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US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation has established a new facility in Salt Lake City to support the development of the company’s proprietary fully ceramic micro-encapsulated (FCM) fuel.

Materials developed at the new facility will be used in the company’s micro-modular reactor (MMR) and other nuclear reactors, including gas-cooled reactors, light water reactors, Candu reactors, and molten salt cooled reactors.

Salt Lake City was selected partly because the region is home to significant ceramics and materials expertise, central to the manufacturing of FCM fuel. The Salt Lake City Lab augments Ultra Safe’s materials development efforts at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and collaborations with the Chalk River Laboratories.

FCM is a next-generation Triso particle fuel design, replacing the 50-year-old graphite matrix of traditional Triso fuel with silicon carbide (SiC), a material used in tank armour that is extremely resistant to radiation and thermal damage. Triso, a shortened form of the term tristructural-isotropic, refers to a specific design of uranium nuclear reactor fuel.

Date: Friday, 04 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/ultra-safe-opens-salt-lake-city-facility-to-support-nuclear-fuel-development-9-4-2020

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) has established a new facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, to support the development of its proprietary Fully Ceramic Microencapsulated (FCM) fuel. Materials developed there will be used in USNC's Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) and other nuclear reactors, including gas-cooled reactors, light water reactors, CANDU reactors and molten salt cooled reactors.

Date: Thursday, 03 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/USNC-opens-SMR-fuel-development-laboratory

US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) said on 13 August that it had contracted with UK-based Howden to design a helium circulator for use in its Micro-Modular Reactor (MMR). Ultra Safe Nuclear is investing in the Howden submerged helium blowers to maximise heat transfer in the MMR's power plant.

Date: Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsultra-safe-nuclear-contracts-uks-howden-to-supply-helium-technology-8089541

Development follows cancellation of deal with China’s CGN Prime minister Ludovic Orban said the government is close to signing an agreement with undisclosed “Euro-Atlantic partners” to complete the third and fourth units at the Cernavodă (pictured). Romania is close to signing an agreement with undisclosed “Euro-Atlantic partners” to complete the third and fourth units at the Cernavodă nuclear power station, prime minister Ludovic Orban announced on July 23 as he visited the plant.

Romania will invest €8-9 bn to build the two new plants, which should be ready by 2030, Mr Orban said.

“As soon as possible, after we establish a team at government level to explore the best options, we will negotiate and sign agreements to start these fundamental investments for Romania,” local press reports quoted Mr Orban as saying.

Earlier this year state-controlled nuclear energy producer Nuclearelectrica terminated an agreement signed with China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) for the construction of Units 3 and 4.

Date: Saturday, 25 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-close-to-signing-agreement-on-new-cernavoda-units-says-pm-7-5-2020

Romania plans to create a Strategic Coordination Committee for the project to build units 3 and 4 at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant, according to a notice in the government’s official gazette on 14 July. The notice followed another published the same day, stating that the prime minister's 2018 decision to establish a working group for the negotiation of a draft intergovernmental agreement between Romania and China for the project had been abrogated.

Date: Friday, 17 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Romania-restarts-approach-to-new-Cernavoda-units

The 5-MW MMR plant is undergoing environmental assessment The MMR will serve as a model for potential future microreactor projects across Canada. Image courtesy GFP. Three Canadian companies have formed a joint venture – the Global First Power Limited Partnership – which will build, own, and operate the proposed micro modular reactor (MMR) project at the Chalk River Laboratories site in Ontario.

The three companies are Global First Power (GFP), Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG). The joint venture is owned equally by OPG and USNC-Power, the Canadian subsidiary of USNC, and is based on a project which was initiated in 2019 by GFP.

GFP, based in Ottawa, will oversee the proposed MMR project and provide project development, licensing, construction and operation of a planned commercial demonstration reactor at Chalk River.

The project will serve as a model for potential future microreactor projects across Canada. The aim is to build reactors that can provide sustainable low-carbon power and heat to industries such as mining and remote communities.

Date: Friday, 12 June 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/canadian-companies-form-jv-to-build-and-own-chalk-river-plant-6-4-2020

The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) have completed of a multi-year campaign to move used highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Canada to the USA.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrepatriation-of-used-fuel-completed-from-canada-to-usa-7782374

A campaign to move used highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel from Canada to the USA, which began in 2015, has been completed a year ahead of schedule, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) have announced.

Date: Friday, 14 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canada,-USA-complete-used-fuel-return

The work will extend the plant’s operational lifetime by four years The Cernavodă nuclear power station. Candu Energy, a member of Canada’s SNC-Lavalin Group, has won a $10.8m contract from Romania’s state-owned nuclear company Nuclearelectrica for engineering analyses and assessments on Unit 1 of the Cernavodă nuclear power station with the objective of extending its operational lifetime by four years.

Candu Energy said the contract is focused on the fuel channel and feeders assemblies with the objective of extending the operating life of the 650-MW Candu 6 plant by up to 245,000 effective full power hours (EFPH) from the original design life of 210,000 EFPH.

The extension will enable the plant to continue operating until it is ready for refurbishment in 2026.

Candu Energy said nuclear power plant refurbishments are large and complex undertakings which require an in-depth assessment of the condition of plant systems and equipment. In October 2019, Nuclearelectrica awarded SNC-Lavalin and its partner Ansaldo Nucleare the condition assessment work, which will determine the scope of repair and replacement of other equipment as part of the Cernavodă -1 refurbishment outage.

Date: Thursday, 23 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/candu-energy-wins-usd10-8m-cernavoda-contract-1-3-2020

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has been selected as a subcontractor by Atkins Energy Germany, a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin, to participate in the decommissioning of RWE’s prototype boiling water reactor in Lingen, Germany.

Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscnl-to-assist-in-decommissioning-germanys-lingen-reactor-7609510