New News information at Nuclear Engineering International New and updated information from News listed on en-us New News information at Nuclear Engineering International Tepco, Chubu Electric, Toshiba and Hitachi consider joint venture by <br/> <br/> Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) is in talks with Toshiba, Hitachi and Chubu Electric Power on a joint venture to resume the stalled Higashidori NPP project in northern Japan, The Nikkei reported on 8 August. The new company would build, operate and maintain the plant as well as handle discussions with local authorities and residents. Construction is expected to start next year at the earliest. The proposal represents the first concrete results from talks on a four-way nuclear partnership that began a year ago initiated by Tepco in the wake of the Fukushima accident. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:13:00 GMT China’s Yangjiang 6 begins commercial operation by <br/> <br/> Unit 6 of China's Yangjiang NPP in Guangdong province, a 1000 MWe ACPR1000 pressurised water reactor, is generating electricity in preparation for commercial operation, China General Nuclear has announced, adding that it was awaiting the remaining permits and documentation. Yangjiang 6 achieved first and was connected to the grid in June. A series of commissioning tests followed, including a load test run and a demonstration run lasting 168 hours. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:07:00 GMT China’s Taishan 2 reaches full capacity by <br/> <br/> The EPR reactor at unit 2 of China’s Taishan NPP in Guangdong province reached full generating capacity for the first time, France’s Framatome announced on 9 August. Taishan 2 is expected to enter commercial operation later this year. Taishan NPP is owned by the Guangdong Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company Limited (TNPJVC) comprising EDF (30%) and China General Nuclear (CGN). Unit 1 began construction in 2009, followed by unit 2 in 2010. Taishan 1 achieved first criticality and was connected to the grid in June 2018, beginning commercial operation in December. Unit 2 achieved criticality in May and was connected to the grid in June. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:05:00 GMT Russia to supply waste management equipment to India’s Kudankulam by <br/> <br/> SverdNIIhimmash, part Atomenergomash (the Engineering Division of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom) on 9 August signed an agreement with Atomstroyexport (also part of Rosatom) for the development, manufacture and supply of equipment for the transport of solid radioactive waste (SRW) of for India’s Kudankulam NPP. Equipment for units 3 and 4 will be delivered in June 2021, and for units 5 and 6 in the summer of 2023. The equipment is intended for transportation of SRW to the place of storage and processing. The equipment will provide biological protection for staff during SRW overload and during waste collection and transportation. The delivery system includes a certification system that makes it possible to automatically control, classify, and perform other accounting and systematisation functions. The shipment will entail more than 50 delivery units of equipment. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:01:00 GMT IAEA team assesses Nigerian research reactor safety by <br/> <br/> An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Safety Assessment for Research Reactors (INSARR) team said the operator of the Nigeria Research Reactor-1 (NIRR-1) has demonstrated a high commitment to enhancing safety following the conversion of the reactor core to use low enriched uranium (LEU) as fuel instead of high enriched uranium (HEU). The team also made recommendations for further strengthening safety. The four-member team comprised experts from India, Jamaica and the IAEA. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 07:59:00 GMT KSB coolant pump certified for use in Chinese NPPs by <br/> <br/> Germany-based pump and valve manufacturer KSB said on 12 August that it had been awarded the certificate for its RUV reactor coolant pump allowing it to be used in the latest generation 3+ Chinese NPPs. KSB has already received its first order for supplying five pumps to the Shidaowan NPP, which will have the world’s first CAP1400 series reactors (based on the Westinghouse AP1000). One part of the order will be manufactured at the headquarters in Frankenthal, the other in Shanghai, where the joint venture Shanghai Electric-KSB Nuclear Pumps & Valves Co (SEC-KSB) is based. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 07:56:00 GMT Fukushima water tanks will be full by 2022 by <br/> <br/> By the summer of 2022, storage tanks holding processed contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP site will become completely full, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco). This marks the first time Tepco has given a date for when full capacity will be reached in the tanks holding the water processed to remove most radioactive substances, Asahi Shimbun reported on 9 August. Tepco has presented their estimates to meeting of a subcommittee under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which deal with the issue. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 07:44:00 GMT Cooling tower demolished at Germany’s Mülheim-Kärlich NPP by <br/> <br/> German utility RWE on 9 August completed demolition of the cooling tower at the Mülheim-Kärlich NPP in Rhineland-Palatinate as part of its decommissioning programme. Work to dismantle the reactor building continues. Two remote-controlled excavators — one fitted with a giant hammer, the other with large pliers — removed last props at the base of the hollow 80-metre-high structure, triggering the collapse of what remained of the once 162-metre-high tower. The tower's top half had in recent years been chewed down by a hydraulic machine that circumnavigated its rim. "The collapse came a little earlier than expected in the simulations," demolition project leader Olaf Day said. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 07:42:00 GMT US NRC certifies new Holtec transport package by <br/> <br/> US-based Holtec International announced on 13 August that its HI-STAR 100MB transport package had been certified by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and was "destined to become America's workhorse for transporting used nuclear fuel". Holtec submitted its application for the HI-STAR 100MB to the NRC in February 2018. It is an enhanced version of the HI-STAR 100 package licensed in 1998 to transport high burn-up fuel in either a multipurpose canister (MPC) or in a basket. The HI-STAR 100MB is based on the HI-STAR 190 cask designed for retrieval of large-diameter canisters from US NPPs with on-site storage facilities. “We expect this cask to be employed to transport used fuel of all different sizes and lengths from the nuclear plant sites around the country to our consolidated interim storage facility, HI-STORE CIS (under licensing) in southeastern New Mexico, or directly to a repository,” said Holtec. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 07:39:00 GMT Ukraine tests Holtec used fuel casks at Rovno NPP by <br/> <br/> Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom has completed functional testing of UD-based Holtec International's HI-TRAC and HI-STAR 190 containers at unit 3 of the Rovno NPP during the VVER-1000 reactor's recent scheduled maintenance outage. The containers will be used to transport used nuclear fuel to the Central Spent Fuel Storage Facility (CSFSF) under construction at the Chernobyl NPP site. Energoatom said on 8 August that the tests had demonstrated that the equipment met the requirements of the CSFSF systems and project criteria in terms of quality and safety assurance. They will undergo further tests at Rovno unit 4 in October and at units 1 and 2 in November, The CSFSF will be a dry storage facility with used fuel stored in double-walled stainless steel canisters. Energoatom said the facility means Ukraine will no longer have to spend $200 million a year to transport used fuel to Russia for reprocessing. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 07:35:00 GMT