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Concern continues for Zaporizhzya Nuclear Power Plant
11 August, 2022
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 10 August that Ukraine had informed the Agency that a shelling incident on 6 August near the dry used fuel storage facility at the Zaporizhzya NPP (ZNPP) had caused some damage, but that available radiation measurements continued to show normal levels at the site.

China approves launch of liquid-salt thorium reactor
11 August, 2022
The Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP), a division of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), has received permission from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment to commission an experimental liquid-salt thorium reactor. The project began in 2011, when CAS launched an R&D programme for liquid-salt thorium reactors. It is variously referred to as a liquid fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR), a thorium-breeding molten-salt reactor (TMSR), or fluoride salt-cooled high temperature reactor (FHR).

Olkiluoto 3 restarts following repairs
11 August, 2022
The maintenance and repair work on the turbine side of the EPR reactor at unit 3 of the Olkiluoto NPP has been completed, according to plant owner-operator Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO). Trial operation continues at 60% power level, corresponding to a production of about 850MWe. The nominal power of the Olkiluoto 1 and Olkiluoto 2 units is 890MWe. The production of the trial operation phase of Olkiluoto 3 corresponds to about 10% of the current electricity consumption in Finland at a power level of 60%. TVO noted.

Dow to support deployment of X-energy SMRs
11 August, 2022
US-based materials science company Dow, and nuclear energy innovation company X-energy have announced that they have signed a letter of intent which will help Dow advance its carbon emissions reduction goals through the development and deployment of X-energy's advanced small modular nuclear technology in the US.

Deep Isolation and Amentum partner to commercialise nuclear waste disposal technology
11 August, 2022
US-based Deep Isolation and Amentum have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to work together to further the worldwide commercialisation of Deep Isolation’s nuclear waste disposal technology. Initial targets for joint work include countries in Europe and the Pacific that represent a combined addressable market for geologic disposal of used fuel and high-level waste worth more than $30 billion.

India’s NPCIL orders Holtec fuel storage racks for Kudankulam
09 August, 2022
US-based Holtec International has reported that Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has placed its first order for used fuel and damaged fuel storage racks for its new away-from-reactor wet storage facility for the Kudankulam NPP (KKNPP) from Holtec subsidiary Holtec Asia. The away-from-reactor facility will serve units 1 and 2 of KKNPP in the state of Tamil Nadu. KKNPP uses Russian-designed VVER 1000 reactors.

Fennovoima expects legal action from Rosatom
09 August, 2022
Finland’s Fennovoima Oy, which was the customer for the construction of the Hanhikivi-1 NPP with Russian participation is preparing for litigation from Rosatom for an advance payment of €799.8 million after the Finnish government cancelled the project in the wake of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, business publication Kauppalehti has reported, citing financial statements of Fennovoima.

Localisation at Egypt’s El-Dabaa NPP to be 25-50%
09 August, 2022
Localization of the construction of the El-Dabaa NPP being built in Egypt by Rosatom will be more than 25%, Rosatom Director General Aleksey Likhachev said on 3 August on the sidelines of Russia’s annual AtomSkills championship. Rosatom expects that the localisation of work at the El-Dabaa plant could reach 50% or more during construction. "We expect that localisation to be above 25% in general in terms of construction volume. But at the construction stage, of course, most of it will be produced by Egyptian companies. So at the stage of general construction work, it will be more than 50%," he said.

French regulator orders safety upgrades at Bugey NPP
09 August, 2022
French regulator Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) has given EDF formal notice to comply with the provisions of the safety report for reactors 2, 4 and 5 of the Bugey NPP, relating to limiting the risk of the foundation raft piercing the reactor building in the event of a serious accident. In February 2021, ASN set out the requirements applicable to 900MWe reactors based on the conclusions of the generic phase of their fourth periodic safety review. In particular, it prescribed implementation of technical devices to keep the reactor pit dry, to spread the corium on the bottom of the reactor pit and the adjacent room and passive reflooding of the corium by water, in order to prevent the foundation slab from being breached in the event of core meltdown.

USACE contracts Westinghouse to decommission Alaskan reactor
09 August, 2022
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, has awarded a $103 million contract to Westinghouse Government Services of South Carolina for the decommissioning, dismantling and disposal of the deactivated SM-1A nuclear power plant at Fort Greely, Alaska.

