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Barakah unit ready for operation, WANO finds

Barakah unit ready for operation, WANO finds

A team from the World Association of Nuclear Operators has concluded that unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi is ready to start up. The Pre-Start Up Review - a globally recognised nuclear industry assessment conducted in line with international industry standards set by WANO - took place in November.

New Nuclear 28 January 2020


Ministers see progress at Hinkley Point C

Ministers see progress at Hinkley Point C

Ministers from the UK's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy visited Hinkley Point C on 23 January to see progress at the new nuclear power plant. HPC, under construction in Somerset, England, will be the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK in almost 20 years and will provide about 7% of the country's electricity.

New Nuclear 27 January 2020


Heat exchangers in place at Jules Horowitz

Heat exchangers in place at Jules Horowitz

Spanish manufacturer Equipos Nucleares SA has completed the installation of three heat exchangers for the primary circuit of the Jules Horowitz Reactor, under construction at Cadarache in southern France. Once in operation, the reactor will be used for testing of materials and fuels for current and future nuclear reactor designs.

New Nuclear 27 January 2020


Rolls-Royce sees SMRs on UK grid by 2029

Rolls-Royce sees SMRs on UK grid by 2029

Paul Stein, chief technology officer for Rolls-Royce, told the BBC today the British engineering firm has a target of 2029 for commissioning small modular reactors in the UK. The ambition is part of the country's aim to achieve net zero by 2050, initially using former nuclear power sites in Cumbria and Wales.

New Nuclear 24 January 2020


GEH and TerraPower team up for VTR development

GEH and TerraPower team up for VTR development

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and TerraPower are to collaborate on pursuing a public private partnership to design and construct the Versatile Test Reactor for the US Department of Energy. Utility Energy Northwest will support the joint GEH-TerraPower effort, with other parties said to be interested in joining.

New Nuclear 22 January 2020


Rosatom transfers Tianwan unit 3 to Chinese customer

Rosatom transfers Tianwan unit 3 to Chinese customer

Russia and China today signed the final acceptance protocol for the nuclear island of unit 3 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant, which transfers ownership to the Chinese customer for permanent operation. The protocol was signed by Alexey Bannik, vice president of ASE Group, Rosatom's engineering division, and Zhang Yi, deputy general director of Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation.

New Nuclear 20 January 2020


NuScale makes first Canadian SMR review submission
 

NuScale makes first Canadian SMR review submission
 

NuScale Power has made its first submittals to Canada's nuclear regulator for a pre-licensing vendor design review for its small modular reactor design. The reactor is also undergoing a design certification review in the USA where the company plans to bring a plant into production and operation by 2026.
 

New Nuclear 07 January 2020


Korea, Saudi Arabia progress with SMART collaboration

Korea, Saudi Arabia progress with SMART collaboration

A revised pre-project engineering contract has been signed by South Korea's Ministry of Science and ICT and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy to establish a joint entity for the commercialisation and construction of the Korean-designed SMART small modular reactor in Saudi Arabia.

New Nuclear 07 January 2020


CGN changes Hongyanhe ACPR-1000 start-up schedule

CGN changes Hongyanhe ACPR-1000 start-up schedule

China General Nuclear has announced that units 5 and 6 of the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in Liaoning province are now expected to start operating in the second half of 2021 and the first half of 2022, which is, respectively, one year and six months later than previously scheduled.

New Nuclear 06 January 2020


RPV and core catcher shipped to Kudankulam 4

RPV and core catcher shipped to Kudankulam 4

The reactor pressure vessel and the core catcher for Kudankulam unit 4 under construction in India have been loaded on to a cargo ship in the port of Saint Petersburg, Russia. The shipment of equipment - 9000 cubic metres in total - is the thirteenth for unit 4, Rosatom said, on a route spanning 15,000 kilometres.

New Nuclear 23 December 2019