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Fessenheim closure confirmed for 2020
20 January, 2020
Frances oldest operating reactors, Fessenheim 1 and 2 will be...
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Closure of Canada’s Pickering could be postponed for one year
Saturday, January 18, 2020 by Plans drawn up by Ontario Power Generation to keep four of Pickering's six reactors operating for an extra year beyond the currently scheduled shutdown date of 2024 will require...

Nuclear share in Russia exceeds 19%
Friday, January 17, 2020 by The share of nuclear in Russia’s energy mix increased to 19.04% in 2019, up from18.7%, nuclear utility Rosenergoatom has announced.

Life extension for Russia’s Rostov 1
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by Unit 1 of Russia’s Rostov nuclear plant has received a licence to extend its operating life.

Nuclear helps Belgium increase electricity exports in 2019
Monday, January 13, 2020 by Belgium's electricity transmission system operator, Elia, said that the major trends in 2019 were a steady increase in (mainly offshore) renewable power generation, better availability...

Germany shuts down Philippsburg 2
Monday, January 06, 2020 by The 1402MWe Philippsburg 2 pressurised water reactor unit in Germany was shut down permanently on 31 December 2019, leaving just six commercial nuclear plants still operating in Germany.

Permanent closure of South Korea’s Wolsong 1 sparks protests
Thursday, January 02, 2020 by South Korea's Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) said on 24 December it approved the permanent shutdown of unit 1 at the Wolsong NPP – South Korea’s 2nd-oldest reactor.

Life extension for Russia’s Novovoronezh 4
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by Russia’s Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor) has issued a second additional service life extension licence for unit 4 of Novovoronezh NPP...

Sweden closes Ringhals 2
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by Sweden on 30 December shut down the 807MWe unit 2 at its four-unit Ringhals nuclear power plant after more than 43 years of operation.

US Turkey Point licensed to operate for 80 years
Friday, December 06, 2019 by Units 3&4 at the Turkey Point nuclear plant in Florida on 4 December became the first to be approved by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to operate for up to 80 years after...

EDF delays restart of Cruas
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 by France’s EDF has delayed the restart of unit 2 at its Cruas nuclear plant until 5 December while the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) continues a safety investigation following...

Japan’s NRA approves restart of Onagawa 2
Thursday, November 28, 2019 by Japan’s Tohoku Electric Power said on 27 November that it has received regulatory approval to restart unit 2 at its Onagawa nuclear plant in Miyagi Prefecture, subject to a...

China’s nuclear heating project begins operation
Friday, November 22, 2019 by China’s Shandong Nuclear Power Company (SDNPC), a subsidiary of State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC), which owns the Haiyang nuclear plant in Shandong province, announced that...

EDF cuts nuclear energy forecast
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by EDF has cut its forecast for nuclear energy production this year after suspending operations at the three units of the Cruas nuclear plant in the Ardeche region following an earthquake...

IAEA mission notes safety commitment by France’s Civaux NPP
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) team concluded an 18-day mission to France’s Civaux NPP on 17 October. The team said plant operator...

France’s Fessenheim to close in 2020
Monday, September 30, 2019 by The two reactors at France’s oldest nuclear plant at Fessenheim will close in February and June 2020, EDF has confirmed.

Ansto ceases Mo-99 production to rectify valve problem
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation said on 13 September that it has four teams working in parallel to rectify a problem with a valve that is affecting...

Dummy fuel assemblies loaded at Leningrad II unit 2
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by Unit 2 at Russia’s Leningrad II NPP (LNPP-II) has been fully loaded with 163 dummy fuel assemblies for pre-commissioning testing.

More problems for France’s reactors
Thursday, September 12, 2019 by French utility EDF said on 10 September that it had discovered problems with the weldings and other components in some of its reactors, causing its shares to fall more than 8% as a...

Steam generator problem closes Dukovany unit 2 for repair
Thursday, August 22, 2019 by The restart of unit 2 at the Czech Republic’s Dukovany NPP, which suffered an unscheduled shutdown on 24 June, has been postponed from mid-August to mid-September, the station’s...

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