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Hongyanhe 5 achieves first criticality

Hongyanhe 5 achieves first criticality

Unit 5 of the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in China's Liaoning province has attained a sustained chain reaction for the first time. The 1080 MWe domestically-designed ACPR1000 pressurised water reactor is expected to be connected to the grid later this year, after which it will enter commercial operation.

New Nuclear 17 June 2021


UAE records '100 million safe man-hours' at Barakah NPP

UAE records '100 million safe man-hours' at Barakah NPP

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation has marked four years and more than 100 million safe man-hours without a Lost Time Injury at the Barakah nuclear power plant. ENEC says the milestone sets a new benchmark for industrial safety for nuclear new-build projects around the world.

Corporate 16 June 2021


Kenya makes nuclear infrastructure progress

Kenya makes nuclear infrastructure progress

The International Atomic Energy Agency has provided an update on Kenya's progress since its 2015 Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review mission. INIR missions enable IAEA member states to have in-depth discussions with international experts about the conditions and best international practices in the development of a nuclear power programme.

Regulation & Safety 14 June 2021


Ostrovets unit 1 enters commercial operation

Ostrovets unit 1 enters commercial operation

Unit 1 of the first nuclear power plant to be built in Belarus was put into commercial operation today, Russia's Rosatom has announced. The milestone took place following the transfer of the 'acceptance certificate', signed by the general designer and general contractor of the project - Rosatom subsidiary AtomStroyExport - to the customer, Belarusian NPP. ASE. is responsible for the "operability" of the power unit equipment during the unit's warranty period, Rosatom said.

New Nuclear 10 June 2021


Toshiba completes initial toroidal field coil for ITER

Toshiba completes initial toroidal field coil for ITER

Japan's Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation announced today it has completed the manufacture of the first of four toroidal field coils it is supplying to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project. Nine of ITER's 18 toroidal field coils, plus a spare, are being fabricated in Europe with the other nine being made in Japan. Gigantic superconducting magnets, they will generate the magnetic cage to contain the ITER fusion reactor's plasma.

New Nuclear 08 June 2021


Russia starts building lead-cooled fast reactor

Russia starts building lead-cooled fast reactor

Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL has announced the start of construction of a 300 MW nuclear power unit enabled with the innovative BREST-OD-300 lead-cooled fast reactor at the site of the Siberian Chemical Combine, in Seversk. The reactor will run on mixed uranium-plutonium nitride fuel, specially developed for this facility as the "optimal solution" for fast reactors.

New Nuclear 08 June 2021


IAEA assesses Uzbekistan's nuclear power infrastructure development

IAEA assesses Uzbekistan's nuclear power infrastructure development

An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts has concluded a 12-day mission to Uzbekistan to review its development of infrastructure for a nuclear power programme. The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review was carried out at the invitation of the government of Uzbekistan.

Regulation & Safety 04 June 2021


Tianwan 6 enters commercial operation

Tianwan 6 enters commercial operation

Unit 6 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China's Jiangsu province has entered commercial operation, having successfully completed a 100-hour continuous operation test run at full power. Tianwan 6 becomes China National Nuclear Corporation's 24th reactor in commercial operation, increasing the company's installed generating capacity from 21.391 GWe to 22.509 GWe (gross).

New Nuclear 03 June 2021


Pilot Natrium plant to be built in Wyoming

Pilot Natrium plant to be built in Wyoming

Plans to construct a Natrium reactor demonstration project at a retiring coal plant in the US state of Wyoming were announced yesterday by TerraPower, PacifiCorp and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon. The companies are evaluating several potential locations in the state for the plant, which will feature a 345 MWe sodium-cooled fast reactor combined with a molten salt energy storage system that can boost the system's output to 500 MWe for more than five-and-a-half hours when needed. They expect to announce the selected site by the end of 2021.

New Nuclear 03 June 2021


Barclays highlights role of nuclear in net zero

Barclays highlights role of nuclear in net zero

Nuclear energy's high load factors and reliability could make achieving net-zero affordable, according to a special report published yesterday by Barclays. Nuclear is "safer than commonly assumed", while new technology and further research could make it even cleaner, safer and cheaper, it says, "paving the way for a greater contribution to the global energy transition".

Energy & Environment 03 June 2021