Russia delivers more electrical equipment to Iter
09 August, 2022
The 25th batch of Russian electrical equipment was successfully delivered to the construction site of the international thermonuclear experimental reactor Iter in France, Russia’s Iter Centre has reported. The last of 14 trailers with Russian equipment, which started earlier from St Petersburg, had reached its destination in the south of France.

Ansaldo contracted to support new Sellafield facility
09 August, 2022
The first contract awarded as part of the Programme and Project Partners new goods and services agreement will see key connections installed between existing and new facilities at the UK’s Sellafield site. Ansaldo Nuclear, based in Wolverhampton, has been selected to develop the key ‘tie-in’ connections that will support the flow of effluent treatment streams between the Sellafield site’s existing Site Ion Exchange Effluent Plant (SIXEP) facility and the new SIXEP Continuity Plant being delivered by the Programme and Project Partners at Sellafield. Together the two facilities will act as the ‘kidneys’ of the Sellafield site filtering out nuclear material before being safely discharged to sea.

Ukrainian nuclear specialists to study AP1000 technology in USA
09 August, 2022
Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom and US-based Westinghouse are launching an internship programme for Ukrainian nuclear professionals in the USA, during which more than 60 specialists and graduate-level students will receive training in AP1000 plant technology.

Kazakhstan chooses site for second NPP
09 August, 2022
Construction of a second NPP on the Irtysh River in the Kurchatov region is being considered, Kazakhstan’s Vice Minister of Energy Zhandos Nurmaganbetov told a press conference on 3 August. Both Lake Balkhash and the Irtysh River are suitable sites for a NPP, he noted, adding: “Lake Balkhash will be the location of the NPP in Kazakhstan.” He explained that, if Kazakhstan aims to achieve carbon neutrality, “then there is no other way out but to build several plants”. The Irtysh is certainly a promising site, he noted, and once construction of the first plant begins, “the question arises: how many nuclear plants there will be in Kazakhstan”. He said relevant discussions are underway and detailed information will be looked at by the end of the year or early in 2023.

IAEA’s Grossi expresses extreme concern about Zaporizhzya NPP
08 August, 2022
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has issued a statement expressing concern about the situation at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzya NPP, which has suffered shelling.

Steam generators installed at unit 2 of China’s Zhangzhou NPP
08 August, 2022
China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has reported that all three ZH-65 steam generators (SGs) have been installed for the Hualong One reactor at unit 2 of the Zhangzhou NPP in Fujian province.

Work already underway at Egypt’s El Dabaa NPP
05 August, 2022
Vladimir Minaev, director of the programme for the construction of NPPs in Egypt for Russia’s Titan-2 holding, has told Mayak newspaper that the installation of two of the four concrete plants - part of the concrete-mortar facility at Egypt’s El-Dabaa NPP - have been completed, and the target is to put the farm into operation in full by 15 November. First concrete for unit 1 was poured in July signalling the formal start of construction but significant preparatory work had already been done. The plant will comprise four units with generation III+ VVER-1200 pressurised water reactors. The NPP is being constructed by Rosatom in accordance with contracts that entered into force in December 2017.

US NRC issues final EIS for licence renewal of Westinghouse Columbia fuel facility
05 August, 2022
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has said it has issued its final environmental impact statement EIS regarding the proposed licence renewal of Westinghouse Electric Co’s Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility in Hopkins, South Carolina. Based on its environmental review, the NRC said staff recommends renewing the licence, subject to the determinations in the staff’s safety review of the application.

IAEA’s Grossi addresses NPT review conference
05 August, 2022
Addressing the opening session of the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said: “We cannot build a more secure world with more nuclear weapons in existing arsenals and if more countries seek to acquire them.” His ten-minute address, covered global threats to international security, the growing role low-carbon nuclear power is expected to play in meeting the world’s energy and climate needs, the threats to nuclear safety in the war in Ukraine and the use of nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes globally.

Germany’s Konrad repository moves forward
05 August, 2022
Germany’s Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung (BGE) has awarded a contract for the construction of the facility to which low-level and medium-level radioactive waste will be sent to be reloaded from 2027. With a total length of 140 metres the reloading hall, with an attached buffer hall, will be the largest building erected on the site of the Konrad 2 mine.



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