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TerraPower circles 2023 for Natrium construction permit

Published: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 11:59:38 GMT

TerraPower hopes to apply for a construction permit in August 2023 and an operating licence in March 2026 for its Natrium fast reactor, according to a regulatory engagement plan (REP) it has sent to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


NEA proposes new approach to back-end funding

Published: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 14:34:15 GMT

The current approaches to assessing financial adequacy for decommissioning and radioactive waste management - which are based on the linear discounting of estimated future costs - should be complemented with a broader "circular" approach, a new OECD Nuclear Energy Agency report proposes. This approach, it says, reflects that changes of different kinds will play out between today's decisions and future funding needs.


USNC subsidiary supporting cislunar rocket contractors

Published: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 15:11:03 GMT

Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies - a subsidiary of Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation - is providing "critical support" to both prime contractors in the first phase of the Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations programme to develop a nuclear thermal propulsion system for cislunar operations. USNC-Tech is the only company participating in both tracks of the programme.


Hongyanhe 5 achieves first criticality

Published: Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:18:27 GMT

Unit 5 of the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in China's Liaoning province has attained a sustained chain reaction for the first time. The 1080 MWe domestically-designed ACPR1000 pressurised water reactor is expected to be connected to the grid later this year, after which it will enter commercial operation.


Fusion demonstration plant to be built in UK

Published: Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:28:07 GMT

Canadian company General Fusion is to build and operate a plant to demonstrate its nuclear fusion technology at UKAEA's Culham Campus near Oxford in the UK. The Fusion Demonstration Plant will pave the way for a commercial pilot plant using Magnetised Target Fusion technology and is expected to begin operations in 2025.


USA needs nuclear to achieve net zero, says Granholm

Published: Thu, 17 Jun 2021 09:41:24 GMT

Preserving the existing fleet of nuclear plants, driving the development of advanced reactors and investing in nuclear R&D are all essential to the USA's clean energy transition, Jennifer Granholm, secretary of the US Department of Energy, stressed this week. Speaking at the annual general meeting of the American Nuclear Society, Granholm told nuclear industry workers and students watching the webinar: "We need you".


Battery backup system for Olkiluoto plant

Published: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 13:52:03 GMT

One of Europe's largest battery energy storage systems is to be built at the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant in Finland under a contract signed by Teollisuuden Voima Oyj and Hitachi ABB Power Grids. The 90 MWe system will act as a fast-start backup power source to ensure the stability of the country's energy network in the event of an unplanned shutdown of the Olkiluoto 3 EPR unit, currently being commissioned at the site.


Fuel failure confirmed at Taishan 1

Published: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:56:24 GMT

An increase in the concentration of noble gases in the primary circuit of the Taishan 1 EPR is related to a few damaged fuel rods, China's National Nuclear Safety Administration confirmed today. It said the increase is "a common phenomenon" and is still in accordance with the requirements of the plant's operating technical specifications. Earlier this week, France's Framatome - which designed the EPR - said the unit was experiencing a "performance issue".


TVEL passes niobium-tin superconductor tests

Published: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 11:49:07 GMT

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research has completed the acceptance testing of Russian-made niobium-tin superconductors made as part of the Future Circular Collider CERN Conductor Development Programme. TVEL, the nuclear fuel manufacturer subsidiary of Russia's Rosatom, said the high performance of the wire fully complies with the CERN specification.


UAE records '100 million safe man-hours' at Barakah NPP

Published: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 10:39:03 GMT

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation has marked four years and more than 100 million safe man-hours without a Lost Time Injury at the Barakah nuclear power plant. ENEC says the milestone sets a new benchmark for industrial safety for nuclear new-build projects around the world.