offshore work and three weeks of field break.
US shale oil production is predicted to climb by 79,000 barrels per day to 7.6 million barrels per day in October, fueled by a projected increase of 31,000 barrels per day in output from the Permian Basin, according to the Energy Information Administration. In addition, US shale gas production is expected to hit a record 73.1 billion cubic feet per day next month.