New News information at Nuclear Engineering International New and updated information from News listed on www.neimagazine.com http://www.neimagazine.com/ en-us http://www.neimagazine.com/ New News information at Nuclear Engineering International http://www.neimagazine.com/content/images/logo_big.gif Russian floating nuclear plant supplies 10GWh of electricity to Chukotka http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-floating-nuclear-plant-supplies-10gwh-of-electricity-to-chukotka-7741808 http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-floating-nuclear-plant-supplies-10gwh-of-electricity-to-chukotka-7741808 by <br/> <br/> Russia’s floating NPP (FNPP), Akademik Lomonosov, now moored at Pevek in the Arctic northeast, has supplied 10GWh of electricity to the Chukotka network since it was connected to the local grid in December. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:41:00 GMT Turkey looks to cancel Japan Sinop project http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsturkey-looks-to-cancel-japan-sinop-project-7653758 http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsturkey-looks-to-cancel-japan-sinop-project-7653758 by <br/> <br/> Turkey is reassessing its major partner for a second NPP to be built in the Black Sea province of Sinop, Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez said on 19 January. He told the Anadolu Agency, that the time schedule and pricing of the nuclear power plant in Sinop fell short of the ministry’s expectations after the results of feasibility studies, carried out by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). “We agreed with the Japanese side to not continue our cooperation regarding this matter,” Dönmez said, adding that Turkey may hold talks with other suppliers for construction of the plant. The project was agreed on by the Japanese and Turkish governments in 2013. A consortium led by MHI was conducting a feasibility study until March for the construction of a 4,500MWe plant in Sinop. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT Tianwan 3 handed over to China as Russia prepares to build unit 7 http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newstianwan-3-handed-over-to-china-as-russia-prepares-to-build-unit-7-7653751 http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newstianwan-3-handed-over-to-china-as-russia-prepares-to-build-unit-7-7653751 by <br/> <br/> Russia and China on 20 January signed the final acceptance protocol for the nuclear island of unit 3 of the Tianwan NPP, transferring ownership to the Chinese customer for permanent operation. The signing ceremony took place at the plant during the working visit of Alexey Likhachev, Director General of state nuclear corporation Rosatom. Likhachev noted that Tianwan units 3 and 4 had been put into commercial operation "in record time". The plant is "a vivid example of the highest skills of Russian and Chinese nuclear scientists, the best confirmation of the synergy of the personal and professional contribution of each employee", he said. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT Italian shipyard wins Iter contract http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsitalian-shipyard-wins-iter-contract-7741850 http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsitalian-shipyard-wins-iter-contract-7741850 by <br/> <br/> Italian state shipyard Fincantieri has been awarded an order, worth almost €100 million ($110m), for several high-profile systems, components and installations as part of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) project. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT UK Tokamak Energy raises new investment http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-tokamak-energy-raises-new-investment-7653757 http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-tokamak-energy-raises-new-investment-7653757 by <br/> <br/> UK-based Tokamak Energy announced on 20 January that it had raised GBP 67m ($88m) from new and existing investors to fund the next phase of its strategy to produce grid connected fusion power by 2030. The company said the funds will be used to generate 100m degrees in its latest prototype and develop the next generation tokamak. Significant investment came from new investors including Dr Hans-Peter Wild and from existing backers including Legal & General and David Harding. Tokamak Energy says it is pioneering the combination of compact spherical tokamaks and high temperature superconductors (HTS) to generate fusion energy on a commercial basis. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT Russia’s Tenex wins tender for fuel supply to South Korea http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-tenex-wins-tender-for-fuel-supply-to-south-korea-7653727 http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-tenex-wins-tender-for-fuel-supply-to-south-korea-7653727 by <br/> <br/> Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power on 21 January awarded Russia's Techsnabexport (Tenex) a $500 million contract to supply uranium enrichment services until 2030. Tenex, part of Atomenergoprom, is the nuclear fuel cycle subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom. It has been providing enrichment services to South Korea since 1993 and the new contract brings the total value of Tenex's portfolio of contracts with KHNP to $2 billion. Tenex supplies nearly one third of the needs of foreign-design nuclear power plants for uranium enrichment services. The company delivers enriched uranium products and provides uranium conversion and enrichment services for all key regional segments of the global market. Since 2015 Tenex has been using Vostochny Port in the Russian Far East for its deliveries to South Korea. Sat, 25 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT IAEA mission sees strengthened safety inspections in Japan http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-mission-sees-strengthened-safety-inspections-in-japan-7653742 http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-mission-sees-strengthened-safety-inspections-in-japan-7653742 by <br/> <br/> An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team said on 21 January that Japan had strengthened inspections as part of extensive efforts in recent years to improve its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety. Following an eight-day review, the experts noted that significant progress had been made since a previous IAEA mission in 2016 and also identified some areas for further improvement, recommending measures on occupational radiation protection and transport safety. Sat, 25 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT Russia proceeds with tests of new fast reactor fuel http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-proceeds-with-tests-of-new-fast-reactor-fuel-7653733 http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-proceeds-with-tests-of-new-fast-reactor-fuel-7653733 by <br/> <br/> Russia’s Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) in Seversk said on 22 January that it has completed acceptance tests of its ETVS-22, ETVS-23 and ETVS-24 experimental fuel assemblies with mixed uranium-plutonium (nitride) nuclear fuel for fast neutron reactors. SCC is a subsidiary of nuclear fuel company Tvel, part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom. The fuel is being developed within the framework of the Proryv (Breakthrough), project to demonstrate a closed nuclear fuel cycle. This project, based at SCC, comprises a fuel production/refabrication module for production of dense uranium plutonium (nitride) fuel for fast reactors; a nuclear power plant with a lead cooled BREST OD-300 fast reactor; and a used fuel retreatment module. Sat, 25 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT GEH and Terrapower to collaborate on US VTR development http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsgeh-and-terrapower-to-collaborate-on-us-vtr-development-7653716 http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsgeh-and-terrapower-to-collaborate-on-us-vtr-development-7653716 by <br/> <br/> GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and TerraPower on 21 January announced a collaboration to pursue a Public Private Partnership to design and construct the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) for the US Department of Energy (DOE). The two companies recently submitted a joint response to an Expression of Interest issued by the Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) on behalf of DOE which seeks stakeholders interested in forming a partnership for a cost sharing arrangement to design and construct the VTR using sodium fast reactor technology. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 23:47:00 GMT Romania cancels China deal on Cernavoda but proceeds with life extension http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsromania-cancels-china-deal-on-cernavoda-but-proceeds-with-life-extension-7653710 http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsromania-cancels-china-deal-on-cernavoda-but-proceeds-with-life-extension-7653710 by <br/> <br/> Romania’s Government will pull out of the deal with China for the construction of reactors 3 and 4 at the Cernavoda NPP, prime minister Ludovic Orban announced in an interview with Hotnews.ro on 22 January. “It is clear to me that the partnership with the Chinese company is not going to work,” Orban said, adding that the government has already started to look for a new partner and financing for this project. He added that any new projects in Romania’s energy sector will depend on the European Union’s Green Deal aimed at reducing CO2 emissions. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 23:44:00 GMT