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Materion to supply coolant for Kairos molten salt reactor

Materion to supply coolant for Kairos molten salt reactor

Kairos Power of the USA has entered into a strategic collaboration with advanced materials supplier Materion Corporation to develop a reliable and cost-effective supply of coolant for its fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (KP-FHR). Materion will supply beryllium fluoride, technical consultation, key interfaces and support services.

Corporate 27 May 2020


Westinghouse unveils 'industry first' with 3D-printed component

Westinghouse unveils 'industry first' with 3D-printed component

A first-of-a-kind installation of a 3D-printed thimble plugging device has been performed at Exelon's Byron unit 1 during the plant's scheduled spring refuelling outage, Westinghouse has announced.

Corporate 05 May 2020


Entergy closes Indian Point unit 2

Entergy closes Indian Point unit 2

Unit 2 of Entergy's Indian Point nuclear power plant will be shut down for the final time today after more than 45 years of operation. Unit 3, the remaining operating unit at the site in the state of New York, is scheduled to be permanently shut down by this time next year.

Corporate 30 April 2020


Rolls-Royce to upgrade Loviisa safety automation systems

Rolls-Royce to upgrade Loviisa safety automation systems

UK engineering company Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract by Finnish utility Fortum for a partial renewal of the engineered safety features actuation system functions of the Loviisa nuclear power plant. This is a critical nuclear instrumentation and control system which automatically manages the plant's safety features.

Corporate 22 April 2020


EDF lowers annual output forecast to 300 TWh

EDF lowers annual output forecast to 300 TWh

EDF estimates that the coronavirus pandemic will reduce its annual nuclear output in France to about 300 terawatt hours this year and to 330-360 TWh each year in 2021 and 2022. The estimate is down from an initial expectation of 375-390 TWh before the outbreak.

Corporate 16 April 2020


EDF pulls financial targets in response to pandemic

EDF pulls financial targets in response to pandemic

EDF has withdrawn its financial targets for 2020 and 2021 as the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic impacts key areas of its business. In a statement yesterday, the French state-owned utility said these targets include the lower end of the forecast range for its core earnings in 2020 of EUR17.5 billion (USD19 billion).

Corporate 15 April 2020


Framatome contracted for Taishan EPR services

Framatome contracted for Taishan EPR services

France's Framatome has signed a long-term service contract with the Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company Limited to support operations of units 1 and 2 at the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province. The 1750-megawatt EPRs entered commercial operation in December 2018 and September 2019, respectively.

Corporate 15 April 2020


First refurbished Darlington unit starts up

First refurbished Darlington unit starts up

Unit 2 at Ontario Power Generation's Darlington nuclear power plant has achieved first criticality after a refurbishment that has taken over three years to complete, including disassembling and rebuilding the reactor. The unit is expected to return to full service this Spring.

Corporate 14 April 2020


OPG completes first Darlington rebuild

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.

Corporate 27 March 2020


US report identifies nuclear workforce trends

US report identifies nuclear workforce trends

The US nuclear power sector shed more than 2000 jobs last year, according to a newly released report by the National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Futures Initiative. The sector employed a total of 60,916 workers across the country in 2019, which was over 3% less than in 2018, although employment in the nuclear fuel sector rose slightly.
 

Corporate 24 March 2020