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The first outage of the 1600 MWe EPR at unit 3 of Finland’s Olkiluoto NPP (OL3) will now be extended until 28 April. Initially the outage was supposed to end on 8 April, but owner operator Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) extended it first to 15 April, then to 20 April. TVO initially said the shutdown of the unit and preparation for the fuel unloading had taken more time than planned. TVO then said more time than was planned is needed for the plant unit’s fuel inspections. TVO now says the reason for the additional eight days is “the new faults found during the outage and technical problems with inspection equipment”.

Date: Thursday, 18 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsolkiluoto-3-outage-extended-again-11688862

Artificial intelligence (AI) will help reduce the design time of a NPP from five years to several months, according to Ekaterina Solntseva, Director for Digitalization at Rosatom. She told the Open Innovations 2024 forum: "The design of an NPP now takes approximately five years. Our task is to reduce it with the help of AI to several months. When can this be done? We believe that this is unlikely to be possible until 2030. But the 2030-2040 decade will be the period when, I believe, this will be achieved."

Date: Thursday, 18 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-aims-to-accelerate-nuclear-power-plant-design-using-ai-11688870

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) hosted the Korea-Czech Republic Nuclear Power R&D Cooperation Symposium at the Marriott Hotel in Prague. The symposium was organised as part of international energy research activities supported by the Korean and Czech ministries of trade, industry, and energy to cooperate with the aim of winning a new nuclear power plant project in the Czech Republic. It was attended by more than 40 leading figures and experts in the nuclear energy field from both countries.

Date: Thursday, 18 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskhnp-hosts-successful-korea-czech-nuclear-symposium-in-prague-11688875

Brazilian nuclear utility Eletronuclear (part of state-owned power company Eletrobras) has taken issue with a report from the Court of Auditors of the Union (TCU - Tribunal de Contas da União) which indicated an increase in the energy tariff would follow the eventual entry into operation of unit 3 of the Angra NPP. Eletronuclear said that the data cited in the report were preliminary.

Date: Thursday, 18 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscompletion-of-brazils-angra-3-still-under-discussion-11688877

The Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has closed its Open Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) reactor at the Lucas Heights nuclear medicine precinct to undergo necessary upgrades and maintenance. OPAL is a state-of-the-art 20 MWt multi-purpose reactor that uses low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. The $300m OPAL reactor, supplied by Argentina’s INVAP, was opened in 2007 with an estimated design life of 60 years.

Date: Thursday, 18 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsanstos-opal-reactor-closed-for-upgrades-11688878

Tokyo Electric Power Holdings (Tepco) plans to excavate a massive slope near the used fuel pool at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP to avert the danger of a landslide, according to Asahi Shimbun. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has requested Tepco to deal with the 24-metre-high slope comprising soft ground would present a risk in the event of an earthquake.

Date: Thursday, 18 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstepco-to-excavate-major-slope-near-fukushima-daiichis-used-fuel-pool-11688881

Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) says it is developing digital twin technology to monitor and control South Korea’s 26 nuclear power units more effectively. A digital model of a physical system will allow its central R&D centre in Daejeon to remotely check the units at all five NPPs – Kori, Wolsong, Hanbit, Hanul and Saeul – and react immediately to unexpected situations.

Date: Thursday, 18 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskhnp-looks-to-digital-twin-technology-for-nuclear-plant-operations-11691439

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $59m in funding for 25 US colleges and universities, two national laboratories, and one industry organisation to support nuclear energy research and development and provide access to world-class research facilities. DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy says, with these awards, it has surpassed $1bn in total funding to US colleges and universities since 2009.

Date: Thursday, 18 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdoe-announces-more-funding-for-nuclear-energy-research-and-development-11691568

Workers at Ukraine’s Khmelnitsky NPP have poured a symbolic cubic metre of concrete for two new reactors which are planned to use US Westinghouse technology and fuel. “Today we are talking about the future, we are talking about stability, we are talking about the development of nuclear energy,” said Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko. He added that the plans for Khmelnitsky were Ukraine’s most significant modernisation project since World War II. Also attending the ceremony were Petro Kotin, head of Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom; US Ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink; and Westinghouse CEO Patrick Fragman.

Date: Thursday, 18 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsukraine-begins-construction-of-new-units-at-khmelnitsky-npp-11690350

The Norwegian municipality of Heim in Trøndelag county, Norway, has begun regulatory work to establish a zone for the construction of a NPP and cancellation of previous plans for the zone. "The regulatory plan will lay the foundation for the establishment of nuclear power plants, preferably in the form of small modular reactors (SMRs)," the Heim municipality said.

Date: Thursday, 18 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnorwegian-town-begins-regulatory-zoning-work-for-new-npp-11689055