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File photo of construction at the Hongyanhe pase two nucler station. Courtesy SNPTC. The four-unit Hongyanhe nuclear power station in northeast China generated a record of 30.8 TWh of electricity in 2019, local press reports said.

The reports, which quoted plant operator Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Company, said this was an 8.82% increase on the 2018 figure.

China’s 48 operational reactor generated about 295 TWh of electricity a year, representing a share of total electricity production of about 4.3%.

Hongyanhe has four 1,061-MW CPR-1000 units that began commercial operation between June 2013 and June 2016. The CPR-1000 is a Generation II unit developed in China based on Areva’s (now Orano) 900-MW three-loop design.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/hongyanhe-nuclear-station-sets-generation-record-1-5-2020

Concerns over safety in event of eruption at nearby Mount Aso The Ikata nuclear power station in southwest Japan. The Hiroshima High Court on Friday revoked a lower court decision and ordered Shikoku Electric Power Company to suspend operation of the Ikata-3 nuclear power unit in Ehime Prefecture, southwest Japan, because the company’s preparations for a potential eruption of a nearby volcano, Mount Aso, are inadequate.

The utility had claimed the reactor is safe to run because operators would have enough advance warning of an eruption to take safety measures.

The ruling marks the second time the high court has ordered a halt of Ikata-3.

The reactor had been shut for regular maintenance work since late December and was scheduled to restart within a couple of months, but now must remain offline pending an appeal.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/high-court-orders-shikoku-electric-to-halt-operation-of-ikata-3-1-5-2020

The Pickering nuclear power station in Ontario, Canada. Photo courtesy OPG. Canada’s nuclear regulator CNSC said it has not received an application from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to operate four out of six reactor units at the Pickering nuclear power station beyond their scheduled shutdown date of 31 December 2024.

The regulator was responding to press reports this week which quoted the office of Ontario’s energy minister as saying OPG plans to extend the facility’s life beyond 2024.

“[Ontario Power Generation’s] proposal does include operating four of the six units one year past 2024,” a representative for energy minister Greg Rickford said in an email, according to BNN Bloomberg.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/canada-s-regulator-says-it-has-not-received-lifetime-extension-application-1-5-2020

The Hiroshima High Court today imposed a temporary injunction on the operation of unit 3 of the Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime Prefecture, currently in a maintenance outage. Operator Shikoku Electric Power Company said it will appeal the decision, the second injunction to be imposed on the unit since it was restarted in 2016.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Second-injunction-keeps-Ikata-reactor-offline

Austria failed to dent the Visegrád Group (V4) of countries' enthusiasm for nuclear power as a solution to climate change during their meeting in Prague yesterday. This was evident during a press conference held after the V4 and Austria summit by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak prime ministers, Andrej Babiš, Viktor Orbán, Mateusz Morawiecki and Peter Pellegrini, respectively.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Austria-fails-to-turn-neighbours-against-nuclear-p

Germany’s GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service (GNS) has been awarded a contract by Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) for the development of containers for the transport and interim storage of intermediate and low-level radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgns-wins-contract-from-taiwan-for-containers-7601390

The European Commission (EC) has agreed to sustainable investments of €1000bn ($1100bn) for the next decade through the European Green Deal Investment Plan (EGDIP) as part of its Green Deal.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseu-green-deal-ignores-the-role-of-nuclear-7601401

New-build projects are making progress, but governments are still struggling with finding the right financing package for large reactors The delayed Flamanville-3 is one of three EPR units under construction in Europe. The others are at Olkiluoto in Finland and Hinkley Point in the UK. Photo courtesy EDF. Western Europe

The UK is facing a major challenge to replace its aging fleet of Generation I nuclear power plants, many of which are scheduled to shut down in 2023.

The project by French state utility EDF to build two Generation III EPR units at Hinkley Point C in Somerset is on track for connection to the grid by 2025. Once in commercial operation the two units will provide up to 7% of the total electricity demand. Two similar units are planned for the Sizewell site in Suffolk.

However, press reports have suggested EDF is in “a race against time” to secure a funding deal for Sizewell C as delays risk making the project prohibitively expensive.

According to The Times newspaper EDF has hired Rothschild as financial adviser for the project and says it wants a “definitive way forward” from the government this year so it can start construction in 2022.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/what-lies-in-store-in-2020-1-4-2020

The Ikata nuclear power station in Japan. Spent mixed oxide (MOX) fuel has been removed from a reactor at a nuclear power plant in southwest Japan in the first such operation in the country, the plant operator said.

Shikoku Electric Power Company said it removed one of the 16 MOX fuel rods from the Ikata-3 in Ehime Prefecture at 11:57 local timeon Monday as part of maintenance work.

MOX fuel is made of plutonium and uranium extracted while reprocessing spent fuel and is a key component of Japan’s nuclear fuel recycling programme. Using such fuel is also important for the country to reduce its stockpile of plutonium, which can be used to make nuclear weapons.

MOX is widely used in Europe and in Japan. About bout 40 reactors in Europe are licensed to use MOX and over 30 are doing so. In Japan about 10 reactors are licensed to use it.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/first-mox-fuel-removed-from-ikata-3-reactor-1-4-2020

Spanish manufacturer Equipos Nucleares SA (ENSA) has shipped two replacement steam generators to France, completing an order received at the end of 2012 from Framatome for three such components for use in 900 MWe-class pressurised water reactors. It was not disclosed at which plant the steam generators are to be installed.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ENSA-ships-steam-generators-to-France