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There is approximately 550,000 cubic metres of rock remaining to be excavated at the Hanhikivi-1 nuclear power plant site. Courtesy Fennovoima. There is approximately 550,000 cubic metres of rock remaining to be excavated at the Hanhikivi-1 nuclear power plant site in northern Finland, with the goal of excavating to the final depth at the turn of the year, project company Fennovoima said.

Excavation work resumed at the site of the Russia-supplied unit earlier this year after a break of several years following revisions to the site boundaries.

The excavation, which will be used as a foundation pit for many of the plant buildings, is now 400 meters long and 300 meters wide, excavated almost in its entirety to a depth of two meters below sea level.

Russia’s Titan-2, the main contractor of the Hanhikivi-1 construction site, is responsible for the earthworks in the main pit. The subcontractor is Metrostav, a Czech company which worked on construction of the Helsinki metro.

Date: Saturday, 27 November 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/finland-hanhikivi-1-excavation-work-continues-following-revision-to-site-boundaries

PP, which won largest share of recent vote, says reactors are matter of national security Courtesy Lukas Plewnia/Flickr. The four political parties aiming to form a governing coalition and a cabinet in Bulgaria before the end of the year have set out their respective stances on nuclear energy, with the winning party in recent elections saying nuclear is a matter of national security.

On 14 November, Bulgarians voted in a general election which produced a fragmented parliament consisting of seven political parties spanning the full range of the political spectrum.

The election was won by the newcomer liberal centrist ‘Continuing the Change’ (PP in Bulgarian) party with 26% of the vote – not enough to form a majority. The party began negotiations to form a government with three other parties, including socialists, centrists, and liberal conservatives.

The PP said it is “definitely pro nuclear power” and “Bulgaria will never be left without nuclear power”, which is a matter of national security and not just an economic consideration.

Preliminary discussions on energy issues earlier this week were marked by the aim to reform Bulgarian energy policies in view of the European Union’s decarbonisation drive and define the role of nuclear power among other sources.

Date: Saturday, 27 November 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/country-will-never-be-left-without-nuclear-says-main-party-in-coalition-talks-11-5-2021

The UK's National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and Norwegian assurance and risk management provider DNV are partnering to explore the potential use of advanced nuclear technologies for the conversion of UK gas networks to hydrogen. The collaboration will enable both the nuclear and gas sectors to gain a deeper understanding of priorities and assess barriers and next steps on aspects including regulation, safety, siting and economics.

Date: Saturday, 27 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NNL-and-DNV-team-up-for-nuclear-derived-hydrogen-s

The premature shutdown of Diablo Canyon units 1 and 2 will "inflict grave harm to California's economy and environment," according to the American Nuclear Society (ANS). The closure of California's last remaining nuclear power plant will cause more grid instability and rolling blackouts for the state because Diablo Canyon reliably supplies about 10% of in-state power, it says. Former US energy secretaries Steven Chu and Ernest Moniz have also called for the decision to shut down the plant to be reassessed.

Date: Saturday, 27 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Calls-for-Diablo-Canyon-shut-down-to-be-reconsider

A year-long, CAD8.4 million (USD6.6 million) contract will see Canada's Candu Energy prepare the licensing basis for two new Candu pressurised heavy water reactors at Romania's Cernavoda nuclear power plant. The signing was celebrated by the governments of Romania and Canada, as well as the USA.

Date: Saturday, 27 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-contract-signed-for-Cernavoda-completion

US Holtec International and South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction (HDEC) announced that they have formalised an agreement for completion of the standard design of the SMR-160 plant and delivery of SMR-160 projects worldwide.

Date: Friday, 26 November 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsholtec-and-hyundai-to-co-operate-on-development-of-smr-160-9277766

As part of the research into lead-cooled reactors, the consortium that unites Ansaldo Nucleare and Reinvent Energy (Romania) has been awarded a contract worth around €20 million ($22.5m) for the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of the Athena experimental plant - a research facility for the development of lead-cooled reactors.

Date: Friday, 26 November 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsansaldo-nucleare-signs-contract-for-lead-cooled-reactor-9277875

Brazil’s fuel cycle company Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil (INB) said on 19 November that it would shortly launch the 9th cascade of centrifuges at its Uranium Isotopic Enrichment Plant, part of the Nuclear Fuel Factory (FCN) in Resende. INB said that, with the expansion, “it will reduce  its dependence on contracting isotopic enrichment service abroad for the production of fuel for national nuclear power plants”. 

Date: Friday, 26 November 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbrazils-inb-launches-new-centrifuge-cascade-9277802

Westinghouse Electric Company and Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom on 22 November signed a contract in Kiev outlining details of their agreement to bring Westinghouse AP1000 reactors to the Khmelnitskyi NPP.

Date: Friday, 26 November 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-signs-contract-with-ukraine-for-first-ap1000-9277721

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Rafael Mariano Grossi, in his opening statement to the IAEA Board of Governors on 24 November said: “Having returned yesterday from Tehran, I am ready to update you on the safeguards situation regarding Iran. I had extensive negotiations with senior Iranian officials to address Iran’s outstanding safeguards issues. As I will report, these negotiations proved inconclusive.”

Date: Friday, 26 November 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaeas-gross-says-talks-with-iran-inconclusive-9277785