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Russia starts building lead-cooled fast reactor

Russia starts building lead-cooled fast reactor

Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL has announced the start of construction of a 300 MW nuclear power unit enabled with the innovative BREST-OD-300 lead-cooled fast reactor at the site of the Siberian Chemical Combine, in Seversk. The reactor will run on mixed uranium-plutonium nitride fuel, specially developed for this facility as the "optimal solution" for fast reactors.

New Nuclear 08 June 2021


Reactor vessel installed at first Turkish unit

Reactor vessel installed at first Turkish unit

The reactor pressure vessel has been installed at unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey. Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, which is constructing four VVER-1200 reactors at the site in Mersin province, described the milestone as "one of the key stages in the main equipment assembly".

New Nuclear 02 June 2021


Work starts on new Tianwan and Xudabao units

Work starts on new Tianwan and Xudabao units

Work on Tianwan units 7 and 8 and Xudabao units 3 and 4 was launched today at a ceremony attended via video-link by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The four VVER-1200 reactors are part of a series of strategic agreements Russia and China signed in 2018. According to a Kremlin statement, the two heads of state witnessed the pouring of first concrete for Tianwan unit 7 and Xudabao unit 3.

New Nuclear 19 May 2021


Terms for Olkiluoto EPR completion agreed

Terms for Olkiluoto EPR completion agreed

Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj announced yesterday it has reached a consensus with the Areva−Siemens consortium regarding the terms of the Olkiluoto 3 EPR project completion. The OL3 plant, construction of which began in 2005, is scheduled to be connected to the grid in October this year and to begin regular electricity production in February 2022.

New Nuclear 18 May 2021


Work starts on first disposal tunnel at Finnish repository

Work starts on first disposal tunnel at Finnish repository

Excavation of the first final disposal tunnel has started at the Onkalo underground used nuclear fuel repository near Olkiluoto, Finnish radioactive waste management company Posiva Oy announced today. The repository - the first in the world for used fuel - is expected to begin operations in the mid-2020s.

Waste & Recycling 07 May 2021


Georgia Power announces two more milestones at Vogtle

Georgia Power announces two more milestones at Vogtle

Tests that simulate the temperatures and pressures which the reactor systems will be subjected to during normal operation have been started at unit 3 of the Vogtle plant near Waynesboro, Georgia. Meanwhile, the final module has been put in place at unit 4, marking the last major crane lift at the project site.

New Nuclear 26 April 2021


Assembly of ITER magnet system starts

Assembly of ITER magnet system starts

The sixth Poloidal Field coil of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor was inserted into the fusion machine's tokamak pit on April 21. The milestone marks the beginning of the assembly of ITER's magnet system, which will control the shape and stability of the ITER plasma. First plasma at ITER - in Cadarache, France - is planned for 2025, with deuterium-tritium fusion experiments commencing in 2035.

New Nuclear 26 April 2021


Cold tests completed at second Karachi Hualong One

Cold tests completed at second Karachi Hualong One

Cold functional tests were completed yesterday at unit 3 of the Karachi nuclear power plant in Pakistan, China National Nuclear Corporation has announced. Units 2 and 3 at the site are China's first exports of the Hualong One reactor design, promoted on the international market as the HPR1000. Karachi 2 was synchronised with the electricity grid last month.

New Nuclear 21 April 2021


Rooppur 2 components begin journey to Bangladesh

Rooppur 2 components begin journey to Bangladesh

The reactor pressure vessel and first two steam generators for Rooppur unit 2 have started their journey from the Volgodonsk branch of AEM-Technology JSC in Russia to the construction site in Bangladesh.

New Nuclear 20 April 2021


Russia's tallest cooling tower enters next construction phase

Russia's tallest cooling tower enters next construction phase

Concreting of the cooling tower at the first unit of the Kursk II nuclear power plant in western Russia has started. At a height of 179 metres, the structure will be the tallest cooling tower in Russia. It is expected to be fully completed by 2024.

New Nuclear 13 April 2021