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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has released a summary report of its request for expressions of interest on small modular reactors (SMRs). Responses were received from 80 organisations, including 19 expressions of interest in siting a prototype or demonstration SMR at a CNL site.
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EDF's Bugey nuclear power plant in eastern France has demonstrated a commitment to safety, an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded. However, the mission identified areas for further improvement.
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Hot tests have been completed on the reactor equipment of unit 4 of the Rostov nuclear power plant in Russia. The VVER-1000/V-320 reactor is scheduled for start-up this year. Atomproekt, an engineering subsidiary of the state nuclear corporation Rosatom, said the tests are a mandatory part of preparations for the physical start-up, namely fuel loading.
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A Chinese-developed steam generator is on the way to the Fuqing Nuclear Power Plant in Fujian province, where it will become a major component of the first Hualong One model nuclear plant, China's media are reporting.(read more)
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said Wednesday that it had determined that an inspection finding at Duke Energy’s Catawba nuclear power plant has low to moderate safety significance, which will place the plant under increased NRC oversight until the regulator is satisfied that the issue has been rectified.(read more)
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Romania has significantly strengthened its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in recent years, a mission from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded. The team also made recommendations for further improvement.
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The corporatization of Ukraine's Energoatom requires the development of a special law that will need to take into account all its characteristics as nuclear power plant operator, a consultancy report has concluded. The report was presented last week by a consortium selected by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to advise Energoatom on its restructuring. The consortium consists of the UK's Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC and Ukraine's IMEPOWER.
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The mining of salt from the US Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico is expected to resume in the coming weeks. Mining of Panel 8 was halted in 2014 following separate fire and radiological events that suspended waste emplacement operations at the facility.
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U.S. nuclear fuel development company Lightbridge Corporation said Monday that it had moved forward on plans to build a second irradiation testing rig for its fuel rods at the Halden research reactor in Norway operated by the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE).(read more)
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Construction and engineering giant Bechtel said Tuesday it had been selected as part of a joint venture to provide liquid waste services at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in South Carolina, the former nuclear weapons production facility.(read more)
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Lightbridge Corporation has signed orders with the Institute for Energy Technology, operator of Norway's Halden research reactor, for the design and fabrication of a second irradiation rig for testing of its fuels. The IFE is already manufacturing a first test rig ready for irradiation testing of Lightbridge's fuel samples in the reactor.
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An International Atomic Energy Agency inspection team leader commended the Institute for Energy Technology's (IFE) commitment to safety at the JEEP II 2000 kW reactor 20 miles north of Oslo, Norway, but also noted that further improvements were needed at the research plant.(read more)
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The Nuclear Energy Institute has called on US regulators to reform its reactor design certification process by removing an extra tier of information designations it describes as unnecessarily burdensome. The NEI says five years of experience at US construction projects have shown Tier 2* designations reduce flexibility while imposing additional burdens and complexity on both licensee and regulator, without adding any safety benefit.
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Although the delay in receiving the construction licence for the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant will not affect the cost of the project, its impact on the commissioning schedule will become clearer later this year, Fennovoima CEO Toni Hemminki told journalists last week. The company began excavation work at the site in Pyhäjoki in northern Finland in January last year.
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Corporate leadership, knowledge transfer to the 'young generation' and providing the necessary support to new units entering operations were among the subjects under discussion during the World Association of Nuclear Operators' 14th Biennial General Meeting, held in Gyeongju, South Korea. The BGM, under the theme of Leading Nuclear Safety in a Changing World, was attended by more than 300 experts from the WANO membership and other industry organisations.
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Areva, sometimes referred to as “New AREVA,” representing the companies ongoing concerns after restructuring, said Monday that its decommissioning consortium had been selected by German utility EnBW to dismantle the reactor pressure vessel of the Philippsburg Unit 2 and Neckarwestheim II nuclear power plants.(read more)
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The International Youth Nuclear Congress and World Association of Nuclear Operators have signed a memorandum of understanding "to reflect enhanced cooperation between both organisations in the promotion of nuclear safety and in meeting goals related to young generation initiatives and objectives".
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The European Union is determined to preserve the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, the EU's General Council said today following US President Donald Trump's 13 October announcement that he would not certify Iran's compliance with the deal to the US Congress. International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano said Iran's commitments under the agreement are being implemented.
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South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs has authorised Eskom's Final Environmental Impact Report for a new nuclear power plant at Duynefontein. The site is next to the existing Koeberg nuclear power station.
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The Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa has granted permission for public utility Eskom to build a new nuclear power plant that would be built in close proximity to the existing nuclear plant at Koeberg.(read more)
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Georgia Power announced today that the second steam generator has been safely placed for Unit 3 at the Vogtle nuclear expansion near Waynesboro, Georgia.(read more)
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