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CONUAR
04 March, 2021
Conuar was established in 1982 and it is certified under ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, EN 9100 (for aerospace) and ASME III N/ NS/ NA/ NPT (for nuclear business).

Progress continues at Bangladesh’s Rooppur NPP
04 March, 2021
Russia’s ZiO-Podolsk (part of Atomenergomash, the mechanical engineering division of Rosatom) has manufactured and shipped equipment for unit 2 of the Rooppur NPP in Bangladesh, Atomenergomash said on 3 March. The shipment of large-sized items included the fourth separator-superheater SPP-1200 and the second high-pressure heater PVD-K-5 for the turbine hall. The SPP-1200 is designed for drying and superheating of wet steam after the high-pressure cylinder of the turbine. It is shipped in three parts: a separator weighing 41 tons, a first stage superheater (86 tons), and a second stage superheater (105 tons).

Rosatom allocates funds for innovative projects
04 March, 2021
Rosatom engineering division said on 1 March in 2021 it will allocate RUB400 million ($5.4m) for innovative projects and R&D. The division unites leading nuclear companies, such as JSC ASE EC (Nizhny Novgorod), JSC Atomstroyexport (Moscow), JSC Atomenergoproekt (Moscow), JSC Atomproekt (Saint-Petersburg) and others. Over the past five years, the division's employees have received 110 certificates for computer programs and databases, as well as 112 patents for inventions, of which 47 were issued in Russia and 65 in foreign countries. Currently, 14 new applications for inventions are pending examination at Rospatent, and about 400 patent applications are in patent offices of 33 countries.

Dutch consortium set up to develop of molten salt reactors
04 March, 2021
The Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) in the Netherlands said on 2 March that it had set up a consortium, along with TU Delft, DIFFER, and reactor developer Thorizon to accelerate the development of molten salt reactors (MSRs). Recent technological developments made by the partners provide the basis for the further design and testing of important processes and materials to be able to build an MSR, NRG noted. As well as producing energy, an MSR can also provide high-quality heat for industry. This type of reactor is also ideally suited for the use of thorium as a fuel, NRG added.

Pakistan’s Karachi 2 achieves criticality
04 March, 2021
The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) said on 2 March that unit-2 of Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (K-2) had achieved criticality and would now begin a series of safety tests and procedures before being linked to the national grid at the end of March. The 1,100MWe K-2, one of two Chinese supplied Hualong One reactors at the site, is expected to begin commercial operation by the end of May. The other one, K-3, is scheduled for operation in 2022.

Spain’s Enusa wins first contract with South Korea
04 March, 2021
Spain’s nuclear fuel company Enusa Industrias Avanzadas said on 2 March that it had signed a supply contract with Korea Electric Power Company (Kepco) for equipment to measure the degree of burn-up in used NPP fuel elements. Enusa’s new system represents an innovative advance in the design of this type of equipment, which is lighter and more versatile. This is Enusa’s first contract with South Korea and is the result of an international tender called Kepco in October 2020.

Russia establishes special site to fabricate fuel for China’s CFR-600
04 March, 2021
A special production site to fabricate fuel for China’s CFR-600 fast reactor under construction has been established at Russia’s Mashinostroitelny Zavod (MSZ - Machine-Building Plant) in Elektrostal (Moscow region), part of Rosatom’s TVEL Fuel Company.

BWXT subsidiary awarded contract for US conversion services
04 March, 2021
The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) said on 1 March that, as part of efforts to modernise capabilities and facilities at the Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12), it had awarded a $57.5 million Phase 1 contract to Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) for the design and pilot demonstration of highly enriched uranium (HEU) conversion and purification services. NFS is a subsidiary of US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT).

NEA report looks at Fukushima 10 years on
04 March, 2021
The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency on 3 March published a new report - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident, Ten Years On: Progress, Lessons and Challenges. NEA said it is intended to assist Japan's recovery from the accident "for a better future for all, and more generally enhance the safe use of nuclear energy worldwide".

Rosatom announced tender for molten salt research reactor
04 March, 2021
Russia’s Rosatom on 2 March announced a tender for the development and demonstration of key technological solutions for the creation of a research molten salt reactor with a used nuclear fuel reprocessing module. The cost of the work planned for 2021 is estimated at RUB369 million ($5m), and the funds will be allocated from the federal budget. Applications from tenderers are accepted until 24 March. The purpose of the work is “development and demonstration of key technological solutions for a reactor with circulating fuel based on molten salts of lithium and beryllium fluorides with a fuel salt processing module for transmutation of long-lived actinides”, according to the tender documentation.

Radionuclide removal using graphene oxide
04 March, 2021
Russian researchers have adapted graphene to improve its ability to remove radionuclides from water

Why close Hinkley Point B early?
03 March, 2021
After nearly 45 years of quietly helping to power Britain, a proactive decision has been taken to move Hinkley Point B into the defuelling phase

Fuel element designed for Russia’s BREST reactor
03 March, 2021
Specialists at Russia’s AA Bochvar Research Institute of Inorganic Materials (VNIINM), part of the Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL, have developed a technical design for a fuel element based on uranium-plutonium nitride fuel (MNUP fuel) for the BREST-OD-300 fast breeder reactor. This will form the basis for the industrial production of MNUP-fuel, which will be launched as part of the Experimental Demonstration Energy Complex (ODEK), which is being built at the Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) in Seversk, as part of the Proryv (Breakthrough) project.

Progress at Finland’s Onkalo repository project
03 March, 2021
Finnish radioactive waste management company Posiva Oy said on 26 February that work to excavate a final disposal tunnel has started at the Onkalo underground characterisation facility at Olkiluoto in Eurajoki. The tunnel is for the 'joint functional test' (YTK), which involves small-scale final disposal under actual conditions in preparation for commissioning of the geological repository. The YTK will be used to demonstrate that the processes and procedures related to final disposal are acceptable as a condition for the facility being granted an operating licence.

Russia’s Kursk NPP uses new technique to remove graphite
03 March, 2021
Russia’s Kursk NPP, which comprises four RBMK reactors, has used new equipment for the extraction of graphite elements during a scheduled repair outage. During the repair process, when the technological channels are removed, dust, chips, particles of graphite of various shapes and sizes fall into the gaps between the graphite blocks. In order to clean these gaps, a new device (UIFG-92) has been developed.



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