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Investment in new nuclear declines to five-year low

Nuclear Policies

17 July 2018

Global energy investment fell for the third consecutive year in 2017, according to the International Energy Agency. Investment in nuclear power declined by nearly 45% last year to USD17 billion. Although spending on new reactors reached the lowest level in five years, investment on upgrades of existing units increased.

Moltex partners in New Brunswick SMR project

New Nuclear

16 July 2018

Stable salt reactor - 48UK-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.

WANO completes reviews of Leningrad and Tianwan plants

New Nuclear

13 July 2018

WANO team at Leningrad II-1 - 48A 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.

GEH receives federal funds for BWRX-300 development

New Nuclear

17 July 2018

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is to receive USD1.9 million in funding from the US Department of Energy to lead research into ways to efficiently building a power plant based on GE Hitachi's BWRX-300 small modular reactor. The research team includes Bechtel, Exelon, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Construction starts on second Bangladeshi reactor

New Nuclear

16 July 2018

Rooppur 2 - first concrete - 48First 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.

Yangjiang 5 enters commercial operation

New Nuclear

13 July 2018

Yangjiang 5 control room - 48Unit 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.