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Russia completes MBIR hydraulic tests

Russia completes MBIR hydraulic tests

Atommash, part of the Volgodonsk branch of AEM Technology, has completed hydraulic tests of the reactor vessel of the MBIR multipurpose sodium-cooled fast neutron research reactor. MBIR is under construction at the site of the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors at Dmitrovgrad, which is in Russia's Ulyanovsk region.

New Nuclear 16 August 2019


US DOE orders exascale computer

US DOE orders exascale computer

The US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has signed a USD600 million contract with Cray Inc to build its first exascale supercomputer, El Capitan. The computer will be housed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

New Nuclear 15 August 2019


Second Chinese EPR reaches full capacity

Second Chinese EPR reaches full capacity

The second EPR reactor at the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has reached full generating capacity for the first time, Framatome has announced. Taishan 2 is expected to enter commercial operation later this year.

New Nuclear 09 August 2019


Sixth Yangjiang unit enters commercial operation

Sixth Yangjiang unit enters commercial operation

Unit 6 of the Yangjiang nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has met commercial operation conditions and is now generating electricity, China General Nuclear has announced, adding it had only the formality now of waiting for the remaining permits and documentation.

New Nuclear 08 August 2019


Bangladesh completes basemat of second Rooppur turbine hall

Bangladesh completes basemat of second Rooppur turbine hall

The pouring of concrete for the foundation of the turbine building at unit 2 of the Rooppur nuclear power plant under construction in Bangladesh was completed yesterday. The foundation for the turbine hall of Rooppur 1 was completed earlier this year.

New Nuclear 07 August 2019


EIS process launched for US fast neutron reactor

EIS process launched for US fast neutron reactor

The US Department of Energy has formally announced the preparation of an environmental impact statement for the construction of a Versatile Test Reactor to test fuels and materials for use in advanced civilian nuclear power reactors.

New Nuclear 06 August 2019


Ghana vice president confirms nuclear commitment

Ghana vice president confirms nuclear commitment

The establishment of an organisation responsible for the construction and operation of Ghana's first nuclear power plant has been approved by the country's cabinet, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia said this week.
 

New Nuclear 02 August 2019


Mars 2020 rover gets radioisotope fuel

Mars 2020 rover gets radioisotope fuel

Fuelling of a radioisotope-based power system for NASA's Mars 2020 rover has begun. The Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator - or MMRTG - uses heat from the natural radioactive decay of plutonium-238 to generate electricity as well as maintaining the rover's systems at the proper operating temperatures.

New Nuclear 01 August 2019


U-Battery SMR moves to next stage of Canadian assessment

U-Battery SMR moves to next stage of Canadian assessment

The Urenco-led U-Battery consortium has completed the first stage of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' invitation to site a first-of-a-kind small modular reactor at the Chalk River site. It is the fourth reactor design to do so.
 

New Nuclear 30 July 2019


Atkins contracted for Sizewell C preparatory work

Atkins contracted for Sizewell C preparatory work

UK-based engineering company Atkins, a member of SNC-Lavalin Group, has been awarded a GBP5.0 million (USD6.2 million) contract for the enabling works basic design at the Sizewell C site. It will be the first programme of construction work to start at the proposed twin-EPR nuclear power plant in Suffolk, England.

New Nuclear 25 July 2019