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Lightbridge fuel moves closer to irradiation testing

Lightbridge Ltd has completed work to design an experiment for the irradiation of samples of its metallic fuel material in the Advanced Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory. The work was carried out in collaboration with INL under the US Department of Energy's Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear voucher programme and marks a milestone towards testing of the material in the reactor.


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Viewpoint: Welcome nuclear newcomer countries to the nuclear family

Viewpoint: Welcome nuclear newcomer countries to the nuclear family

The global nuclear industry and governments must work together to make it easier for those countries wishing to launch nuclear energy programmes in order to decarbonise their energy system, writes Milton Caplan, president of MZConsulting Inc and chair of the World Nuclear Association Economics Working Group.

13 October 2021


Georgia Power revises Vogtle in-service dates

Georgia Power revises Vogtle in-service dates

Georgia Power has shifted back by three months the schedule for the Vogtle 3 and 4 expansion project, citing the need for extra time to address construction challenges and to allow for comprehensive testing. An in-service date in the third quarter of 2022 is now projected for Vogtle 3, with Vogtle 4's in-service date set for the second quarter of 2023.

New Nuclear 22 October 2021


Russian scientists advance in radiation modelling

Russian scientists advance in radiation modelling

Rosatom's scientists have developed a new, highly accurate digital model of the public impacts of radiation releases. They said its results highlight the "conservatism" of nuclear plant design and can enable better economics.

Regulation & Safety 22 October 2021


Kursk II-1 rises and gets its crane

Kursk II-1 rises and gets its crane

Construction has advanced at Russia's Kursk II-1 with the installation of the fourth inner containment ring and the start of work on the polar crane.

New Nuclear 22 October 2021


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Welcome nuclear newcomer countries to the nuclear family

Viewpoint: Welcome nuclear newcomer countries to the nuclear family

The global nuclear industry and governments must work together to make it easier for those countries wishing to launch nuclear energy programmes in order to decarbonise their energy system, writes Milton Caplan, president of MZConsulting Inc and chair of the World Nuclear Association Economics Working Group.

13 October 2021


New Bruce Power business to focus on nuclear-complimentary technologies

New Bruce Power business to focus on nuclear-complimentary technologies

Bruce Power has today launched Bruce Power Net Zero Inc to leverage the net-zero generation provided by Bruce's nuclear power plants to enable the company to achieve its own ambition to be net-zero by 2027 and support Ontario and Canada in reaching net-zero by 2050. The new entity is led by Bruce Power Chief Development Officer and EVP Operational Services James Scongack.

Energy & Environment 21 October 2021


Energoatom plans rapid start to AP1000s

Energoatom plans rapid start to AP1000s

Work on Ukraine's first AP1000 project could begin before the end of this year, the acting president of Energoatom, Petro Kotin, has said. The first project would be completion of Khmelnitsky 4, using unused parts from the cancelled VC Summer project in the USA.

New Nuclear 21 October 2021


Limerick to digitalise safety system in US 'first'

Limerick to digitalise safety system in US 'first'

A USD50 million cost-shared award from the US Department of Energy will see Exelon Generation's Limerick plant in Pennsylvania become the first nuclear power station in the USA to upgrade to a fully digital safety system. Control room digitalisation will enable automation, decrease system interruptions, and improve performance, ultimately improving operations and significantly reducing costs.

Corporate 21 October 2021


Survey shows growing public support for nuclear in France

Survey shows growing public support for nuclear in France

For a majority of French people, the nuclear sector is seen as an asset for the country's energy independence, a public opinion poll conducted by research and consulting firm BVA on behalf of Orano has found. The survey also found 53% of French people consider that nuclear power is essential for the country's energy independence.

Nuclear Policies 21 October 2021


Regulator OKs fix to Flamanville EPR nozzle welds

Regulator OKs fix to Flamanville EPR nozzle welds

France's nuclear safety regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, has approved EDF's proposed solution for rectifying a design anomaly on three nozzles in the main primary system of the Flamanville EPR reactor. EDF's proposal to install a retaining collar around each of the concerned connections is not expected to delay the planned startup of the unit in late-2022.

Regulation & Safety 21 October 2021


GEH, BWXT team up to support BWRX-300 deployment

GEH, BWXT team up to support BWRX-300 deployment

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and BWXT Canada have entered into a teaming agreement to cooperate on engineering and procurement to support the design, manufacturing and commercialisation of the BWRX-300 small modular reactor. The BWRX-300 is one of three SMR designs under consideration for deployment at Ontario Power Generation's Darlington site.

New Nuclear 20 October 2021


Privatisation to 'make possible' Angra 3 completion

Privatisation to 'make possible' Angra 3 completion

The Brazilian government's plans to privatise its Eletrobras electricity group have been given a key approval. Its subsidiary Eletronuclear will remain under state control and will have more ability to raise funds and make contracts to complete the third reactor at the Angra nuclear power plant.

Corporate 20 October 2021