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Hanhikivi 1 licensing work nears completion

Hanhikivi 1 licensing work nears completion

Licensing work for the planned Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant in Finland has progressed "to the homestretch", with the final licensing materials expected to be submitted to the nuclear regulator over the next couple of months, Fennovoima has said.

New Nuclear 17 January 2022


Applications made to build El Dabaa units 3 and 4

Applications made to build El Dabaa units 3 and 4

Egypt's El Dabaa nuclear power project has moved forward with the application for construction licences for units 3 and 4. The application follows six months after the same step for units 1 and 2.

New Nuclear 12 January 2022


Viewpoint: Collaboration - the key to streamlining nuclear regulation

Viewpoint: Collaboration - the key to streamlining nuclear regulation

The application and interpretation of the same safety objectives into specific national regulatory requirements and guidance result in significant differences between the same reactor design when deployed in different countries, writes Claude Mayoral. A more harmonised approach to regulation will be needed to enable the widespread deployment of small modular and advanced reactor designs.

Perspectives 13 January 2022


NRC denies Oklo licence application

NRC denies Oklo licence application

UPDATED - The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has denied Oklo Power's application to build and operate an Aurora compact fast reactor in Idaho, saying gaps in the information supplied by the company mean that the regulator's review of the combined licence application cannot move forward. Oklo can submit a "complete application" in the future and can request a hearing on the NRC decision.

Regulation & Safety 07 January 2022


Application submitted for Paks II containment

Application submitted for Paks II containment

An application to build the containment building of the first new unit at Hungary's Paks II nuclear power plant has been submitted. Project company Atomerőmű Zrt said it should be approved within 150 days. Meanwhile, Hungary's nuclear regulator has assumed a new, more independent, legal status.

Regulation & Safety 04 January 2022


TVO cleared to start up OL3 reactor

TVO cleared to start up OL3 reactor

Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj has today received permission from the country's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority to bring the Olkiluoto 3 EPR to first criticality and conduct low-power tests. The unit is expected to begin generating electricity at the end of January, with regular electricity production starting in June 2022.

New Nuclear 16 December 2021


Westinghouse prepares for US licensing of eVinci

Westinghouse prepares for US licensing of eVinci

Westinghouse has submitted a pre-application regulatory engagement plan with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for its eVinci microreactor, detailing the planned pre-licensing application interactions with the regulator. An REP helps reactor developers' early interactions with NRC staff and can reduce regulatory uncertainty and add predictability to licensing advanced technologies.

New Nuclear 15 December 2021


Licence transfer expands Holtec decommissioning fleet

Licence transfer expands Holtec decommissioning fleet

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the transfer of the licences for the Palisades nuclear power plant from Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc to Holtec International following the plant's retirement next year. Holtec plans to take control of the Michigan plant and begin its decommissioning with a month of its retirement.

Waste & Recycling 15 December 2021


NRC 'indicates acceptance' of Kairos safety evaluation

NRC 'indicates acceptance' of Kairos safety evaluation

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a draft safety evaluation report indicating its initial acceptance of Kairos Power's source term methodology for its Kairos Power fluoride salt-cooled high temperature reactor. The topical report, which Kairos submitted to the regulator in June 2020, is the first of its kind to be reviewed by the NRC.

Regulation & Safety 23 November 2021


Rolls-Royce submits SMR design for UK assessment

Rolls-Royce submits SMR design for UK assessment

Rolls-Royce SMR Limited has submitted its 470 MWe small modular reactor design for entry to the UK's Generic Design Assessment regulatory process. The review of the SMR design - based on a small pressurised water reactor - will formally begin once the government has assessed the company's capability and capacity to successfully enter the GDA process.

Regulation & Safety 17 November 2021