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USA-Romania cooperation gets to work

Published: Wed, 04 Aug 2021 11:23:41 GMT

Romania and the USA have started cooperation work towards the expansion and modernisation of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant. A working meeting last week followed a series of strategic agreements by Romania.


US companies announce plans for nuclear-powered bitcoin mine

Published: Wed, 04 Aug 2021 15:26:22 GMT

Talen Energy Corporation has announced a joint venture with US-based bitcoin mining company TeraWulf to develop up to 300 MW of zero-carbon bitcoin mining capacity. The Nautilus Cryptomine will be powered by Talen's Susquehanna nuclear power plant.


Westinghouse ATF makes progress towards approval

Published: Wed, 04 Aug 2021 13:40:34 GMT

Irradiated lead test rods containing Westinghouse's EnCore advanced fuel technology have arrived at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory where they will undergo a year of testing to support regulatory licensing efforts. The fuel is being developed under the DOE's Accident Tolerant Fuel Program, an industry-led effort looking to commercialise new fuels within the decade.


Jacobs awarded Dounreay decommissioning contracts

Published: Wed, 04 Aug 2021 12:23:58 GMT

Dounreay Site Restoration Limited has awarded two contracts worth a combined GBP11.2 million (USD15.9 million) to USA-based engineering group Jacobs for decommissioning work at the Dounreay site in Scotland. Under the contracts, Jacobs will upgrade the ventilation system at the Prototype Fast Reactor and develop the decommissioning strategy for the fast reactor fuel reprocessing plant in the Fuel Cycle Area.


First concrete poured for Xudabao 3

Published: Tue, 03 Aug 2021 14:09:54 GMT

Construction of unit 3 at the Xudabao nuclear power plant in China's Liaoning province officially got under way on 28 July with the pouring of first concrete for the reactor's nuclear island. The unit is one of four VVER-1200 reactors to be supplied by Russia to China under a 2018 agreement.


New study confirms viability of Etango-8

Published: Tue, 03 Aug 2021 14:51:40 GMT

Newly released results from a pre-feasibility study of the Etango-8 uranium project have confirmed the strong technical and economic viability of conventional open pit mining and heap leach processing of the deposit in Namibia, Bannerman Energy has announced. The company now plans to complete a definitive feasibility study in 2022.


Japanese gas-cooled reactor restarts

Published: Tue, 03 Aug 2021 12:55:13 GMT

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency has resumed operation of the High-Temperature Test Reactor in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture. The small prototype reactor becomes the first Japanese gas-cooled reactor to restart following the introduction of new safety regulations.


Kazatomprom monitors COVID situation as 2021 outlook unchanged

Published: Tue, 03 Aug 2021 12:27:14 GMT

Kazatomprom's 2021 production guidance remains unchanged but with Delta-variant COVID-19 cases rising and some areas of Kazakhstan going back into severe government-mandated restrictions, the uranium company yesterday said it continues to rigorously monitor the COVID-19 situation to ensure its current protocols remain effective.


Fifth Hongyanhe unit enters commercial operation

Published: Mon, 02 Aug 2021 11:28:35 GMT

Unit 5 of the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in China's Liaoning province has completed commissioning tests and met the conditions for entering commercial operation, China General Nuclear has announced. The company now has 25 power reactors in commercial operation with a combined generating capacity of 28,261 MWe.


Turbine work delays Olkiluoto 3 start up

Published: Mon, 02 Aug 2021 13:44:51 GMT

Regular electricity production at the Olkiluoto 3 EPR will begin in March 2022 - one month later than previously planned, Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj announced. It said the delay has been caused by extra turbine overhaul and inspection works.