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Amentum to merge with Jacobs cyber businesses
28 November, 2023
Nuclear engineering company Amentum has reached an agreement to merge with Jacobs’ Critical Mission Solutions (CMS) and Cyber and Intelligence (C&I) businesses. The move will create a systems integration and technology solutions major with an annual revenue of some $13bn.

Zaporizhia NPP loses power connection during increased military activity
28 November, 2023
The Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP) lost the connection to its main off-site power line, forcing it to rely on back-up electricity for reactor cooling International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in his latest update. IAEA experts present at the ZNPP heard several rockets that appeared to have been fired from close to the plant. The IAEA team did not see the projectiles because of clouds but the distinctive sound indicated they were fired from a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) nearby.

Bruce Power completes largest ever delivery of cobalt-60
28 November, 2023
Canada’s Bruce Power has completed delivery of the company’s largest ever harvest of cobalt-60, which is widely used to sterilise medical equipment and in treatment of cancer. The medical isotopes were delivered to Ottawa-based Nordion for processing and distribution and will be shipped to global markets. James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Executive Vice-President & Chief Development Officer noted that Bruce Power has been supplying cobalt-60 for more than 35 years.

IAEA says Beloyarsk NPP committed to safety
28 November, 2023
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) mission said the operator of Russia’s Beloyarsk NPP has shown a commitment to enhancing operational safety. The team also encouraged the operator to further improve safety in areas including accident management and safety assessments. The OSART mission was requested by the Russian Government to review operational safety at Beloyarsk unit 4.

Cold shutdown for Zaporizhia unit 5
24 November, 2023
Ukraine’s Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP) is transitioning its reactor unit 5 to cold from hot shutdown in order to determine the cause of boron detected in a cooling circuit. This still leaves one of the plant’s six reactors in hot shutdown to produce necessary steam and heating, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi reported. Unit 4 will remain in hot shutdown. There are currently no plans to bring a second unit into hot shutdown to replace unit 5, the plant said.

China celebrates start of construction at Xudabao 1
24 November, 2023
Ceremony marking to the start of construction of unit 1 at China’s Xudabao NPP in Liaoning Province, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced. The unit will have a 1,290 MWe CAP1000 reactor, China’s adaptation of the Westinghouse AP-1000. The unit is expected to enter commercial operation in 2028 followed by unit 2 a year later. Construction of units 3&4 with Rosatom-supplied VVER-1200 reactors is already underway. Unit 3 started construction in July 2021 and unit 4 in May 2022. The plant will have six units in total, each with a capacity of over 1,000 MWe, with an investment outlay of over CNY100bn ($13.8bn).

Finland’s Olkiluoto 3 resumes service following another technical problem
24 November, 2023
Unit 3 at Finland’s Olkiluoto NPP has resumed service after being taken offline since 19 November because of a technical problem, according to owner/operator Teollisuuden Voima Oy (TVO). The reactor "was in normal production when a fault in the turbine plant automatically stopped the facility's electricity production”, TVO said. "The cause of the fault was revealed to be a malfunctioning temperature measurement in the generator's cooling system." TVO added that "the incident had no impact on nuclear safety.

NuScale Power and ORNL to undertake SMR assessment
24 November, 2023
US-based NuScale Power Corporation is partnering with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to perform a techno-economic assessment (TEA) of a NuScale small modular reactor’s (SMR’s) ability to implement a cost-effective steam heat augmentation design. According to NuScale, the study will be based on process data from a US chemical facility to help the plant meet its electric power and process steam requirements with NuScale’s technology. This will be a highly collaborative effort with engineers from ORNL and NuScale forming a composite engineering team. The study should be completed within one year.

Korea and UK establish Clean Energy Partnership
24 November, 2023
South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) and the UK’s Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) signed a Clean Energy Partnership during the state visit of President Yoon Suk Yeo to the UK. The partnership was signed by MOTIE’s Minister Bang Moon Kyu and the UK Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Claire Coutinho. It reaffirms their consensus on the initiatives of the Carbon Free Alliance, expanding technology collaboration in clean energy and establishing high-level discussions on these agendas.

