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UK commits funding to Rolls-Royce SMR

UK commits funding to Rolls-Royce SMR

Rolls-Royce has today welcomed the UK government's decision to advance its small modular reactor programme. The government says it will commit GBP18.0 million (USD22.4 million) of initial funds to support the development of the power plant as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, subject to final confirmation in the early autumn.

New Nuclear 23 July 2019


CNL starts Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative

CNL starts Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has launched a new research and development programme to accelerate the deployment of small modular reactors in Canada. The Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative will provide reactor vendors access to world-class research facilities, it said.

New Nuclear 22 July 2019


CNNC launches demonstration SMR project

CNNC launches demonstration SMR project

China National Nuclear Corporation has announced the launch of a project to construct an ACP100 small modular reactor at Changjiang in Hainan province. Construction of the demonstration unit - also referred to as the Linglong One design - is scheduled to begin by the end of this year.

New Nuclear 22 July 2019


Olkiluoto faces further delay to July 2020

Olkiluoto faces further delay to July 2020

Commissioning of the EPR at Olkiluoto in Finland has been delayed again, this time by six months to July 2020, utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj said yesterday. The new date was given in an updated schedule for the OL3 EPR unit from the plant supplier Areva-Siemens Consortium.

New Nuclear 18 July 2019


US federal funding granted for SSR technology development

US federal funding granted for SSR technology development

Moltex Energy USA LLC has been awarded USD2.55 million of US federal funding to develop technologies that will be capable of shortening Stable Salt Reactor construction timelines to under three years.
 

New Nuclear 05 July 2019


Belarusian plant prepared for hydraulic tests

Belarusian plant prepared for hydraulic tests

ASE Group has conducted a test-run of all four of the main circulating pumps of the first unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant as part of preparations for hydraulic testing of the systems and equipment of its primary and secondary circuits.

New Nuclear 05 July 2019


Second EPR at China's Taishan site connected to grid

Second EPR at China's Taishan site connected to grid

Unit 2 of the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province has been connected to the electricity grid, becoming the second EPR reactor to reach the commissioning milestone after Taishan 1. Unit 2 is expected to enter commercial operation later this year.

New Nuclear 28 June 2019


Foundation in place for first Hinkley Point C unit

Foundation in place for first Hinkley Point C unit

Construction of the concrete basemat has been completed for the nuclear island of the first of two EPR units at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset, England. The major milestone came as the Confederation of British Industry called for the UK government to support the construction of more new reactors.

New Nuclear 28 June 2019


Russia gets operating licence for floating plant

Russia gets operating licence for floating plant

Russia's Rosenergoatom has received an operating licence for its floating nuclear power plant, Akademik Lomonosov, from the country's regulator Rostechnadzor. The facility is 144 metres in length, 30 metres wide and has a displacement of 21,000 tonnes. It has two 35 MWe KLT-40S reactors.

New Nuclear 27 June 2019


Weld repairs to delay Flamanville EPR start-up

Weld repairs to delay Flamanville EPR start-up

Eight welds in the main steam transfer pipes that penetrate the two walls of the containment of the Flamanville EPR must be repaired before the reactor is commissioned, France's nuclear safety regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire has told EDF. The utility will assess the decision's impact on the cost and schedule of the project.

New Nuclear 20 June 2019