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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

Unit 2 of South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power plant has been taken offline for refuelling and the replacement of its three steam generators and reactor pressure vessel head. The work is part of plans to extend its operation for 20 years, and scheduled to take five months.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Koeberg-offline-for-replacement-of-steam-generator

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Framatome and Exelon Generation will see the two companies work towards the production of cobalt-60 (Co-60) in pressurised water reactors (PWRs) for medical and industrial uses.

Date: Thursday, 06 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Framatome-and-Exelon-to-explore-Co-60-production

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

The first criticality of the EPR reactor installed at unit 3 of the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant in Finland was achieved on 21 December, power utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) announced.

Date: Friday, 24 December 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsolkiluoto-3-epr-plant-unit-starts-up-9343313

Finland's fifth nuclear reactor, Olkiluoto 3 (OL3), has reached first criticality. The EPR (European Pressurised Water Reactor) is the first new nuclear unit to be commissioned in Finland in over 40 years, and will eventually produce some 14% of the country's electricity.

Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Europe-s-first-EPR-reaches-criticality

Problems are close to welds that form part of safety injection system circuit The faults were first found on pipes in a safety system at the Civaux nuclear power station. French nuclear operator EDF has found faults on pipes in a safety system at its Civaux nuclear power station and has shut down the Chooz nuclear station because it uses the same kind of reactors.

EDF said that during preventive maintenance checks on the primary circuit of the Civaux-1 nuclear plant, in the Vienne department of western France, faults were detected close to the welds on the pipes of the safety injection system circuit. The French nuclear safety authority, ASN, has been told.

EDF said the checks were carried out as part of Civaux’s 10-yearly inspection.

Checks on the same equipment at Civaux-2 revealed similar defects.

EDF said it will replace the affected parts on the two Civaux reactors, resulting in an extended shutdown of the two units.

Date: Tuesday, 21 December 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/edf-shuts-down-chooz-reactors-following-discovery-of-pipe-faults-at-civaux-12-1-2021

Framatome announced that it has been awarded the contract to upgrade the incore instrumentation systems for units 1 and 2 at Dominion Energy’s Surry Nuclear Power Station as part of its Subsequent Licence Renewal programme.

Date: Tuesday, 14 December 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsframatome-to-supply-instrumentation-upgrade-for-surry-nuclear-plant-9317019

German utility RWE has awarded a contract to Westinghouse to dismantle two reactors at the Gundremmingen nuclear facility. It has also contracted a consortium comprising Framatome and Transnubel to dismantle the reactor of the Emsland plant.

Date: Tuesday, 14 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/RWE-awards-German-reactor-dismantling-contracts

France's Framatome and Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom have signed a new strategic cooperation agreement further expanding the companies' efforts to develop fuel fabrication and instrumentation and control (I&C) technologies. The new agreement expands the companies' existing relationship, established through a 2017 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), creating a framework for joint work in new areas.

Date: Friday, 03 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Framatome-and-Rosatom-expand-cooperation