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Company says nuclear programme would bring numerous benefits to the Polish economy In England, EDF is building two EPRs at the Hinkley Point C nuclear site. Courtesy EDF. France’s majority state-owned energy company EDF has submitted a preliminary, non-binding offer to the Polish government for the construction of four to six EPR nuclear power plants in Poland at two or three different locations.

“On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, EDF submitted to the Polish government a preliminary, non-binding offer for a contract covering the execution of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) works from four to six EPR (European Pressurised Reactors), representing a total installed capacity of 6.6 to 9.9 GW in two to three locations,” the French company said in a statement.

“The initial offering includes all key programme parameters such as plant configuration, industrial schematic, local supply chain development plans, cost estimate and schedule,” the statement added.

EDF said the offer supports the implementation of the objectives of the Polish nuclear energy programme adopted by the Polish government in October 2020. It also aims to define the principles of the Polish-French strategic partnership supporting “an ambitious energy transformation plan consistent with the European goal of carbon neutrality”.

Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
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Move follows ‘performance issue’ related to damaged fuel rod claddings Unit 1 at the Taishan nuclear power station in southern China has been shut down for maintenance and to replace damaged fuel. Courtesy CGN. The Taishan-1 EPR nuclear plant in southern China has been taken offline for maintenance and to replace damaged fuel, two weeks after the country’s regulator said it was in “normal condition and operational safety is guaranteed” following a minor fuel rod cladding failure which resulted in increased radioactivity in the unit’s primary reactor coolant.

French nuclear company Framatome, which helps operate the plant, last month reported a “performance issue” which caused the US government to look into the possibility of a leak.

“After lengthy conversations between French and Chinese technical personnel, Taishan Nuclear Power Plant ... decided to shut down Unit 1 for maintenance,” China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) said on Friday in an online statement, adding that “a small amount of fuel damage” occurred during the operation of the reactor.

CGN said that both units of the plant had “maintained safe and stable operations throughout” and the faulty reactor was “completely under control”. The company said there had been “minor fuel damage” and the reactor was shut down for maintenance and to replace damaged fuel.

Date: Tuesday, 03 August 2021
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China's Ministry of Ecology & Environment (MEE) said on 16 June that there had been no leak at the Taishan NPP in Guangdong Province and rejected allegations by CNN that the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) had raised the permitted radiation levels near the plant. NNSA had reviewed specifications for noble gases used in the reactor coolant at Taishan, but this had "nothing to do with the detection of any radiation outside the nuclear plant”, MEE said.

Date: Friday, 18 June 2021
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Framatome said on 14 June that China’s Taishan Nuclear Power Plant was operating safely. “Framatome is supporting resolution of a performance issue with the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong Province, China,” a statement said. “According to the data available, the plant is operating within the safety parameters. Our team is working with relevant experts to assess the situation and propose solutions to address any potential issue.”

Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
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Unit 1 of the Taishan nuclear power plant is operating at full power and there has been no release of radiation at the plant or in the surrounding area, China General Nuclear (CGN) announced yesterday following media reports of a leak at the plant in China's Guangdong province. France's EDF, which holds a 30% stake in the two-unit plant, said it had been informed of an increase in the concentration of certain noble gases in the EPR reactor's primary circuit.

Date: Tuesday, 15 June 2021
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Finnish power utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) on 2 June signed the final agreements amending the 2018 overall settlement agreement for the Olkiluoto 3 EPR project with the companies belonging to the plant supplier consortium, Areva NP, Areva GmbH and Siemens AG, as well as the parent company of the Areva companies, Areva SA. TVO announced that it had reached an agreement with the Areva-Siemens consortium on the terms of completing the Olkiluoto 3 EPR project in May. The entry into force of the agreements is subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions, which are expected to be confirmed during June 2021. The content of the final agreements remained as previously announced.

Date: Thursday, 10 June 2021
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Finland’s Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) said on 17 May that it had reached a consensus with the Areva−Siemens consortium regarding the terms of project completion or the EPR under construction at unit 3 of the Olkiluoto NPP (OL3). Electricity production at the unit is to start in October 2021, when the plant is connected to the national grid and regular electricity production is to start in February 2022.

Date: Friday, 21 May 2021
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Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) announced yesterday it has reached a consensus with the Areva−Siemens consortium regarding the terms of the Olkiluoto 3 EPR project completion. The OL3 plant, construction of which began in 2005, is scheduled to be connected to the grid in October this year and to begin regular electricity production in February 2022.

Date: Wednesday, 19 May 2021
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Regular electricity production on track for February 2022 The Olkiluoto-3 EPR plant in Finland is scheduled for commercial operation in February 2022. Courtesy TVO. Teollisuuden Voima Oyj and plant supplier Areva-Siemens have reached agreement regarding the terms of completion for the Olkiluoto-3 EPR project in Finland, with grid connection scheduled for October 2021 and regular electricity production remaining on track for February 2022.

TVO and plant supplier consortium companies Areva NP, Areva GmbH and Siemens AG, along with Areva Group parent company Areva SA, have been negotiating the terms of the project completion since summer 2020. The Areva companies have also been preparing a financial solution to ensure the funding needed for completion.

A key element of the financial solution is that an Areva companies’ trust mechanism established in 2018 is to be replenished with approximately €600m. Both parties will cover their own costs from July 2021 until end of February 2022 and if the project is not completed by the end of February 2022, the plant supplier consortium companies will pay additional compensation for delays.

TVO said a final agreement is to be signed by the end of May, after which certain conditions have to be fulfilled for the agreement to enter into force.

Date: Tuesday, 18 May 2021
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On 22 April 2021, Electricite de France (EDF) submitted to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) a binding techno-commercial offer to develop six EPR reactors at the Jaitapur site in Maharashtra, India with an installed capacity of 9.6 GWe. EDF said: “This major milestone for EDF, its partners and the French nuclear industry will enable discussions aimed at converging towards a binding framework agreement in the coming months.”

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021
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