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BN-600 licensed to operate until 2025

BN-600 licensed to operate until 2025

Russian nuclear regulator Rostekhnadzor has extended the operating licence for unit 3 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in the Sverdlovsk district by a further five years. The licence for the BN-600 fast reactor, which began operating in 1981, was due to expire this year.

Regulation & Safety 01 April 2020


Kyushu misses deadline for Sendai 1 emergency facilities

Kyushu misses deadline for Sendai 1 emergency facilities

Kyushu Electric Power Company today took unit 1 of its Sendai nuclear power plant offline as it had failed to meet the deadline for completion of a back-up control centre. It's the first time operation of a Japanese reactor has been temporarily suspended for this reason. It plans to take unit 2 offline in May for the same reason.

Regulation & Safety 16 March 2020


US regulators issue draft EIS on used fuel facility

US regulators issue draft EIS on used fuel facility

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a draft environmental impact statement for Holtec International's proposed consolidated HI-STORE interim storage facility and made a preliminary recommendation that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude it from issuing a licence for environmental reasons. Holtec proposes initially to store 500 canisters holding around 8680 tonnes of used nuclear fuel at the New Mexico site.

Waste & Recycling 12 March 2020


GE Hitachi submits SMR design for Canadian review

GE Hitachi submits SMR design for Canadian review

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy has made its first submittals to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for the vendor design review of its BWRX-300 small modular reactor. The submittals are for the combined first two phases of the three-phase process and address eight of the 19 VDR focus areas.

New Nuclear 27 February 2020


Japanese regulator approves restart of Onagawa 2

Japanese regulator approves restart of Onagawa 2

The Nuclear Regulation Authority today formally accepted a report concluding unit 2 of Tohoku Electric Power Company's Onagawa plant in Miyagi Prefecture meets revised safety standards. The plant was the closest nuclear power plant to the epicentre of the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011, but sustained far less damage than expected.

Regulation & Safety 26 February 2020


Cernavoda 1 completes Pre-SALTO review

Cernavoda 1 completes Pre-SALTO review

The International Atomic Energy Agency has completed a review of long-term operational safety at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant in Romania. The Pre-SALTO (Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation) review mission was requested by the plant’s operator, Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica SA.

Regulation & Safety 20 February 2020


UK HPR1000 moves to final design assessment stage

UK HPR1000 moves to final design assessment stage

The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency have completed Step 3 - "overall design, safety case and security arguments review" - in their scrutiny of the UK HPR1000 reactor design. They will now start the fourth and final stage in the Generic Design Assessment process - "detailed design, safety case, and security evidence assessment".

Regulation & Safety 13 February 2020


Uzbekistan updates IAEA on progress as nuclear ‘newcomer’

Uzbekistan updates IAEA on progress as nuclear ‘newcomer’

A crucial aspect of developing nuclear infrastructure is the study of, and cooperation with, countries with both developed and developing nuclear capabilities, Alisher Sultanov, Uzbekistan’s energy minister, said today. Speaking at the third International Conference on Nuclear Security - Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts, hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency at its headquarters in Vienna, Sultanov said Uzbekistan is in talks on cooperation with regulators in Belarus, Finland, the UAE, the USA, and other countries. This cooperation, he said, builds on Uzbekistan's ongoing dialogue with regulators in Russia.

Regulation & Safety 10 February 2020


Speech: Regulatory harmonisation for SMRs 

Speech: Regulatory harmonisation for SMRs 

Regulators must explore the possibility of harmonising international requirements for advanced and small modular reactor design evaluation and licensing, says Rumina Velshi, CNSC president and CEO.

Perspectives 12 February 2020


SNC-Lavalin wins contracts for Wolsong upgrade work

SNC-Lavalin wins contracts for Wolsong upgrade work

Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power has awarded Candu Energy, a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin, four contracts worth about USD22 million for multi-campaign field inspections, prolonged operation assessment and thermal-hydraulic computer code updates at Wolsung nuclear reactors in South Korea.

Corporate 05 February 2020