Sites agreed for four more South Korean reactors

21 November 2014

Two South Korean municipalities have each agreed to host two new nuclear power reactors. Ulchin County has approved construction of units 3 and 4 at the existing San Hanul plant, while Yeongdeok County has approved a new two-unit plant.

A ceremony was held today, attended by prime minister Chung Hong-won, during which Ulchin County signed an agreement with Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) allowing the construction of two more units at Shin Hanul.

Meanwhile, Yeongdeok County in North Gyeongsang province in western Korea has also signed an agreement for the siting of a new two-unit plant.

Shin Wolsong 2 fuel loading completed

21 November 2014

Shin_Wolsong_2_fuel_loading_(KHNP)_48South Korea's Shin Wolsong 2 has been loaded with its first core of nuclear fuel as it prepares for commissioning.

Commercial operation for Fuqing 1

20 November 2014

Unit 1 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province has entered commercial operation having successfully completed commissioning tests. It becomes China's 22nd operating nuclear power reactor.

Fuel loading completed at Rostov 3

20 November 2014

Russia yesterday completed fuel loading at unit 3 of the Rostov nuclear power plant. The loading of 163 fuel assemblies into the VVER-1000 pressurised water reactor followed regulatory approval last week to bring the unit to first criticality.

Vietnam upgrades reactor choice

21 November 2014

Vietnamese officials have chosen Rosatom's AES-2006 design for the country's first nuclear power plant at Ninh Thuan, increasing the planned capacity of the four unit plant by about 800 MWe. A second plant should follow based on a partnership with Japan.

China plans for nuclear growth

20 November 2014

China's nuclear generating capacity is set to triple over the next six years, according to an energy development plan published by the State Council.

CEZ expresses interest in Slovenské Elektrárne

20 November 2014

State-owned Czech utility CEZ has sent an expression of interest for a 66% stake in Slovak utility Slovenské Elektrárne, which is currently owned by Italy's Enel, CEZ spokesperson Barbora Pulpanov told World Nuclear News today. The Slovak economy ministry holds the remaining 34% stake.

The AFCR and China's fuel cycle

The new joint venture agreement for Advanced Fuel CANDU Reactor (AFCR) development is a clear step towards building new CANDU units, even if thorium takes a back seat to recycling uranium, writes Ian Hore-Lacy, Senior Research Analyst with the World Nuclear Association.

Although China has long focused on pressurized water reactor (PWR) technology, initially from France, in the 1990s China National Nuclear Corporation signed up for a pair of Canadian reactors of quite different design – pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWR).

This puzzled many people at the time, though a feature of them is that they use natural uranium fuel (without any enrichment). From 1998, these CANDU-6 units were built on a turnkey basis, on schedule and under budget, by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd as phase III of Qinshan nuclear power plant near Shanghai. They were commissioned in 2002 and 2003, each delivering 678 MWe net, and have worked well since.

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