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Vogtle unit to test 6%-enriched fuel

Published: Fri, 28 Jan 2022 15:30:35 GMT

Lead test assemblies of Westinghouse-developed nuclear fuel are to be loaded into unit 2 of the Vogtle nuclear power plant, marking the first planned installation of nuclear fuel enriched to more than 5% uranium-235 in a US commercial reactor.


Nuclear plus energy storage an opportunity for Ontario

Published: Fri, 28 Jan 2022 16:24:58 GMT

A combination of emission-free electricity from the Bruce nuclear power plant paired with long-duration energy storage can help maintain the reliability of Ontario's electricity system while reducing reliance on gas-fired plants, a report by the Nuclear Innovation Institute concludes.


UK nuclear decommissioning plan could deliver savings, but risks remain - NAO

Published: Fri, 28 Jan 2022 14:13:17 GMT

The UK’s new funding arrangements for the decommissioning of seven of its advanced gas-cooled reactor nuclear power plants could deliver savings but "financial risks" remain and its success "will ultimately depend on the relevant parties working collaboratively", says the UK spending watchdog the National Audit Office.


Tecnatom to supply Norway with SMR simulator

Published: Fri, 28 Jan 2022 14:50:44 GMT

Spanish engineering firm Tecnatom has been awarded a contract by Norway's Institute for Energy Technology for the development and supply of a simulator based on small modular reactors.


Autonomous forklift developed for use in Canadian repository

Published: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 15:31:31 GMT

Canadian custom mobile heavy equipment company MEDATech has designed an autonomous forklift to move and stack bentonite-encased radioactive waste canisters underground. The equipment has been developed at the request of Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation.


Swedish government gives go-ahead for used fuel repository

Published: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 16:34:55 GMT

Construction of the final repository for used nuclear fuel in Forsmark and the associated fuel encapsulation plant in Oskarshamn can proceed, Sweden's Minister of Climate and Environment Annika Strandhäll has announced.


US, Japanese firms agree to cooperate on fast reactors

Published: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 14:31:19 GMT

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi FBR Systems have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with TerraPower of the USA to cooperate on the development of sodium-cooled fast reactors. TerraPower - founded by Bill Gates - is developing the Natrium sodium-cooled fast reactor.


BN-800 running on 60% MOX

Published: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 14:44:50 GMT

Beloyarsk unit 4 has been given an overhaul after six years of operation. The fast reactor is now using 60% mixed-oxide fuel, which plant owner Rosenergoatom described as "the fuel of the future".


Grid connection of Finnish EPR postponed

Published: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 12:31:06 GMT

The connection of unit 3 at the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant in western Finland to the national grid has been delayed due to an unplanned automatic trip during commissioning tests, operator Teollisuuden Voima Oyj has announced.


Sizewell C gets financial backing from UK government

Published: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 10:28:31 GMT

The UK government has allocated GBP100 million (USD134 million) to continue the EDF-led development of the Sizewell C nuclear power plant project, with the aim of attracting further finance from private investors.