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Russia transports first RPV for Kursk VVER-TOI plant

Russia transports first RPV for Kursk VVER-TOI plant

The Volgodonsk branch of Russia's AEM-Technology JSC has dispatched the first-ever reactor pressure vessel for the VVER-TOI (typical optimised, with enhanced information) reactor design. The RPV is being transported to the construction site of the Kursk II nuclear power plant, which will be the first to use the new design. Hydraulic testing of the RPV for the first Kursk II unit was completed in December last year.

New Nuclear 08 April 2021


Design anomaly found in Flamanville EPR nozzles

Design anomaly found in Flamanville EPR nozzles

EDF notified France's nuclear safety regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, on 3 March of a significant event concerning a design anomaly on three nozzles of the main primary system of the EPR reactor under construction at Flamanville. The concerned nozzles were produced in 2011 based on a 2006 design file. The regulator has asked EDF how it plans to deal with this anomaly.

Regulation & Safety 23 March 2021


UK's Hinkley Point B approved for restart

UK's Hinkley Point B approved for restart

The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation has today provided EDF with permission for Reactors 3 and 4 at the Hinkley Point B power station in Somerset, England, to return to service for a limited period of operation. This follows ONR's assessment of whether cracking observed in the graphite bricks that form the reactor core could compromise the key nuclear safety requirements.

Regulation & Safety 17 March 2021


Ostrovets unit 2 begins simulated fuel loading

Ostrovets unit 2 begins simulated fuel loading

The loading of 'dummy' fuel assemblies began yesterday at unit 2 of the new nuclear power plant in Ostrovets, Belarus. "This process is a prerequisite and, in a way, a dress rehearsal for the loading of nuclear fuel into the reactor," Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

New Nuclear 08 March 2021


Chinese fast reactor begins high-power operation

Chinese fast reactor begins high-power operation

The China Experimental Fast Reactor has been restarted and reconnected to the grid, marking its entry into its high-power operation phase. The sodium-cooled, pool-type fast reactor began a refuelling and maintenance outage at the end of July last year, having completed commissioning tests for the power test phase of the reactor, which verified that its performance had met the design requirements under stable conditions and expected transient operating conditions.

New Nuclear 19 February 2021


USA urged to adopt global strategy on advanced nuclear power

USA urged to adopt global strategy on advanced nuclear power

The Nuclear Innovation Alliance and Partnership for Global Security, two US think tanks, today released a joint report defining a comprehensive strategy for the USA to become the global leader in advanced nuclear power. They said the strategy outlines the domestic and international activities that will be required to ensure the USA can lead in the development and deployment of next generation nuclear technologies through collaboration between government, industry, civil society, and other nations.

Nuclear Policies 16 February 2021


Leningrad II-1 completes safety tests

Leningrad II-1 completes safety tests

Unit 1 of the Leningrad Phase II nuclear power plant has successfully completed tests on the strength of the internal protective shell of the reactor building, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said today. When it was connected to the grid on 9 March 2018, the unit became the second VVER-1200 reactor to start up, following the launch in 2016 of Novovoronezh unit 6.

Regulation & Safety 31 December 2020


China starts building second CFR-600 fast reactor

China starts building second CFR-600 fast reactor

Construction work has started on the second CFR-600 sodium-cooled pool-type fast-neutron nuclear reactor in Xiapu County, in China's Fujian province. Also known as the Xiapu fast reactor demonstration project, the CFR-600 is part of China's plan to achieve a closed nuclear fuel cycle.

New Nuclear 29 December 2020


Lessons from transport for reactor design harmonisation

Lessons from transport for reactor design harmonisation

The nuclear plant licensing system should be rationalised to promote the extensive deployment at competitive cost of new reactors, according to a report issued this month by the Cooperation in Reactor Design Evaluation and Licensing Working Group of World Nuclear Association.

New Nuclear 24 December 2020


DOE selects advanced reactor concepts for funding

DOE selects advanced reactor concepts for funding

The US Department of Energy has announced USD20 million in awards for the third of three programmes under its new Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program. DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy has selected three teams to receive FY2020 funding for the ARDP's Advanced Reactor Concepts-20 programme.

New Nuclear 23 December 2020