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Japanese power companies promote use of mox fuel
22 December, 2020
The Federation of Electric Power Companies (FEPC) of Japan said it was continuing to promote the use of mixed uranium-plutonium (mox) fuel in nuclear power plants, in line with the Pluthermal Programme formulated in June 2009.

Fennovoima conditionally accepts basic design documents for Hanhikivi 1
22 December, 2020
Finnish energy company Fennovoima said on 21 December that it had conditionally accepted the documents for the Basic Design Stage 1 of the Hanhikivi-1 NPP provided by the plant supplier, Russia’s RAOS Project (part of Rosatom).

Iran will abide by JCPOA if the US rejoins but rejects any renegotiation of its terms
22 December, 2020
Iran has notified the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the construction at the Fordow nuclear facility, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on 21 December.

Anomaly detection at Palo Verde nuclear plant
22 December, 2020
A data analytics platform developed for the Palo Verde nuclear plant has been able to detect distinct anomalies and would have provided early warning of equipment failures. By Greg Alder and James Herzau

American Bureau of Shipping assesses Seaborg’s Compact Molten Salt Reactor
21 December, 2020
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) said on 17 December that it had issued a Feasibility Statement for the Compact Molten Salt Reactor (CMSR) developed by Danish nuclear company Seaborg Technologies.

Canada seeks to lead the world in SMR and hydrogen development
21 December, 2020
Small modular reactors (SMRs) represent a promising new non-emitting technology that has the potential to produce reliable electricity in Canada, supporting our country’s transition to net-zero emissions by 2050, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) said in a press release on 18 December.

Hot tests completed at Ukraine’s ISF-2 storage facility
21 December, 2020
Hot tests have been completed at Ukraine’s ISF-2 dry used nuclear fuel storage facility constructed by Holtec International at the Chernobyl NPP site, ChNPP said on 18 December.

Russia’s Sovcombank provides loan for Turkey's nuclear project
21 December, 2020
Russia’s Sovcombank said on 18 December that it will provide Rosatom subsidiary Akkuyu Nuclear with a loan of up to $300 million for a period of seven years to finance the project to build the Akkuyu NPP in Turkey.

Swedish NPPs meet independent core cooling requirements
21 December, 2020
Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM- Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten) said on 18 December that Forsmark and Ringhals nuclear power plants and OKG predominantly meet the conditions and requirements it had set in 2014 for the installation of systems for independent core cooling at all sites by 31 December 2020.

Progress continues on Russia’s Kursk II
21 December, 2020
Testing of the reactor pressure vessel for unit 1 of the Kursk II nuclear plant been completed. Meanwhile, construction is now underway on the cooling tower for the second reactor at the Russian nuclear plant.

Nexans to supply cables for Hinkley Point C
21 December, 2020
France’s Nexans has announced that it will supply nuclear rated cables to the UK’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power project.

Westinghouse contracted to dismantle Sweden’s Ågesta
21 December, 2020
Westinghouse Electric Company said on 17 December that it had signed a contract with Swedish utility Vattenfall to segment the nuclear reactor at its Ågesta Nuclear Plant near Stockholm.

UK’s Bradwell B granted electricity generating licence
21 December, 2020
The UK's gas and electricity markets regulator, Ofgem, has granted an electricity generating licence to Bradwell Power Generation Company Ltd, which is proposing to construct the new Bradwell B NPP in Essex.

The future of the UK's nuclear transport division
21 December, 2020
The UK’s International Nuclear Services specialises in irradiated fuel management and transporting nuclear materials. Seth Kybrid speaks to NEI about the company’s activities and merger plans

Russia signs contract for design of nuclear space tug
18 December, 2020
Russia’s nuclear tug, Nuklon, will be able to deliver 10 tons of cargo to the Moon in 200 days, according to documents from Roskosmos, published on the government procurement website on 15 December.

Feasibility study completed on SMRs for Poland
18 December, 2020
Poland’s Synthos Green Energy has announced completion of a deployment feasibility study for the implementation of a fleet of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy BWRX-300 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Poland.

More delays for Rokkasho mox plant
18 December, 2020
Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited (JNFL), the operator of Japan's first commercial nuclear fuel plant, currently under construction in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, has postponed its completion by two years.

Russia's Kurchatov Institute completes hybrid power plant design
18 December, 2020
Specialists at Russia’s Kurchatov Institute, working on the development of a fusion-fission hybrid power plant, have completed its preliminary design.

UK ONR restructures
17 December, 2020
The UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) on 16 December announced plans to align its leadership structure to other nuclear regulators around the world with a new combined post of Chief Nuclear Inspector/Chief Executive.

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