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Government wants to see more reactors online in face of energy crunch Takahama-3 and Takahama-4 in western Japan both began commercial operation in 1985. Kansai Electric Power will apply for regulatory approval to extend the operating life of its Takahama-3 and -4 nuclear power units by a further 20 years, potentially operating both plants for the maximum 60 years.

The company also said it is planning to replace the steam generators at the two 830-MW pressurised water reactor units in Fukui prefecture, western Japan.

Under safety rules which came into force after the Fukushima-Daiichi accident, Japanese reactors have an operating period of 40 years. One extension to this – limited to a maximum of 20 years – may be granted, but requires a special inspection to verify the integrity of reactor pressure vessels and containment vessels after 35 years of operation.

Takahama-3 and Takahama-4 both began commercial operation in 1985.

Two other unts at the site, Takahama-1 and -2, became the first Japanese units to be granted a licence extension beyond 40 years under revised post-Fukushima regulations, but are out of service pending the completion of a bunkered backup control centre, as required by the regulator. Kansai has said it plans to restart the units, both 780-MW pressurised water reactors, in mid-2023.

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/kansai-electric-aims-to-operate-takahama-units-for-60-years-11-1-2022

Nuclear company has been part of OMZ since 2004 ČEZ has six commercial reactor units at the Dukovany (pictured) and Temelín nuclear sites. Courtesy ČEZ. Czech utility and nuclear operator ČEZ has completed its 100% purchase of Škoda JS from Russian heavy industry and manufacturing conglomerate OMZ, alleviating the risk of sanctions on crucial components for the Czech nuclear fleet.

ČEZ said the purchase of Škoda JS, which offers nuclear servicing and engineering, would protect the company from sanctions which could have a potential impact on securing supplies for its nuclear power plants.

Škoda JS was a part of the industrial giant founded in 1859 by Emil Škoda – which also gave rise to the well-known automaker of the same name – but since 2004 it has been part of OMZ, which is controlled by privately owned Gazprombank.

This put the company at risk of sanctions related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/acquisition-of-skoda-js-from-russia-solves-cez-s-sanctions-problem-11-1-2022

The President of the International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC), Lena Andriolo, explains what the event is, what the organisation can do for its members - and what young people can bring to the nuclear sector.

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-The-importance-of-young-people-in-nucle

The Russian president's press secretary Dmitry Peskov denied Ukrainian suggestions that Russian forces were preparing to withdraw from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Russia-rejects-claims-it-plans-to-leave-Zaporizhzh

A newly signed tripartite agreement broadens the scope of the collaboration between Orano Mining and its Uzbek partners and lays the foundations for the development of new uranium mines in Uzbekistan.

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Orano-to-support-Uzbek-uranium-expansion-plans

A consortium comprising EDF UK R&D, the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), the University of Bristol and Urenco has been awarded GBP7.7 million (USD9.3 million) in funding from the UK's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop a hydrogen storage solution.

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Funding-for-UK-project-to-store-hydrogen-using-dep

India's Minister of State Jitendra Singh has called for the country's private sector companies and start-ups to take part in the development of small modular reactor (SMR) technology. The minister's comments were made in an address to a workshop on SMRs held by the government's NITI Aayog policy think-tank.

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/India-sees-SMRs-in-its-clean-energy-future

A large tunnelling machine has begun drilling the sloped spiral ramp of the Beishan Underground Research Laboratory near Jiuquan City in China's Gansu province. The laboratory - in the Gobi Desert - will comprise the spiral ramp, three vertical shafts and horizontal disposal galleries.

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Excavation-of-Chinese-underground-lab-begins

Nuclear fuel for the Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkey are on track for May 2023 delivery, according to Anastasia Zoteeva, general director of the project company, Akkuyu Nukleer. She confirmed that works for the construction of unit 1 is on schedule and works are simultaneously ongoing for the completion of the other three reactors. Fresh fuel will be delivered for the first unit in May 2023.

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfuel-and-electronics-being-prepared-for-akkuyu-npp-10384180

A polar crane, with a carrying capacity of 390 tons, has been installed at unit 2 of Russians Kursk-II NPP.

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newspolar-crane-installed-at-kursk-2-10384395