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Second Belarusian reactor nears operation

Second Belarusian reactor nears operation

Ostrovets 2 is at the hot test stage of commissioning and should begin generating electricity next year, Belarusian energy minister Viktor Karankevich said on the sidelines of the International Atomic Energy Agency's General Conference yesterday. "Nuclear and radiation safety is an unconditional priority for our country, and we strictly adhere to it, developing cooperation with our international partners on the principles of openness and transparency," Karankevich stressed in a speech at Belarus' exhibition stand.

New Nuclear 21 September 2021


US DOD invites public comment on Project Pele draft EIS

US DOD invites public comment on Project Pele draft EIS

The US Department of Defense, acting through the Strategic Capabilities Office and with the Department of Energy as a cooperating agency, has released a draft environmental impact statement for the construction and demonstration phase of a prototype mobile microreactor. A public comment period on the draft EIS will begin on 24 September.

New Nuclear 20 September 2021


Kursk II-2 reactor vessel delivered

Kursk II-2 reactor vessel delivered

The reactor pressure vessel for the second new reactor under construction at Russia's Kursk II nuclear power plant has been delivered to site. Made from nickel-free steel it can give the plant service life of up to 100 years, Rosatom said.

New Nuclear 20 September 2021


Terrestrial Energy doubles up its power plant

Terrestrial Energy doubles up its power plant

Prospective small reactor vendor Terrestrial Energy has announced that its IMSR400 power plant configuration will include twin reactors and generators. The move is a response to utility requirements and will increase cost competitiveness, the Canadian company said.

New Nuclear 15 September 2021


Second Barakah unit connected to the grid

Second Barakah unit connected to the grid

Unit 2 at the Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE has today begun supplying electricity to the country's power grid, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation announced. The milestone was reached five months after unit 1 of the plant, in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, entered commercial operation.

New Nuclear 14 September 2021


China's HTR-PM reactor achieves first criticality

China's HTR-PM reactor achieves first criticality

The first of the two high-temperature gas-cooled reactors of the demonstration HTR-PM plant at Shidaowan, in China's Shandong province, attained a sustained chain reaction for the first time yesterday. The reactor is scheduled to be connected to the electricity grid before the end of this year.

New Nuclear 13 September 2021


Chemical giant looks to nuclear heat to decarbonise

Chemical giant looks to nuclear heat to decarbonise

Polish chemical producer Ciech will consider nuclear technologies to replace coal burnt for power and process heat in its plants. Ciech has signed a Letter of Intent to cooperate with Synthos Green Energy, which is already working with GE-Hitachi and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation.

New Nuclear 10 September 2021


DOE building a bridge to bankability for nuclear

DOE building a bridge to bankability for nuclear

The private sector must be prepared to provide the funds needed to take new and innovative reactor technologies from the first deployment stage to wide-scale commercial operation, Jigar Shah, director of the Loans Program Office at the US Department of Energy, said yesterday during World Nuclear Association's Annual Symposium. He said the LPO is developing the business models needed to deploy new nuclear.

New Nuclear 10 September 2021


Site analysis proposed for Puerto Rico

Site analysis proposed for Puerto Rico

Consideration of small modular reactors for the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is advancing to the second stage. Having concluded such a deployment was feasible, the Nuclear Alternative Project is now looking at siting requirements. Speaking at World Nuclear Association's Annual Symposium yesterday, Eddie Guerra of NAP said the results of a study currently underway "will help to move the discussion how the sites will fit and how they will align with the minigrids already planned."

New Nuclear 09 September 2021


MBIR project enters installation phase

MBIR project enters installation phase

Russia's MBIR multipurpose sodium-cooled fast neutron research reactor is now in the installation phase, Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov announced yesterday. Likhachov's announcement was made during a working trip to the city of Dimitrovgrad in the Ulyanovsk region to monitor the construction of the reactor, which began at the site of the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in September 2015.

New Nuclear 09 September 2021