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Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) said on 27 March that fuel loading had begun at unit 3 of the Olkiluoto NPP and was expected to continue for a week. During the months following the fuel loading, the EPR reactor will undergo a range of tests as maintenance and finalisation work continues. These will include hot functional testing, in which the reactor and turbine island will be submitted to dozens of separate tests at different pressure and temperature levels. Previous hot functional testing took place in 2018.

Date: Wednesday, 31 March 2021
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The loading of fuel assemblies into the Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) EPR in Finland began on 27 March, utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) has announced. The move follows the receipt of a permit from the country's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) the previous day. The process of loading the fuel assemblies into OL3 is expected to take about one week, TVO said.

Date: Tuesday, 30 March 2021
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Delayed Generation III plant scheduled for commercial operation in early 2022 Fuel loading will start soon at the Generation III Olkiluoto nuclear power station in Finland. Courtesy TVO. Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (Stuk) on Friday gave a fuel loading permit for the Olkiluoto-3 nuclear power plant with the 1,600-MW Generation III EPR unit scheduled to start up in October and begin commercial operation in February 2022.

Stuk said it had verified plant operator Teollisuuden Voima Oyj’s (TVO) readiness to begin the fuel loading. TVO’s Olkiluoto-3 project director, Jouni Silvennoinen said the permit was the most significant step in the commissioning of the plant unit so far. He said systems have now been rigorously tested and “we will be able to begin fuel loading soon”.

The fuel arrived in Olkiluoto in 2018. During the fuel loading, 241 fuel assemblies, comprising about 128 tonnes of uranium, will be transferred from storage into the reactor’s pressure vessel.

The assemblies have all been manufactured in Framatome’s plants in Germany and in France. Framatome said that to carry out the loading operations, a team made up of approximately 40 employees from TVO, Areva and Framatome has been formed. It includes around 15 fuel handlers, employees specialising in the fuel handling operations, and four neutronics engineers in charge of monitoring the core during loading.

Date: Saturday, 27 March 2021
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Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) has been granted a permit by the country's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) to load fuel into the reactor of the Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) EPR. The unit, construction of which began in 2005, is scheduled to enter commercial operation early next year.

Date: Saturday, 27 March 2021
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Lightbridge Corporation and Framatome have agreed to dissolve their Enfission joint venture. Launched in January 2018, Enfission was to develop, license and sell nuclear fuel assemblies based on Lightbridge's innovative metallic nuclear fuel technology.

Date: Wednesday, 24 March 2021
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Brazil’s nuclear utility, Eletronuclear, on 25 February published in the Official Gazette (Diário Oficial da Uniao), a tender for a company to resume the civil works at the partly completed unit 3 of the Angra NPP, and to carry out part of the electromechanical assembly. This aim is to accelerate the plant's progress and to press ahead with some construction activities before hiring a contractor to undertake work to complete the construction of the plant. The contract is expected to be signed by May. First concrete is now scheduled for October and hiring of the general contractor for the second half of 2022. Eletronuclear is a subsidiary of state-run electric utility Eletrobras, which the government plans to privatise, although the nuclear power unit will be spun off and remain under state control.

Date: Thursday, 04 March 2021
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The main building at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. Courtesy Beata Zdyb/Wikipedia. France-based nuclear company Framatome has signed an agreement with the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology (Politechnika Wroclawska) in Poland for the development of training programmes for the next generation of nuclear energy professionals.

Under the agreement Wroclaw students will have access to internships, recruitment and joint research opportunities in nuclear energy.

Framatome chief executive officer Bernard Fontana said the agreement is at the heart of the company’s strategy to strengthen its presence in Central Europe.

Framatome and Wrocław University plan to develop targeted education programmes for graduate and post-graduate nuclear engineering students. Framatome said cooperation will also include research in structural mechanics, thermal-hydraulics, EPR cycle, safety and accident analysis for nuclear components and systems.

Date: Saturday, 13 February 2021
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Framatome has ramped up production of replacement component parts at its manufacturing plant located at Le Creusot, France. On 28 October, forging operations began on the first shell that will be used for the fabrication of replacement steam generators for the French nuclear fleet.

Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2020
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The first of six replacement steam generators for South Africa's only operating nuclear power plant have arrived at the Koeberg site, plant owner and operator Eskom has announced. Steam generator replacement is part of a ZAR20 billion (USD1.2 billion) programme to extend by 20 years the operating life of the two-unit plant.

Date: Thursday, 01 October 2020
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EDF must ensure the financing and profitability of its proposed EPR2 reactor before starting construction of any plants based on the design in France, the country's state audit office has said. The EPR2 is a simplified version of the EPR design, construction of which has been hit by delays and cost increases in France and Finland.

Date: Thursday, 16 July 2020
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