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Unit 2 of South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear plant was closed down on 17 January for refuelling and modernisation. The work is part of plans to extend its operation for 20 years. The two 920MWe pressurised water reactors (PWRs) at Koeberg, which supply some 5% of the South Africa’s electricity, were built by Framatome, with unit 1 starting commercial operation in 1984 and unit 2 in 1985.  

Date: Friday, 21 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskoeberg-2-closed-for-steam-generator-replacement-9416110

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said the core catcher body has been installed at Tianwan-7 in China. Courtesy Rosatom. The core catcher body has been installed for the Tianwan-7 nuclear power plant under construction in Jiangsu province, east China, Russian state-nuclear corporation Rosatom said

The core catcher – also known as a core melt localisation device or core trap – is designed to catch the molten core material, or corium, from a nuclear reactor in the event of a nuclear meltdown and to prevent it from escaping the containment. It is part of the passive safety system.

Installation of the core catcher will allow further works on the reactor building pit.

Date: Friday, 21 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/core-catcher-installation-underway-at-tianwan-7-says-rosatom-1-4-2022

International engineering group Assystem has been appointed as an alliance partner on the new Hinkley Point C (HPC) Commissioning Alliance. The company said this new multi-year contract will be key to bringing the UK's first new nuclear power plant in more than 30 years into operation.

Date: Friday, 21 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Assystem-joins-HPC-Commissioning-Alliance

In a wide-ranging interview with EnergoBusiness magazine on 10 January, to mark 25 years since the establishment of Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom, the director of Energoatom, Petr Kotin, said that this winter Ukraine will have all 15 of its nuclear units in operation for the first time since the 1980s.

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsenergoatoms-kotin-shares-his-vision-for-ukraines-nuclear-future-9414515

Installation of the 156-tonne component allows for further works on the reactor building pit. Courtesy Rosatom.

The core catcher has been installed for Unit 3 of the Xudabu nuclear power station, also known as Xudabao, under construction in Liaoning Province, northeast China, Russian state-nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

The core catcher – also known as a core melt localisation device or core trap – is designed to catch the molten core material, or corium, from a nuclear reactor in the event of a nuclear meltdown and to prevent it from escaping the containment.

Rostom said the installation of the 156-tonne component is a milestone activity which allows further works on the reactor building pit.

Date: Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/core-catcher-installed-at-xudabu-3-says-russia-s-rosatom-1-2-2022

The core catcher casing has been installed for two Russian-supplied VVER-1200 reactors being constructed in China. The 156-tonne casing is part of the core catcher, which is intended to prevent release of radioactive substances in the event of a severe accident.

Date: Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Core-catcher-casing-in-place-at-Xudabao-3-and-Tian

First Akkuyu plant due online in 2023 with possibility of more units at Sinop and Igneada The first Akkuyu unit is expected to come online in 2023 with a further unit starting every year afterwards. Courtesy Rosatom. New nuclear reactors under construction and being planned in Turkey will help meet the fast-growing economy’s “massive” demand for energy and reduce the country’s dependence on polluting fossil fuels, the Italian representative of the NIATR (Nuclear Industry Association of Turkish Republic) said.

According to Turkey’s ministry of energy and natural resources, energy consumption in 2012 was 239 TWh a year, while in 2023 forecasts say it could reach as much as 478 TWh.

However, Massimo Giorgi of NIATR told NucNet that the current energy mix will not meet demand and the lack of reliable, diversified, low-cost energy is an obstacle to Ankara’s economic plans.

Once fully operational, the $20bn Akkuyu nuclear power station, where Turkey is building four 1,114-MW pressurised water reactor units supplied by Russia, will provide about 10% of the country’s total electricity generation.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/new-reactors-will-help-meet-massive-demand-for-energy-and-reduce-reliance-on-fossil-fuels-1-1-2022

Unit 2 of South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power plant has been taken offline for refuelling and the replacement of its three steam generators and reactor pressure vessel head. The work is part of plans to extend its operation for 20 years, and scheduled to take five months.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Koeberg-offline-for-replacement-of-steam-generator

Brazil has begun a process to identify sites for the new nuclear power units it plans to have in operation by 2050. The Ministry of Mines and Energy has secured cooperation of specialists at Cepel for a siting study.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Brazil-looks-to-nuclear-expansion

World’s top oil exporter wants to build around 17 GW of reactor capacity The kingdom wants to diversify its energy mix, adding nuclear power so it can free up more crude for export. Courtesy B.Alotaby/Wikipedia. Saudi Arabia aims to take advantage of its significant uranium resources to develop a commercial nuclear power programme, energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud said.

“We have a huge amount of uranium resource, which we would like to exploit and put in the most transparent way,” he was quoted as telling the International Mining Conference in Riyadh.

“We will bring partners and we will be exporting and manufacturing and developing it and we will be commercially monetising that resource.”

The minister said the world needed more flexibility because the transition to clean energy is complicated. “We should not forfeit energy security for the sake of a publicity stunt”, he said. “The transition needs to be a well-thought of transition.”

Press reports have said Saudi Arabia, the world’s top il exporter, could produce over 90,000 tonnes of uranium from three major deposits in the country, enough to provide fuel for nuclear plants the country seeks to build and to export uranium.

Date: Saturday, 15 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/kingdom-aims-to-take-advantage-of-uranium-resources-as-it-looks-to-nuclear-energy-1-5-2022