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Equipment for the production of mixed dense nitride uranium-plutonium fuel (MNUP-fuel) pellets has been installed at the construction site of the pilot demonstration energy complex (ODEK), Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL said on 29 July. ODEK is under construction at the Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) as part of Russia’s Proryv (Breakthrough) project. The fuel has been developed specifically for the core of the BREST-OD-300 lead-cooled fast reactor, which is also part of ODEK. The complex, when completed will comprise a fuel fabrication-refabrication module (MFR) and a used fuel reprocessing module. The purpose of ODEK is to demonstrate the closed fuel cycle with a fast neutron reactor supported by fuel fabrication and recycling on a single site.

Date: Wednesday, 04 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsequipment-installed-at-fuel-plant-for-russias-pilot-demonstration-energy-complex-8962191

Finland’s Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) said on 30 July that it had received information from the plant supplier Areva-Siemens that regular electricity production by the EPR under construction at unit 3 of the Olkiluoto NPP (OL3) will be postponed for a month due to extra turbine overhaul and inspection works.

Date: Wednesday, 04 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsoperation-of-unit-3-at-olkiluoto-npp-postponed-for-a-month-8962198

China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) on 28 July launched a district heating demonstration project at the Qinshan NPP in Zhejiang Province. The project, in cooperation with the Haiyan County Government, will "provide a nuclear energy solution to solve the heating problem in southern China," CNNC said.

Date: Wednesday, 04 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsqinshan-plant-to-supply-district-heating-8962207

Rusatom Healthcare (part of Rosatom) intends to build at least eight radionuclide therapy centres in Russia’s regions by 2023. Director of JSC Rusatom Healthcare Natalya Komarova said on 30 July. "We understand for sure that we will have at least eight radionuclide therapy centres in the country. We plan to finally decide on the development map by the end of this year, today we have clear agreements with a number of regions, with some we still need to finalise agreements," Komarova noted.

Date: Wednesday, 04 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrusatom-healthcare-to-build-radionuclide-therapy-centres-8962364

A Centre for Hydrogen Technologies has been established at Russia’s Power Machines, the company said on 30 July. The new structure should enable the company to master the technologies of storage, transportation, production and consumption of hydrogen. The centre's specialists will carry out research and development in this area, as well as coordinate with external research organisations.

Date: Wednesday, 04 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshydrogen-centre-established-at-russias-power-machines-8962377

China General Nuclear (CGN) said on 30 July that unit 1 of Taishan NPP in Guangdong province - the world's first operating EPR reactor -- had been taken offline to replace damaged fuel rods. An increase in radiation levels had been detected in the primary circuit at the unit on 14 June, but was within the parameters for safe operations. The increase was caused by damage to the cladding in a small number of fuel rods, which is normal during the production, transportation and loading of fuel, China's Ministry of Ecology & Environment (MEE) noted. It estimated that around five of more than 60,000 fuel rods in the Taishan 1 reactor core had been damaged, amounting to less than 0.01% of the total, far below the maximum design level of 0.25%.

Date: Wednesday, 04 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsunit-1-of-chinas-taishan-npp-taken-off-line-for-repair-8962394

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on 29 July issued its final environmental impact statement on an application by Interim Storage Partners to construct and operate a consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) for used nuclear fuel in Andrews County, Texas. After considering the environmental impacts of the proposed action, the NRC staff recommend granting the proposed licence.

Date: Wednesday, 04 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnrc-issues-final-environmental-impact-statement-on-texas-used-fuel-store-8962407

At the construction site of the Rooppur NPP in Bangladesh, the installation of the metal structures of the dome part of the inner containment shell (VZO) has been completed at unit 1, general contractor ASE (the engineering division of Rosatom) said on 2 August. Specialists of subcontractor Trest RosSEM carried out the operation to lift and install the last tier of the VZO dome, metal structures with a total weight of 230 tons, using a Liebherr heavy crawler crane with a lifting capacity of 1350 tons. Its installation completed work on the installation of metal structures of the VZO.

Date: Wednesday, 04 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdome-installed-at-rooppur-1-8962888

Unit 5 of the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in China's Liaoning province has completed commissioning tests and met the conditions for entering commercial operation, China General Nuclear (CGN) said on 1 August. The 1080MWe domestically-designed ACPR1000 pressurised water reactor completed the commissioning tests, including a test run lasting 168 hours on 31 July.

Date: Wednesday, 04 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschinas-hongyanhe-5-begins-commercial-operation-8962905

A high-ranking Egyptian delegation headed by the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Egypt, Mohammed Shaker, paid a working visit to one of the largest machine-building enterprises in Russia, JSC Tyazhmash on 30 July. The delegation also included: the Chairman of the Egyptian Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) Amged El-Wakil; NPPA Vice President Mohammed Ramadan; the Chairman of the Nuclear and Radiation Control Department of Egypt, Sami Atalla; Rosatom’s First Deputy General Director for Nuclear Energy and President of JSC ASE, Alexander Lokshin; the Deputy Head of the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision, Alexey Ferapontov, Samara Region Governor Dmitry Azarov; the General Director of Tyazhmash JSC Andrey Trifonov, as well as project teams of the Rosatom engineering division and NPPA.

Date: Wednesday, 04 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshigh-ranking-egyptian-nuclear-delegation-visits-russia-dispelling-rumours-of-tension-8963506