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Vibrations detected during pre-operational testing at unit 3 of Georgia Power’s Vogtle NPP in the US are likely to further delay start-up of the unit. The vibrations, associated with some piping within the cooling were identified by Southern Nuclear Operating Company. Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co, is currently building Vogtle units 3 & 4, in Waynesboro Georgia. They will be the first new nuclear units built in the US in more than 30 years.

Date: Thursday, 19 January 2023
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US Georgia Power has announced that fuel load into the reactor core at unit 3 of the Vogtle NPP is underway, marking “a milestone toward start-up and commercial operation of the first new nuclear units to be built in the US in more than three decades”.

Date: Thursday, 20 October 2022
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Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) says it will have to delay to late 2023 the removal of melted nuclear fuel debris from the unit 2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP while adjustments are made to the robotic arms which will undertake the work. Tepco had initially planned to start the debris removal on a trial basis in 2021 but postponed it to 2022 in face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2022
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US Southern Company has reported second-quarter earnings of $1.1 billion in 2022 compared with $372 million in 2021. However, Southern increased the cost estimate for its Georgia Power utility’s share of the two nuclear reactors under construction at units 3 & 4 of the Vogtle plant in Georgia. The Vogtle reactors, already billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule, are the only new nuclear power units under construction in the USA.

Date: Thursday, 04 August 2022
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The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project says that the impact of COVID-19 means that its current schedule, of first plasma in 2025 and the start of deuterium-tritium operation in 2035, will need to be delayed, with the new timetable to be finalised and announced after the appointment of a new director general.

Date: Tuesday, 12 July 2022
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The Magnox reprocessing plant at the Sellafield site in Cumbria has reprocessed the final box of used fuel from the UK's fast reactor programme being stored in the plant's ponds. Meanwhile, preparations are being made for the demolition of the iconic Pile One chimney that dominated the landscape over Sellafield for decades.

Date: Saturday, 25 June 2022
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The US Department of Energy's (DOE) Frontier supercomputer system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been ranked as the fastest computer in the world, as well as becoming the first to break the exascale performance barrier.

Date: Wednesday, 15 June 2022
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Participants in a programme launched by the IAEA during the COVID-19 pandemic have agreed to step up joint efforts to fight the monkeypox and Lassa fever viruses using nuclear science.

Date: Friday, 10 June 2022
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Brasil’s nuclear utility Eletronuclear (part of state power company Eletribras) said in its 113-page annual report released on 27 May the planned completion of unit 3 at the Angra NPP and completion of the Complementary Used Fuel Dry Storage Unit (UAS) were the highlights of 2021. Work on Angra 3 should be resumed in 2022.

Date: Friday, 03 June 2022
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The Magnox reprocessing plant at Sellafield will end its operations in July, marking the completion of the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's (NDA) Magnox Operating Programme.

Date: Wednesday, 18 May 2022
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