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Italian state shipyard Fincantieri has been awarded an order, worth almost €100 million ($110m), for several high-profile systems, components and installations as part of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) project.

Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
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Ministers from the UK's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) visited Hinkley Point C (HPC) on 23 January to see progress at the new nuclear power plant. HPC, under construction in Somerset, England, will be the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK in almost 20 years and will provide about 7% of the country's electricity.

Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
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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
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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
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The Changjiang nucler station in southern China. China has begun construction of two new reactor units at the Changjiang nuclear station in the island province of Hainan off the country’s southeast coast, state media reported on Monday following a signing ceremony.

The China Nuclear Energy Association also confirmed the news, saying each unit will take around 60 months to complete.

The company in charge, the Huaneng Nuclear Development Corporation, has chosen China’s indigenous Generation III HPR1000 reactor technology, also known as the Hualong One, for the two units, the official China News Service reported.

Other press reports said the total investment for the two new units will reach 39.45 billion yuan ($5.64bn), and they are scheduled to begin commercial operation in 2025 and 2026.

Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019
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Leonam Guimaraes, president of Brazil's state nuclear power company Eletronuclear, told Reuters that Brazil plans to complete the delayed unit 3 at its Angra NPP in partnership with either China's National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), France's EDF or Russia state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019
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China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said first concrete had been poured on 16 October, marking the start of construction of the first unit at the Zhangzhou NPP in China's Fujian province. Construction licences, valid for 10 years, had been issued for the Hualong One (HPR1000) reactors at Zhangzhou 1 and 2 on 9 October. Previously, approvals had been given for Zhangzhou Phase I, comprising two AP1000 units with construction expected to start in May 2017.

Date: Wednesday, 23 October 2019
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Construction licences have been issued for units 1 and 2 of the Zhangzhou nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province. The units were originally planned to be based on Westinghouse's AP1000 design, but will now feature domestically-designed Hualong One reactors.

China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment issued the construction licences on 9 October to CNNC-Guodian Zhangzhou Energy Company, the owner of Zhangzhou nuclear power project which was created by China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) (51%) and China Guodian Corporation (49%) in 2011. The licences are valid for 10 years.

The ministry said the submitted application documents complied with relevant national laws and nuclear safety regulations. It said the design principles and nuclear safety related activities at the Zhangzhou plant "meet the basic requirements of China's nuclear safety regulations, and the construction conditions are already in place".

The ministry has organised and supervised inspections of the on-site preparation of the nuclear island of Zhangzhou unit 1. It said the pouring of first concrete can take place once proposed "rectification requirements" have been completed and approved by the regulator.

"At present, your company is implementing rectification as required," the ministry said. "At the same time, the first tank of concrete of unit 2's nuclear island foundation is set as the control point." Once on-site preparation work for that unit's foundation has been inspected and approved, first concrete pouring can proceed, it said.

In May 2014, the local government gave approval for Phase I of the Zhangzhou plant, comprising two AP1000 units. The National Nuclear Safety Administration gave approval in December 2015 for the AP1000 units and confirmed site selection in October 2016. Construction of Phase I had originally been expected to start in May 2017. However, CNNC subsequently decided to use the Hualong One design instead. Two more Hualong One are planned for Phase II of the plant and a further two proposed for Phase III.

In late-2016, Germany's KSB Group was awarded a contract for six reactor coolant pumps for Zhangzhou 1 and 2, to be delivered in 2020 and 2021. In mid-2017, China Nuclear Industry No24 Construction Company won the contract for the nuclear island civil engineering. In February 2019, CNNC subsidiary China National Nuclear Power released its environmental impact assessment for public comment.

Hualong One reactors are currently under construction at Fuqing and Fangchenggang. Fuqing 5 and 6 are expected to start up in 2019 and 2020, as are Fangchenggang 3 and 4. The Hualong One promoted on the international market is called the HPR1000, two of which are under construction at Karachi in Pakistan.

Researched and written by World Nuclear News

Date: Wednesday, 16 October 2019
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Hinkley Point C mock-up. Courtesy EDF. French state-controlled utility EDF has raised its estimate of the cost of completing the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station under construction in Somerset, southwest England.

EDF said in a statement that it had performed a review of the project’s progress and completion costs are now expected to be between £21.5bn (€24.3bn, $26.7bn) and £22.5bn, which means an increase of £1.9bn to £2.9bn compared to previous estimates.

“Cost increases reflect challenging ground conditions which made earthworks more expensive than anticipated, revised action plan targets and extra costs needed to implement the completed functional design, which has been adapted for a first-of-a-kind application in the UK context”, EDF said.

EDF Energy, the UK arm of EDF, is building two 1,600-MW EPR units at Hinkley Point C. Preparatory work onsite has been underway since a final agreement on the project was signed in September 2016 by EDF, China’s CGN and the UK government.

Date: Thursday, 26 September 2019
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The world's largest crane is ready to start work at the site of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power plant under construction in Somerset, England, EDF Energy has announced. Able to stand up to 250 metres high, 'Big Carl' can reach higher than the tallest tower at London’s Canary Wharf and can carry 5000 tonnes in a single lift, the company said.

Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2019
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