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Site licence for Tennessee Valley Authority’s Clinch River site
31 December, 2019
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced in December that it has authorised the issuance of an Early Site Permit for Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA’s) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Worley wins contract to advise Egypt on nuclear plant construction
31 December, 2019
Australian energy group Worley Limited said on 30 December that it had won a contract to advise Egypt in building its first nuclear power plant.

South Ukraine 3 begins commercial use of Westinghouse fuel
30 December, 2019
Ukraine’s State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate (SNRI) on 28 December approved the transition of South Ukraine 3 to the commercial use of Westinghouse supplied fuel.

Russia’s Bilibino 2 licensed to operate until 2025
30 December, 2019
Russia’s Rostekhnadzor on 27 December issued a licence to the Bilibino nuclear power plant for the extended operation of unit 2 until 31 December 2025.

Russian accident tolerant fuel passes acceptance tests
28 December, 2019
The first fuel assemblies (FAs) for the VVER-1000 reactor with experimental accident tolerant fuel rods manufactured at Russia’s Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NZHK) have passed acceptance tests, Russian fuel company Tvel has announced.

Used mox fuel to be removed at Japan’s Ikata nuclear plant
27 December, 2019
Shikoku Electric Power Co’s Ikata 3 in Japan’s Ehime Prefecture, was shut down on 26 December in preparation for the removal of used mixed oxide (mox) fuel, a first such operation in Japan.

Overcoming obsolescence
24 December, 2019
The UK is embarking on a renaissance of its nuclear infrastructure. But for the foreseeable future, the technology of an earlier generation will continue to underpin its civil sector. Peter Langan explains how operators overcome the challenge of obsolescence.

EDF Energy signs long-term agreement with Holtec for casks
24 December, 2019
UK-based EDF Energy on 17 December signed a long-term agreement with Holtec International for the supply of casks and loading campaign services for the Sizewell B NPP.

Five companies shortlisted for Belene NPP
24 December, 2019
Five companies have been shortlisted for negotiations on the 2,000 MWe Belene Nuclear Power Plant project, Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova told Parliament’s Energy Committee on 19 December. The shortlisted candidates are: China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), Russia's Atomenergoprom, a subsidiary state nuclear corporation Rosatom, France's Framatome and US-based General Electric (GE), the energy ministry said in a statement. Invitations for submitting binding offers will be sent to the shortlisted candidates by the end of January 2020.

Assystem wins contracts for UK’s STEP fusion project
24 December, 2019
Assystem’s Sunderland engineering team will lead two crucial aspects of the UK’s STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) fusion project – Breeder Blanket and Materials Database, Assystem said on 20 December. STEP is being designed at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA’s) site at Culham in Oxfordshire. Assystem’s team of engineers will be contributing from their bases in Sunderland, Derby and Blackburn. Assystemhas experience delivering fusion projects including leading the design of the Divertor Remote Handling System (DRHS) for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), under construction in France. The DRHS is a robotic arm that can operate inside the extremely hot environment of the fusion reactor.

BWXT ahead of schedule on TRISO fuel restart activities
24 December, 2019
US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT) announced on 18 December that its TRISO nuclear fuel manufacturing restart activities are ahead of schedule.

NRG begins new research on molten salt
24 December, 2019
Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) said on 18 December that it had started a new experiment at the High Flux Reactor at Petten in the Netherlands that aims to simulate what happens when molten salt cools down to below 150 degrees Celsius.

Switzerland’s Muehleberg NPP closed down
24 December, 2019
Switzerland’s Muehleberg NPP was closed down on 20 December 47 years, marking the start of its nuclear phase out programme.

Russia’s Kola 2 licensed to operate until 2034
24 December, 2019
Unit 2 of Russia’s Kola NPP on 20 December received a licence from the Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostekhnadzor) allowing it to operate for another 15 years until 2034.

Russia’s floating NPP generates its first electricity
24 December, 2019
Russia's Akademik Lomonosov, the world's first industrial floating NPP (FNPP) began producing electricity on 19 December. The FNPP transmitted its first electric energy to the isolated network of Chaun-Bilibino junction of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug in the city of Pevek," according to nuclear utility Rosenergoatom, part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom. Rosenergoatom added that Akademik Lomonosov would be connected to Pevek's heating networks and be put into industrial operation in 2020.

Further delays for OL3
24 December, 2019
Commissioning of unit 3 at Finland’s Olkiluoto NPP (OL3), has been pushed back to March 2021 by suppliers France’s Areva and Germany’s Siemens, plant operator TVO said on 19 December. According to the information received by TVO, nuclear fuel will be loaded into the OL3 EPR unit reactor in June 2020, the first connection to the grid will take place in November 2020, and the start of regular electricity production will take place in March 2021.

Nuclear not excluded from EU taxonomy regulation
19 December, 2019
European Union (EU) lawmakers and member countries on 16 December agreed on a deal to promote environmentally-friendly investment after weeks of discussions on whether to exclude nuclear projects.

Major ITER contract extended
19 December, 2019
Fusion for Energy (F4E) has extended the ITER Architect Engineer contract with Engage until 2025.

Get your priorities right
18 December, 2019
Managing data transmission in the instrumentation and control system to give priority data directly related to the security function reduces the load on the main channels and improves the speed and reliability of the system. This approach has been successfully applied. Wu Youguang, Ma Quan, Liu Mingming, Zhang Zipeng and Zhang Yu report.

State funding for Russia’s MBIR reactor
18 December, 2019
Russian State Development Corporation VEB.RF and Gazprombank will finance construction of the MBIR multipurpose fast neutron research reactor being built in at the Russian Institute of Atomic Reactors (NIIAR) in Dimitrovgrad to the tune of RUB80 billion ($1.27bn), Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a meeting of the VEB.RF supervisory board on 13 December.

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