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Armenia has asked Russia to extend a $270m loan agreement for the modernisation of the Armenian-2 VVER V-270 nuclear power plant near Metsamor in the west of the country.

Russia’s state-backed news agency Tass said Russia’s finance ministry has already approved an extension of the loan, originally taken out in 2016, and the question will now be discussed “at the next government meeting”.

 

Date: Sunday, 15 December 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/country-seeks-usd270m-russia-loan-for-metsamor-modernisation-reports-say-12-6-2019

Canada-based L3Harris Technologies has been selected by Romania’s Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica (SNN) to upgrade the Cernavoda NPP operator training simulator. L3Harris will modernise the simulator’s ageing hardware and improve its software performance and maintainability. The upgraded facility is expected to be in service in the third quarter of 2021.

Date: Saturday, 07 December 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsupgrade-for-cernavoda-simulator-7543976

Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear power plant has invited US-based Westinghouse Electric Company to upgrade its Ovation information and control system for an estimated BGN63.5 million ($35.9m).

Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbulgarias-kozloduy-invites-westinghouse-to-upgrade-ic-systems-7527304

Unit 1 of the Kalinin nuclear power station about 200 km northwest of Moscow in Tver Oblast has been shut down for nine months for a large-scale modernisation of key systems.

Kalinin’s chief engineer, Alexander Dorofeev, said the work is directly related to improving the safety and stability of the 950-MW VVER unit, which began commercial operation in June 1985.

The plant has been cleared by nuclear regulator Rostekhnadzor to operate until 2025, but the modernisation could see that being extended to 2044.

There are four 1,000-MW units of the VVER type in commercial operation at Kalinin. Kalinin-2 began commercial operation in 1987 and Kalinin-3 and -4 in 2005 and 2012.

Date: Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/kalinin-1-shuts-down-for-nine-month-modernisation-11-1-2019

The first of 6,240 fuel bundles have been loaded into unit 2 at Ontario Power Generation's (OPG’s) Darlington NPP, the company said on 12 November. Darlington 2 is the first of the site's four Candu reactors to undergo refurbishment as part of a CAD12.8 billion ($9 billion) project scheduled for completion in 2026. OPG reported net income attributable to the shareholder of $319 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared with $279 million for the same quarter of 2018. Ken Hartwick, OPG President and CEO said: "Our strong financial results for the quarter once again demonstrate the high quality performance across our fleet. Within our nuclear fleet, we have seen unprecedented levels of uninterrupted generation, continuing to provide the people of Ontario with clean, reliable energy every day."

Date: Friday, 15 November 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdarlington-refurbishment-remains-on-track-7508072

Unit 2 of Russia’s Kola NPP was shut down on 12 November to undergo the final phase of a large-scale modernisation programme to extend its life to 2034. Kola NPP is a branch of nuclear utility Rosenergoatom   (part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom). The station is located 200 km south of Murmansk on the shores of Lake Imandra in the Arctic circle and comprises four VVER-440 units which began operation in 1973, 1974, 1981 and 1984. Their 30-year design life has already been extended by 15 years, with additional 15 year extensions for units 1 and 2.

Date: Friday, 15 November 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-kola-2-in-final-stages-of-second-life-extension-7508083

Fuel loading has begun at Darlington 2, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has announced. The refurbishment of Darlington 3 is now expected to start in the second quarter of 2020 as the company applies lessons learned during the refurbishment of unit 2.

Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Fuel-loading-begins-at-Darlington-2

Framatome has completed the first of 12 low-pressure feedwater heater replacements at Arizona Public Service's Palo Verde nuclear power plant as part of a seven-year campaign to replace all the feedwater heaters at the three-unit plant.

Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Feedwater-heater-replaced-at-Palo-Verde