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Barakah 1 fuel loading begins

Barakah 1 fuel loading begins

Nawah Energy Company has started loading the first of 241 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


Pre-operational testing completed at Flamanville EPR

Pre-operational testing completed at Flamanville EPR

Workers yesterday completed hot tests at the EPR under construction as unit 3 of the Flamanville nuclear power plant in France. The tests - which began on 21 September last year - aim to simulate the temperatures and pressures which the reactor's systems will be subjected to during normal operation.

New Nuclear 18 February 2020


Canadian partnership launches electric vehicle charging network

Canadian partnership launches electric vehicle charging network

Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One have launched a new company, Ivy Charging Network, which plans to install a new network of fast-chargers for electric vehicles in Ontario by the end of 2021. The Canadian government is investing CAD8 million (USD6 million) in the project which it says will help the transition to a clean energy future.

Energy & Environment 18 February 2020


Orano to start dismantling Georges Besse enrichment plant

Orano to start dismantling Georges Besse enrichment plant

French nuclear fuel cycle company Orano has been authorised to begin dismantling the Georges Besse diffusion enrichment plant at the Tricastin complex in southeastern France. The plant was shut down in June 2012 following 33 years of service and was replaced by the centrifuge-based Georges Besse II plant.

Waste & Recycling 18 February 2020


Barakah 1 receives operating licence

Barakah 1 receives operating licence

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation subsidiary Nawah Energy Company is preparing to load fuel into Barakah unit 1 following an announcement by the United Arab Emirates Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation that it has today issued an operating licence which authorises Nawah to commission and operate the unit.

New Nuclear 17 February 2020


Bilfinger awarded contract for Hinkley Point C piping

Bilfinger awarded contract for Hinkley Point C piping

Industrial engineering firm Bilfinger has been awarded a balance of plant contract - worth about GBP58 million (USD76 million) - by EDF Energy. The contract involves the design, pre-fabrication and supply of around 56km of specialised piping systems that support the operation of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, under construction in Somerset, UK.

Corporate 17 February 2020


MoU starts evaluation of NuScale SMR for Ukraine

MoU starts evaluation of NuScale SMR for Ukraine

NuScale Power and Ukraine's State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety have announced the signature of an agreement to start work on the evaluation of national regulatory and design processes related to the implementation of NuScale small modular reactor technology in Ukraine.

New Nuclear 17 February 2020


Dukovany expansion agreement expected soon, says minister

Dukovany expansion agreement expected soon, says minister

The agreement between the Czech government and utility ČEZ on the construction of a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant will be published within a few weeks, Minister of Industry Karel Havlíček said on 11 February. Havlíček was speaking to journalists during his visit to the plant, and his comments were reported by ČTK news agency the same day.

New Nuclear 14 February 2020