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Regulator bans fuel loading at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa

Regulator bans fuel loading at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has today issued an administrative order to Tokyo Electric Power Company preventing it from transporting nuclear fuel stored at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant or loading it into reactors. The order - issued in response to a series of security breaches at the site - will delay Tepco's planned restart of unit 7 at the plant in Niigata Prefecture.

Regulation & Safety 14 April 2021


Hunterston B cleared for six months of operation

Hunterston B cleared for six months of operation

The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation has today provided EDF with permission for Reactors 3 and 4 at the Hunterston nuclear power plant in North Ayrshire, Scotland to return to service for a limited period of operation. This will be the power station’s final period of operation before moving into the defueling phase.

Regulation & Safety 13 April 2021


Framatome to provide outage services to Dominion fleet

Framatome to provide outage services to Dominion fleet

Framatome recently signed a "multi-million dollar" contract with US utility Dominion Energy to support the long-term operation of its nuclear power plant fleet. The five-year contract covers nuclear power plant outage and maintenance work, including steam generator services, refuelling services and inspections.

Corporate 07 April 2021


UAE's first nuclear unit starts commercial operation

UAE's first nuclear unit starts commercial operation

Barakah unit 1 entered commercial operation today, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation has announced. The unit, which is operated by Nawah Energy Company, has been the single largest electricity generator in the UAE since reaching 100% power in early December. ENEC said the 1400-megawatt unit, which is in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, is now providing "constant, reliable and sustainable electricity around the clock". As a result, ENEC says it is "now leading the largest decarbonisation effort of any industry in the UAE to date". 

New Nuclear 06 April 2021


Bruce commits to net-zero operations by 2027

Bruce commits to net-zero operations by 2027

Bruce Power has committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from its site operations by 2027, building on its previously announced NZ-2050 plan. The company says it is the first nuclear operator in North America to announce such an ambitious commitment.

Corporate 31 March 2021


Russia makes progress with fast reactor upgrade

Russia makes progress with fast reactor upgrade

Zio-Podolsk has started manufacturing modules for PGN-200M steam generators as part of work to upgrade unit 3 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in the Sverdlovsk district of Russia. Zio-Podolsk is a subsidiary of Rosatom, which said the modernisation work was aimed at extending the operating life of the unit to 60 years.

Corporate 30 March 2021


Fuel loading under way at Finnish EPR

Fuel loading under way at Finnish EPR

The loading of fuel assemblies into the Olkiluoto 3 EPR in Finland began on 27 March, utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj has announced. The move follows the receipt of a permit from the country's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority the previous day. The process of loading the fuel assemblies into OL3 is expected to take about one week, TVO said.

New Nuclear 29 March 2021


TVO cleared for fuel loading at Finnish EPR

TVO cleared for fuel loading at Finnish EPR

Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj has been granted a permit by the country's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority to load fuel into the reactor of the Olkiluoto 3 EPR. The unit, construction of which began in 2005, is scheduled to enter commercial operation early next year.

New Nuclear 26 March 2021


Leningrad II-2 enters commercial operation

Leningrad II-2 enters commercial operation

The second VVER-1200 reactor at the Leningrad nuclear power plant in western Russia began commercial operation today. Leningrad II-2 is the fourth VVER-1200 in operation in Russia and beings the total number of nuclear power units in the country to 38. The VVER-1200 has a 200-megawatt bigger capacity than, and a design life twice as long as, the previous VVER design.

New Nuclear 22 March 2021


Grid connection for Pakistani Hualong One unit

Grid connection for Pakistani Hualong One unit

Unit 2 of the Karachi nuclear power plant in Pakistan was synchronised with the electricity grid yesterday. The Chinese-designed Hualong One reactor - the first of two to be constructed at the site - is scheduled to enter commercial operation by the end of this year. Karachi 2 and 3 are the first exports of China's Hualong One design, promoted on the international market as the HPR1000.

New Nuclear 19 March 2021