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Biblis NPP cooling tower demolished
06 February, 2023
The first of four cooling towers has been demolished at Germany’s Biblis. The two-unit Biblis plant (A&B), each with two cooling towers, was shut down in March 2011 in response to the Fukushima Daiichi accident.

Inner containment installed at China’s Xudabao NPP unit 4
03 February, 2023
The steel lining module of the inner containment has been installed at unit 4 of China’s Xudabao NPP in Liaoning province. China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said the module has an inner diameter of 44 metres and an overall height of more than 10 metres. It features 128 pre-installed through-piece sleeves and 46 tonnes of pre-installed circumferential steel bars. The combined hoisting weight of the module and steel bars totalled almost 457 tons. "The entire hoisting process was safe and quality controlled," CNNC said.

GSE Solutions contracted to support NuScale hydrogen plant model
03 February, 2023
US-based GSE Solutions has been contracted to work with NuScale Power on the development of a hydrogen plant model for NuScale’s VOYGR small modular reactor (SMR) simulator. Under the agreement the existing NuScale control room simulator will be modified to evaluate the Integrated Energy System (IES) dynamics and will include GSE’s models for hydrogen production. GSE will provide the models, integration, and testing support based on its JProTM Dynamic Simulation Software.

Rosatom briefs Russian Prime Minister on nuclear industry progress
03 February, 2023
Rosatom Director General Alexei Likhachev, at a briefing with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, said 2022 was not an easy year. However, “we reached record results in almost all areas, in terms of our main, gross indicators”. He noted that implementation of the state defence order was 100%. And fulfilment of target revenue was more than 105% with a new record of more than RUB1,700bn ($24bn).

Construction progress at China’s Changjiang NPP unit 3
03 February, 2023
The main girder of the ring crane for unit 3 of China’s Changjiang NPP under construction in Hainan province has been hoisted into place. China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said the construction process was orderly, safe, stable and met quality control requirements. The overall weight of the main beam of the ring crane is about 417 tons, and the total weight of the hoisting some 594 tons. This paves the way for the hoisting of the dome and subsequent installation of the main equipment.

ANSTO begins Lucas Heights remediation
03 February, 2023
The Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation has begun remediation activities at its Lucas Heights facility near Sydney.

Invest Alberta supports deployment of Xe-100 SMR
02 February, 2023
X-Energy Canada and Invest Alberta Corporation (IAC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) supporting the potential deployment of the Xe-100 small modular reactor (SMR) in Alberta.

South Korea offers to build NPP for Turkey
02 February, 2023
Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) has submitted a preliminary proposal to Turkey for the construction of four APR-1400 units at a site in northern part of the country. Kepco CEO Jung Song Il presented a proposal to Turkish Minister of Energy & Natural Resources Fatih Dönmez.

Japan’s Takahama 4 experiences automatic shutdown
02 February, 2023
Neutron detectors have triggered an automatic shutdown at unit 4 of Kansai Electric Power Co's Takahama NPP in Japan's Fukui Prefecture. The reactor was automatically stopped after an alert warned of a rapid decrease in the number of neutrons within the unit, according to Kansai and the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA).

MoltexFLEX awarded UK research grant to study graphite
02 February, 2023
UK-based MoltexFLEX has been awarded a research grant by the Henry Royce Institute of Advanced Materials (Royce). MoltexFLEX a subsidiary of Canada’s Moltex Energy, in October announced its FLEX reactor design, which uses molten salt technology. Using the grant, MoltexFLEX will work with the University of Manchester’s Nuclear Graphite Research Group (NGRG) to investigate how the FLEX reactor’s molten salt coolant interacts with graphite, which is used as a moderator.

Belgium’s Tihange 2 closes
02 February, 2023
Unit 2 of Belgium’s Tihange NPP has closed down after 40 years of operation, in accordance with 2003 Belgian law on nuclear phase-out. It is the second reactor to close under the law - Unit 3 of the Doel NPP closed in September 2022. Five nuclear reactors remain in operation – Doel 1,2&4 and Tihange 1&3.

Mochovce 3 begins supplying power to Slovakia’s grid
02 February, 2023
Slovenské elektrárne (SE) said unit 3 at the Mochovce NPP has been connected to the grid for the first time at 20% of its nominal power. This followed successful start-up tests, and the launch of steam turbines. This milestone was achieved less than three weeks after Slovakia's Nuclear Regulatory Authority (UJD - Úrad jadrového dozoru) approved start-up.

Facing the Monster
01 February, 2023
Thirty years ago last November, the IAEA’s INSAG-7 report took the prevailing narrative of the Chornobyl disaster and turned it on its head. Here, a key accident investigator tells the inside story of the report’s origins.

The Zaporizhia NPP 1984 fire
01 February, 2023
Russia’s SFERA-Pro History site, which investigates significant and little-known events of Russia’s past, has now published a history of Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP). This includes details of a fire which caused extensive damage during its construction.

Renaissance Fusion raises funds to build nuclear fusion technology in Europe
01 February, 2023
French start-up Renaissance Fusion based in Grenoble and Houston has raised $16.4m in funding in a seed round led by Lowercarbon Capital. Renaissance Fusion, founded in 2019 by Francesco Volpe and Martin Kupp, is working to develop a stellarator reactor. The company expects to be able to ship a small fusion reactor with a 1 GWe capacity in the 2030s. It does not plan to operate the plants directly but will sell its reactors to plant constructors and operators.

Restart of Ringhals 4 delayed again
01 February, 2023
Restart of unit 4 of Sweden’s Ringhals NPP, closed for repairs to its reactor pressure vessel (RPV), has been further delayed. The damaged reactor was expected to restart in February but this has now been postponed to 19 March. The 1300 MWe pressurised water reactor was stopped for annual routine maintenance in August, but was not able to restart after RPV was damaged during tests. Vattenfall had initially expected the repairs to be completed by November. However, the restart date was pushed back to January and then to 24 February.

Companies team up to build Canada’s first SMR
01 February, 2023
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is teaming up with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, SNC-Lavalin, and Aecon to construct a small modular reactor (SMR) at Canada’s Darlington New Nuclear Project site. Under the agreement, the four companies will provide a diverse range of expertise and services as part of an integrated project delivery model. The aim is to develop, engineer and construct GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300 SMR, for completion by late 2028.

RPV test assembly completed for Kudankulam 5
01 February, 2023
The Volgodonsk branch of AEM-Technologies (part of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering division Atomenergomash) has assembled the reactor vessel (RPV) with internals that has been manufactured for unit 5 of India’s Kudankulam NPP.

Brazil’s INB and IPEN strengthen co-operation on nuclear projects
01 February, 2023
Nuclear Industries of Brazil (Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil - INB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (Institute for Energy & Nuclear Research – IPEN to establish a collaborative research platform. The MOU will facilitate and expand research, development and innovation activities. The aim is to synergistically take advantage of the unique skills of both institutions in order to develop greater autonomy of the Brazilian nuclear sector.

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