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Brazil and the USA have signed agreements on extending the operation and generating capacity of Angra unit 1 and on cooperation in new nuclear technologies. The agreements, between Westinghouse and Eletronuclear, and between the US Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and the Brazilian Association for the Development of Nuclear Activities (Abdan), were signed yesterday at the Brazil-US Energy Forum in Rio de Janeiro in the presence of Brazilian Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque and US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette.

Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Brazil,-USA-promote-cooperation-in-nuclear-energy

Russia’s floating NPP (FNPP), Akademik Lomonosov, now moored at Pevek in the Arctic northeast, has supplied 10GWh of electricity to the Chukotka network since it was connected to the local grid on 19 December, nuclear utility Rosenergoatom reported on 24 January.

Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-floating-nuclear-plant-supplies-10gwh-of-electricity-to-chukotka-7741808

Russia and China on 20 January signed the final acceptance protocol for the nuclear island of unit 3 of the Tianwan NPP, transferring ownership to the Chinese customer for permanent operation. The signing ceremony took place at the plant during the working visit of Alexey Likhachev, Director General of state nuclear corporation Rosatom. Likhachev noted that Tianwan units 3 and 4 had been put into commercial operation "in record time". The plant is "a vivid example of the highest skills of Russian and Chinese nuclear scientists, the best confirmation of the synergy of the personal and professional contribution of each employee", he said.

Date: Monday, 27 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstianwan-3-handed-over-to-china-as-russia-prepares-to-build-unit-7-7653751

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Russia-connects-floating-plant-to-grid

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Smolensk-unit-3-gets-licence-extension

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Zaporozhe-5-loaded-exclusively-with-Westinghouse-f

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Turkey-Point-licensed-for-80-years-of-operation

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

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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/leningrad-2-1-returns-to-service-after-first-preventive-maintenance-11-5-2019

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Framatome-implements-cavitation-peening-at-Millsto