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The UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced that the government would invest £40 million ($50.5m) to develop the next generation of nuclear energy technology, creating R&D and manufacturing jobs across the UK.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a cooperation agreement with the Finnish nuclear power company Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) and the Swedish nuclear power company OKG to jointly reinforce key competencies on boiling water reactors (BWRs).
The agreement creates a privileged partnership for securing the critical competencies needed for the safe and efficient long-term operation of Olkiluoto 1&2 in Finland and Sweden’s Oskarshamn 3. The partnership "provides the means to share, develop and maintain engineering and automation resources and to allow for optimisation of critical personnel resources," Westinghouse said.

Date: Friday, 19 June 2020
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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company and industrial technology company Guardhat will deliver a connected worker solution to the nuclear energy industry.

Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2020
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The system can give onsite workers real-time access to remote experts and resources. File photo: construction at the Vogtle nuclear site in the US. Westinghouse Electric Company and Detroit-based technology company Guardhat are launching a mobile digital system that can be used to give nuclear workers access to “remote experts” and limit the amount of time they spend onsite.

Westinghouse said in a statement that WEConnect is “the first connected worker solution for the nuclear energy industry”.

The WEConnect system provides utilities with the ability to limit the number of personnel onsite, while giving those who are onsite real-time access to remote experts and resources. This can help optimise the performance of onsite crews, Westinghouse said.

The system offers flexible packages so utilities can either build from scratch or improve an existing “digital ecosystem”. WEConnect includes features that help to improve workforce safety. It can also be connected to other digital devices and platforms, allowing for workforce and job management.

Date: Saturday, 06 June 2020
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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company announced on 4 May that a 3D-printed thimble plugging device was successfully installed Exelon's Byron 1 during their spring refuelling outage.

Date: Friday, 08 May 2020
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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a nuclear fuel and related services contract extension with American Electric Power (AEP) for its two pressurised water reactors at the DC Cook nuclear power plant in Michigan.

Date: Tuesday, 24 March 2020
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Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a long-term contract with the Finland's Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) for in-service inspections of all three reactors at the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant.

Date: Thursday, 12 March 2020
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The Olkiluoto nuclear power station in Finland. Units-1 and -2 in the foreground. Source: TVO Westinghouse Electric Company on Monday signed a long-term contract with the Finnish nuclear power company Teollisuuden Voima Oyj for deliveries of control rods to their two boiling water reactors (BWRs), Olkiluoto-1 and -2, until 2038.

Westinghouse said TVO will uses Westinghouse’s optimised CR 99+ design, which is equipped with additional neutron absorption capacity, resulting in lower costs, decreased control rod handling and reduced active waste.

This contract follows a long-term BWR fuel agreement between TVO and Westinghouse announced in October 2019 for Westinghouse’s Triton11 fuel design to be used at Olkiluoto-1 and -2.

The control rods are being delivered from the Westinghouse fuel manufacturing facility in Västerås, Sweden, which will also provide fuel and engineering support to Olkiluoto-1 and -2.

Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
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France’s Framatome and Canada-based Kinectrics have announced the launch of an Ontario-based joint venture, Isogen, to provide and support isotope production systems so that Bruce Power’s nuclear reactors in Canada can begin the production of medical isotope Lutetium-177.

Date: Wednesday, 04 March 2020
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Three recent announcements will help secure future supplies of vital medical radioisotopes. Westinghouse Electric Company and Nordion (Canada) Inc are to work together on technology to produce cobalt-60 in pressurised water reactors (PWRs); Framatome and Kinectrics have launched a new joint venture to produce lutetium-177 in partnership with Bruce Power; and BWXT Technologies' proprietary technetium-99m generators have passed a testing milestone.

Date: Saturday, 29 February 2020
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