12.01.2018_No9 / News in Brief

UK Energy Minister Outlines Progress And Plans For Withdrawal from Euratom

12 Jan (NucNet): The UK is aiming for continuity with existing Euratom arrangements and wants to include Euratom in any implementation period agreed as part of wider discussions on Brexit, energy secretary Greg Clark said in a written statement to parliament on 11 January 2018.

12.01.2018_No9 / News in Brief

US Regulator Approves Key Aspect Of NuScale SMR Design

12 Jan (NucNet): The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved a key aspect of NuScale Power’s design approach for its small modular reactor (SMR), the company said in a statement.

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12.01.2018_No9 / News in Brief

NEI Urges Prompt Action On Market Reform In Wake of FERC Rejection

12 Jan (NucNet): The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision not to adopt a proposal that would have required markets to compensate “fuel-secure” baseload electricity generation was a “missed opportunity” to support nuclear plants whose attributes, including resiliency and reliability and which are not being fairly valued in the market, the nuclear industry has said.

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11.01.2018_No8 / News in Brief

Swedish Regulator Releases Findings Of Report On Ageing Management At Nuclear Stations

11 Jan (NucNet): The Forsmark and Ringhals nuclear power stations in Sweden have “comprehensive” ageing management programmes in place in compliance with the requirements of Swedish regulation and international standards, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) said.

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11.01.2018_No8 / News in Brief

Ukraine’s Energoatom Begins Joint Project With US-based ANL At Zaporozhye-2

11 Jan (NucNet): Ukraine’s state-owned nuclear operator Energoatom has announced the start of a joint project with the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to optimise efforts on refurbishing safety systems at Ukraine’s nuclear power stations.

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11.01.2018_No8 / News in Brief

France’s Framatome And China’s CNNC To Expand Cooperation

11 Jan (NucNet): Framatome, which was recently established as part of the reorganisation of France’s Areva Group, has signed an agreement with China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) for the development of a bilateral “long-term” strategic cooperation, a statement by the French company said.

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11.01.2018_No8 / News in Brief

Russia’s Leningrad 2-1 Expected To Reach First Criticality In January 2018

11 Jan (NucNet): The Leningrad 2-1 nuclear power unit under construction in western Russia is being prepared to begin operating in “minimal controlled mode” by the end of January 2018, state-owned nuclear operator Rosenergoatom said in a statement.

10.01.2018_No7 / News in Brief

Government Report Warns Of ‘Significant Challenges‘ For UK’s Nuclear Industry

10 Jan (NucNet): Significant challenges remain to be overcome for the UK’s civilian nuclear power industry, including the remediation of high-hazard facilities at the Sellafield nuclear site and decommissioning the country’s fleet of shutdown Magnox nuclear power plants, a government report says.

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10.01.2018_No7 / News in Brief

Russia Institution Approves Plans For Akademik Lomonosov Floating Nuclear Station

10 Jan (NucNet): The independent Russian technical institution Glavgosexpertiza has approved aspects of the planned floating nuclear power station to be deployed at Pevek, an Arctic port town in Russia’s far north-eastern region of Chukotka.

10.01.2018_No7 / News in Brief

Most Belgian Units Operate At Over 90% Capacity, Says Nuclear Forum

10 Jan (NucNet): Belgium’s nuclear power plants had an average availability factor of 80.7% in 2017 with most units operating at more than 90%, the Brussels-based Belgian Nuclear Forum said.

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10.01.2018_No7 / News in Brief

China’s CGN Begins Geological Surveys At Bradwell B Site

10 Jan (NucNet): Specialists from China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) have begun geological surveys at the proposed site for the Bradwell B nuclear station in the UK. CGN said in a statement that the main purpose of initial surveys is to collect seismological data.

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09.01.2018_No6 / News in Brief

Russia’s Nuclear Fleet Sets Domestic Generation Record

9 Jan (NucNet): Russia’s fleet of 35 commercial nuclear power plants produced 202 TWh of electricity in 2017 – 6.5 TWh more than 2016 and a domestic record for post-Soviet Russia, nuclear power station operator Rosenergoatom said.

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09.01.2018_No6 / News in Brief

New Areva And CNNC Confirm Plans For Used Nuclear Fuel Facility In China

9 Jan (NucNet): French nuclear fuel cycle company New Areva and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) signed today in Beijing a memorandum of commercial agreement related to the planned construction of a $14.5bn (€12.1bn) commercial used fuel treatment and recycling plant in China.

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09.01.2018_No6 / News in Brief

US Energy Regulator Rejects Plans To Support Nuclear And Coal

9 Jan (NucNet): The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rejected on 8 January 2018 secretary of energy Rick Perry’s proposal to pay nuclear and coal-fired plants for providing grid resiliency and reliability services as legally unsound and instead directed regional grid operators to study the issue before taking any further action.

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09.01.2018_No6 / News in Brief

EDF Completes Cold Functional Testing At Flamanville-3 EPR

9 Jan (NucNet): France’s nuclear operator EDF has completed the cold functional test phase for the Flamanville-3 EPR under construction in northern France, the state-controlled company said in a statement on 8 January 2018.

08.01.2018_No5 / News in Brief

Spain’s Nuclear Reactors Lead Electricity Generation With More Than 21%

8 Jan (NucNet): Spain’s seven commercial nuclear reactors produced 55.6 TWh of electricity in 2017, making nuclear the energy source that contributed most to the country’s electric system, the Madrid-based industry group Foro Nuclear said on 8 January 2017.

08.01.2018_No5 / News in Brief

MHI Says Framatome Investment Will Establish Global Structure For Atmea-1 Reactor

8 Jan (NucNet): Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries says its investment in Framatome is aimed at establishing a global structure for delivering the latest nuclear technologies including the next-generation Atmea-1 reactor.

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05.01.2018_No4 / News in Brief

Japan Nuclear Body Urges Industry To Share Experience On BWR Safety Inspections

5 Jan (NucNet): Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) should share its experience of preparing the Kashiwazaki Kariwa-6 and -7 nuclear units to meet revised safety standards with other operators in Japan of boiling water reactor (BWR) units, the president of the industry group Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) has said.

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05.01.2018_No4 / News in Brief

Finland’s Loviisa Had Record Production Year In 2017

5 Jan (NucNet): Fortum’s two-unit Loviisa nuclear power station had a record production year in 2017, generating 8.16 TWh (net) of power, which is more than 10% of Finland’s total electricity production.

05.01.2018_No4 / News in Brief

EDF’s New Nuclear Reactor Unit Renamed Framatome

5 Jan (NucNet): The nuclear reactor manufacturing unit that French state-controlled utility EDF bought from fellow state-owned Areva will be named Framatome, Areva said in a statement on 4 January 2018.

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