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Hot testing continues at Chernobyl used fuel storage
04 December, 2020
As of 1 December, 186 used fuel assemblies have been transported from the old used nuclear fuel storage facility (ISF-1) to the Interim Storage Facility 2 (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Turboatom manufactures main part of the turbine for Khmelnitsky 3
04 December, 2020
Kharkov-based Turboatom has already manufactured the main part of the turbine unit for the VVER-1000 at unit 3 of Ukraine’s Khmelnitsky nuclear plant, Energoatom said on 1 December.

OPG defuels Darlington unit 3 in preparation for refurbishment
04 December, 2020
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has completed its defuelling campaign at Darlington 3 ahead of schedule, in preparation for the next phase of the Darlington Refurbishment Project.

Orano accelerates deployment of digital solutions
03 December, 2020
France’s Orano has signed multi-year contracts worth a total of nearly €10 million ($12m) between its subsidiary Orano DS, which employs 5000 people in France, and four vendors for the deployment of IT solutions.

Fermi Energia and Vattenfall to cooperate on SMRs
03 December, 2020
Swedish power company Vattenfall, which participated in the feasibility study for the construction of a small modular reactor (SMR) in Estonia, has signed an agreement to intensify cooperation with Fermi Energia.

Fuel loading begins at Karachi 2
03 December, 2020
Pakistan on 28 November began loading fuel into the Chinese-built Hualong One reactor at unit 2 of the Karachi NPP ready for testing in run-up to its commercial operation in April 2021, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced.

UKAEA seeks site for STEP fusion reactor
03 December, 2020
On 2 December, the UK government announced that the siting portal for the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant is open.

IAEA conducts first virtual safety review mission in Lithuania
03 December, 2020
In the first Safety Peer Review Mission to be held virtually, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) experts said Lithuania had strengthened its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in recent years.

Licensing milestone for BWRX-300 SMR
03 December, 2020
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) announced on 1 December that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had issued a Final Safety Evaluation Report for the first of several licensing topical reports (LTRs) that have been submitted for the BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR).

Another plasma record for Korea’s fusion researchers
03 December, 2020
South Korea’s National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI) on 24 November announced that the K-STAR fusion reactor had managed to operate the plasma at 100 million degrees Celsius for 20 seconds – the world’s first nuclear fusion reactor to have maintained plasma for more than 10 seconds at that temperature.

Hot tests begin at Tianwan 6
03 December, 2020
Hot testing began on 28 November at unit 6 of China’s Tianwan NPP in Jiangsu, China Nuclear Engineering and Construction Corporation (CNECC) said.

Feed pumps dispatched for India’s Kudankulam 3
03 December, 2020
Russia’s TsKBM has manufactured and shipped the feed pumps for the turbine hall of India's Kudankulam 3 nuclear power plant.

Smart sensors for storage
03 December, 2020
The UK’s Nuclear AMRC led a project for Sellafield Ltd to develop new smart technologies to monitor the condition of waste containers in long-term storage

The Core Melt Stabilization System for Hinkley Point C
02 December, 2020
Bilfinger is a ‘tier one’ contractor for Hinkley Point C in the UK and is working to design the fourth generation core melt stabilisation system

Reactor cover manufactured for Akkuyu 1
02 December, 2020
The Volgodonsk branch of Russia’s AEM-Technologies (part of Rosatom's engineering division - Atomenergomash) has completed the manufacture of the reactor cover for unit 1 of the Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkey.

Assystem to continue supervisory role at Akkuyu
02 December, 2020
France’s Assystem has been selected to oversee the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey, as part of a major international engineering deal at the end of a tender process conducted in compliance with the Unified Industry Procurement Standard of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

VNIINM devises new method of manufacturing spacer grids for MNUP-fuel
01 December, 2020
Russia’s AA Bochvar Research Institute of Inorganic Materials (VNIINM - part of Rosatom’s fuel company TVEL) has developed a new method of manufacturing spacer grids for assemblies with dense nitride uranium-plutonium fuel (MNUP-fuel).

OPG releases Climate Change Plan
01 December, 2020
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has released its Climate Change Plan that includes ambitious goals aimed at driving efficient, economy-wide decarbonisation and economic renewal, while protecting the environment.

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