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Work to finish the nuclear island at unit 2 of Russia’s Leningrad II nuclear power plant has begun, the plant said.

Date: Saturday, 04 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuclear-island-almost-complete-at-leningrad-ii-2-7854322

Updated plan says work at Unit 1 to begin in 2028 and Unit 2 in 2026 File photo of earlier spent fuel removal at Fukushima-Daiichi. The removal of spent fuel from the spent fuel pool at Unit 3 of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan should be completed by the end of March 2021, according to an updated decommissioning action plan.

According to the plan, which covers decommissioning work to be carried out by 2031, the removal of spent fuel at Unit 1 is scheduled to begin in fiscal 2028 and at Unit 2 in fiscal 2026.

The removal of the fuel debris is expected to begin sometime in fiscal 2021, beginning with Unit 2.

In January the government set a new goal of finishing the removal of the 4,741 spent fuel rods across all six of the station’s reactors by fiscal 2031, about five years later than originally planned.

Date: Saturday, 04 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/unit-3-spent-fuel-removal-scheduled-for-completion-in-2021-4-5-2020

A review of the management of treated water stored at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan has been carried out by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It says the two options under consideration for disposing of this water - discharge into the sea and via vapour release - are both technically feasible.

Date: Saturday, 04 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-supports-discharge-of-Fukushima-Daiichi-water

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government responses could disrupt or delay construction, testing, supervisory and support activities at the Vogtle 3 and 4 construction project, but it is too early to say what those effects will be, Southern Company has told the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Russia's Rosatom is looking into the possibility of returning part of the Russian personnel from overseas nuclear power plant construction sites.

Date: Saturday, 04 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/COVID-impact-on-construction-projects-not-yet-clea

Electricity generation is vital in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but scheduled refuelling and maintenance outages at nuclear power plants around the world must still go ahead. Operators are introducing risk-minimising procedures so outages that have been planned years in advance can proceed, while some are being prompted to rethink or extend scheduled outages.

Date: Saturday, 04 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Outage-management-adapts-to-COVID-19

A decree published by the government in France’s Official Journal on 25 March has postponed the deadline for the startup of unit 3 at France’s Flamanville nuclear power plant until 2024.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsflamanville-3-startup-pushed-back-to-2024-7853088

US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT) announced on 31 March that the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programme exercised contract options in Q1 2020 with BWXT’s subsidiary Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) totalling approximately $128 million for fuel manufacturing work in support of US nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. Work under this 12-month contract is expected to begin later this year.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwxt-subsidiary-wins-us-navy-contract-7853060

A long-scheduled repair and maintenance outage at Russia’s Balakovo 3 (a 950MWe VVER) ended on 31 March.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-balakovo-nuclear-plant-tests-remix-fuel-7853050

Lithuania’s Ignalina nuclear power plant, which has been closed for ten years and is undergoing decommissioning, on 28 March announced a tender to select a contractor for the construction of a storage facility for radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsignalina-announced-tender-for-waste-storage-7853175