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In a wide-ranging interview with EnergoBusiness magazine on 10 January, to mark 25 years since the establishment of Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom, the director of Energoatom, Petr Kotin, said that this winter Ukraine will have all 15 of its nuclear units in operation for the first time since the 1980s.

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsenergoatoms-kotin-shares-his-vision-for-ukraines-nuclear-future-9414515

New venture is focused on GEH’s BWRX-300 reactor technology PKN Orlen and Synthos Green Energy have signed an agreement establishing a joint venture that aims to commercialise microreactor and small modular reactor technologies in Poland, in particular GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s (GEH) BWRX-300.

PKN Orlen, a state-controlled fuels and energy company, said in a statement that the new venture will be called Orlen Synthos Green Energy. Synthos is a chemicals company and part of the largest private industrial group in Poland.

GEH and Synthos announced in October 2019 an agreement to collaborate on potential deployment applications for the BWRX-300 SMR in Poland. 

Synthos has said it is interested in nuclear power for obtaining affordable, on-demand, carbon-free electricity.

The agreement covers a number of areas of reactor development and deployment, including financing, site selection and the production of energy and heat for the companies’ own needs and for municipal and commercial customers.

Date: Wednesday, 08 December 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/companies-create-jv-to-commercialise-and-deploy-microreactors-and-smrs-12-2-2021

Nuclear technologies have a vital contribution to make in achieving net-zero but nuclear companies are working at the same time to address their own greenhouse gas emissions. Panellists at a World Nuclear Association Strategic eForum, Committing to Net Zero, this week discussed corporate emissions pledges and what nuclear technologies can offer as COP26 draws near.

Date: Saturday, 30 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Companies-outline-net-zero-actions-ahead-of-COP26

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on 13 July it was leading an effort, working with the Department of Energy (DOE), to advance space nuclear technologies. The government team has selected three reactor design concept proposals for a nuclear thermal propulsion system. The reactor is a critical component of a nuclear thermal engine, which would utilise high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnasa-announces-funding-for-nuclear-thermal-propulsion-reactor-8898302

Plants could be used for missions to Mars A NASA illustration of a conceptual spacecraft using nuclear thermal propulsion. Courtesy NASA. NASA has selected three teams of companies to perform concept studies of nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) reactors while making plans to fund similar studies for nuclear surface power systems.

Each contract is worth approximately $5m and will last one year.

One contract will go to BWX Technologies, working with Lockheed Martin. A second contract will go to General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, working with X-energy and Aerojet Rocketdyne. The third will go to Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies, working with its parent company, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, as well as Blue Origin, General Electric Hitachi Nuclear Energy, General Electric Research, Framatome and Materion.

All three studies are focused on developing a design for a reactor that would be part of a future NTP system. That reactor would heat up a propellant such as liquid hydrogen, generating thrust at far higher efficiencies than conventional propulsion systems and enabling shorter transit times for missions to Mars.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nasa-announces-funding-for-three-thermal-propulsion-reactors-7-4-2021

US Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said unit 2 of its Browns Ferry NPP in Alabama had resumed operation on 22 April, following the completion of a scheduled maintenance and refuelling outage. This included the largest scope of turbine deck work since original construction, with large-scale replacements of major components on all three low-pressure turbines, including new rotors, inner casings, steam piping and bellows and turbine supervisory instruments. This will enable the unit to generate an additional 7MWe. 

Date: Friday, 30 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-browns-ferry-2-resumes-operation-8708793

Atomenergomash (Rosatom’s engineering division) began acceptance of turbine room equipment for the first unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey.

Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-takes-delivery-from-ge-of-turbine-for-akkuyu-1-8453212

GE Steam Power has delivered the first Arabelle steam turbine module for the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey. Manufactured at its factory in Belfort, France, the turbine module is the first equipment delivered by GE for the project and was delivered four months ahead of schedule.

Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-turbine-module-delivered-for-Akkuyu-plant

Kharkov-based Turboatom has already manufactured the main part of the turbine unit for the VVER-1000 at unit 3 of Ukraine’s Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant (KhNPP), Energoatom said on 1 December.

Date: Friday, 04 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsturboatom-manufactures-main-part-of-the-turbine-for-khmelnitsky-3-8391545

Bulgaria is to start talks with the United States on nuclear technology, but construction of Russian-designed reactors at the Belene nuclear power plant is still expected to go ahead.

Date: Friday, 16 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbulgaria-to-start-talks-with-us-on-nuclear-technology-8182192