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First Akkuyu plant due online in 2023 with possibility of more units at Sinop and Igneada The first Akkuyu unit is expected to come online in 2023 with a further unit starting every year afterwards. Courtesy Rosatom. New nuclear reactors under construction and being planned in Turkey will help meet the fast-growing economy’s “massive” demand for energy and reduce the country’s dependence on polluting fossil fuels, the Italian representative of the NIATR (Nuclear Industry Association of Turkish Republic) said.

According to Turkey’s ministry of energy and natural resources, energy consumption in 2012 was 239 TWh a year, while in 2023 forecasts say it could reach as much as 478 TWh.

However, Massimo Giorgi of NIATR told NucNet that the current energy mix will not meet demand and the lack of reliable, diversified, low-cost energy is an obstacle to Ankara’s economic plans.

Once fully operational, the $20bn Akkuyu nuclear power station, where Turkey is building four 1,114-MW pressurised water reactor units supplied by Russia, will provide about 10% of the country’s total electricity generation.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/new-reactors-will-help-meet-massive-demand-for-energy-and-reduce-reliance-on-fossil-fuels-1-1-2022

Two companies will assess feasibility and economics The control room at Exelon Generation’s Byron nuclear power station in Illinois. Courtesy Exelon. French nuclear company Framatome and US nuclear operator Exelon Generation have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop solutions to produce Cobalt-60 in pressurised water reactors operated by Exelon.

Cobalt-60 is a radioisotope produced in nuclear reactors out of natural element Cobalt-59. It plays a critical role in healthcare applications such as sterilisation of medical devices and treatment of certain cancers.

Under the MOU, the two companies will cooperate on technology development and assess the feasibility and economics of Cobalt-60 production in PWR reactors for industrial and medical purposes as long-term demand continues to grow.

Exelon Generation operates the largest US fleet of nuclear plants with more than 18,700 MW from 21 reactors at 12 facilities in Illinois, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.

Date: Wednesday, 29 December 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/framatome-and-exelon-sign-mou-on-production-of-radioisotope-in-us-reactors-12-2-2021

Company sees commercialisation by decade's end A reactor facility such as the eVinci microreactor could provide a steady supply of non-emitting energy 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Courtesy Westinghouse. US-based Westinghouse Electric Company said it has submitted a pre-application regulatory engagement plan to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for the company’s eVinci microreactor.

The regulatory engagement plan serves as a roadmap for the interaction and communication between the regulator and the applicant regarding licensing approach, problem resolution, and schedule expectations. According to the NRC, the primary intent of such a document is to reduce regulatory uncertainty

Westinghouse said the plan is a “regulatory milestone”, and includes information on the design of the eVinci microreactor and the proposed regulatory strategies including manufacturing, transportation, operation, and refuelling.

Date: Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/westinghouse-submits-regulatory-plan-to-nrc-for-evinci-design-12-2-2021

Agreement marks first step for production in Europe US-based Westinghouse Electric Company and France’s state-owned power company and nuclear operator EDF have signed a memorandum of understanding to produce the Cobalt-60 radioactive isotope in pressurised water reactor units owned and operated by EDF in France.

EDF and Westinghouse will begin a feasibility assessment and target an anticipated Cobalt-59 load date in the late 2020s with the first Cobalt-60 harvest in the early 2030s.

Westinghouse said the MoU marks the first step for production in Europe of Cobalt-60 for medical uses.

Cobalt-60, a synthetic radioactive isotope of cobalt, is produced artificially in nuclear reactors. It has a number of applications including the inspection of materials to reveal internal structure, flaws, or foreign objects and in the sterilisation of food. In medicine, it is used to treat cancer and to sterilise medical equipment.

Date: Tuesday, 07 December 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/westinghouse-and-edf-sign-mou-to-produce-radioisotope-in-french-reactors-12-1-2021

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a $50 million cost-share with Exelon Generation to digitalise the control room at Limerick Generating Station in Pennsylvania. Once implemented, the facility will house the first fully digital safety system upgrade at a US nuclear power plant.  

Date: Saturday, 23 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdoe-awards-50-million-to-exelon-for-control-room-modernisation-9176599

A USD50 million cost-shared award from the US Department of Energy (DOE) will see Exelon Generation's Limerick plant in Pennsylvania become the first nuclear power station in the USA to upgrade to a fully digital safety system. Control room digitalisation will enable automation, decrease system interruptions, and improve performance, ultimately improving operations and significantly reducing costs.

Date: Friday, 22 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Limerick-to-digitalise-safety-system-in-US-first

Westinghouse will partner with Spain's Edesa in managing Tecnatom. Image courtesy Westinghouse Electric Company. US-based nuclear equipment manufacturer Westinghouse Electric Company is set to acquire 50% of Spanish engineering company Tecnatom after it signed a deal yesterday with owners Iberdrola and Naturgy.

Westinghouse said in a statement that the acquisition will advance the company’s strategy to expand its technical nuclear outage, engineering, and digital services capabilities globally.

The company said that after the deal is finalised, it will co-own and co-manage Tecnatom with Spainish utility Endesa through a joint venture.

Date: Wednesday, 06 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-nuclear-company-to-acquire-50-of-spain-s-tecnatom-10-2-2021

US company Kairos Power has submitted the preliminary safety analysis report (PSAR) for its fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor (KP-FHR) to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as part of its application for a construction permit for the Hermes low-power demonstration reactor, which is to be built in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Date: Wednesday, 06 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kairos-submits-PSAR-for-Oak-Ridge-demonstration-re

Biden administration believes falling nuclear share in Europe is ‘alarm bell’ Ms Granholm said the US government wants to speed up work on the deployment of US-made AP1000 reactor technology in Poland. The US government wants to accelerate its support for a front-end engineering and design study for the deployment of US-made AP1000 reactor technology in Poland, US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm said.

In July, US-based Westinghouse Electric Company and Bechtel Corporation announced the start of the study, which will provide Poland’s Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe (PEJ) – the company responsible for managing the country’s first nuclear power project – with layout plans for the location of a first nuclear power station, together with a licensing plan, project schedule and cost estimate.

The US Trade and Development Agency has released a grant to fund the study.

“US industry and government have come together at a critical juncture in the development of Poland’s nuclear energy programme,” Ms Granholm said during a press conference in Warsaw.

Date: Saturday, 25 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-wants-to-speed-up-westinghouse-ap1000-study-says-energy-secretary-granholm-9-5-2021