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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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Fennovoima has appointed Joachim Specht as the company's new chief executive officer. The company, which is building the Russia-supplied Hanhikiv-1 nuclear unit in Finland said he will take up his post on 1 June.

Mr Specht comes from Fennovoima PreussenElektra, formerly E.ON Kernkraft, where he served as executive vice-president and head of nuclear engineering and consulting. He has also held positions at Areva, Framatome and Siemens/KWU.

Fennovoima announced in October that chief executive officer Toni Hemminki was leaving the company.

Mr Hemminki said earlier last year that the progress of Hanhikivi-1 was a disappointment in 2018 with a new estimated schedule postponing commercial operation by several years.

The new schedule was received from the plant supplier Raos Project, a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, at the end of 2018.

Date: Saturday, 07 March 2020
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Olkiluoto-3 EPR plant in northern Finland. Image courtesy Framatome. France’s nuclear equipment manufacturer Framatome has signed several service contracts for the Olkiluoto-3 nuclear plant in Finland with owner utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO), the French company said.

The contracts will cover outage and maintenance services, including engineering, instrumentation and control systems, and non-destructive testing services.

Famatome did not disclose a value for the contracts, but said that they will be valid for “an extended period of time” to cover long-term operation of Olkiluoto-3.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
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The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has awarded Framatome several multimillion dollar contracts for work across the company's reactor fleet. The contracts include fuel for the Browns Ferry nuclear plant, fuel handling equipment upgrades across the fleet and steam generator replacements at the Watts Bar plant.

Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020
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New-build projects are making progress, but governments are still struggling with finding the right financing package for large reactors The delayed Flamanville-3 is one of three EPR units under construction in Europe. The others are at Olkiluoto in Finland and Hinkley Point in the UK. Photo courtesy EDF. Western Europe

The UK is facing a major challenge to replace its aging fleet of Generation I nuclear power plants, many of which are scheduled to shut down in 2023.

The project by French state utility EDF to build two Generation III EPR units at Hinkley Point C in Somerset is on track for connection to the grid by 2025. Once in commercial operation the two units will provide up to 7% of the total electricity demand. Two similar units are planned for the Sizewell site in Suffolk.

However, press reports have suggested EDF is in “a race against time” to secure a funding deal for Sizewell C as delays risk making the project prohibitively expensive.

According to The Times newspaper EDF has hired Rothschild as financial adviser for the project and says it wants a “definitive way forward” from the government this year so it can start construction in 2022.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
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Framatome earlier this year applied its ultra-high pressure (UHP) cavitation peening process on reactor vessel primary nozzles at Dominion Energy's Millstone nuclear power plant in Waterford, Connecticut. This marked the first underwater application of this maintenance technique on reactor pressure vessel nozzles to primary pipe welds.

Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019
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France’s Framatome said on 28 October it had opened the new SPEC 200 manufacturing facility at its Operational Centre of Excellence in Lynchburg, Virginia, completing transfer of the factory from China to the USA.

Date: Friday, 01 November 2019
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Leonam Guimaraes, president of Brazil's state nuclear power company Eletronuclear, told Reuters that Brazil plans to complete the delayed unit 3 at its Angra NPP in partnership with either China's National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), France's EDF or Russia state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019
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French nuclear company Framatome said on 9 October that, together with US company Lockheed Martin it had completed the installation and site acceptance testing of a new Engineered Safety Features Actuation System (ESFAS) replacement for unit 2 of Exelon Generation’s Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant.

Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2019
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French utility EDF said on 18 September that the discovery of problems with weldings at some of its nuclear reactors would not lead to any closures.

Date: Tuesday, 24 September 2019
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