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All four hydraulic tanks of the emergency core cooling system (ECCS) have been installed in the design position at unit 2 of Russia’s Kursk-II NPP two months ahead of schedule, according to Rosatom. They form the first of three stages of the ECCS. In case of a loss of coolant, the hydraulic tanks of each stage are sequentially activated as part of the passive safety system.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsemergency-core-cooling-system-installation-begins-at-kursk-ii-unit-2-9817578

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Aspects of Long-Term Operation (Salto) team of experts has completed a review of long-term operational safety at the Laguna Verde NPP in Mexico. The Salto follow-up review mission was requested by plant operator Comisión Federal de Electricidad of Mexico (CFE).

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslto-safety-review-completed-at-mexicos-laguna-verde-npp-9817596

Indications of damaged fuel have been detected at unit 1 of Finland’s Olkiluoto NPP (OL1), as a result of which the power level of the plant unit will be reduced to 65% on 7 July, according to plant operator Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO).

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdamaged-fuel-to-be-removed-from-olkiluoto-1-9817604

Installation of the metal structures of the inner containment (VZO) dome in the reactor building of unit 2 at the Rooppur NPP under construction in Bangladesh has been completed, Rosatom has said. Installing the upper part of the dome weighing 194 tons and with a diameter of 35.7 metres brought the height of the structure to 60.5 metres.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsinner-containment-dome-installed-at-unit-2-of-rooppur-npp-9818562

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has said that its BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) has been selected by Canada’s SaskPower for potential deployment in the mid-2030s. GEH President & CEO Jay Wileman said the BWRX-300 “is the ideal SMR technology solution for SaskPower”. He added: “There is the potential for great synergy between the work we plan to do with SaskPower and the ongoing work with Ontario Power Generation (OPG). OPG is expected to submit a construction licence application this year, a major step toward the deployment of the first BWRX-300.”

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwrx-300-smr-to-be-deployed-in-saskatchewan-9818835

South Korea's Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, Lee Chang-yang, during a three-day visit to the Czech Republic, sought to promote Korea’s nuclear expertise hoping to win a new NPP project, his office said. South Korea is bidding for the project to build an additional reactor at the Dukovany NPP. During a meeting with his Czech counterpart, Jozef Sikela. Lee stressed the advanced nuclear power technologies and management prowess South Korea had proved in constructing four units at the Barakah NPP in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after it won the contract in 2009.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssouth-korea-pushes-for-nuclear-exports-9818948

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again lost the remote connection to its safeguards surveillance systems installed at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant (ZNPP), further underlining the need for the IAEA to go there very soon, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 29 June.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-loses-safeguards-connections-with-zaporizhzhya-npp-and-chernobyl-9819101

France’s Orano has signed a major contract with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) worth €250 million ($261m) for the transport and the treatment in France of 731 used fuel assemblies from the Fugen reactor in Japan. This follows an Exchange of Notes on 15 June between the French and Japanese governments authorising and framing these transport and treatment operations.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsorano-contracted-to-treat-used-fuel-from-japans-fugen-reactor-9817564

A key component of the additional (passive) safety system - the melt localisation device (melt trap) – has been installed at unit 3 the Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkey, according to Rosatom. It was unloaded at the Vostochny cargo terminal and transported to the construction site before being installed in the design position in the reactor shaft. The height of the body of the trap is 6.14 metres and the diameter is 5.83 metres. The melt trap is a container in the form of a steel cone weighing 144 tons, which, in the event of an emergency, holds fragments of the melted core. During NPP operation, it is filled with special materials, upon interaction with which the core melt loses some of the accumulated heat. The chemical processes arising from this interaction make it possible to retain and cool the melt. The device was manufactured at the Russia’s Tyazhmash plant, which specialises in the production of such equipment.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrapid-development-at-turkeys-akkuyu-npp-9817560

The first concrete was poured for unit 3 of the Sanmen nuclear power plant on June 28 in East China's Zhejiang province, marking the start of the plant's second phase project. China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said. This signalled the official start of construction of the first of two CAP1000 pressurised water reactors which will comprise Phase II. The ceremony was attended by provincial officials and representatives from CNNC, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the National Energy Administration and the National Nuclear Safety Administration.

Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscnnc-begins-construction-of-sanmen-npp-phase-ii-9815902