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Fuel loading starts at Belarusian reactor

Published: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:35:54 GMT

Fuel loading began today at unit 1 of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom has announced. At 11:45am local time, the first fuel assembly was loaded into the reactor and a total of 163 assemblies will be loaded before the end of the month.


EDF Energy prolongs outages at Dungeness and Hunterston units

Published: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 13:34:49 GMT

The restarts of three advanced gas-cooled reactor units at EDF's Dungeness B and Hunterston B nuclear power plants in the UK have been postponed.


IAEA assesses pre-operational safety at Flamanville EPR

Published: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:04:14 GMT

The French nuclear safety authority, Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, has published the report of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Pre-Operational Safety Review Team mission conducted last year at the Flamanville 3 EPR. The mission team identified eight good practices and made six recommendations and 15 suggestions.


Ostrovets plant set for fuel loading

Published: Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:18:21 GMT

The Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry (Gosatomnadzor) has issued a permit for the loading of fresh fuel into unit one of the nuclear power plant under construction near Ostrovets in the Grodno region. It consists of two VVER-1200 reactors that are scheduled for commissioning this year and next.


Jacobs to assist Moltex in development of SSR

Published: Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:57:47 GMT

USA-based Jacobs Engineering Group has been selected by Moltex Energy to support its development of the Stable Salt Reactor (SSR), a 300 MWe small modular reactor design. Jacobs will build a bespoke experimental facility for thermal transfer testing at its Birchwood Park research and development facility near Warrington, UK.


USNC, Korean companies to develop micro modular reactors

Published: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 11:47:25 GMT

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation of the USA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Korea's Hyundai Engineering and the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute. The five-year agreement outlines goals for development of technologies that enhance the ability of the USNC Micro Modular Reactor to produce and deliver carbon-free power, heat and hydrogen.


RWM launches new venture to lead UK repository research

Published: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:42:41 GMT

The University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield will support the delivery of independent evidence-based research to underpin the development of a UK Geological Disposal Facility following a GBP2.5 million (USD3.3 million) grant secured from Radioactive Waste Management (RWM).


UK National Grid prepares for first T-pylon at Hinkley Point C

Published: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:25:28 GMT

The first T-pylon on National Grid's Hinkley Connection is scheduled to be constructed at the end of July 2021. It will be one of 116 T-pylons along the 57km route, which will connect low-carbon energy from EDF Energy's Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant to six million UK homes and businesses. It will also allow for more capacity on the network for renewable energy from the South West peninsular.


Feasibility study sought for Cernavoda expansion project

Published: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:06:32 GMT

Romania has launched a tender for a new feasibility study to complete units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant for which it is prepared to pay up to RON1 million (USD245,000). There is also the option of a single unit being put up for auction, according to a report by Economica.Net.


Kazatomprom uranium miners set to return to work

Published: Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:21:29 GMT

Kazakhstan's JSC National Atomic Company Kazatomprom plans to return staffing levels at its uranium mines to normal by around the end of this month. The number of employees at the mine sites was reduced between April and July in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.