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Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, describes the significance of the recent start-up of the first nuclear power unit in the Arab world.

Date: Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/An-historic-moment-for-the-UAE

Alberta is to join three other Canadian provinces to support the development of small modular reactors, its premier Jason Kenney has announced. SMRs could provide energy for on and off-grid communities as well as steam to industry, including Alberta's oil sands, he said.

Date: Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Alberta-to-explore-SMR-development

Developing the Etango uranium project in Namibia as an 8 million tonnes per year (Mtpa) throughput operation as opposed to the 20 Mtpa envisaged in previous studies will cut upfront capital costs while maintaining project economics, according to a newly completed scoping study by Bannerman Resources.

Date: Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Bannerman-study-scopes-out-alternative-Etango-deve

Indian contractor Larsen & Toubro has completed on schedule the installation of the 'dry shield' for the reactor pressure vessel of unit 3 of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant under construction in in Tamil Nadu. Separately, Russia's Atommash has announced the start of manufacturing a set of steam generators for unit 5 at the same plant.

Date: Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kudankulam-unit-3-5-hit-construction-milestones

Unit 5 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China's Jiangsu province has been connected to the grid for the first time. The 1080 MWe domestically-designed ACPR1000 pressurised water reactor achieved the milestone at 19:52 local time on 8 August, China National Nuclear Corporation announced today.

Date: Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Tianwan-5-achieves-grid-connection

The Belarusian nuclear power station, where fuel loading has begun at Unit 1. Photo courtesy Rosatom. The first loading of nuclear fuel began on 7 August at the Belarusian-1 nuclear power plant near Ostrovets in western Belarus.

State news agency Belta quoted the ministry of energy’s press secretary, Olga Kozlovich, as saying 163 fuel assemblies will be loaded into the reactor, followed by turning on the main circulation pumps to heat the primary coolant of the plant to design parameters.

After that, the reactor will be brought to its minimum controlled power level so further tests can be carried out alongside a gradual increase in the power level.

Earlier this week Belarus’s nuclear regulator Gosatomnadzor told Belta it had approved fuel loading at Belarusian-1.

Date: Saturday, 08 August 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/fuel-loading-begins-at-country-s-first-nuclear-plant-8-5-2020

Construction at the Akkuyu nuclear power station site in Turkey. Photo courtesy Rosatom. The All-Russian Scientific Research And Design Institute Of Energy Technology (VNIPIET), a subsidiary of state nuclear corporation Rosatom and Tvel nuclear fuel company, has signed a contract to supply of refuelling machines for Units 1-4 of the Akkuyu nuclear power station in Turkey.

Rosatom said the contract was awarded by Titan 2 IC Ictas Insaat, a Turkish-Russian joint venture established for the construction of Akkuyu.

The contract will see VNIPIET develop technical documentation, and supply and install refuelling machines at each Akkuyu unit. Rosatom said the equipment will be manufactured in Russia.

Date: Saturday, 08 August 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/russia-to-supply-refuelling-machines-for-akkuyu-nuclear-station-8-5-2020

The French nuclear safety authority, Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN), has published the report of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Pre-Operational Safety Review Team (Pre-OSART) mission conducted last year at the Flamanville 3 EPR. The mission team identified eight good practices and made six recommendations and 15 suggestions.

Date: Saturday, 08 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-assesses-pre-operational-safety-at-Flamanvill

The restarts of three advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) units at EDF's Dungeness B and Hunterston B nuclear power plants in the UK have been postponed.

Date: Saturday, 08 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EDF-Energy-prolongs-outages-at-Dungeness-and-Hunte

Fuel loading began today at unit 1 of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom has announced. At 11:45am local time, the first fuel assembly was loaded into the reactor and a total of 163 assemblies will be loaded before the end of the month.

Date: Saturday, 08 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Fuel-loading-starts-at-Belarusian-NPP