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Russia commits to further floating NPPs

Russia commits to further floating NPPs

Rosatom and a subsidiary of Kaz Minerals have signed for power supply to the new Baimskaya copper mining project in the Chukotka region of eastern Siberia. Rosatom proposes to use three floating nuclear power plants each employing a pair of the new 55 MWe RITM-200M reactors, a version of which is in service powering icebreakers. A fourth unit would be held in reserve for use during repair or refuelling. The first reactors are already under construction by Atomenergomash. The companies said that they would conclude a long-term take-or-pay contract for the electricity by April 2022.

New Nuclear 27 July 2021


Rosatom confirms reliability of new VVER-440 fuel

Rosatom confirms reliability of new VVER-440 fuel

Unit 4 of the Kola nuclear power plant in Murmansk, Russia has successfully completed the fifth cycle of irradiation using "third generation" RK-3 fuel designed for VVER-440 reactors. During the planned fuel loading, a televisual inspection of the irradiated fuel was performed with the help of specialised equipment, which showed that, after five irradiation cycles, all RK-3 assemblies had retained their original shape and all the fuel rods were sealed.

Uranium & Fuel 23 July 2021


Framatome advanced fuel technology reaches regulatory milestone

Framatome advanced fuel technology reaches regulatory milestone

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review a topical report to apply Framatome's suite of Advanced Codes and Methods to operating conditions with uranium-235 enrichments above the industry standard of 5 weight percent. The report is a critical step towards implementing nuclear fuel at higher enrichments and burnups, the company said.

Regulation & Safety 22 July 2021


US study sees future markets for microreactors

US study sees future markets for microreactors

The deployment of microreactors in the short-to-medium term could support energy markets not available to large nuclear plants, but some significant challenges must be overcome for them to capture new market shares. In the longer term, they will be able to contribute to decarbonisation efforts. These are amongst the findings of a recently published technical report from the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory.

New Nuclear 22 July 2021


US infrastructure bill sends a positive signal for nuclear, says NIA

US infrastructure bill sends a positive signal for nuclear, says NIA

The Nuclear Innovation Alliance has welcomed the reintroduction of the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act last week by five US senators, three Republicans and two Democrats. This represents continued bipartisan support for advanced reactors, the non-profit "think and do" tank said.

Nuclear Policies 19 July 2021


Kairos Power plans Hermes demonstration reactor at Oak Ridge

Kairos Power plans Hermes demonstration reactor at Oak Ridge

Kairos Power is to establish a low-power demonstration reactor at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, investing USD100 million in a project to demonstrate its capability to deliver low-cost nuclear heat. The Hermes reactor is a scaled version of Kairos Power’s Fluoride Salt-Cooled High Temperature Reactor, an advanced reactor technology that aims to be cost competitive with natural gas in the US electricity market. The Hermes reactor is scheduled to be operational in 2026.

New Nuclear 16 July 2021


UK cross-sector report plans zero-carbon hydrogen from nuclear

UK cross-sector report plans zero-carbon hydrogen from nuclear

A new report published today by the UK's Nuclear Sector Deal’s Innovation Group presents a series of recommendations for realising the opportunity of zero-carbon hydrogen from nuclear energy. Its findings follow a Nuclear Hydrogen Roundtable event, which brought together over 80 experts and industry leaders from across the hydrogen value chain.

Energy & Environment 14 July 2021


Holtec set to ramp up HI-STAR cask production

Holtec set to ramp up HI-STAR cask production

Holtec is preparing to increase production of its HI-STAR casks, following the receipt of regulatory approvals and new orders in Europe. The first HI-STAR 150 was loaded at the Cofrentes nuclear power plant in Spain and placed into the storage facility on 23 June. This is Holtec's first dual-purpose metal cask loaded in Europe.

Waste & Recycling 13 July 2021


US-led initiative aims to lower advanced nuclear construction costs

US-led initiative aims to lower advanced nuclear construction costs

The US Department of Energy is teaming up with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and providing USD5.8 million in funding for a project to demonstrate how three construction technologies from other industries can be applied to advanced reactor designs, to improve the economics of bringing advanced reactors to market. The Advanced Construction Technology Initiative aims to reduce cost overruns and schedule slippages.
 

New Nuclear 08 July 2021


Transformative muon technology deployed at McClean Lake

Transformative muon technology deployed at McClean Lake

The world's first cosmic-ray muon detector developed specifically for use in industry-standard boreholes, has been deployed at Orano's McClean Lake site in northern Saskatchewan where it will be used to image a uranium deposit. The technology developed by Canadian start-up company Ideon Technologies could transform mineral exploration.

Uranium & Fuel 07 July 2021