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Ansaldo Nuclear has supplied a Fuel Handling Machine Control System (FHMCS) to Russia's Atommashexport to support the latest refuelling operation at the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China.

Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsansaldo-nuclear-supports-refuelling-at-chinas-tianwan-nuclear-plant-7784260

Framatome is partnering with General Atomics to study the use of silicon carbide in boiling water reactor channel boxes.

Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsframatome-and-general-atomics-join-forces-on-bwr-fuel-development-7784768

Recognition of all low-carbon sources should be part of Brussel’s upcoming industrial strategy The European nuclear industry will strive to fit into the European Union’s upcoming industrial strategy proving that it is capable of playing a part in the development of the bloc’s economy, according to Yves Desbazeille, director of Brussels-based industry group Foratom.

Mr Desbazeille told NucNet in an interview that it would be enough a recognition for the nuclear industry to be “simply” considered part of low-carbon energy sources by the European Commission in its industrial strategy and subsequent policy proposals.

“What we must absolutely avoid is to be explicitly excluded from these developments as was the case for the proposed Just Transition Fund”, he said.

Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-industry-has-part-to-play-in-development-of-eu-economy-says-foratom-boss-2-5-2020

Unit 3 of the Mochovce nuclear power station in Slovakia is approaching commissioning as national regulator has issued a draft decision on fuel loading, owner and operator Slovenské Elektrárne said in a statement.

Branislav Strýček, chief executive officer of Slovenské Elektrárne, said that fuel loading for the unit could begin in the summer of 2020 at the earliest or at the end of the year “in the worst-case scenario”.

Mr Strýček said the regulator’s draft decision was preceded by a series of technical tests and all authorities involved in the permit process will now have until 15 April 2020 to comment on the draft. The regulator ÚJD SR is then expected to issue a final decision to load fuel at Mochovce-3.

Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/mochovce-3-nears-commissioning-as-regulator-issues-draft-fuel-permit-owner-says-2-5-2020

Silicon carbide is a silicon-carbon compound. Images courtesy Wikipedia and Framatome. France’s Framatome and US-based General Atomics have started cooperation on studying the application of silicon carbide in nuclear fuel designs for boiling water reactors (BWR).

Framatome said that advanced nuclear fuel designs which use silicon carbide in the fuel channel can enhance the safety and fuel performance of nuclear power plants.

Under the cooperation agreement, Framatome and General Atomics will also test materials for fuel applications to help the removal of approximately 40% of the zirconium metal in BWR fuel designs, a statement said.

Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/framatome-to-cooperate-with-general-atomics-on-silicon-carbide-bwr-fuels-2-5-2020

Framatome and General Atomics (GA) are to collaborate on the development of accident-tolerant fuel channels fabricated from a silicon carbide composite rather than the current zirconium alloys. Advanced nuclear fuel designs using silicon carbide in the fuel channel, the say, will enhance safety and fuel performance.

Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GA-Framatome-team-up-on-fuel-channel-development

Southern Company remains confident of meeting the regulatory-approved in-service date of November 2021 for unit 3 of the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia, CEO Tom Fanning said during a presentation of its 2019 results. He noted the AP1000 unit could even be brought online as early as May next year, with unit 4 following a year later.

Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Early-start-up-of-Vogtle-units-possible-says-South

The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) have completed of a multi-year campaign to move used highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Canada to the USA.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrepatriation-of-used-fuel-completed-from-canada-to-usa-7782374

US-based Holtec International has completed the production and acceptance tests for 20 HI-Storm casks and one multi-purpose MPC-31 canister for used nuclear fuel from VVER-1000 reactors in Ukraine, state-owned nuclear operator Energoatom said.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsholtec-completes-acceptance-tests-for-casks-for-ukraine-7782375

UK-based civil engineering firm Bilfinger said on 17 February that it had won a €68m ($73.5m) contract from EDF for the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset.  

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuks-bilfinger-wins-hinkley-contract-7782227