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The nuclear industry has merely scratched the surface of the flexible benefits of nuclear power, according to panellists in a conference held this week ahead of the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM11). The CEM11 side-event, Flexibility in Clean Energy Systems: The Enabling Roles of Nuclear Energy, included high-level speakers from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as well as government officials from Canada, the UK and the USA. Hosted by Saudi Arabia, CEM11 will take place on 22 September.

Date: Friday, 18 September 2020
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Hitachi announced today it will end its business operations on the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant construction project, which it had suspended in January 2019 "because it was clear that further time was needed to decide on a financing structure". Horizon Nuclear Power, the UK project developer that Hitachi acquired in November 2012, said it will now take steps for the "orderly closing down" of all its current development activities, but will "keep the lines of communication open" with government and other key stakeholders regarding future options at both its sites, which in addition to Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey, include Oldbury on Severn in South Gloucestershire.

Date: Thursday, 17 September 2020
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The Doel nuclear power station in Belgium. Westinghouse Electric Company of the US and Spain-based Enusa Industrias Avanzadas announced the installation of EnCore fuel at Engie Electrabel’s Doel-4 nuclear power plant in Belgium.

Westinghouse said this installation marks the first insertion of EnCore Fuel rod assemblies in Europe, and the second insertion into a commercial nuclear power plant worldwide.

“The insertion of EnCore Fuel at the Doel plant is a significant milestone for our accident tolerant fuel prograemme,” said Tarik Choho, Westinghouse president of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) operating plant services. “This installation is part of the successful deployment of EnCore Fuel to the global nuclear energy industry.”

The lead test assemblies (LTAs) were manufactured and delivered under an agreement between Westinghouse and Enusa, which was signed in 2018 to allow for collaboration on the advancement of the EnCore Fuel programme at Westinghouse.

Date: Friday, 11 September 2020
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Lead test assemblies of EnCore accident tolerant fuel (ATF) have been installed in Engie Electrabel's Doel unit 4 in Belgium, Westinghouse Electric Company and ENUSA Industrias Avanzadas (ENUSA) have announced. Doel 4 is the second commercial nuclear power plant in the world, and the first in Europe, into which EnCore assemblies have been installed.

Date: Thursday, 10 September 2020
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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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