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New research from industrial safety specialists Carroll Technologies Group has revealed that 1,807 deaths were caused by non-roadway collisions at US mining, construction and industrial facilities in the years 2011 to 2021.

Date: Thursday, 02 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscarroll-technologies-highlights-non-roadway-collision-deaths-10559968

Nuclear Industries of Brazil (Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil - INB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (Institute for Energy & Nuclear Research – IPEN to establish a collaborative research platform. The MOU will facilitate and expand research, development and innovation activities. The aim is to synergistically take advantage of the unique skills of both institutions in order to develop greater autonomy of the Brazilian nuclear sector.

Date: Thursday, 02 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbrazils-inb-and-ipen-strengthen-co-operation-on-nuclear-projects-10560626

The Volgodonsk branch of AEM-Technologies (part of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering division Atomenergomash) has assembled the reactor vessel (RPV) with internals that has been manufactured for unit 5 of India’s Kudankulam NPP.

Date: Thursday, 02 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrpv-test-assembly-completed-for-kudankulam-5-10560664

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is teaming up with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, SNC-Lavalin, and Aecon to a small modular reactor (SMR) at Canada’s Darlington New Nuclear Project site. Under the agreement, the four companies will provide a diverse range of expertise and services as part of an integrated project delivery model. The aim is to develop, engineer and construct GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300 SMR, for completion by late 2028.

Date: Thursday, 02 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscompanies-team-up-to-build-canadas-first-smr-10560780

Restart of unit 4 of Sweden’s Ringhals NPP, closed for repairs to its reactor pressure vessel (RPV), has been further delayed. The damaged reactor was expected to restart in February but this has now been postponed to 19 March. The 1300 MWe pressurised water reactor was stopped for annual routine maintenance in August, but was not able to restart after RPV was damaged during tests. Vattenfall had initially expected the repairs to be completed by November. However, the restart date was pushed back to January and then to 24 February.

Date: Thursday, 02 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrestart-of-ringhals-4-delayed-again-10561593

French start-up Renaissance Fusion, based in Grenoble and Houston, has raised $16.4m in funding in a seed round led by Lowercarbon Capital. Renaissance Fusion, founded in 2019 by Francesco Volpe and Martin Kupp, is working to develop a stellarator reactor. The company expects to be able to ship a small fusion reactor with a 1 GWe capacity in the 2030s. It does not plan to operate the plants directly but will sell its reactors to plant constructors and operators.

Date: Thursday, 02 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrenaissance-fusion-raises-funds-to-build-nuclear-fusion-technology-in-europe-10561736

Russia’s SFERA-Pro History site, which investigates significant and little-known events of Russia’s past, has now published a history of Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP). This includes details of a fire which caused extensive damage during its construction.

Date: Thursday, 02 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsthe-zaporizhia-npp-1984-fire-10561761

Plant reaches milestone on course for commercial operation File photo of construction in the reactor hall at Mochovce-3. Courtesy Slovenske Elektrarne. The Mochovce-3 nuclear power unit in southwest Slovakia was on Wednesday (2 February) connected to the national grid and is supplying electricity to local consumers for the first time, utility Slovenske Elektrarne said.

Slovenske Elektrarne said the VVER-440 pressurised water reactor unit had reached 20% of its design output levels before being connected to the grid.

On 13 January, the company received regulatory approval to begin startup procedures for Mochove-3. Power levels would be gradually increased to 100% of the nominal reactor output with testing continuing at various stages of the process.

Mochovce-3 has an installed capacity of 471 MW and is expected to meet about 13% of Slovakia’s electricity consumption, Slovenske Elektrarne said.

A significant portion of the startup process lies ahead with testing to continue at various stages between 35% and 100% of nominal power levels.

Date: Thursday, 02 February 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/mochovce-3-generates-first-power-after-successful-grid-connection-2-3-2023

What can be done to improve the process of getting approval for one reactor design in different countries? President and CEO of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Jay Wileman, explains the issues and the efforts being made to improve things.

Date: Thursday, 02 February 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GE-Hitachi-Nuclear-s-Jay-Wileman-and-seeking-great

Moltex Energy Limited subsidiary MoltexFLEX has received a research grant to work with researchers at the University of Manchester to investigate how its FLEX reactor's molten coolant salt interacts with graphite, enabling detailed characterisation work to be undertaken.

Date: Thursday, 02 February 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/MoltexFLEX-wins-grant-for-graphite-research