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File photo of construction at the Hongyanhe pase two nucler station. Courtesy SNPTC. The four-unit Hongyanhe nuclear power station in northeast China generated a record of 30.8 TWh of electricity in 2019, local press reports said.

The reports, which quoted plant operator Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Company, said this was an 8.82% increase on the 2018 figure.

China’s 48 operational reactor generated about 295 TWh of electricity a year, representing a share of total electricity production of about 4.3%.

Hongyanhe has four 1,061-MW CPR-1000 units that began commercial operation between June 2013 and June 2016. The CPR-1000 is a Generation II unit developed in China based on Areva’s (now Orano) 900-MW three-loop design.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/hongyanhe-nuclear-station-sets-generation-record-1-5-2020

New-build projects are making progress, but governments are still struggling with finding the right financing package for large reactors The delayed Flamanville-3 is one of three EPR units under construction in Europe. The others are at Olkiluoto in Finland and Hinkley Point in the UK. Photo courtesy EDF. Western Europe

The UK is facing a major challenge to replace its aging fleet of Generation I nuclear power plants, many of which are scheduled to shut down in 2023.

The project by French state utility EDF to build two Generation III EPR units at Hinkley Point C in Somerset is on track for connection to the grid by 2025. Once in commercial operation the two units will provide up to 7% of the total electricity demand. Two similar units are planned for the Sizewell site in Suffolk.

However, press reports have suggested EDF is in “a race against time” to secure a funding deal for Sizewell C as delays risk making the project prohibitively expensive.

According to The Times newspaper EDF has hired Rothschild as financial adviser for the project and says it wants a “definitive way forward” from the government this year so it can start construction in 2022.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/what-lies-in-store-in-2020-1-4-2020

Spanish manufacturer Equipos Nucleares SA (ENSA) has shipped two replacement steam generators to France, completing an order received at the end of 2012 from Framatome for three such components for use in 900 MWe-class pressurised water reactors. It was not disclosed at which plant the steam generators are to be installed.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ENSA-ships-steam-generators-to-France

China Energy Engineering Corporation (CEEC) and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) have entered into a cooperation agreement, which CEEC said would significantly improve its ability to develop and explore new markets.

The agreement includes the planning of nuclear power projects in China, nuclear plants design, cooperation in overseas markets and research, development and manufacturing of nuclear equipment.

CNNC controls most of China’s nuclear business including R&D, engineering design, uranium exploration and mining, enrichment, fuel fabrication, reprocessing and waste disposal, and is the major investor in China’s nuclear plants.

Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/firms-agree-on-framework-for-cooperation-1-3-2020

Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) accident-tolerant fuel assemblies have been loaded into a US reactor for the first time. Lead test assemblies using the company's ARMOR-coated zirconium cladding and IronClad accident-tolerant fuel solutions have been installed at Exelon's Clinton boiling water reactor power plant in Illinois.

Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GNF-accident-tolerant-fuel-loaded-into-US-reactor

China Energy Engineering Corporation (CEEC) and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) have entered into a strategic cooperation framework agreement, which CEEC said would significantly enhance its ability to develop and further explore new markets.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschinese-firms-agree-on-strategic-cooperation-framework-7598125

The foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK have triggered a dispute resolution mechanism over the nuclear deal with Iran - the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - following the Middle Eastern country's further step away from its commitments. Josep Borrell, EU foreign affairs chief and coordinator of the JCPOA joint commission, said he had received today a letter from the three ministers for resolution through the mechanism, as set out in paragraph 36 of the agreement.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/European-leaders-trigger-dispute-mechanism-of-Iran

A ceremony was held on 15 December at the Xiangshan uranium deposit near Fuzhou city in China's Jiangxi province to mark the start of the country's deepest drilling project related to the exploration of uranium resources. China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said a 3000-metre-deep bore hole will be drilled.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-drills-deep-in-search-for-uranium

Global nuclear generating capacity stood at 392.4 GWe net at the end of 2019, down slightly on 2018, according to data from World Nuclear Association. Six power reactors were added to the grid last year and construction of three large reactor projects started, while nine units were permanently shut down.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Reactor-shutdowns-outweigh-start-ups-in-2019

Iran said yesterday it will ignore the limit on the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), thus withdrawing from the last operational restriction imposed by the 2015 deal. The statement, reported by the Mehr news agency, followed the US assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last week.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-scraps-limit-on-uranium-enrichment