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Limited construction permit issued for Turkish plant

20 October 2017

Construction of non-nuclear facilities at the site of the planned Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey can begin after the granting of a limited construction permit. A licence permitting full construction to start is expected to be issued in the first half of 2018.

Russia completes hot tests at Rostov 4

19 October 2017

Rostov units 1-4 - 48Hot 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.

Environmental approval for Eskom new-build site

13 October 2017

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.

Wide interest in small reactor plan, says CNL

19 October 2017

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.

Impact of Hanhikivi 1 licensing delay remains unclear

17 October 2017

Hanhikivi 1 site - 48Although 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.

US group calls for SMR support

12 October 2017

US federal and state policymakers and officials should support the development of small modular reactors (SMRs) by US companies to help secure the nation's position as an international leader on nuclear technology for decades to come, according to a new report by the Nuclear Innovation Alliance organisation.