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Olkiluoto faces further delay to July 2020

Olkiluoto faces further delay to July 2020

Commissioning of the EPR at Olkiluoto in Finland has been delayed again, this time by six months to July 2020, utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj said yesterday. The new date was given in an updated schedule for the OL3 EPR unit from the plant supplier Areva-Siemens Consortium.

New Nuclear 18 July 2019


US federal funding granted for SSR technology development

US federal funding granted for SSR technology development

Moltex Energy USA LLC has been awarded USD2.55 million of US federal funding to develop technologies that will be capable of shortening Stable Salt Reactor construction timelines to under three years.
 

New Nuclear 05 July 2019


Belarusian plant prepared for hydraulic tests

Belarusian plant prepared for hydraulic tests

ASE Group has conducted a test-run of all four of the main circulating pumps of the first unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant as part of preparations for hydraulic testing of the systems and equipment of its primary and secondary circuits.

New Nuclear 05 July 2019


Second EPR at China's Taishan site connected to grid

Second EPR at China's Taishan site connected to grid

Unit 2 of the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has been connected to the electricity grid, becoming the second EPR reactor to reach the commissioning milestone after Taishan 1. Unit 2 is expected to enter commercial operation later this year.

New Nuclear 28 June 2019


Foundation in place for first Hinkley Point C unit

Foundation in place for first Hinkley Point C unit

Construction of the concrete basemat has been completed for the nuclear island of the first of two EPR units at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset, England. The major milestone came as the Confederation of British Industry called for the UK government to support the construction of more new reactors.

New Nuclear 28 June 2019


Russia gets operating licence for floating plant

Russia gets operating licence for floating plant

Russia's Rosenergoatom has received an operating licence for its floating nuclear power plant, Akademik Lomonosov, from the country's regulator Rostechnadzor. The facility is 144 metres in length, 30 metres wide and has a displacement of 21,000 tonnes. It has two 35 MWe KLT-40S reactors.

New Nuclear 27 June 2019


Weld repairs to delay Flamanville EPR start-up

Weld repairs to delay Flamanville EPR start-up

Eight welds in the main steam transfer pipes that penetrate the two walls of the containment of the Flamanville EPR must be repaired before the reactor is commissioned, France's nuclear safety regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire has told EDF. The utility will assess the decision's impact on the cost and schedule of the project.

New Nuclear 20 June 2019


IAEA, ITER expand cooperation on fusion

IAEA, ITER expand cooperation on fusion

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the ITER International Fusion Energy Organisation are to enhance their cooperation in nuclear fusion research and related activities following the signing of an agreement that expands one signed in 2008.

New Nuclear 20 June 2019


Call for innovation in nuclear power plant operation

Call for innovation in nuclear power plant operation

A 'Call to Action' for accelerating innovative solutions to sustain and advance the current operational fleet of nuclear power plants has been issued by the attendees of the Global Forum on Innovation for the Future of Nuclear Energy, held last week in Gyeongju, South Korea.

New Nuclear 19 June 2019


Fuel loading delayed at Finnish EPR

Fuel loading delayed at Finnish EPR

Nuclear fuel will not be loaded into the core of the first-of-a-kind EPR at Olkiluoto until at least the end of August, Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj said today. Under the previous schedule, fuel loading had been due to take place this month.

New Nuclear 19 June 2019