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U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced the selection of nine domestic projects to receive nearly million in funding for cost-shared research and development for advanced nuclear technologies.(read more)
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Engineering and construction giant Becthel announced it will join forces with GE Hitachi, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Exelon Power Generation Company to investigate efficient ways to develop and build a nuclear power plant using GE Hitachi's BWRX-300 reactors.(read more)
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Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator Energoatom has explained to the European Parliament the benefits of supporting the 'energy bridge' project. Ukraine expects to start supplying electricity to the EU network via the so-called energy bridge as early as next year, and to complete the project by 2025.
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First concrete for the foundation of unit 2 of the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh was poured during a ceremony on 14 July. A construction licence for the Russian-supplied reactor was issued by the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority on 8 July.
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UK-based Moltex Energy will build a demonstration SSR-W (Stable Salt Reactor - Wasteburner) at the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant site in Canada under an agreement signed with the New Brunswick Energy Solutions Corporation and NB Power. Moltex becomes the second partner in a nuclear research cluster that will work on research and development of small modular reactor technology in the Canadian province.
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A team from the World Association of Nuclear Operators' Moscow Centre has completed its independent review of unit 1 of the Leningrad Phase II nuclear power plant in northwest Russia. The VVER 1200 reactor is scheduled to enter commercial operation before the end of this year. The Moscow Centre also organised a pre-operational peer review at unit 4 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China's Jiangsu province. The Russian-designed 1060 MWe VVER-1000 pressurised water reactor is expected to begin operating in March 2019.
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The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched a consultation until 14 September on draft regulations that aim to enable a domestic nuclear safeguards regime following the UK's withdrawal from the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) as part of its departure from the European Union.
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Unit 5 of the Yangjiang nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has completed commissioning tests and now meets the conditions for entering commercial operation, China General Nuclear announced yesterday. The unit is the first ACPR1000 reactor to be built and the first Chinese unit to feature a domestically-developed digital control system.
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Škoda JS of the Czech Republic will manufacture and supply two sets of EPR reactor pressure vessel internals for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project in the UK under a contract signed with France's Framatome. The contract - the value of which was not disclosed - includes the core basket, heavy reflector and the upper internals.
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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy announced that Russian engineering and construction giant Rosatom had been shortlisted for the next stage of bidding for the country's first nuclear power plants.(read more)
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Czechoslovakian company SKODA JS said this week that it had finalized negotiations with French company Framatome with a contract to supply two sets of EPR 1600 reactor pressure vessels internals that are slated for the Hinkley Point C. nuclear plant in Somerset, Great Britain.(read more)
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The General Court of the European Union today dismissed a lawsuit filed by Austria, supported by Luxembourg, against the European Commission's approval of state aid for the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK. The court said the Commission "did not err" in accepting the UK's stance that construction of the plant is in the British public's interest.
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A Bangladesh-Indian joint venture is to build a new 26.5 kilometre railway link from the Rooppur nuclear power plant to Ishwardi under a contract signed in Dhaka on 10 July. The contract is to be completed within 18 months.
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The US Department of Energy has selected nine projects to receive almost USD20 million in funding for cost-shared research and development for advanced nuclear technologies. These awards are the second group selected under a DOE Office of Nuclear Energy's funding opportunity for cost-shared projects to develop innovative, industry-driven reactor designs and accompanying technologies with high potential to advance nuclear power in the USA.
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British engineering group Rolls-Royce has signed a memorandum of understanding with Canada's Bruce Power to deepen their cooperation in digital technology. The agreement expands the two companies' T-104 programme, under which Rolls-Royce's T-104 technology has been implemented to optimise the operational lifetime of Bruce Power's nuclear power plants as part of Bruce's Life-Extension Programme.
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A report from the Sunday Times in London said that China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) has expressed interest in buying a 49 percent stake in Britain's 15 operating nuclear power reactors.(read more)
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Advanced Reactor Concepts and ARC Nuclear Canada Inc., collectively ARC Nuclear, and New Brunswick Power (NP) said Tuesday they had agreed to work cooperatively to explore the development, licensing and construction of an advanced small modular reactor (SMR) based on ARC Nuclear’s mature Generation IV sodium-cooled fast reactor technology.(read more)
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Unit 2 of the Sanmen nuclear power plant in China has received regulatory approval for fuel loading, China National Nuclear Corporation announced today. Unit 1 of the plant was connected to the grid on 30 June, becoming the world's first AP1000 to achieve grid connection and power generation.
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The New Brunswick Energy Solutions Corporation yesterday announced Advanced Reactor Concepts as its first partner in a nuclear research cluster that will work on research and development of small modular reactor technology in the Canadian province.
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The nuclear power regulator in Bangladesh has granted a license for design and construction of a second reactor at the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant that will be constructed by Russia, the state-owned nuclear power company Rosatom said Monday.(read more)
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Canada's ATS Automation Tooling Systems said it reached a contract extension agreement with Bruce Power valued at CAD million (US million) involving design and delivery of robotic systems for removing and replacing 480 fuel channels and calandria tubes as part of a Bruce Power's Life Extension Program, announced December 2016.(read more)
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