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Costs key to commercialisation of advanced reactors, says LucidCatalyst

Costs key to commercialisation of advanced reactors, says LucidCatalyst

Advanced reactors that have a capital cost of less than USD3000 per kilowatt will be attractive investments and create the most value for plant owners, a study by international consultancy LucidCatalyst has concluded. The report found flexible advanced reactors complement wind and solar in markets with high penetrations of renewables.

New Nuclear 14 July 2020


Sizewell C Consortium urges decision on funding

Sizewell C Consortium urges decision on funding

A group of 32 companies and organisations from the UK nuclear supply chain have formed a consortium to encourage the government to support a state-guaranteed financing model for Sizewell C, the proposed new nuclear power plant on the Suffolk coast. The Sizewell C Consortium said today it intends to sign agreements that ensure 70% of the project's construction value would go to UK companies.

Corporate 14 July 2020


Novovoronezh II-1 switches to longer fuel cycle

Novovoronezh II-1 switches to longer fuel cycle

Russian regulator Rostechnadzor has issued a permit for the pilot operation of unit 1 of the Novovoronezh II plant in an extended fuel cycle mode of 18 months. The reactor has been loaded with fresh nuclear fuel manufactured by the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrate Plant ready for the new cycle.

Regulation & Safety 14 July 2020


Akkuyu unit 1 hydraulic tests completed

Akkuyu unit 1 hydraulic tests completed

Atommash, part of the Volgodonsk branch of Russia's AEM Technology, has completed hydraulic tests on the reactor pressure vessel of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Mersin province, in southern Turkey.

New Nuclear 14 July 2020


Fuel loading completed at fifth Tianwan unit

Fuel loading completed at fifth Tianwan unit

Loading of nuclear fuel into unit 5 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China's Jiangsu province was completed on 9 July, China National Nuclear Corporation announced the following day. Fuel loading at Tianwan 5 "laid the foundation for subsequent grid-connected power generation," it added.

New Nuclear 13 July 2020


UK government support for modular reactor deployment

UK government support for modular reactor deployment

The UK government has announced an investment of GBP40 million (USD50 million) in the development of advanced modular reactors and small modular reactors. A government-commissioned report, meanwhile, has made recommendations for boosting the capability of the UK's nuclear R&D sector and domestic supply chain to support future AMR deployment.

New Nuclear 13 July 2020


US benchmarking analysis shows growing momentum for decarbonisation

US benchmarking analysis shows growing momentum for decarbonisation

The US power sector made significant progress in the transition away from coal in 2019, driving substantial reductions in pollution from the power sector, according to a newly released benchmarking study of the country's 100 largest power producers. Nuclear made up 55% of the USA's zero-carbon resources.

Energy & Environment 13 July 2020


Innovation is key to clean energy future, says Brouillette

Innovation is key to clean energy future, says Brouillette

US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette yesterday called for the world to take a dynamic, rather than static, approach to energy policy to facilitate the innovation necessary to secure a clean energy future. Speaking at the International Energy Agency's Clean Energy Transitions Summit 2020, he cautioned against "static" policies that could stifle innovation and limit fuel choices.

Energy & Environment 10 July 2020


Candu unit sets North American operating record

Candu unit sets North American operating record

Darlington unit 1 has set a new Canadian and North American nuclear record with 895 consecutive days of unbroken operation. Ontario Power Generation's Candu reactor has now been online since 26 January 2018 without needing to be taken out of service for maintenance or repair.

Corporate 10 July 2020


Rusatom Service, MVM Group create European Power Services JV

Rusatom Service, MVM Group create European Power Services JV

Rusatom Service and MVM Group have formed a joint venture in Hungary to provide service and maintenance to nuclear industry facilities, conventional sources of power generation, renewable energy and oil and gas in Europe, they announced yesteday. The new company, European Power Services Ltd, will start work at the Paks nuclear power plant.

Corporate 10 July 2020