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Fifth Yangjiang unit connected to grid

25 May 2018

Unit 5 of the Yangjiang nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has been connected to the electricity grid, China General Nuclear (CGN) announced yesterday. The unit - the first ACPR1000 reactor to be built and the first Chinese unit to feature a domestically-developed digital control system - is scheduled to enter commercial operation later this year.

CGN said the unit was connected to the grid at 9.12pm on 23 May. The milestone marks the formal transition of Yangjiang 5 from the construction and commissioning phase into the power generation phase. CGN noted that it is the first new Chinese nuclear power unit to be grid connected this year. Yangjiang 5 becomes its 21st operational power reactor.

"During the entire grid-connection process, the parameters of the unit's equipment were normal and stable, and the unit was in good condition," CGN said. "The unit has now entered the final load stage before commercial operation."

Framatome to supply EDF with reprocessed uranium fuel

25 May 2018

Framatome has signed a contract to design, fabricate and supply fuel assemblies using enriched reprocessed uranium to French utility EDF between 2023 and 2032. Framatome noted the project is subject to administrative and regulatory authorisations.

Alliance launched to highlight nuclear on world stage

24 May 2018

NICE Future launch - 48The USA, Canada and Japan today launched the Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) initiative partnership at a side event to the 9th Clean Energy Ministerial taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The aim is to bring a discussion on innovation and advanced nuclear energy systems to the international meeting.

Belarus, Kazakhstan to cooperate in nuclear power

24 May 2018

Belarus-Kazakhstan MoU - May 2018 - 48Belarus and Kazakhstan yesterday signed a memorandum of cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the Belarusian Energy Ministry has announced. The document was signed by Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk and Kazakh Deputy Energy Minister Bakytzhan Dzhaksaliev.

Germany to compensate utilities for nuclear phaseout losses

24 May 2018

The German cabinet has agreed to grant compensation of up to EUR1 billion (USD1.17 billion) to the utilities forced to shut down their nuclear power plants by the Energiewende, or energy transition, that the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel introduced in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in Japan in March 2011. At that time, Germany was obtaining around a quarter of its electricity from 17 nuclear reactors operated by EOn, RWE and Vattenfall.

New Jersey clean energy laws signed

24 May 2018

NJ_ZEC_legislation_signing_(Governor_of_NJ)-48Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation to establish a Zero Emissions Certificate programme that will enable New Jersey's nuclear power plants to continue operating by recognising and compensating them for their carbon-free attributes. The bill was one of several legislative initiatives signed by Murphy yesterday to advance the state's clean energy economy.

Dome installed at first Fangchenggang Hualong One

23 May 2018

Fangchenggang 3 dome installation - 48The dome has today been installed on the containment building of unit 3 at the Fangchenggang nuclear power plant in western China. The unit is the first of two demonstration Hualong One (HPR1000) reactors being built at the site in the Guangxi Autonomous Region, about 45 kilometres from the border with Vietnam.

All set for the new generation?

The International Atomic Energy Agency is holding its Third International Conference on Human Resource Development for Nuclear Power Programmes next week. Here, Patricia Wieland, head of World Nuclear University (WNU), who will be a speaker at the event, shares her thoughts on working with young professionals. The conference, on 'meeting challenges to ensure the future nuclear workforce capability', is taking place on 28–31 May in Gyeongju, South Korea.

Evolution is the only certainty we have, and change comes quickly, with new devices, apps and frameworks to be assessed, while efficiency is always a must.

Managers need not only to encourage innovation but be ready to understand it and incorporate it into their business. The question is how flexible their company is to recognise and accommodate the abilities, skills, preferences and high-tech proposals of the young generation within their workforce.

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