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Holtec International on 4 May said the first multi-purpose canister containing fuel had been loaded into a HI-STORM FW module and placed into the new on-site used fuel dry storage facility at Brazil's Angra NPP. The Angra plant comprises two different reactor units. Angra 1 is a Westinghouse-designed 609 MWe pressurised water reactor, while Angra 2 is a Siemens-designed 1275 MWe PWR. The used fuel storage pools at both units are approaching full capacity.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbrazilian-dry-storage-facility-begins-operation-8725959

The first multi-purpose canister containing fuel has been loaded into a HI-STORM FW module and placed into the new on-site used fuel dry storage facility at Brazil's Angra nuclear power plant, Holtec International announced. This marks the official start of the storage facility's planned 50 years of operation as well as the first use of Holtec's HI-TRAN 300 single-failure proof vertical heavy load hauler.

Date: Thursday, 06 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-fuel-loaded-into-Brazilian-dry-storage-facil

Operator Entergy says shutdown will end ‘remarkable recent operating history’ The last unit at the Indian Point nuclear station is scheduled to shut down on 30 April. The last of three nuclear power reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power station in New York is scheduled for closure on Friday, after a years-long battle over its fate and despite warnings that shuttering the plant could increase the state’s short-term reliance on fossil fuels and increase emissions.

There are three pressurised water reactor units at Indian Point. Indian Point-2 was permanently shut down in April 2020. Indian Point-1, a smaller PWR that began operation in 1962, was taken offline in 1974 because the emergency core cooling system did not meet regulatory requirements.

The shutdowns of Units 2 and 3 are the result of an agreement between Entergy, the facility’s operator, the state of New York, and environmental groups who had pressured officials to close the station. Entergy said one factor in the closure was sustained low current and projected wholesale energy prices that reduced revenues.

Unit 2 began commercial operation in 1974 and Unit 3 in 1976.

In February, the Climate Action lobby group said that despite 2,753 GWh of reduced energy demand during the Covid-19 pandemic, New York state generated significantly more electricity, 5,068 GWh, from fossil fuels in 2020 than in 2019 because of lost nuclear power.

Date: Saturday, 01 May 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/unit-3-set-for-closure-despite-warnings-on-emissions-4-5-2021

Nuclear energy is "a key pillar" of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y Léon said today during the launch of Rosatom's Atoms for Humanity initiative. However, she said the benefits to society of nuclear science and technology beyond that of electricity generation need to be more widely appreciated.

Date: Saturday, 01 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclears-contribution-to-SDGs-is-undervalued-says

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) said on 27 April it had approved three-year Zero Emission Certificates (ZECs) for the US Hope Creek, Salem One, and Salem Two nuclear power plants. Totalling $300 million, the certificates ensure that the plants, which supply the State with over 90% of in-state carbon-free generation and 37.5% of its overall in-state energy supply will remain operational.

Date: Friday, 30 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newszero-emissions-certificates-for-new-jersey-npps-8708822

Georgia Power on 26 April announced that hot functional testing had begun at unit 3 of its Vogtle NPP, while a cooling water tank was installed at unit 4. Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the Vogtle expansion project in 2009, including construction of two 1,117MWe Westinghouse AP1000 reactors which were expected to begin operation in 2016 and 2017.

Date: Friday, 30 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsvogtle-3-begins-hot-functional-testing-as-water-tank-is-installed-at-vogtle-4-8708843

Innovation and energy have long been intertwined, and with recent advancements in clean technologies, there is an abundance of momentum towards a greener future, writes Steve Threlfall, general manager of U-Battery.

Date: Thursday, 29 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Advanced-nuclear-for-the-hydrogen-econom

Reactor could begin commercial operation this year The plant site of the Vogtle-3 AP1000 pressurised water reactor unit as of March 2021. Image courtesy Georgia Power Company. Hot functional testing has begun for the Vogtle-3 nuclear power plant under construction in the US, Georgia Power today announced.

The company also said all modules for the Vogtle-3 and -4 nuclear expansion project have now been set following the lifting into place of a massive water tank atop the Unit 4 containment vessel and shield building roof. The placement represents the last major crane lift at the site.

Hot functional testing marks the last series of major tests underway for the new nuclear unit ahead of initial fuel load. Georgia Power said the testing represents a significant step towards operation of the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor, construction of which began in March 2013.

Hot functional testing – expected to take six to eight weeks – is conducted to verify the operation of reactor components and systems together and confirm the reactor is ready for fuel load. As part of the testing, the site team will begin running Unit 3 plant systems without nuclear fuel and advance through the testing process towards reaching normal operating pressure and temperature.

Date: Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/hot-functional-testing-begins-at-ap1000-nuclear-plant-4-2-2021

Thirty-five years on from the Chernobyl accident, Ukraine and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have highlighted their commitment to cooperation in nuclear power. Meanwhile Ukraine’s nuclear regulator has launched the start of operations at a new storage facility for used nuclear fuel at the Chernobyl site.  

Date: Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Title

Finance must be mobilised at "an absolutely unprecedented level" if a net-zero economy is to be created as rapidly as required, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said at the Leaders Summit on Climate last week. The magnitude of this challenge means that governments alone "cannot possibly" find all the necessary investment, he added.

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Banks-present-ways-to-turn-finance-green