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Czech power company CEZ Group has concluded contracts with US-based Westinghouse and France’s Framatome for the supply of fuel assemblies for the Temelín NPP. Both suppliers, were selected in a tender in April. Deliveries of assemblies for more than 10 years will begin in 2024. The value of the contract is “in the order of billions of crowns” (CZK1bn+ $42m).

Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-and-framatome-to-supply-fuel-to-temelin-npp-9816017

New suppliers to replace Russia’s Tvel Two VVER-1000 PWR units are in commercial operation at Temelín in the Czech Republic since 2002 and 2003. Image courtesy ČEZ. Czech state-controlled utility ČEZ has signed agreements with US-based Westinghouse Electric and France’s Framatome for the supply of fuel assemblies for the Temelín nuclear power station.

According to ČEZ, the new fuel deliveries will begin in 2024 to fully replace the current fuel supplier, which is Russia’s Tvel.

There are two Russia-designed VVER-1000 pressurised water reactor units in commercial operation at the southern Temelín site. Since 2019 Westinghouse-made lead fuel assemblies have been in operation in the reactor core of Unit 1.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/cez-signs-nuclear-fuel-contracts-with-westinghouse-and-framatome-for-temelin-vver-plant-6-2-2022

ČEZ said the contracts with the US and French companies for the supply of fuel assemblies for the Temelín nuclear power plant for the coming years were important for ensuring diversification of supplies.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Westinghouse-and-Framatome-to-supply-fuel-to-Temel

EDF has announced that its Small Modular Reactor NUWARD will be the case study for a European early joint regulatory review led by the French Safety Authority (ASN) with the participation of the Czech (SUJB) and Finnish (STUK) safety authorities. EDF said that, by this action, it was fostering European cooperation and supporting the acceleration of international SMR licensing, creating momentum towards harmonisation of SMR regulations.

Date: Wednesday, 08 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsedfs-nuward-smr-to-be-case-study-for-european-regulatory-review-9754892

France’s Framatome said on 11 May it has signed a new agreement with Vattenfall Nuclear Fuel for long-term nuclear fuel supply. Under this contract, awarded on 3 May, Framatome will continue to secure fuel deliveries of Atrium 11 boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel until 2034 to unit 3 of Vattenfall’s Forsmark NPP in Sweden. “Framatome is an ideal partner to supply nuclear fuel for Forsmark 3,” says Ove Nilsson, head of Vattenfall Nuclear Fuel. “After working with the company on previous fuel supply contracts, we are eager to extend our valuable relationship with Framatome, which will enable Vattenfall to move forward in developing a strategic supply chain within the industry.”

Date: Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsframatome-and-vattenfall-agree-on-long-term-nuclear-fuel-contract-9706154

Framatome has announced the acquisition of the energy and defence subsidiaries of the EFINOR group, operating in the nuclear energy and naval defence sectors in France and the UK. Through this acquisition, Framatome reinforces its industrial welding skills and its range of qualified welding procedures, and boosts its expertise in component manufacturing, engineering and services.

Date: Friday, 13 May 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsframatome-acquires-efinor-energy-and-defence-subsidiaries-9694308

The decision to secure fuel supplies from companies other than Russia’s TVEL for the Czech Republic’s Dukovany NPP in the Trebíc region is expected in the coming months, Dana Drábová, chairwoman of the State Office for Nuclear Safety, told a seminar on 5 May.

Date: Friday, 13 May 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdukovany-npp-to-change-fuel-suppliers-9696032

Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall has secured a deal with Westinghouse Electric and Framatome. The deal is for the long-term supply of nuclear fuel to its five nuclear reactors at the Forsmark and Ringhals power plants in Sweden, from 2024 onwards.

Date: Friday, 06 May 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsvattenfall-signs-nuclear-fuel-supply-deals-with-westinghouse-and-framatome-9676526

Company has five operating reactors at Ringhals and Forsmark The Forsmark nuclear power station is in commercial operation since the 1980s. Image courtesy Vattenfall. Swedish nuclear operating utility Vattenfall has signed contracts with US-based Westinghouse Electric and France’s Framatome for the long-term supply of the Forsmark and Ringhals nuclear power stations.

Vattenfall’s two sites have five reactor units in commercial operation – two pressurised water reactors at Ringhals on Sweden’s western coast, and three boiling water reactors at Forsmark on the country’s eastern shores.

Vattenfall said the newly signed fuel contracts will take effect from 2024 but did not disclose any details of the value of the deals.

Date: Friday, 06 May 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/sweden-s-vattenfall-signs-long-term-deals-with-westinghouse-and-framatome-5-4-2022

Firm running five test programmes in US and Europe Framatome deployed the world’s first full ATF assembly at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear station in the US state of Maryland. French nuclear company Framatome is running five test programmes for accident-tolerant fuel in the US and Europe and is confident that it will “only be a few years” before it is producing full reload quantities, Ala Alzaben, senior vice-president for the firm’s North America fuel business unit and commercial and customer centre told NucNet.

Last year, during a scheduled spring refuelling outage, Framatome deployed the world’s first full ATF assembly at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear station in the US state of Maryland.

This followed the launching in 2012 of the US Department of Energy ATF initiative in response to the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident in Japan. The DOE set three main objectives: to develop a fuel to allow nuclear operators additional coping time during accidents; to launch and deploy lead test assemblies by 2022; and to make sure improvements do not impact the operational performance of the fuel.

Mr Alzaben said Framatome had met the DOE’s schedule and has deployed lead test assemblies in five reactors, four in the US and one in Europe.

Date: Tuesday, 26 April 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/french-company-aiming-to-produce-full-reload-quantities-of-accident-tolerant-fuel-4-2-2022