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Outage management adapts to COVID-19

Outage management adapts to COVID-19

Electricity generation is vital in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but scheduled refuelling and maintenance outages at nuclear power plants around the world must still go ahead. Operators are introducing risk-minimising procedures so outages that have been planned years in advance can proceed, while some are being prompted to rethink or extend scheduled outages.

Covid-19 03 April 2020


COVID impact on construction projects not yet clear

COVID impact on construction projects not yet clear

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government responses could disrupt or delay construction, testing, supervisory and support activities at the Vogtle 3 and 4 construction project, but it is too early to say what those effects will be, Southern Company has told the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Russia's Rosatom is looking into the possibility of returning part of the Russian personnel from overseas nuclear power plant construction sites.

Covid-19 03 April 2020


NRC approves Crystal River licence transfer

NRC approves Crystal River licence transfer

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the transfer of the licence for Crystal River 3 from Duke Energy Florida to Accelerated Decommissioning Partners LLC subsidiary ADP CR3. The transfer will enable ADP CR3 to carry out active decommissioning of the former nuclear power plant.

Waste & Recycling 02 April 2020


Landmark lift completed at Vogtle project

Landmark lift completed at Vogtle project

The containment vessel top head for Georgia Power's Vogtle unit 4 has been lifted into place, marking the completion of all major lifts inside the containment vessels for Vogtle 3 and 4. The project to build two AP1000 reactors at the site near Waynesboro, Georgia is now about 84% complete.

New Nuclear 30 March 2020


US national lab supercomputers to help fight COVID-19

US national lab supercomputers to help fight COVID-19

Five US National Laboratories will play a key role in a consortium tasked with harnessing the power of supercomputers to combat COVID-19, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said in a video address yesterday. The supercomputing facilities at the Department of Energy's national laboratories are used, amongst other things, to carry out research supporting the development of next-stage nuclear reactors and advanced nuclear fuel. President Donald Trump announced the launch of the consortium, which includes the Argonne, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Sandia labs, on 23 March.

Covid-19 26 March 2020


US low-carbon power seeks way past pandemic

US low-carbon power seeks way past pandemic

The USA's clean energy sectors have outlined the government support they need to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Associations representing the nuclear, hydro, solar and wind energy industries have all written to Federal leaders for help.

Covid-19 25 March 2020


US report identifies nuclear workforce trends

US report identifies nuclear workforce trends

The US nuclear power sector shed more than 2000 jobs last year, according to a newly released report by the National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Futures Initiative. The sector employed a total of 60,916 workers across the country in 2019, which was over 3% less than in 2018, although employment in the nuclear fuel sector rose slightly.
 

Corporate 24 March 2020


Challenging times highlight supply chain importance, says UEC chief

Challenging times highlight supply chain importance, says UEC chief

Recent global events and supply disruptions have highlighted the importance of domestic supply chains, the CEO of US uranium producer Uranium Energy Corp said today. The company has postponed plans to resume a drilling programme at its Burke Hollow in-situ leach project until market conditions "normalise".

Uranium & Fuel 20 March 2020


Oklo submits first advanced reactor licence application

Oklo submits first advanced reactor licence application

California-based Oklo Inc has submitted a combined licence application for its Aurora "powerhouse" to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This is the first COLA to be submitted using a new application structure for advanced fission technologies and the first privately funded application for a commercial advanced reactor.

Regulation & Safety 18 March 2020


Beaver Valley deactivation notice rescinded

Beaver Valley deactivation notice rescinded

Energy Harbor Corp has rescinded the deactivation notices for the two-unit Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, which had been scheduled to shut down in 2021. Energy Harbor's decision comes after the state began the process to join a regional initiative aiming to reduce carbon emissions through the trading of emissions allowances.
 

Corporate 16 March 2020