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Leningrad II-2 enters final testing phase

Unit 2 of the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in western Russia has entered the final stage of pilot operation - a 15-day programme of tests at nominal capacity. On successful completion of these tests, the VVER-1200 unit will be stopped for inspection of its equipment and, following regulatory approval, will then be put into industrial operation, which is scheduled for this spring.


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Sweden must reconsider its nuclear policy

Viewpoint: Sweden must reconsider its nuclear policy

Once a poster child for environmentalism, Sweden has now embarked on a retroactive and harmful journey, write Sama Bilbao y Léon, director general, and John Lindberg, public affairs manager, at World Nuclear Association. The following is a translation from Swedish of their article Sverige bör ompröva sin kärnkraftspolitik published by Dagens Industri on 18 February.

26 February 2021


Japanese utilities revise MOX utilisation plan

Japanese utilities revise MOX utilisation plan

A revised mixed oxide fuel utilisation plan, based on the latest operational plan for the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant and the MOX Fuel Fabrication Plant, has been released by Japan's Federation of Electric Power Companies. While only four Japanese reactors have so far been restarted using MOX fuel, FEPC envisages at least 12 units running on the fuel by FY2030. FEPC represents the 11 power companies, comprising nine utilities (excluding Okinawa Electric Power), Japan Atomic Power Company and the Electric Power Development Company (J-Power).

Waste & Recycling 26 February 2021


Rosatom's revenue from stable isotopes rises by 14%

Rosatom's revenue from stable isotopes rises by 14%

Electrochemical Plant, a subsidiary of Rosatom's nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL, recorded a 14% increase in revenue from the sale of stable isotopes in 2020, exceeding RUB1.5 billion (USD20.1 million) for the first time. The Zelenogorsk, Krasnoyarsk-based company's global market share of the stable isotope market remains over 40%, TVEL said.

Corporate 26 February 2021


Granholm becomes US energy secretary

Granholm becomes US energy secretary

Jennifer Granholm has been sworn as the 16th US secretary of energy. The former governor of Michigan said the US Department of Energy has the solutions to tackle the climate emergency and the tools to put America on an "irreversible path" to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Energy & Environment 26 February 2021


Perspectives

Viewpoint: Sweden must reconsider its nuclear policy

Viewpoint: Sweden must reconsider its nuclear policy

Once a poster child for environmentalism, Sweden has now embarked on a retroactive and harmful journey, write Sama Bilbao y Léon, director general, and John Lindberg, public affairs manager, at World Nuclear Association. The following is a translation from Swedish of their article Sverige bör ompröva sin kärnkraftspolitik published by Dagens Industri on 18 February.

26 February 2021


Virginia issues strategic plan for nuclear energy

Virginia issues strategic plan for nuclear energy

Virginia's nuclear industry will focus on four key areas of advanced generation technologies, economic development, workforce education, and research and development in order to help meet its carbon-free goals, according to a newly released strategic plan which has been drawn up at the direction of the Virginia government.

Nuclear Policies 25 February 2021


French regulator approves 50-year operation of 900 MWe reactors

French regulator approves 50-year operation of 900 MWe reactors

France's nuclear safety regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire, has set the conditions for the continued operation of EDF's 900 MWe reactors beyond 40 years. The regulator said it considers the measures planned by EDF combined with those prescribed by ASN will ensure the safety of the units for a further 10 years of operation.

Regulation & Safety 25 February 2021


Exelon splits utility and generation units

Exelon splits utility and generation units

Exelon Corporation plans to separate its regulated utility and competitive energy businesses into two publicly traded companies, creating the USA's biggest fully regulated transmission and distribution utility, as well as its largest carbon-free power producer.

Corporate 25 February 2021


Nuclearelectrica expects to make FID for Cernavoda in 2024

Nuclearelectrica expects to make FID for Cernavoda in 2024

Cosmin Ghită, CEO of Romanian utility Nuclearelectrica, says a final investment decision for the Cernavoda nuclear power plant expansion project is expected in 2024, with commissioning of unit 3 planned within the next 10 years. According to Agerpres, Ghită told a conference on 23 February that Nuclearelectrica will present a proposal to start the project at its next annual general meeting of shareholders.

Corporate 25 February 2021


Bruce Power marks first year of refurbishment project

Bruce Power marks first year of refurbishment project

Bruce Power's Major Component Replacement project remains on track despite a two-month delay caused by the pandemic, the company said yesterday as it marked the first anniversary of the start of work at Bruce 6.

Corporate 24 February 2021


BN-800 fast reactor has first full refuelling with MOX fuel

BN-800 fast reactor has first full refuelling with MOX fuel

Unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant, Russia's BN-800 reactor, has been connected to the grid and resumed operations upon completion of scheduled maintenance. For the first time the refuelling has been carried out with uranium-plutonium fuel only.

Uranium & Fuel 24 February 2021


Advanced heat sources are key to decarbonisation, says LucidCatalyst

Advanced heat sources are key to decarbonisation, says LucidCatalyst

Given the scale and urgency of the required clean transition combined with the growth of the global energy system, all zero-carbon hydrogen production options must be pursued, energy research and consultancy firm LucidCatalyst stresses in its latest report. The report, Missing Link to a Livable Climate, describes how to decarbonise "a substantial portion" of the global energy system, for which there is currently "no viable alternative", and presents the six actions that are needed.

Energy & Environment 24 February 2021