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TVO seeks go-ahead for Olkiluoto EPR fuel loading

Teollisuuden Voima Oyj yesterday applied to the Finnish nuclear regulator for permission to load fuel into the reactor of the Olkiluoto 3 EPR. This process, which had been scheduled for June, is likely to be delayed however because of measures put in place at the plant to prevent the spread of coronavirus.


Perspectives

Message: Nuclear power in the fight against COVID-19

Message: Nuclear power in the fight against COVID-19

Nuclear power has responded to the call to action in the public health crisis that each and every one of us is facing, writes World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising.

"At this time more than ever we need to be able to rely on electricity supply. The huge efforts of medical staff worldwide depend on the ventilators, the monitors and all the other electrical equipment that is proving so vital to giving people the chance to recover from this disease."

27 March 2020


KHNP to support Canadian decommissioning projects

KHNP to support Canadian decommissioning projects

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power has signed a contract with Canadian nuclear engineering firm Kinectrics to provide decommissioning engineering support, building on a memorandum of understanding on the dismantling of nuclear power plants they signed in August 2019. The contract will see Korean nuclear power plant decommissioning personnel dispatched overseas for the first time.

Waste & Recycling 09 April 2020


TVA and University of Tennessee agree SMR collaboration

TVA and University of Tennessee agree SMR collaboration

The Tennessee Valley Authority is to collaborate with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to evaluate the development of a new generation of advanced nuclear reactors at TVA's Clinch River site. TVA has an early site permit from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for two or more small modular reactors at the site but has not yet taken a decision to build.

New Nuclear 09 April 2020


Magwood outlines Nuclear Energy Agency's response to pandemic

Magwood outlines Nuclear Energy Agency's response to pandemic

The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency is supporting its members as they adjust to the environment created by the COVID-19 crisis and establishing a means for rapid exchange of ideas and best practices, the Paris-based intergovernmental organisation's director general, William Magwood, said yesterday.

Covid-19 09 April 2020


Perspectives

Message: Nuclear power in the fight against COVID-19

Message: Nuclear power in the fight against COVID-19

Nuclear power has responded to the call to action in the public health crisis that each and every one of us is facing, writes World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising.

"At this time more than ever we need to be able to rely on electricity supply. The huge efforts of medical staff worldwide depend on the ventilators, the monitors and all the other electrical equipment that is proving so vital to giving people the chance to recover from this disease."

27 March 2020


IAEA helps share operator experience during COVID-19 crisis

IAEA helps share operator experience during COVID-19 crisis

The International Atomic Energy Agency says it is accelerating its efforts to support nuclear facility operators through the exchange of knowledge via the International Reporting System for Operating Experience and the newly-established COVID-19 Operational Experience Network.

Covid-19 08 April 2020


Cameco assesses Inkai and Ontario operations

Cameco assesses Inkai and Ontario operations

Canadian uranium producer Cameco says Kazatomprom's decision to temporarily decrease operational activity at their Inkai joint venture is "an unplanned event that may lead to variability" in its 2020 outlook. Cameco has also announced that it is implementing a number of temporary operational changes at its fuel services division facilities in Ontario.

Uranium & Fuel 08 April 2020


Rosatom uses new inspection device at Kalinin unit 1

Rosatom uses new inspection device at Kalinin unit 1

Rosatom has for the first time used a new device that it says performs all types of non-destructive testing automatically and without the use of a polar crane and a reloading machine. The Kalinin plant is just over 200 miles north-west of Moscow, in the Tver region of Russia.

Regulation & Safety 08 April 2020


Dukovany project will help repair economic damage of pandemic, lobby group says

Dukovany project will help repair economic damage of pandemic, lobby group says

A group of local authorities near the Dukovany nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic said yesterday that plans to expand the facility must go ahead to help offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Czech utility ČEZ last month applied to the State Office for Nuclear Safety to construct two new reactors at its Dukovany plant, where four VVER-440 units are currently in operation at the site, which is in Vysočina Region.

New Nuclear 08 April 2020


Fortum to decommission Finnish research reactor

Fortum to decommission Finnish research reactor

Finnish utility Fortum has been awarded a contract by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland to decommission the Finnish Reactor 1 research reactor in Espoo. It will be the first nuclear reactor to be decommissioned in Finland.

Waste & Recycling 08 April 2020


Kazatomprom updates operations under COVID-19 lockdown

Kazatomprom updates operations under COVID-19 lockdown

Kazatomprom said today that it expects Kazakhstan's 2020 annual uranium production volume to decrease by up to 4,000 tU from previous expectations as the company introduces measures to comply with COVID-19 lockdown requirements. Measures that will result in a lower level of wellfield activity, and thus a reduction in production volume, are expected to remain in place for three months. Kazatomprom is the world's biggest uranium producer, accounting for 23% of global output of the metal in 2018.

Covid-19 07 April 2020


Rosatom chief hopes for business-as-usual before May

Rosatom chief hopes for business-as-usual before May

Rosatom plans to resume normal working by the end of this month and sees no need to change the schedule of its new-build projects overseas, Director General Alexey Likhachov said in a video-address to the state nuclear corporation's employees.

Covid-19 07 April 2020