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Bulgarian cabinet approves plan for new unit at Kozloduy

Bulgarian cabinet approves plan for new unit at Kozloduy

The Bulgarian Council of Ministers, at a meeting on 20 January, approved plans presented by the Minister of Energy to construct a seventh unit at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant using Russian-supplied equipment purchased for the Belene project. The minister noted discussions have been held with Westinghouse of the USA to construct the unit.

New Nuclear 22 January 2021


New nuclear needed for UK energy security, study says

New nuclear needed for UK energy security, study says

The UK government must continue to support nuclear power generation if the country is to meet an expected doubling of electricity demand by 2050 while meeting its Net Zero ambitions, according to a new report from the Centre for Policy Studies. The think tank recommends the government explore innovative financing methods for the construction of new nuclear power plants.

Nuclear Policies 21 January 2021


Leningrad II-2 achieves 1 TWh milestone

Leningrad II-2 achieves 1 TWh milestone

Unit 2 of the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in western Russia passed 1 terawatt hours of electricity production on 15 January, a milestone in its four months of pilot operation that started in November last year.

New Nuclear 18 January 2021


Belarusian unit brought to 100% capacity

Belarusian unit brought to 100% capacity

Unit 1 of the nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus reached 100% of its capacity on 12 January, Russia's Rosatom said yesterday. The reactor, near Ostrovets in the Grodno region of Belarus, is of the AES-2006 design, which is the latest version of the VVER-1200 and the first of its kind built outside Russia.

New Nuclear 14 January 2021


US grant made for Romanian SMR siting assessment

US grant made for Romanian SMR siting assessment

Romanian national nuclear company Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica has been awarded a non-refundable grant of USD1.28 million by the US Trade and Development Agency for use in the identification of potential sites in Romania to host small modular reactors. The USTDA is an independent federal government agency focused on connecting US companies with export opportunities in emerging markets.

New Nuclear 14 January 2021


The real challenges to nuclear are external, says panel

The real challenges to nuclear are external, says panel

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Energy & Environment 14 January 2021


First turbine module delivered for Akkuyu plant

First turbine module delivered for Akkuyu plant

GE Steam Power has delivered the first Arabelle steam turbine module for the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey. Manufactured at its factory in Belfort, France, the turbine module is the first equipment delivered by GE for the project and was delivered four months ahead of schedule.

New Nuclear 13 January 2021


Final major contracts signed for Iter Tokamak Complex assembly

Final major contracts signed for Iter Tokamak Complex assembly

The ITER Organisation has selected the contractors to carry out assembly and installation activities inside the Tokamak Complex at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter), under construction in Cadarache, France. These contracts are the last major assembly and installation contracts planned for first-phase Iter assembly.

New Nuclear 12 January 2021


Indian reactor connected to the grid

Indian reactor connected to the grid

Unit 3 of the Kakrapar nuclear power plant in India's Gujarat state has been connected to the electricity grid. The reactor - the country's first indigenously-designed 700 MWe pressurised heavy water reactor - achieved criticality in July last year.

New Nuclear 11 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