Ontario and Saskatchewan collaborate on SMR development
24 November, 2023
Canada’s Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its subsidiary, Laurentis Energy Partners (LEP), have agreed to collaborate with SaskPower to advance Saskatchewan’s small modular reactor (SMR) development project. Ontario Energy Minister Todd Smith and Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan Minister Responsible for SaskPower, along with company officials have now revealed details of a Master Services Agreement signed earlier this year to advance deployment of SMR technology.

IAEA reviews radiation protection in Botswana
24 November, 2023
The first IAEA Occupational Radiation Protection Service (ORPAS) mission to Botswana has highlighted good management system of radiation protection, which fosters a strong safety culture in protecting workers. “The findings from this ORPAS mission demonstrate Botswana’s strong commitment to strengthening the occupational radiation protection infrastructure in line with international safety standards,” said Miroslav Pinak, Head of the IAEA Radiation Safety & Monitoring Section. The also mission identified that Botswana “could further strengthen radiation protection arrangements by developing training and qualification programmes”, he added.

Meggitt Sensing Systems
24 November, 2023

Final used fuel assemby removed from Kursk 1
23 November, 2023
The first preparatory stage of decommissioning at unit 1 of Russia’s Kursk NPP has been completed. The finalised fuel assembly (FA) was unloaded from the reactor core ahead of schedule. “The goal of our activity is to remove nuclear fuel from the unit. Then we will begin dismantling the equipment, said Kursk NPP Director Alexander Uvakin. “This is a standard technological operation. The unloading and loading machine removed the cassette and transferred it to the cooling pool.”

Koeberg 1 back online after steam generator replacement
23 November, 2023
South Africa’s power utility Eskom said unit 1 at Koeberg NPP has been synchronised to the grid after almost a year, and the longest outage in the plant’s history. During the outage, the original three steam generators were replaced by three new steam generators. Unit 2 continued to generating electricity to the grid while the work took place and will continue to do so until the start of its next outage which will see its original three steam generators also replaced. The outage at unit 2 will start as soon as unit 1 is stable and all the required commissioning tests are complete, Eskom stated Although the unit 2 outage will be similar in terms of the scope, the lessons learnt from unit 1 will reduce the time needed with compromising nuclear safety.

Framatome completes tests on new buried piping liner rehabilitation system
23 November, 2023
France’s Framatome has completed a two-year test programme for the industry’s first spray-in-place liner system for buried piping rehabilitation. Framatome said the results validate the structural liner system for use in NPP safety-related applications for long-term plant operations and licence renewals.

EU Parliament includes nuclear in Net-Zero Industry Act
23 November, 2023
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to include 17 technologies in the EU’s Net-Zero Industry Act (NZIA), including nuclear energy. The MEPs led by the conservative European People’s Party (EPP), the liberal Renew group, and the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) voted 376 in favour, 139 against with 116 abstentions. EU member states will now discuss the issue in the Council of Ministers before it is finalised in December. They are expected to reduce the list.

Installation of melt trap underway at El Dabaa 2
23 November, 2023
Specialists from Rosatom’s Engineering Division have begun installation of the body of the core melt localisation device (melt trap) at unit 2 of the El Dabaa NPP under construction in Egypt. The ceremony marking the start of the installation was attended by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Egypt’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA), Amged El-Wakil; NPPA Deputy Board Chairman Mohamed Ramadan; Rosatom First Deputy General Director for Atomic Energy and President of JSC ASE Andrey Petrov; First Vice President for Construction at JSC ASE Alexey Zhukov; Vice President of JSC ACE and Director of project for the construction of a El Dabaa Alexey Kononenko; as well as design teams from Rosatom’s Engineering Division and NPPA.

Exploring the hydrogen option
23 November, 2023
Global industry is in a hunt for low-carbon hydrogen to replace fossil fuels – whether that is as fuel, as chemical feedstock or as a medium of energy storage. The potential is huge. But does it present an opportunity for nuclear, and can nuclear make a unique offer to the new hydrogen industry?

Studsvik and Fortum investigate new nuclear
22 November, 2023
Swedish nuclear technical services provider Studsvik has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Nordic energy company Fortum to explore the conditions for new nuclear at the Studsvik site near Nyköping in Sweden.

Cost-effective delivery of nuclear new build
22 November, 2023
The solution to the cost-effective delivery of nuclear power stations is to adopt a modular approach to designing and building them. That means a fundamental rethink on planning and designing new nuclear reactors.



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