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OPG completes first Darlington rebuild

Reconstruction of unit 2 at the Darlington nuclear power plant in Canada has been completed and the process to restart the reactor can now begin, Ontario Power Generation has announced. The company will delay the planned start of the refurbishment of Darlington 3, scheduled to begin in May, as part of its measures to ensure stable electricity supplies during the COVID-19 crisis.


Perspectives

Message: Nuclear power in the fight against COVID-19

Message: Nuclear power in the fight against COVID-19

Nuclear power has responded to the call to action in the public health crisis that each and every one of us is facing, writes World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising.

"The global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is prompting dramatic actions from governments, placing great restrictions on people and on business in order to save potentially millions of lives.

At this time more than ever we need to be able to rely on electricity supply. It goes without saying that the huge efforts of medical staff worldwide depend on the ventilators, the monitors and all the other vital equipment that it proving so vital to giving people the chance to recover from this disease."

27 March 2020


Canada's NWMO outlines repository plans

Canada's NWMO outlines repository plans

Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation says it remains on track to select a single, preferred site by 2023 for a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel. The organisation has released its latest Triennial Report, including for the first time a strategic plan beyond site selection.

Waste & Recycling 27 March 2020


JET team discovers neon can improve plasma barrier

JET team discovers neon can improve plasma barrier

Scientists working on the Joint European Torus device have discovered that neon could be used to force extreme heat load away from a fusion reactor's exhaust system while maintaining high performance. Recent tests used neon to radiate and improve the edge of plasma known as a 'pedestal', which separates the very hot core from a cooler layer and away from material surfaces.

New Nuclear 27 March 2020


US national lab supercomputers to help fight COVID-19

US national lab supercomputers to help fight COVID-19

Five US National Laboratories will play a key role in a consortium tasked with harnessing the power of supercomputers to combat COVID-19, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said in a video address yesterday. The supercomputing facilities at the Department of Energy's national laboratories are used, amongst other things, to carry out research supporting the development of next-stage nuclear reactors and advanced nuclear fuel. President Donald Trump announced the launch of the consortium, which includes the Argonne, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Sandia labs, on 23 March.

Covid-19 26 March 2020


Perspectives

Message: Nuclear power in the fight against COVID-19

Message: Nuclear power in the fight against COVID-19

Nuclear power has responded to the call to action in the public health crisis that each and every one of us is facing, writes World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising.

"The global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is prompting dramatic actions from governments, placing great restrictions on people and on business in order to save potentially millions of lives.

At this time more than ever we need to be able to rely on electricity supply. It goes without saying that the huge efforts of medical staff worldwide depend on the ventilators, the monitors and all the other vital equipment that it proving so vital to giving people the chance to recover from this disease."

27 March 2020


Energoatom separates plant personnel for protection against COVID-19

Energoatom separates plant personnel for protection against COVID-19

Energoatom yesterday announced the introduction of measures to protect its key workers from exposure to COVID-19. They are being housed in separate rooms within specially appointed hotels, where all the necessary measures for disinfection and medical monitoring are being carried out, the Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator said.

Covid-19 26 March 2020


EnBW sets provisional date for cooling tower demolition

EnBW sets provisional date for cooling tower demolition

The coronavirus outbreak has impacted German utility EnBW’s deconstruction plans for its Philippsburg nuclear power plant, which is in the federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg. The controlled detonation of the plant's cooling towers will take place on 14 May at the earliest as the date may be subject to change, it said.

Waste & Recycling 26 March 2020


IAEA launches project to examine economics of SMRs

IAEA launches project to examine economics of SMRs

The International Atomic Energy Agency is launching a three-year Coordinated Research Project focused on the economics of small modular reactors (SMRs). The project will provide Member States with an economic appraisal framework for the development and deployment of such reactors.

New Nuclear 26 March 2020


US low-carbon power seeks way past pandemic

US low-carbon power seeks way past pandemic

The USA's clean energy sectors have outlined the government support they need to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Associations representing the nuclear, hydro, solar and wind energy industries have all written to Federal leaders for help.

Covid-19 25 March 2020


Fennovoima changes spur progress with Hanhikivi project

Fennovoima changes spur progress with Hanhikivi project

Finland's Fennovoima said operational changes made in 2019, both within the company and throughout the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant project, have brought significant progress in different areas of the plant design and preparatory work. In a newly-published report, the company describes the project's progress and the sustainability work it carried out last year.

New Nuclear 25 March 2020


Key components of second HTR-PM reactor connected

Key components of second HTR-PM reactor connected

The reactor pressure vessel, steam generator and hot gas duct of the second reactor at China's demonstration high-temperature gas-cooled reactor plant (HTR-PM) have been successfully paired and connected, China National Nuclear Corporation announced today.

New Nuclear 25 March 2020


Canadian uranium operations suspended in response to COVID-19

Canadian uranium operations suspended in response to COVID-19

Cameco is temporarily suspending production at its Cigar Lake uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan and placing the facility in safe care and maintenance mode during the COVID-19 pandemic. In consultation with Cameco, Orano Canada Inc is suspending production at its McClean Lake uranium mill, where ore from Cigar Lake is processed. The suspensions at both operations are expected to last at least four weeks.

Covid-19 24 March 2020