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Southern CEO: Early start-up of Vogtle units possible

Southern CEO: Early start-up of Vogtle units possible

Southern Company remains confident of meeting the regulatory-approved in-service date of November 2021 for unit 3 of the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia, CEO Tom Fanning said during a presentation of its 2019 results. He noted the AP1000 unit could even be brought online as early as May next year, with unit 4 following a year later.

New Nuclear 21 February 2020


General Atomics, Framatome join for fuel channel work

General Atomics, Framatome join for fuel channel work

Framatome and General Atomics are to collaborate on the development of accident-tolerant fuel channels fabricated from a silicon carbide composite rather than the current zirconium alloys. Advanced nuclear fuel designs using silicon carbide in the fuel channel, the say, will enhance safety and fuel performance.

Uranium & Fuel 21 February 2020


Cernavoda 1 completes Pre-SALTO review

Cernavoda 1 completes Pre-SALTO review

The International Atomic Energy Agency has completed a review of long-term operational safety at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant in Romania. The Pre-SALTO (Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation) review mission was requested by the plant’s operator, Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica SA.

Regulation & Safety 20 February 2020


Belarus inspects Ostrovets plant ahead of fuel loading

Belarus inspects Ostrovets plant ahead of fuel loading

The Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry (Gosatomnadzor) has begun a 30-day inspection of the nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus to assess its readiness to take delivery of fuel. The regulator will also check operator BelNPP's managerial and technical alignment with legislative standards, including those concerning nuclear and radiation safety.

Regulation & Safety 20 February 2020


Oklo wins access to used fuel for Aurora SMR

Oklo wins access to used fuel for Aurora SMR

Idaho National Laboratory is to provide Oklo Inc with access to recovered material from used nuclear fuel to develop and demonstrate the Oklo Aurora - a micro-reactor that can be used in remote or off-grid locations to generate power. Jacob DeWitte, Oklo co-founder and CEO, said the award paves the way for an important demonstration of the first Aurora plant, as well as the "ability of advanced reactors to convert used nuclear fuel, that would otherwise be treated for disposal, into clean energy".

New Nuclear 20 February 2020


Finland's TVO hires Framatome for Olkiluoto 3 outage support

Finland's TVO hires Framatome for Olkiluoto 3 outage support

Framatome has signed service contracts with Teollisuuden Voima Oyj to support the long-term operation of unit 3 of the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant on Finland's west coast. Grid connection of the European pressurised reactor is scheduled for November, with the start of regular electricity production expected in March 2021.

New Nuclear 20 February 2020


Oak Ridge National Laboratory to collaborate with TVA on advanced reactors

Oak Ridge National Laboratory to collaborate with TVA on advanced reactors

The US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Tennessee Valley Authority are to collaborate on the economic feasibility of potentially licensing, building, operating and maintaining one or more advanced nuclear reactors - such as a small modular reactor - at TVA's Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

New Nuclear 20 February 2020


Barakah 1 fuel loading begins

Barakah 1 fuel loading begins

Nawah Energy Company has started loading fuel assemblies into unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi. Once all four units at the plant begin operating, the plant will meet up to 25% of the country’s electricity needs and help to avoid around 20 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

New Nuclear 19 February 2020


UK sets out siting factors for geological radwaste disposal

UK sets out siting factors for geological radwaste disposal

Radioactive Waste Management Limited, the company tasked with developing a Geological Disposal Facility in the UK, has set out its approach to GDF site evaluation in England and Wales, following a consultation process. It says that safety, opportunities for communities, and protection of the environment are key considerations as part of its evaluation.

Waste & Recycling 19 February 2020


IAEA finds improved operating safety at Loviisa

IAEA finds improved operating safety at Loviisa

Fortum, the operator of the Loviisa nuclear power plant in Finland, has strengthened operational safety in many areas, an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded. The team evaluated the plant's progress in addressing the findings of an IAEA review in 2018.

Regulation & Safety 19 February 2020