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Regulator approves restart of Shimane 2

Published: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 12:34:43 GMT

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority today formally accepted a report concluding unit 2 of Chugoku Electric Power Company's Shimane nuclear power plant meets the country's new safety standards. The utility must still obtain local consent before the 789 MWe boiling water reactor can be restarted.


Terrestrial Energy doubles up its power plant

Published: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 14:09:26 GMT

Prospective small reactor vendor Terrestrial Energy has announced that its IMSR400 reactor unit will be built in pairs. The move is a response to utility requirements and will increase cost competitiveness, the Canadian company said.


NuScale 'builds out' Canadian SMR supply chain

Published: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 13:45:55 GMT

NuScale Power yesterday said it is moving forward with manufacturing process development work at BWXT Canada Ltd's facility in Cambridge, Ontario, in preparation for the fabrication of the NuScale Power Module. The company said this is critical to developing its small modular reactor technology.


Second Barakah unit connected to the grid

Published: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 13:35:56 GMT

Unit 2 at the Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE has today begun supplying electricity to the country's power grid, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation announced. The milestone was reached five months after unit 1 of the plant, in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, entered commercial operation.


Illinois plants to continue operating as energy bill is passed

Published: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 14:10:03 GMT

Exelon Generation is preparing to refuel its Byron and Dresden nuclear plants after the Illinois Senate passed a comprehensive energy package that, amongst other things, will create a process for the state to procure carbon mitigation credits from nuclear plants as the state aims to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The Byron plant had been scheduled to permanently shut down from today had the bill not been passed.


US regulator issues licence for interim storage facility

Published: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 15:47:44 GMT

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a licence to Interim Storage Partners LLC to construct and operate a consolidated interim storage facility for used nuclear fuel in Andrews, Texas. Interim Storage Partners is a joint venture of Waste Control Specialists LLC and Orano USA.


UK unions call for government backing of new build projects

Published: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 14:56:54 GMT

The UK's GMB union has warned that decarbonisation goals and nuclear industry jobs will both be at risk unless the government supports Sizewell C and other new build efforts. The Trade Unions Congress adopted GMB's call, and separately added that UK manufacturing jobs would suffer if decarbonisation targets are not met.


Westinghouse to upgrade Temelin I&C systems

Published: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 14:36:26 GMT

Westinghouse of the USA and Czech utility ČEZ yesterday signed a nine-year project agreement to upgrade the instrumentation and control systems at the Temelin nuclear power plant. As the original supplier, Westinghouse will partially renew and upgrade selected control and management systems. The value of the contract was not disclosed.


China's HTR-PM reactor achieves first criticality

Published: Mon, 13 Sep 2021 10:58:17 GMT

The first of the two high-temperature gas-cooled reactors of the demonstration HTR-PM plant at Shidaowan, in China's Shandong province, attained a sustained chain reaction for the first time yesterday. The reactor is scheduled to be connected to the electricity grid before the end of this year.


Iran agrees to continued surveillance of nuclear sites

Published: Mon, 13 Sep 2021 15:17:29 GMT

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said he yesterday had a "very short but very constructive" trip to Tehran. He said Iran had agreed to allow IAEA inspectors to service monitoring and surveillance equipment and replace the digital storage media in cameras at declared nuclear sites.