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Olkiluoto 2 outage brought forward
Friday, May 03, 2019 by The annual maintenance outage at Finland’s Olkiluoto 2 was brought forward four calendar days because of measures taken to remove damaged fuel from the reactor, plant owner...

Fire closes unit 3 at Ukraine’s Rovno nuclear plant
Thursday, May 02, 2019 by Ukrainian officials said on 30 April that radiation levels remained safe after a fire broke out at unit 3 of the Rovno nuclear plant, leading to the shutdown of the reactor.

France’s Belleville NPP remains under enhanced surveillance
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 by France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) will keep the Belleville nuclear plant under increased surveillanc despite an improvement in safety facilities and practices in 2018.

Outage extended again for UK Hunterston NPP
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by EDF Energy has again extended an outage at its Hunterston B8 nuclear reactor in Scotland for a further two weeks while the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) assesses whether it is...

More delays possible for Flamanville 3
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 by EDF should repair eighty faulty weldings at unit 3 of the Flamanville NPP France, L'Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), the technical arm of the Autorite de...

Record generation for US nuclear plants
Thursday, March 28, 2019 by In 2018, US nuclear power plants achieved a record generation of 807.1TWh despite the closure of several plants since the previous peak of 807.0TWh in 2010.

Outage extensions for UK’s Dungeness and Hunterston
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 by EDF Energy said on 8 March it had extended outages at the two-unit Dungeness B nuclear plant in the UK by about six months to complete inspections on steam pipes and corrosion repairs.

NRA to begin monitoring caldera near Sendai
Friday, March 08, 2019 by The Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) is planning to install seabed sensors to monitor potential crustal deformations on the Aira Caldera, located just 40km from the Sendai...

Turbines at China’s Sanmen and Haiyang plants clear all tests
Sunday, March 03, 2019 by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) announced on 28 February that the steam turbine generation systems supplied for the Sanmen and Haiyang NPPs in China had cleared all...

Belgium’s Doel 1 to restart as Engie predicts increase availability
Sunday, March 03, 2019 by Belgium’s Federaal Agentschap voor Nucleaire Controle (Federal Agency for Nuclear Control - Fanc) on 28 February gave permission to operator Engie Electrabel for the restart of unit 1...

EDF given more time NPP upgrades but urged to improve EPR safety
Thursday, February 28, 2019 by France’s Autorite de Surete Nucleaire (ASN - Nuclear Safety Authority) on 26 February allowed EDF two additional years, until end of 2020, to install emergency diesel generators at 54...

Belgium’s Doel 2 approved for restart
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by Belgium’s Engie Electrabel, a subsidiary of French energy group Engie, said on 25 January that it would restart the 433MWe reactor at unit 2 of the Doel nuclear plant on 4 February...

Dungeness B corrosion rated at INES level 2
Thursday, January 24, 2019 by According to the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) an incident involving corrosion at the Dungeness B nuclear plant has been rated level 2 on the International Nuclear...

Life extension for Russia’s Balakovo 3
Friday, January 18, 2019 by Russia’s Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostekhnadzor) on 16 January issued a licence to extend the service life of Balakovo 3, a...

Nuclear remains Belgium’s main power source
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by Belgium’s nuclear power plant produced 48% of total electricity in 2018, according to the Brussels-based Belgian Nuclear Forum. Fossil fuels accounted for 40%, wind for 7% and...

Russian reactors achieve new generation records
Monday, January 14, 2019 by In 2018, Russian nuclear plants (all part of nuclear utility Rosenergoatom) reached a new record in power generation of more than 204TWh, exceeding the figure for 2017 (almost 203TWh)...

India’s Kaiga 1 breaks another operating record
Thursday, January 03, 2019 by Unit 1 of India's Kaiga nuclear palnt in Karnataka, an indigenously designed pressurised heavy water reactor (PHWR), was taken offline on 31 December having completed a record...

Russia closes down Leningrad 1
Wednesday, January 02, 2019 by Unit 1 of Russia’s Leningrad nuclear plant was withdrawn from service on 21 December after 45 years of operation, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom announced.

Belgium extends outages of Doel 1&2
Thursday, December 20, 2018 by Belgian power company Engie Electrabel on 18 December announced it had extended the outage at Doel 1 until 15 March for further repairs on a water leak.

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