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EDF Energy permanently closes UK's Dungeness B

EDF Energy permanently closes UK's Dungeness B

EDF has decided not to restart the Dungeness B nuclear power plant and instead move it into the defuelling phase with immediate effect. Since September 2018, the plant has been in an extended outage in which EDF has been managing a range of "unique, significant and ongoing" technical challenges that it says are not found at the UK's other six advanced gas-cooled reactor power plants. Although many of these challenges have been overcome, the French-owned company said, new detailed analysis has further highlighted additional station-specific risks within some key components, including parts within the fuel assemblies.

Corporate 08 June 2021


Tianwan 6 enters commercial operation

Tianwan 6 enters commercial operation

Unit 6 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China's Jiangsu province has entered commercial operation, having successfully completed a 100-hour continuous operation test run at full power. Tianwan 6 becomes China National Nuclear Corporation's 24th reactor in commercial operation, increasing the company's installed generating capacity from 21.391 GWe to 22.509 GWe (gross).

New Nuclear 03 June 2021


Lawmakers urged to pass Illinois bill

Lawmakers urged to pass Illinois bill

Groups representing academics, activists, engineers, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, unionists, and concerned citizens have written to Illinois lawmakers urging them to pass a bill that would create carbon mitigation credits for four nuclear plants - including two that are at risk of closure - before the current legislative session ends on 31 May.

Nuclear Policies 28 May 2021


INL begins overhaul of US test reactor

INL begins overhaul of US test reactor

Work has begun on a major overhaul of a test reactor at the heart of the USA's nuclear energy research infrastructure. This will be the sixth time the Advanced Test Reactor at Idaho National Laboratory, which began operations in 1967, has undergone the process to enable it to continue its essential function for at least another decade.

Regulation & Safety 25 May 2021


Robot developed for Loviisa steam generator work

Robot developed for Loviisa steam generator work

An inspection and cleaning robot has been co-developed by Finnish utility Fortum and Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences. The remotely-operated robot could significantly improve work safety and reduce radiation doses that workers are exposed to during the inspection and maintenance of the steam generators at the Loviisa nuclear power plant.

Corporate 25 May 2021


Karachi unit 2 inaugurated by Pakistan PM

Karachi unit 2 inaugurated by Pakistan PM

The environmental and economic benefits from Pakistan's Karachi nuclear power plant will be "huge" in a country that is particularly vulnerable to climate change, Prime Minister Imran Khan said today as he formally inaugurated the first of two Hualong One units at the site.

New Nuclear 21 May 2021


Illinois will need more nuclear to meet climate goals: study

Illinois will need more nuclear to meet climate goals: study

Illinois will need to expand its nuclear capacity - not just maintain existing plants - in order to meet climate goals, a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has concluded. Keeping the state's existing nuclear plants open at the same time as investing in advanced nuclear technology and renewable energy is the most economical path to zero-carbon that generates the lowest life-cycle carbon emissions, the study has found.

Nuclear Policies 18 May 2021


June date set for Mihama restart

June date set for Mihama restart

Kansai Electric Power Co has announced plans to restart Mihama unit 3 in June. The unit will return to full operations in July, but Takahama units 1 and 2 will not be able restart until further facilities are completed at those units.

Regulation & Safety 12 May 2021


Exelon plants 'almost out of time', says CEO

Exelon plants 'almost out of time', says CEO

Exelon is not giving up on its Illinois plants, but will go ahead with the closure of Byron and Dresden later this year if the state does not - before the end of its current session - pass policy reforms to support their continued operation, CEO Chris Crane said this week.

Corporate 07 May 2021


Surry units cleared for 80-year operation

Surry units cleared for 80-year operation

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved an application by Dominion Energy's Virginia subsidiary for a 20-year extension to the operating licences of the twin-unit Surry nuclear power plant. This will enable the two pressurised water reactors to operate until 2052 and 2053, respectively. 

Regulation & Safety 05 May 2021