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Belgium considers extended use of older reactors

Belgium considers extended use of older reactors

The Belgian government has asked Engie to investigate whether the operation of the country's three oldest reactors - Doel units 1 and 2 and Tihange 1 - can be extended until 2027. The reactors are currently scheduled to shut down in 2025.

Nuclear Policies 07 February 2023


IAEA chief's fresh Zaporizhzhia talks, Ukraine brings in nuclear sanctions

IAEA chief's fresh Zaporizhzhia talks, Ukraine brings in nuclear sanctions

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi is expected in Russia this week for more talks on establishing a safety and security zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

Regulation & Safety 06 February 2023


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China, Pakistan mark completion of Karachi 2&3 project

China, Pakistan mark completion of Karachi 2&3 project

A ceremony has been held to mark the inauguration of unit 3 of the Karachi nuclear power plant in Pakistan. China National Nuclear Corporation said the two Hualong One reactors at the site have now both officially been delivered to Pakistan and put into operation.

New Nuclear 03 February 2023


Mochovce 3 supplies first electricity to grid

Mochovce 3 supplies first electricity to grid

Slovenské elektrárne says that after successful start-up tests, and the launch of steam turbines over the weekend, the new unit 3 at the Mochovce nuclear power plant was connected to the grid for the first time at 20% of its nominal power at 10.57pm on 31 January.

New Nuclear 01 February 2023


Second Belgian reactor enters retirement

Second Belgian reactor enters retirement

Unit 2 of the Tihange nuclear power plant in Belgium has been permanently shut down after 40 years of operation. The 1008 MWe (net) pressurised water reactor is the second to be shut down under the country's nuclear phase out policy.

Corporate 31 January 2023


Regulator endorses continued operation of Loviisa plant

Regulator endorses continued operation of Loviisa plant

Fortum is capable of continuing to safely operate the Loviisa nuclear power plant until 2050, Finland's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority has told the country's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The government is expected to issue a decision on extending the two-unit plant's operating licence in the coming months.

Regulation & Safety 26 January 2023


IAEA teams in place at Ukraine's nuclear plants

IAEA teams in place at Ukraine's nuclear plants

The International Atomic Energy Agency's newly-established missions at Ukraine's nuclear power plants are not just symbolic, but signify the presence of internationally renowned experts who "will provide advice and technical support at this very difficult time", IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said.

Regulation & Safety 19 January 2023


Krško extension approved, after environmental impact assessment

Krško extension approved, after environmental impact assessment

Slovenia's Ministry of the Environment says it has approved Krško's operations for a further 20 years, following the completion of an environmental impact assessment, a process which included input from neighbouring countries Croatia, Austria, Italy and Hungary, plus Germany.

Regulation & Safety 17 January 2023


CGN's first Hualong One reactor starts supplying electricity

CGN's first Hualong One reactor starts supplying electricity

Unit 3 of the Fangchenggang nuclear power plant in China's Guangxi Autonomous Region has been connected to the grid for the first time, China General Nuclear announced. The unit - the first of two demonstration Hualong One (HPR1000) reactors at the site - is scheduled to enter commercial operation in the second half of 2023.

New Nuclear 11 January 2023


New method for assessing ageing of reactor components

New method for assessing ageing of reactor components

Researchers have developed a method for assessing degradation of stainless steel components using laser beams that could reduce the time and expense needed for conducting safety checks of ageing nuclear power reactors.

Regulation & Safety 11 January 2023