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Tests have been completed to evaluate the strength and leak tightness of the inner containment of unit 6 at the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province. The unit - the second of two demonstration Hualong One reactors at the site - is scheduled to begin operations by the end of this year.

Date: Thursday, 22 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Integrity-tests-completed-at-Fuqing-6

US-based Holtec Inernational said on 12 July that its manufacturing facilities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio were gearing up for increased production rates of HI-STAR casks following receipt of recent regulatory approvals and new orders in Europe. Spain’s Enresa awarded Holtec a contract for the design, engineering, licensing and manufacturing of five HI-STAR 150 casks for Cofrentes NPP in August 2017.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsholtec-prepares-to-increase-production-of-hi-star-casks-8898294

After falling by about 1% in 2020 due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, global electricity demand will increase by 5% in 2021 and 4% in 2022, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). However, almost half of this increase will be from fossil fuels - notably coal - threatening to push CO2 emissions from the power sector to record levels in 2022. Nuclear power generation is forecast to grow by around 1% in 2021 and by 2% in 2022.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Emissions-set-to-rise-with-growth-in-coal-use,-say

Consultancy firm KPMG on 7 July released a report on nuclear energy market consultation, which discusses the conditions under which market parties are prepared to invest in NPPs in the Netherlands, what public support is required for this, and which regions are interested in establishing a nuclear plant. The 151-page report was compiled at the request of the House of Representatives in response to a motion by Klaas Dijkhoff put forward in September 2020. KPGM began work on the study on 8 February this year.

Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskpmg-looks-at-feasibility-of-newbuild-in-netherlands-8893831

Holtec is preparing to increase production of its HI-STAR casks, following the receipt of regulatory approvals and new orders in Europe. The first HI-STAR 150 was loaded at the Cofrentes nuclear power plant in Spain and placed into the storage facility on 23 June. This is Holtec's first dual-purpose metal cask loaded in Europe.

Date: Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Holtec-gears-up-HI-STAR-cask-production

Construction officially started today of the ACP100 small modular reactor demonstration project at the Changjiang nuclear power plant on China's island province of Hainan. China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said the project will be the world's first land-based commercial SMR. The multi-purpose 125 MWe pressurised water reactor (PWR) - also referred to as the Linglong One - is designed for electricity production, heating, steam production or seawater desalination.

Date: Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-starts-construction-of-demonstration-SMR

Representatives of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), led by Assistant General Manager Liu Mingzhang, together with specialists from Russia’s OKBM Afrikantov, conducted an audit at ZiO-Podolsk (part of Rosatom's mechanical engineering division Atomenergomash) to assess progress in the manufacture of equipment intended for China’s pool-type sodium-cooled fast neutron reactor CFR-600, Atomenergomash said on 6 July. The reactor is intended for unit 1 of the Xiapu fast reactor demonstration project. ZiO-Podolsk will manufacture and supply heat exchange modules for steam generators including 16 evaporators and 16 superheaters. ZiO-Podolsk manufactured similar equipment for Russia’s Beloyarsk NPP and China’s first experimental fast neutron reactor, CEFR.

Date: Friday, 09 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newszio-podolsk-to-supply-steam-generator-modules-for-chinas-cfr-600-8879361

Russia’s largest manufacturer of equipment for nuclear energy, AEM-Technologies (part of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering division Atomenergomash) announced that in 2021-2023 it will invest RUB9.7 billion ($132.4m) to expand and maintain production facilities, and modernise infrastructure.

Date: Tuesday, 06 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-aem-technologies-to-invest-heavily-in-expansion-and-upgrades-8869334

China has manufactured its first domestically-designed 100-tonne used fuel transportation cask. China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said batch production of the Longzhou-CNSC cask - which can hold 21 used fuel assemblies - will further consolidate its used fuel transportation capabilities.

Date: Saturday, 03 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-produces-its-first-used-fuel-transport-cask