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The floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov was today connected to the grid, generating electricity for the first time in the remote Chaun-Bilibino network in Pevek, in Russia’s Far East. The achievement followed Russian regulator Rostekhnadzor's provision of an operating licence, as well as permission to connect to the northern electricity grid maintained by Chukotenergo JSC. Connecting the plant to Pevek's heat networks will be completed next year.

Date: Friday, 20 December 2019
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Russian regulator Rostechnadzor has issued a 15-year operating licence extension for unit 3 of the Smolensk nuclear power plant, the last of three RBMK-1000 reactors at the site in western Russia. The move means the whole plant has permission to operate for a total of 45 years.

Date: Wednesday, 18 December 2019
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The core of unit 5 at the Zaporozhe nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been fully loaded with VVER-1000 fuel produced by Westinghouse, operator Energoatom announced yesterday. In July 2018, unit 3 of the South Ukraine plant became the first VVER-1000 reactor anywhere to operate with a full core of fuel not supplied by Russia.

Date: Friday, 13 December 2019
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved Florida Power & Light's (FPL) application for a 20-year subsequent licence extension for Turkey Point units 3 and 4, the first time the regulator has issued licences authorising reactors to operate for up to 80 years.

Date: Saturday, 07 December 2019
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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
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The Leningrad 2-1 nuclear power plant in western Russia has been reconnected to the grid and is operating at 100% capacity after a period of preventive maintenance, state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

The scheduled maintenance was the first since the Generation III+ VVER V-491 pressurised water reactor unit began commercial operation in October 2018.

Rosatom said work included assessments of various key components and the reactor core.

Pre-commissioning testing began recently at Leningrad 2-1’s sister unit, Leningrad 2-2, which is expected to be physically started up in March 2020.

Date: Saturday, 23 November 2019
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Framatome earlier this year applied its ultra-high pressure (UHP) cavitation peening process on reactor vessel primary nozzles at Dominion Energy's Millstone nuclear power plant in Waterford, Connecticut. This marked the first underwater application of this maintenance technique on reactor pressure vessel nozzles to primary pipe welds.

Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019
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French nuclear fuel company Orano on 22 October signed a €100 million ($111m) contract with EDF to supply services for the NPPs at Paluel (Seine Maritime), Civaux (Vienne) and Gravelines (Nord) until 2024, with an option of two additional years. In partnership with the companies Samsic and ARIS, Orano teams will be responsible for all industrial logistics to support operation of reactors on the Paluel and Civaux sites: radiation protection, waste management and conditioning, equipment management, etc. At the Gravelines NPP, Orano will work with ARIS to install and remove thermal insulators and scaffolding at four of the site's six reactors, during maintenance and nuclear fuel replacement phases. At peak times, services on the three sites will call on the skills of up to 350 employees from Orano DS, an Orano Group entity specialised in providing services to operational nuclear sites and those undergoing decommissioning. Samsic is a Brittany-based, family-owned group which started as a cleaning business and now offers a range of services dedicated to facility management and human resources with operations in  25 countries. ARIS is a family-run business located  near Le Havre, which operates in four key sectors - energy, civilian shipping, military shipping and the industrial sector.

Date: Friday, 25 October 2019
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) team concluded an 18-day mission to France’s Civaux NPP on 17 October. The team said plant operator EDF demonstrated a commitment to safety but encouraged the plant to continue its operational safety improvement initiatives. The plant comprises two 1450MWe units with pressurised water reactors that were connected to the grid between 1997 and 1999. The 12-member team comprised experts from Argentina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the USA, as well as two IAEA officials.

Date: Thursday, 24 October 2019
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French utility EDF has awarded a contract worth almost EUR100 million (USD111 million) to Orano to provide services to its Paluel, Civaux and Gravelines nuclear power plants. The contract runs until 2024, with an option for two additional years.

Date: Wednesday, 23 October 2019
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