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Czech state offers to pay 70% of Dukovany unit cost

Czech state offers to pay 70% of Dukovany unit cost

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told reporters in Prague yesterday that the government will provide a loan to ČEZ to cover 70% of the cost of building a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant, with the majority state-owned utility funding the remaining 30%. The project cost is estimated to be about EUR6.0 billion (USD6.7 billion), ČEZ CEO Daniel Beneš told the ČTK news agency, following the press conference.

New Nuclear 29 May 2020


Assembly of ITER fusion machine gets under way

Assembly of ITER fusion machine gets under way

The 1250-tonne steel base of the cryostat - which will insulate the magnetic system at cryogenic temperature from the outside environment - has been installed at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) at Cadarache in south-eastern France. The milestone marks the installation of the first and heaviest component of the ITER fusion machine.

New Nuclear 29 May 2020


EDF Energy submits plans for Sizewell C

EDF Energy submits plans for Sizewell C

EDF Energy announced today it has applied to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order to build the Sizewell C nuclear power plant on the Suffolk coast of England. The application, which follows four rounds of public consultation that began in 2012, was deferred for two months "in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances created by the Coronavirus", the French-owned company said.

New Nuclear 27 May 2020


Final module installed at Vogtle 3

Final module installed at Vogtle 3

The final module - a 750,000 gallon (2.8 million litre) water tank - has been installed at Georgia Power's Vogtle unit 3. The CB-20 module is a major part of the AP1000 reactor's advanced passive safety system.

New Nuclear 26 May 2020


Russia commissions floating NPP

Russia commissions floating NPP

The floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov has been fully commissioned in Pevek, which is in the Chukotka region of Russia's Far East. The milestone was made official following the approval of Rosenergoatom General Director Andrey Petrov. Rosenergoatom is the operator subsidiary of the state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

New Nuclear 22 May 2020


Atommash completes core barrel for Rooppur-1 RPV

Atommash completes core barrel for Rooppur-1 RPV

Atommash, part of the Atomenergomash engineering division of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, has completed the core barrel, or shroud, of the reactor vessel for unit 1 of the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh.

New Nuclear 22 May 2020


Final Barakah unit completes cold testing

Final Barakah unit completes cold testing

Cold hydrostatic testing has been completed at Barakah unit 4, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation has announced. The testing incorporated lessons learned from the previous three Barakah units and is a crucial step towards the completion of unit 4.

New Nuclear 19 May 2020


NIASA sets out funding options for South African new build

NIASA sets out funding options for South African new build

The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa has outlined six potential options for financing new nuclear power plants in the country. Last week, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe told a parliamentary committee he would be willing to look at innovative funding options as his department begins the process to develop 2500 MWe of new nuclear capacity.

New Nuclear 18 May 2020


US DOE launches advanced reactor demonstration programme

US DOE launches advanced reactor demonstration programme

A new programme launched today by the US Department of Energy will provide USD160 million initial funding, cost-shared with industry, for the construction of two demonstration advanced reactors that can be operational within the next five to seven years. This follows an appropriation by the US Congress of USD230 million in the 2020 budget to start a new demonstration programme for advanced reactors.

New Nuclear 14 May 2020


Major component installed at Vogtle 3

Major component installed at Vogtle 3

The integrated head package for Vogtle Unit 3 has been set into place on top of the reactor vessel, Georgia Power has announced. This follows the recent completion of open vessel testing for the AP1000 unit, which is one of two under construction at the site near Wayensboro, Georgia.
 

New Nuclear 14 May 2020