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Plant set to become first of its type to go commercial Construction of the Fuqing-5 and -6 Hualong One nuclear power plants in southeastern China. Curtesy CNNC. Unit 5 at the Fuqing nuclear power station in Fujian province, southeastern China, has attained a sustained chain reaction, known as criticality, for the first time, China National Nuclear Corporation has announced.

Fuqing-5 is the first pilot project to use China's indigenous Generation III Hualong One technology, also known as HPR1000, and will be the first Hualong One to be commissioned.

CNNC said various commissioning tests will now be carried out at the 1,000-MW plant before it is connected to the electricity grid. Once connected, it will undergo tests at increasing power output levels before entering a full-power assessment period.

Fuqing-5, construction of which began in May 2015, is the first of two Hualong One units being built at the site. Construction of its sister unit, Fuqing-6, began in December 2015.

The Hualong One, or HPR1000, is a three-loop pressurised water reactor. It incorporates elements of CNNC’s ACP1000 and China General Nuclear’s ACPR1000+ reactor designs.

Date: Saturday, 24 October 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/indigenous-hualong-one-reactor-at-fuqing-5-reaches-first-criticality-10-5-2020

Commercial operation on schedule for 2021, says Rostom Leningrad 2-2 has been connected to the grid and is delivering electrical energy for the first time. Courtesy Rosatom. The Leningrad 2-2 nuclear power plant in Sosnovy Bor, western Russia, has been synchonised to the grid and has started to deliver electrical energy for the first time, state nuclear corporation Rosatom announced on Friday.

Rosatom said the gross power of the 1,085-MW Generation III+ pressurised water reactor, or VVER, has been increased to 240 MW, or 20%, with the turbogenerator synchronised with the east European electric power grid.

Power will now be increased in steps to 100% with tests and inspections carried out at each power level.

After the completion of this pilot operation phase, the plant will be stopped for inspection of equipment and inspection by nuclear regulator Rostechnadzor.

Date: Saturday, 24 October 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/leningrad-2-2-synchronised-to-grid-and-delivering-electrical-energy-10-5-2020

File photo of the Vogtle nuclear power station site earlier this year. Courtesy Georgia Power. Hot functional testing at the Vogtle-3 nuclear power plant under construction in the US state of Georgia could begin in January 2021 followed by fuel loading in April 2021 and commercial operation in the third quarter of 2021, Georgia Power said in a notice to the Georgia Public Service Commission.

Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear, the companies building the Vogtle-3 and -4 Generation III Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear plants, recently said schedules for pre-commissioning tests had been revised because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Georgia Power said it was aiming to begin hot functional testing in January, but this could start as late as the end of March 2021 and fuel load could occur as late as mid-year 2021. This would still to allow the site to meet the regulatory-approved in-service date for Unit 3 of November 2021. Cold functional testing was completed earlier this month.

Date: Saturday, 24 October 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/hot-functional-testing-for-unit-3-could-begin-in-january-10-5-2020

Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies (USNC-Tech) - a subsidiary of Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) - has developed a design concept as part of NASA-funded research into nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) systems for potential use in deep space travel. The concept uses a specialised variation of USNC's proprietary fully ceramic microencapsulated, tristructural isotropic fuel, developed for use in power reactors.

Date: Saturday, 24 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/USNC-Tech-develops-deep-space-propulsion-system

Poland will ask the European Commission to approve state aid for the construction of what will be the country's first nuclear power plants, Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski told reporters in Warsaw yesterday, according to Reuters. "It is impossible these days to build a nuclear power plant without state support," Naimski said.

Date: Saturday, 24 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Poland-to-seek-EU-state-aid-approval-for-nuclear-p

The lifting of economic sanctions against Iran remains an essential part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) and its signatories are committed to expanding the special purpose vehicle that enables European businesses to maintain trade with the country, according to the European Commission's foreign affairs spokesperson Peter Stano.

Date: Saturday, 24 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/European-Commission-reassures-Iran-of-commitment-t

Unit 2 of the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in Sosnovy Bor, in Western Russia, was connected to the national grid today for the first time. Following this trial operation, the unit will be shut down for an additional equipment inspection by a state commission, Rosatom said, before being put into commercial operation, which is scheduled for 2021. The new unit will replace Leningrad unit 2, which is an RBMK-1000 reactor.

Date: Saturday, 24 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Leningrad-II-unit-2-starts-grid-connected-trial-op

Georgia Power has completed cold hydro testing for unit 3 of the Vogtle nuclear plant, the first Westinghouse AP1000 to be built in the USA.

Date: Friday, 23 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgeorgia-power-completes-cold-hydro-testing-at-vogtle-3-8195050

Belgium’s Belgoprocess, which is responsible for the management of radioactive waste, on 19 October received a permit from the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (Fanc) allowing expansion of its site in Dessel with a new storage building. The company submitted a permit application to Fanc at the end of October 2019.

Date: Friday, 23 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsextension-approved-for-belgoprocess-radwaste-site-in-belgiums-8194986

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Organisation on 15 October signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Canadian government, which sets out terms for the transfer of Canadian-supplied nuclear material (tritium), and tritium-related equipment and technology.

Date: Friday, 23 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanada-returns-to-iter-8195013