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Graft Scandal Could Affect Kansai Restarts

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 15:57
A payoff scandal in Japan could threaten the restart schedule of three Kansai Electric Power Company nuclear reactors, according to media reports, although top Kansai officials said they would stay at their jobs to investigate the matter.(read more)

Orano Partnership Wins $13.25M CEA Contract

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 15:16
A partnership between AEMCO and Orano has won a $13.25 million contract from the CEA for the turnkey supply and operation of a processing and packaging unit for legacy nuclear fuels at the Cadarache site in Bouches-du-Rhone, France, the companies announced.(read more)

EDF Notes Revised Costs And Milestones

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 13:33
French utility EDF in late September announced progress at the Hinkley Point C construction project, including a successfully delivered J-O, the completion of the nuclear island “common raft” for the first unit, in line with the schedule announced in September 2016. However, the company has also conceded that cost estimates have risen for both Hinkley Point C and the Flamanville 3 project.(read more)

Sogin Takes Ownership Of Ispra-1

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 18:26
The Societa Gestione Impianti Nucleari SpA (Sogin) has taken possession of the Ispra-1 research reactor for decommissioning and dismantling, signed over by the Ispra Joint Research Center, Sogin announced.(read more)

GEH Nuclear, Fermi Energia Sign SMR MOU

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 17:45
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) said last week it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fermi Energia of Estonia to study the feasibility of deploying the GEH BWRX-300 small modular reactor in the Baltic nation.(read more)

ITER Awards Two Key Contracts

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 14:43
Following competitive global tender campaigns managed by ITER's Procurement & Contracts Division, two contracts for Tokamak machine assembly—TAC1 and TAC2—have been awarded and signed, said the consortium managing the fusion reactor project.(read more)

Framatome, Siemens, To Supply I&C For Hanhikivi 1

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 14:29
The contract to supply core instrumentation and control systems for the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant in Finland has been awarded to a Framatome of France and Seimens of Germany in a compartmentalized contract, according to the plant’s owner.(read more)

EDF To Close Two Fessenheim Units In 2020

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 19:21
French utility Electricite de France (EDF) said Sunday it had submitted an application to regulators and to the energy minister seeking approval to close both of the 880 MWe pressurized water reactors at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant.(read more)

Westinghouse To Buy Rolls-Royce's North American Business

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 18:52
Westinghouse Electric Company said Sunday it had agreed to buy Rolls-Royce’s North American services division, along with some assets in Europe, for an undisclosed sum.(read more)

First Of 12 Palo Verde Feedwater Heaters Replaced

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 13:44
The first of 12 low-pressure feedwater heater replacements at the Palo Verde Generating Station in Arizona has been completed "on an expedited schedule," contracted project leader Framatome announced.(read more)

Three Miles Island Unit 1 Is Retired

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 18:12
Amid a protest demanding the state of Pennsylvania enact low-carbon energy support legislation, Exelon Generation retired its Unit 1 Three Mile Island reactor Friday, an 819 MWe (net) pressurized water reactor that first went online 45 years ago.(read more)

Novovoronezh Unit Ready For Commissioning

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 15:51
Operators of the Novovoronezh Unit 2, part of the Phase II project in Central Russia have completed a 15-day testing protocol that now has the reactor officially ready for commissioning, Rosatom said late last week.(read more)

Cavendish Secures Consulting Work In Canada

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 17:26
Cavendish Nuclear, part of the Babcock International Group, said Tuesday it had secured a consulting contract in Canada focused on licensing of a used fuel transportation package and assessment work for long-term storage.(read more)

Regulator Calls For Mochovce 3 Modifications

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 15:54
The Slovak Nuclear Regulatory Authority (UJD) has mandated more inspections and reassembly of some internal reactor components before Slovenske Elektrarne can load fuel into the Mochovce Unit 3 reactor, which completed hot tests in March of this year.(read more)

World's Largest Crane At Hinkley Point C

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 15:48
The world’s largest crane, known as “Big Carl” is ready for assignments at the Hinkley Point C EPR construction site in Somerset, England, French utility Electrcite de France announced late last week.(read more)

Accident-Tolerant Fuel Installed At Byron 2

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 16:33
Nuclear supply giant Westinghouse Electric Company announced this week, along with Exelon Generation Company, that a first-of-a-kind installation of accident-tolerant fuel had been completed at Exelon’s Byron Unit 2 nuclear power plant in Ogle County, Illinois.(read more)

NDA Takes Ownership Of Magnox Ltd.

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 16:04
Britain’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said that it had taken over ownership of Magnox Ltd. from the Parent Body Organization, Cavendish Fluor Partnership, which has been contracted to dismantle 12 Magnox nuclear sites, including two research facilities and 10 nuclear reactors(read more)

Second Chinese EPR Reaches Commercial Status

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 19:20
Electricity de France (EDF) and Famatome, developers of the EPR reactor, triumphed the commercial start of the world’s second online EDF unit, which took place at the Taishan nuclear power plant in China’s Guangdong province on September 7.(read more)

Final Fuel Shipment Leaves Calder Hall

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 18:17
The final shipment of nuclear fuel has been removed from Britain’s oldest nuclear power plant facility, a four-reactor operation at the Sellefield site’s Calder Hall that was closed down in March 2003. Removal of the plant’s 38,053 fuel rods began in 2011.(read more)

Tepco Plans One More Reactor Shut Down

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 14:31
In a short announcement, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said on August 26 that it had submitted plans to the city of Kashiwazaki for the decommissioning of at least one of the reactors at the Kashwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station.(read more)