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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
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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
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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
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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
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Georgia Power has completed cold hydro testing for unit 3 of the Vogtle nuclear plant, the first Westinghouse AP1000 to be built in the USA.

Date: Friday, 23 October 2020
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Bruce Power and Westinghouse Electric Company are to support efforts by federal and provincial governments in Canada to find applications for Westinghouse’s eVinci microreactor.

The two companies said they had signed an agreement that supports efforts by policymakers both locally and nationally to study applications for nuclear technology to help reach their goal of a net-zero economy for Canada by 2050.

The eVinci microreactor is a next-generation, small battery for decentralised generation markets and micro grids such as remote communities, remote industrial mines and critical infrastructure. It is designed to provide power with minimal maintenance while its small size allows for standard transportation methods and rapid, onsite deployment.

According to Westinghouse, the eVinci is designed to operate for many years, eliminating the need for frequent refuelling. Passive safety features allow the reactor to operate and achieve safe shutdown without the need for additional controls, external power source or operator intervention, enabling highly autonomous operation.

Date: Wednesday, 14 October 2020
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Bruce Power and Westinghouse Electric Company have agreed to pursue applications of Westinghouse's eVinci micro reactor programme within Canada. The companies said the agreement supports efforts by the federal and provincial governments to study applications for nuclear technology to reach their goal of a Net Zero Canada by 2050.

Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2020
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The Angra nuclear power station in Brazil. Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a contract with Brazil’s state-run power company Eletronuclear to conduct engineering analysis critical to the safety, reliability and long-term life of the Angra-1 nuclear power plant.

The company said the contract supports Eletronuclear’s long-term operations programme designed to enable continued operations at Angra-1 until the end of 2044. The current operating licence is valid through December 2024.

The LTO programme at Angra-1 includes engineering assessments, system testing and plant system upgrades, to be implemented in several stages by 2030.

The contract follows a letter of intent signed between Westinghouse and Eletronuclear in February to help extend the life of the plant.

Date: Wednesday, 07 October 2020
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