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RPV test assembly completed for Kudankulam 5
01 February, 2023
The Volgodonsk branch of AEM-Technologies (part of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering division Atomenergomash) has assembled the reactor vessel (RPV) with internals that has been manufactured for unit 5 of India’s Kudankulam NPP.

Brazil’s INB and IPEN strengthen co-operation on nuclear projects
01 February, 2023
Nuclear Industries of Brazil (Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil - INB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (Institute for Energy & Nuclear Research – IPEN to establish a collaborative research platform. The MOU will facilitate and expand research, development and innovation activities. The aim is to synergistically take advantage of the unique skills of both institutions in order to develop greater autonomy of the Brazilian nuclear sector.

Carroll Technologies highlights non-roadway collision deaths
01 February, 2023
New research from industrial safety specialists Carroll Technologies Group has revealed that 1,807 deaths were caused by non-roadway collisions at US mining, construction and industrial facilities in the years 2011 to 2021.

French-US joint venture targets commercial production of TRISO fuel
31 January, 2023
France’s Framatome and US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) are forming a joint venture to manufacture Tri-structural Isotropic (TRISO) particles and USNC’s Fully Ceramic Micro-encapsulated (FCM) fuel. Framatome and USNC have signed a non-binding Heads of Terms Agreement to integrate their complementary resources to bring commercially viable fuel to market for advanced reactor designs.

IAEA team reviews NPP site evaluation for Uzbekistan
31 January, 2023
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has concluded a five-day mission to Uzbekistan to review safety processes for evaluating the site for its first NPP. The Site & External Events Design Review Service (SEED) mission was carried out at the request of the Uzbek government and hosted by the state agency for the development of nuclear energy, Uzatom.

Canada’s nuclear labs to collaborate with particle accelerator centre
31 January, 2023
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) are to collaborate with particle accelerator centre TRIUMF on nuclear and materials science and technology. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between CNL and TRIUMF identifies areas of cooperation that includes the delivery of joint research projects and the sharing of scientific information and equipment.

ČEZ invests in Dukovany upgrades
31 January, 2023
Czech power company ČEZ expects to invest more than CZK2.3bn ($104m) in the Dukovany NPP in 2023, almost CZK500m more than last year. The investments are primarily aimed at ensuring the plant can continue to operate until at least 2047. Dukovany is also switching to 16-month fuel campaigns for all four units and plans to recruit about 100 new employees.

Finnish regulator approves licence extensions for Loviisa NPP
31 January, 2023
Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK - Säteilyturvakeskus) has approved continued operation of Loviisa NPP units 1&2. STUK informed the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Employment that Fortum Power & Heat Oy has demonstrated that it is able to continue operating both units safely even after the expiry of the current licence period. Fortum has applied for a new operating licence for both units until 2050 and these will be issued by the Ministry on STUK’s recommendation. The current operating licences of will expire in 2027 and 2030.

Argentina seeks life extension for Atucha 1 as repairs continue at Atucha 2
31 January, 2023
Argentina’s nuclear utility, Nucleoeléctrica Argentina SA (NA-SA), has launched a financial trust to support sustainable investment in two nuclear power projects. The investment made in the new NA-SA IV Public Infrastructure Solidarity Financial Trust will be used to extend the operating life of unit 1 of the Atucha NPP for 20 years. This is seen as especially important as unit 2 is closed for complex repairs. The finance will also fund construction of a second used fuel dry storage facility at the site. The first dry storage was completed in August 2022.

Hungary will veto any EU sanctions against Russia's nuclear sector
31 January, 2023
Hungary will veto any EU sanctions imposed on Russian nuclear energy organisations and enterprises, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the morning programme one Kossuth radio.

Ukrainian cabinet approves start of work on new Khmelnitsky reactors
27 January, 2023
Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has given the green light for work to begin to develop project documentation for the construction of two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at the Khmelnitsky NPP. Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said Ukraine was starting to develop technical documentation for the new type of reactor. “In other words, we have ended the era of the creation of nuclear energy based on Soviet technology." The target date to complete construction and start-up of units is 2030-2032, subject to the impact of the military hostilities. The estimated cost of each unit at about $5bn. He said work can now start on a technical and economic feasibility study.

Australian technology helping safeguard used nuclear fuel
27 January, 2023
​​​​​​​Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has developed a new technology that could play a key role in safeguarding used nuclear fuels. The prototype Robotized Cherenkov Viewing Device (RCVD) is a small robot. In tests it navigated a used fuel pond and provided inspectors with real time data that could be used for safeguards verification. “The test demonstrates that autonomous robots could soon assist with field measurement and analysis of spent nuclear fuel, providing greater protection for human workers,” said Technical Programme Manager, Rosie Attwell.

Uranium mining waste threatens Niger’s water supply
27 January, 2023
Millions of tons of uncontained radioactive waste are posing a threat to the drinking water supply of more than 100,000 people in Niger.

Oklo seeks licence for fuel recycling facility
27 January, 2023
US-based Oklo has submitted a Licensing Project Plan (LPP) to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), outlining its plans for the future licensing of a first-of-a-kind fuel recycling facility. In early 2022, Oklo and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) signed an agreement to formalise their commitment to commercialising advanced fuel recycling technology.

French joint venture contracted to support dismantling of Ignalina NPP
27 January, 2023
Graphitech, a joint venture established in 2020 by French companies EDF and Veolia, has signed a contract with Lithuania’s State Enterprise Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) for reactor dismantling services. Under the four-year contract Graphitech will provide engineering solutions for the dismantling of the two Soviet-era RBMK reactors at INPP.

Metal Alloys to Support to Nuclear Fusion Energy
27 January, 2023
Scientists at the US Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) are investigating tungsten heavy alloys as possible materials for use in advanced nuclear fusion reactors. Before fusion energy can be used as a power source, it will be necessary to develop advanced nuclear fusion reactors that can withstand the high temperatures and irradiation conditions that result from fusion reactions.

Russia postpones dismantling of unfinished Crimean NPP
27 January, 2023
Crimea’s Ministry of Construction & Architecture has postponed dismantling of an unfinished NPP in the city of Shchelkino until the end of 2023. It was previously scheduled to be dismantled in 2022.

NASA and DARPA to develop nuclear rocket engines
26 January, 2023
NASA and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are to collaborate on development of advanced nuclear thermal propulsion technology for rocket engines. NASA and DARPA will partner on the Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) programme with a view to enabling NASA crewed missions to Mars.

Framatome requests more time for safety upgrades at Flamanville 3
26 January, 2023
France’s Framatome has asked for more time to change the nuclear vessel closure head at the EPR nuclear reactor under construction at unit 3 of the Flamanville NPP. Flamanville 3, which is already some 10 years behind schedule, is expected to start operations in the first quarter of 2024. However, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN - Nuclear Safety Authority) had requested replacement of the reactor's vessel closure head by the end of 2024. This would mean the reactor would only operate for a few months before having to shut again for the work to be done. Framatome has now asked ASN to delay replacement of the vessel cover so it will coincide with the first fuel reloading rather than replacing it at the end of 2024.



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