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Utility also planning oversight measures for major projects France’s state-controlled utility and nuclear plant operator EDF aims to unveil a new, cheaper-to-build version of its EPR reactor technology by mid-2021, the company said on Thursday.

EDF said that the next generation EPR, known as the EPR 2, would benefit from a reduction in preparatory studies leading to significant cost reductions.

The company said it was also planning on bringing in new oversight measures for its major projects, after a government audit last year highlighted planning deficiencies and poor coordination at some sites.

The audit pointed to several issues besetting the wider French nuclear industry, including a lack of specific skills at EDF, poor project management and problems the group has had in integrating the nuclear business of its failed competitor Areva.

EDF said it had made progress on a plan to align France’s nuclear industry with “the highest standards of diligence, quality and excellence required for the successful completion of nuclear projects”.

Date: Saturday, 17 October 2020
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The first of six replacement steam generators for South Africa's only operating nuclear power plant have arrived at the Koeberg site, plant owner and operator Eskom has announced. Steam generator replacement is part of a ZAR20 billion (USD1.2 billion) programme to extend by 20 years the operating life of the two-unit plant.

Date: Thursday, 01 October 2020
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Brussels' wish for ​​a relatively rapid decommissioning of the coal-fired power plants of European Union Member States has the potential to create huge imbalances in Bulgaria's electricity system, writes Borislav Boev, a PhD student at D A Tsenov Academy of Economics.

Date: Wednesday, 30 September 2020
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Fuel loading at the Olkiluoto 3 EPR will now not take place until March next year, according to a revised schedule provided to Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) by the Areva-Siemens consortium. Grid connection is now scheduled for October 2021, with regular electricity production due to start in February 2022.

Date: Saturday, 29 August 2020
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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) on 1 August announced that its operating and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) had successfully started up unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located in the Al Dhafrah Region of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  

Date: Tuesday, 04 August 2020
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EDF must ensure the financing and profitability of its proposed EPR2 reactor before starting construction of any plants based on the design in France, the country's state audit office has said. The EPR2 is a simplified version of the EPR design, construction of which has been hit by delays and cost increases in France and Finland.

Date: Thursday, 16 July 2020
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Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) expects to receive a revised schedule in August from the Areva-Siemens consortium for the commissioning of the Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) EPR. Fuel loading, which had been planned for last month, has been delayed by among other things the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: Saturday, 04 July 2020
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Company also says it is in negotiations over terms for unit’s completion The Olkiluoto-3 nuclear plant in Finland. Photo courtesy TVO. Finland utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) said on 2 July it had received “interim information” about a revised schedule for commissioning of the delayed Olkiluoto-3 EPR plant from plant supplier Areva-Siemens.

The company said work on a revised schedule for the 1,600-MW Generation III plant is estimated to be completed in August 2020.

In December 2019 TVO said electricity production at Olkiluoto-3 was scheduled for March 2021, eight months later than the previous target of July 2020.

TVO said a new management team at Areva is preparing a financial solution to complete the project according to the revised schedule.

TVO also said it is negotiating with Areva-Siemens over terms for completing the Olkiluoto project.

Date: Friday, 03 July 2020
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France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) on 28 May published its report on nuclear safety and radiation protection in 2019.

Date: Tuesday, 02 June 2020
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France's Framatome has signed a long-term service contract with the Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Company Limited (TNPJVC) to support operations of units 1 and 2 at the Taishan nuclear power plant in China's Guangdong province. The 1750-megawatt EPRs entered commercial operation in December 2018 and September 2019, respectively.

Date: Thursday, 16 April 2020
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