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The loading of fuel into the core of the Olkiluoto 3 has been delayed until June next year because of slow progress of the system tests and shortcomings in spare part deliveries, the Areva-Siemens consortium has informed Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO). Grid connection of the EPR is now scheduled for November, with the start of regular electricity production expected in March 2021.

Date: Friday, 20 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/System-tests-further-delay-Finnish-EPR-start-up

Hot functional tests began at unit 1 of the Belarus nuclear power plant at Ostrovets on 11 December, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom announced.

Date: Friday, 13 December 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshot-testing-begins-at-belarus-1-7551924

The roof of the Vogtle unit 3 shield building - a unique feature of the AP1000 reactor design for Vogtle 3 and 4 - has been set into place at the nuclear expansion project near Waynesboro, Georgia. Georgia Power has also held the first emergency preparedness drill for the new nuclear units.

Date: Friday, 13 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Roof-placed-over-first-Vogtle-unit

Akkuyu Nuclear, owner/operator of the Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkey by Russian nuclear state corporation Rosatom, on 9 December signed a connection agreement with Turkish Electricity Transmission Company (TEIAS) TEIAS. This will enable work to begin on a power distribution system for Akkuyu NPP, which will include six high-voltage transmission lines. Under the agreement, the power generated by Akkuyu NPP will be transmitted from the Akkuyu NPP switchgear via 400 kV power lines to six transformer substations that are part of Turkey's unified energy system. The total length of the high-voltage lines that will be built as part of the Akkuyu NPP power distribution scheme will exceed 1000 km.

Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsturkish-grid-operator-signs-transmission-agreement-for-akkuyu-npp-7549458

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom on 4 December completed installation of the core melt trap at unit 3 of India’s Kudankulam NPP. 

Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscore-melt-trap-installed-at-kudankulam-3-7549465

A new-generation core catcher has been installed at Kudankulam unit 3 which is currently under construction in India, Russia's AtomStroyExport (ASE) has announced.

Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kudankulam-3-core-catcher-installed

China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has announced the completion of cold functional tests at Karachi unit 2 in Pakistan. The two units under construction at the site are the first exports of the Hualong One reactor design.

Date: Friday, 06 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Cold-tests-completed-at-Karachi-2

A ceremony was held on 28 November to mark the installation of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) of the 1340MWe APR-1400 under construction as unit 5 of South Korea's Shin-Kori nuclear plant.

Date: Tuesday, 03 December 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsreactor-vessel-installed-at-shin-kori-5-7534634

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom on 28 November announced the start of the construction of a molten salt research reactor (JSR) at the Zheleznogorsk Mining and Chemical Combine (MCC).

Date: Tuesday, 03 December 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-to-develop-molten-salt-reactor-7534959