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First test using CABRI pressurised water loop

Uranium and Fuel

18 April 2018

CABRI - 48The first test simulating an accident situation in a pressurised water reactor has been successfully completed at the CABRI research reactor in Cadarache, southern France. The test was part of an international research programme aimed at improving knowledge of nuclear fuel behaviour during an accident involving a sudden increase of power.

TVEL offers modified fuel assemblies for Loviisa units

Uranium and Fuel

28 March 2018

Loviisa 48TVEL, Rosatom's nuclear fuel manufacturing subsidiary, has signed an agreement with Fortum Power and Heat Oy to supply modified nuclear fuel assemblies to be used at the Loviisa 1 and  2 VVER 440s in Finland. Rosatom said yesterday the agreement is in addition to TVEL's existing fuel supply contract with the Finnish utility.

Energoatom counts cost of regulatory changes

Corporate

19 March 2018

Nedashkovsky briefing the Balancing Committee - 48Electricity prices in Ukraine are too low to enable the country's nuclear power plant operator to cover the cost of its fuel, its president and CEO said last week. In addition, the regulator's new methodology for calculating the cost of nuclear fuel purchases is restricted to new contracts.

Fuel loading under way at Chinese EPR

New Nuclear

11 April 2018

Taishan 1 fuel loading - 48China General Nuclear has begun loading fuel into the core of unit 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province following the issuance of a permit from the regulator. The unit is later this year scheduled to become the first EPR reactor to enter operation.

China launches new uranium enrichment centrifuges

Uranium and Fuel

21 March 2018

Demonstration enrichment plant - 48China has completed a "large-scale demonstration project for a new generation of uranium enrichment centrifuges", China National Nuclear Corporation announced yesterday. The new centrifuges have now been put into production at the Hanzhun fuel facility in Shaanxi province.

Terrestrial signs IMSR fuel testing contract

New Nuclear

14 March 2018

IMSR core cutaway - 48Terrestrial Energy of Canada has signed a contract for technical services with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Karlsruhe, Germany. Under the contract, JRC will perform confirmatory studies of the fuel and primary coolant salt mixture for Terrestrial's Integrated Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR).