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The loading of all 241 fuel assemblies into the core of unit 1 at the Shin Hanul nuclear power plant in South Korea has been completed, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) announced. The unit - the first of two APR-1400 reactors at the site - is scheduled to enter commercial operation in mid-2022 following tests at various power levels to ensure that all systems operate safely as designed.

Date: Saturday, 16 October 2021
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Prague wants to build new nuclear plants to replace polluting coal facilities The tender for new units at the Dukovany site (pictured) could include the option of new reactors at Temelín. Courtesy ČEZ. The tender for new reactors at the Dukovany plant in the Czech Republic will include a non-binding option for more units at the Temelín plant, the Czech minister of trade and industry, Karel Havlicek, said in an interview with the Právo newspaper.

Mr Havlicek said the government could issue a tender to build another reactor at the Dukovany nuclear power station after the mid-October elections.

He added that if his populist ANO party wins the election “We will also start preparing for Temelín” He said including the possibility of new units at Temelín in the tender Is “a greater motivation for suppliers, and thus we are pushing even harder on the price”.

Czech state power company ČEZ has said it is planning to build one Generation III+ reactor at the Dukovany site, with a maximum installed capacity of 1,200 MW. However, the company filed for permission to build up to two new units. In 2014, ČEZ cancelled the tender for construction of two new Temelín units after it failed to get state guarantees for the project.

Date: Wednesday, 06 October 2021
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Ghana has shown long-standing interest in the civilian uses of nuclear energy. Image courtesy Elliot Brown/Flickr. Five nuclear reactor vendors have responded to a request for interest issued by Ghana to collaborate with the African country in its planned nuclear power programme.

Local press reports, quoting an environment ministry official, did not name any companies, but said the vendors are from the US, Russia, Canada and South Korea.

The official said Ghana is aiming to build and operate commercial nuclear power plants in an effort to ensure affordable energy for industrial development and to help it meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement.

The energy ministry said the country had exhausted its hydro base source of energy, hence the need to explore other clean options such as nuclear power.

Date: Wednesday, 06 October 2021
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Czech President Miloš Zeman on 27 September signed into law the Act on Measures for the Czech Republic's Transition to Low-Carbon Energy and on the Amendment of Act No 165/2000 Coll On Supported Energy Sources (known as Lex Dukovany). The law, allows a state-owned company to purchase electricity from new nuclear plants at a fixed rate for at least 30 years, with the possibility of extension. The power will be resold on the wholesale market and any profit or loss translated into an adjustment to power bills, although the government said it will set an upper limit on any extra cost.

Date: Friday, 01 October 2021
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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation’s (Enec’s) operating and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) has started operation of unit 2 of the Barakah NPP in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi Emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Date: Thursday, 16 September 2021
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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) announced on 27 August that its operating and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) had successfully started up unit 2 of the Barakah NPP in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi Emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Date: Wednesday, 01 September 2021
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Orano US said on 24 August that it had delivered its first TN-LC® transport cask to a delegation from Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), which operates 24 NPPs in South Korea and is diversifying its business into renewable energy and NPP decommissioning. The TN-LC final assembly and testing was conducted in Gunsan, South Korea at SeAH Besteel Nuclear Shop, Orano’s regional partner for the development of high-quality casks.

Date: Friday, 27 August 2021
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Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction has been contracted by China Techenergy Company (CTEC) to supply an Industrial Anti-seismic Protection System (IAPS) for units 7 and 8 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in Jiangsu province. Earlier this year, CTEC - a subsidiary of China General Nuclear - awarded the South Korean company a contract for the IAPS systems for units 3 and 4 at the Xudabao plant in Liaoning province.

Date: Thursday, 12 August 2021
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NuScale Power announced on 22 July that South Korea’s Samsung C&T Corporation has committed to make an equity investment in NuScale to support deployment of its small modular reactor (SMR).

Date: Tuesday, 27 July 2021
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