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New units, estimated to cost €10bn, could begin operation in 10 years The proposed Belene nuclear power station site in Bulgaria. Photo courtesy Belene Municipality. All shortlisted candidates are ready to file binding bids in the tender to choose an investor for the construction of two nuclear power reactors at the Belene nuclear power station, Bulgaria’s energy ministry said on 31 January.

In December, the ministry invited five companies to file binding offers: China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), Russia’s Atomenergoprom, a subsidiary of state nuclear corporation Rosatom, France’s Framatome and US-based General Electric.

By the 31 January deadline all five companies had sent letters to confirm they were ready to file binding offers, with KHNP also sending additional questions in order to make a final decision on whether to participate in the tender, the ministry said in a statement.

The deadline for submitting final binding offers is 31 May 2020.

Date: Saturday, 08 February 2020
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A new-generation core catcher has been installed at Kudankulam unit 3 which is currently under construction in India, Russia's AtomStroyExport (ASE) has announced.

Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
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Photo courtesy Rosatom. Cold hydraulic testing has been completed on the primary circuit of the Belarusian-1 nuclear power plant under construction at Ostrovets near the border with Lithuania, Russia’s state nuclear power equipment and service exporter Atomstroyexport said in a statement.

The tests took 24 hours to complete and were conducted at pressure of 24.5 MPa, the statement said.

Cold testing verifies that welds, joints, pipes and components in the primary circuit are able to withstand pressures higher than those during normal operation.

Date: Friday, 06 September 2019
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The pouring of concrete for the foundation of the turbine building at unit 2 of the Rooppur nuclear power plant under construction in Bangladesh was completed yesterday. The foundation for the turbine hall of Rooppur 1 was completed earlier this year.

Date: Wednesday, 07 August 2019
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A ceremony was held today to mark the exchange of documents between TVEL JSC - the nuclear fuel manufacturer of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom - and the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) finalising a contract signed in late 2018 for the supply of fuel for the Rooppur nuclear power plant under construction in Bangladesh.

Date: Tuesday, 06 August 2019
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Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom on 5 June signed the general contract for the construction of units 3&4 at China’s Xudabao nuclear power plant in Liaoning Province.

Date: Wednesday, 12 June 2019
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Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom and the Ministry of Economy of Slovakia on 7 June signed a memorandum on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy.

Date: Tuesday, 11 June 2019
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Russia’s Atomstroyexport (part of state nuclear corporation  Rosatom) and divisions of Chinese companies China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and China Nuclear Energy Industry Corporation (CNEIC) plan to sign a contract for the construction of two units at the Xudabao NPP (Liaoning Province, Northeast China), CNNC said on 22 May. The document of the Chinese corporation, published on the website of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, said the value of the contract will be $ 1.7 billion for construction of units 3 and 4 at the NPP. The work is scheduled for completion by October 2021 and August 2022. The construction period of each unit will be 69 months but work will be suspended in the winter for four months. In June 2018, Rosatom and its Chinese partners signed a framework contract for the serial construction of the two Russian design power units with VVER-1200 reactors at Xudabao. The document also provides for the possibility of building further units in the future. 

Date: Tuesday, 28 May 2019
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The Bulgarian government has invited strategic investment in the Belene nuclear power plant project. The "call for expressions of interest for a strategic investor and/or acquisition of a minority shareholding and/or purchase of electricity" was published in the Official Journal of the European Union yesterday.

Date: Thursday, 23 May 2019
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Rosatom, the Russian state nuclear corporation, and UzAtom, Uzbekistan's nuclear development agency, have signed a contract to perform engineering surveys for the Central Asian country's first nuclear power plant.

Date: Friday, 17 May 2019
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