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Westinghouse doped fuel pellets move towards commercialisation

Westinghouse doped fuel pellets move towards commercialisation

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review a topical report on Westinghouse Advanced Doped Pellet Technology Fuel, which the company has said is a major achievement for the advanced fuel portfolio it is developing as part of its EnCore fuel programme.

Uranium & Fuel 22 January 2021


Safety upgrades completed at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 7

Safety upgrades completed at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 7

Upgrades to safety measures to comply with new regulatory requirements were completed yesterday at unit 7 of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata prefecture, Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced. Although the utility has already received regulatory approval to restart the reactor, it must still obtain local consent.

Regulation & Safety 13 January 2021


UK HPR1000 design opened for public comment

UK HPR1000 design opened for public comment

The UK's Environment Agency has published its assessment so far of the UK Hualong One pressurised water reactor (UK HPR1000) as it invites public comment on this proposed new reactor design. The UK HPR1000 is the Hualong One design that General Nuclear Services - a subsidiary of EDF and China General Nuclear - proposes to use at a prospective new nuclear power plant in Bradwell, England.

Regulation & Safety 11 January 2021


Ukraine's Zaporozhe 5 clear to operate until 2030 

Ukraine's Zaporozhe 5 clear to operate until 2030 

The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine has approved a 10-year extension to the operating licence of unit 5 at the Zaporozhe nuclear power plant. The VVER-1000/V-320 reactor was commissioned in August 1989 and its original 30-year licence expired on 27 May 2020. The new licence extends the operation of unit 5 as well as of the facilities technologically related to it.

Regulation & Safety 06 January 2021


No increase in Tihange 2 hydrogen flakes

No increase in Tihange 2 hydrogen flakes

Belgium's Federal Agency for Nuclear Control has approved the restart of Tihange unit 2 following a maintenance outage after concluding no new hydrogen flakes have appeared and the existing flakes had not increased in size. Operator Electrabel is required to regularly check that the situation has not changed since the flakes were first discovered in 2012.

Regulation & Safety 06 January 2021


Lessons from transport for reactor design harmonisation

Lessons from transport for reactor design harmonisation

The nuclear plant licensing system should be rationalised to promote the extensive deployment at competitive cost of new reactors, according to a report issued this month by the Cooperation in Reactor Design Evaluation and Licensing Working Group of World Nuclear Association.

New Nuclear 24 December 2020


Hanhikivi-1 design documents submitted to Finnish customer

Hanhikivi-1 design documents submitted to Finnish customer

Fennovoima Oy has "provisionally accepted" the 'Basic Design Stage 1' documentation for the Hanhikivi-1 project in Finland from the nuclear reactor supplier, RAOS Project Oy, which is a subsidiary of Rusatom Energy International JSC, which is itself a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

New Nuclear 21 December 2020


Swedish reactors meet new emergency cooling requirements

Swedish reactors meet new emergency cooling requirements

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has today approved the independent core cooling systems implemented by the operators of the country's nuclear power plants. The operators were required to introduce such systems following the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. The systems were to be in place by the end of this year in order for the reactors to continue operating.

Regulation & Safety 18 December 2020


Bradwell B granted electricity generating licence

Bradwell B granted electricity generating licence

Bradwell Power Generation Company Limited, which is proposing to construct the new Bradwell B nuclear power plant in Essex, has been granted an electricity generating licence by the UK's gas and electricity markets regulator Ofgem. A final decision has yet to be made to actually construct the plant, planned to feature a Chinese-designed Hualong One reactor.

New Nuclear 18 December 2020


UK regulator to merge leadership roles

UK regulator to merge leadership roles

The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation has announced plans to align its leadership structure to other nuclear regulators around the world with a new combined post of chief nuclear inspector and chief executive. CNI Mark Foy will take up the new combined post, subject to detailed government approvals. A new senior regulatory role, executive director of operations/deputy chief inspector, will also be established. The exact timescales have yet to be confirmed, but the changes will come into effect later in 2021.

Corporate 16 December 2020