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ATF assemblies complete first fuel cycle at Hatch

Published: Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:27:52 GMT

Lead test assemblies of accident-tolerant fuel installed in unit 1 of Southern Nuclear's Edwin I Hatch nuclear power plant in early 2018 have completed a 24-month fuel cycle. A sample of the lead test rods will now undergo testing.


Russia, Spain to cooperate in decommissioning

Published: Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:18:53 GMT

Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Spanish engineering firms ENUSA, ENSA and IDOM on cooperation in the decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear facilities, as well as in nuclear waste management and related engineering and consulting services. They have also signed a roadmap for the development of various projects in the near term.


Japanese regulator approves restart of Onagawa 2

Published: Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:43:16 GMT

The Nuclear Regulation Authority today formally accepted a report concluding unit 2 of Tohoku Electric Power Company's Onagawa plant in Miyagi Prefecture meets revised safety standards. The plant was the closest nuclear power plant to the epicentre of the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011, but sustained far less damage than expected.


Energoatom saves USD76 million through online tendering

Published: Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:41:03 GMT

ProZorro, the public e-procurement system that Ukraine launched in 2016, saved nuclear power plant operator Energoatom more than UAH1 billion last year and the average number of offers per purchase increased by 8.5%. ProZorro was developed by anti-corruption organisation Transparency International Ukraine as a collaborative effort between the government, business sector and social groups.


Romanian rescue loan broke EU rules, inquiry finds

Published: Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:32:40 GMT

Romania must recover around EUR13 million (USD14 million) of rescue funding from uranium company Compania Națională a Uraniului SA after the European Commission found a restructuring plan for the company did not meet European Union rules on state aid.


Framatome expands presence at Cadarache

Published: Tue, 25 Feb 2020 12:52:45 GMT

Framatome has officially opened a new engineering research and operations centre at Cadarache in south-eastern France. It has also announced an expansion of its Intercontrôle automated non-destructive testing subsidiary, which is based at the same site.


EDF closes Fessenheim unit 1 in eastern France

Published: Mon, 24 Feb 2020 12:17:38 GMT

EDF has disconnected France's longest serving nuclear power unit - Fessenheim 1 - from the electricity grid, thus ending the reactor's 42 years of low-carbon electricity production. The unit was removed from the network at 2am on 22 February, as scheduled. The utility said the primary circuit cooling operations had been initiated to open the reactor vessel and unload its fuel. Unit 2 is scheduled for closure on 30 June.


Finnish firm launches SMR district heating project

Published: Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:20:19 GMT

VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland has today announced the launch of a project to develop a small modular reactor for district heating. Most of the country's district heating is currently produced by burning coal, natural gas, wood fuels and peat, but it aims to phase out its use of coal in energy production by 2029.


IAEA highlights work to convert research reactors

Published: Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:23:52 GMT

Almost 3500 kg of highly enriched uranium has been removed from research reactor sites around the world over the past few decades, thanks to efforts supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Seventy-one research reactors have been converted to use low-enriched uranium fuel since 1978. Conversion of such reactors to use LEU reduces the proliferation risk presented by HEU.


China's nuclear power output jumps 18% year on year

Published: Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:23:46 GMT

China's nuclear electricity generation rose by 18.1% last year, to 348.13 TWh, which is up from 286.15 TWh in 2018, figures from China's National Energy Administration show. Nuclear's share of total electricity production was 4.88% last year, up from 4.22%. According to the National Development and Reform Commission, China aims to have 200 GWe of nuclear generating capacity in place by 2035, out of a total generating capacity of 2600 GWe. Under those plans, thermal power plant capacity is expected to increase from 1190.6 GWe in 2019 to 1300 GWe in 2035.