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Georgia Power Company said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on 19 March that the planned November start up of unit 3 at the Vogtle NPP in Georgia could be delayed by at least a month. Georgia Power said that its Southern Nuclear Operating Company “had identified, and is in the process of completing, additional construction remediation work, primarily related to electrical commodity installations, necessary to ensure quality and design standards are met as system turnovers are completed prior to starting hot functional testing and fuel load for Plant Vogtle unit 3”. As a result, Georgia Power now expects the start of hot functional testing to be delayed into April.

Date: Friday, 26 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmore-delays-for-us-vogtle-npp-8625857

US-based Westinghouse Electric Company said on 15 March that it intends to invest in nuclear technologies in Poland following a meeting in Warsaw between Westinghouse CEO, Patrick Fragman, and Poland’s Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure, Piotr Naimski. The meeting followed an Inter-Governmental Agreement signed between Poland and the USA in October 2020 on cooperation for the implementation of the nuclear energy programme, which includes a plan to transfer technology from the USA and to develop a comprehensive investment scheme with participation of US entities. The agreement entered into force in February.

Date: Friday, 19 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-seeks-participation-in-polands-nuclear-programme-8609350

Brookfield Business Partners is considering whether to sell Westinghouse Electric Company, the investment company's CEO, Cyrus Madon, said in a conference call with analysts on 5 February to discuss its fourth-quarter financial results. Bermuda-headquartered Brookfield completed its purchase of Westinghouse from Japan's Toshiba Corporation in August 2018. This marked Westinghouse's exit from US Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a restructured company.

Date: Tuesday, 09 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Brookfield-at-a-crossroads-on-whether-to-sell-West

A VVER-1000 fuel licensing agreement between Westinghouse Electric Company and Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant has been described as a major step forward in Bulgaria's energy supply diversification. The agreement covers the development of safety analyses for the licensing and implementation of alternative nuclear fuel for Kozloduy unit 5.

Date: Saturday, 06 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Westinghouse-signs-VVER-fuel-licensing-contract

US-based Westinghouse Electric Company said on 20 January that its Advanced Doped Pellet Technology (ADOPT™) doped pellets “are one step closer to US commercialisation” after deliveries to more than 25 regions across Europe.

Date: Tuesday, 26 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-nrc-agrees-to-review-westinghouse-adopt-fuel-8470851

Plant was first in country to generate energy The Agesta nuclear power station in Sweden was shut down permanently in 1974. Courtesy Holder Ellgaard/Wikipedia US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a contract with Swedish utility Vattenfall to segment the nuclear reactor at its Agesta nuclear power plant near Stockholm.

Under the terms of the contract, Westinghouse will plan, design and manufacture the tools for segmentation and perform the site work. This includes the underwater mechanical cutting of the reactor vessel and its internal components and packing the pieces in containers for Vattenfall to remove from site.

Agesta, a 10-MW pressurised heavy water reactor unit, was Sweden’s first energy generating nuclear reactor. It began commercial operation in 1964 and was in operation for 10 years before ceasing operation in 1974. Since the shutdown, limited service has been carried out to maintain the necessary basic functions. The nuclear fuel and the heavy water were removed from the plant after the shutdown.

Date: Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/westinghouse-sings-contract-for-reactor-segmentation-at-agesta-12-1-2020

The US Department of Energy (DOE) on 16 December announced $30 million in initial funding for one of three programmes under its Advanced Reactor Demonstration Programme (ARDP).

Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmore-doe-funding-for-advanced-reactors-8415258

A mockup of the Holtec SMR-160, one of the designs to receive $30m in initial funding for risk reduction projects. Courtesy Holtec. The US Department of Energy has chosen five nuclear technology companies to receive $30m each in initial funding for risk reduction projects under its advanced reactor demonstration programme (ARDP).

The recipients are: Kairos Power’s Hermes Reduced-Scale Test Reactor; Westinghouse Electric Company’s eVinci microreactor; BWXT Advanced Technologies’ BWXT Advanced Nuclear Reactor; Holtec’s SMR-160 Reactor; and Southern Company Services, Inc’s Southern Molten Chloride Reactor Experiment.

The $30m is cost-shared and companies were chosen through a funding opportunity announcement issued in May 2020.

The ARDP is designed to help domestic private industry demonstrate advanced nuclear reactors in the US. The goal of the risk reduction programme is to design and develop reactor technologies that can be licensed and deployed over the next 10 to 14 years.

Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/five-companies-to-receive-usd30-million-for-advanced-reactor-projects-12-4-2020

India and the USA have extended their Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) by 10 years. The centre - officially opened in 2017 - supports international cooperation in nuclear energy applications.

Date: Thursday, 26 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/India-USA-extend-nuclear-cooperation-partnership