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Company says nuclear programme would bring numerous benefits to the Polish economy In England, EDF is building two EPRs at the Hinkley Point C nuclear site. Courtesy EDF. France’s majority state-owned energy company EDF has submitted a preliminary, non-binding offer to the Polish government for the construction of four to six EPR nuclear power plants in Poland at two or three different locations.

“On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, EDF submitted to the Polish government a preliminary, non-binding offer for a contract covering the execution of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) works from four to six EPR (European Pressurised Reactors), representing a total installed capacity of 6.6 to 9.9 GW in two to three locations,” the French company said in a statement.

“The initial offering includes all key programme parameters such as plant configuration, industrial schematic, local supply chain development plans, cost estimate and schedule,” the statement added.

EDF said the offer supports the implementation of the objectives of the Polish nuclear energy programme adopted by the Polish government in October 2020. It also aims to define the principles of the Polish-French strategic partnership supporting “an ambitious energy transformation plan consistent with the European goal of carbon neutrality”.

Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/france-s-edf-submits-non-binding-offer-to-build-up-to-six-eprs-10-3-2021

Local elected officials from the region around the Penly nuclear power plant in Normandy, northern France, have reiterated their support for the construction of two EPR2 reactors at the site. In a manifesto expressing their support, they say such a project - representing an investment of about EUR15 billion (USD17 billion) - would have a significant positive socio-economic impact on the region.

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Normandy-restates-its-support-for-EPRs-at-Penly

The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA) on 25 August approved the Paks II NPP's physical protection permit application and the Physical Protection Plan of the future facility. The Paks-II NPP project is being implemented on the basis of the Russian-Hungarian inter-governmental agreement signed in 2014. Hungary selected Rosatom, without a tender, to build two VVER-1200 reactors at the Paks NPP for €12.5bn ($14.9bn). The general contractor is Rosatom’s engineering company ASE EC. The turbine island equipment is being supplied by GE, and the automated process control system (APCS) is being supplied by a consortium of Framatome and Siemens.

Date: Thursday, 02 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsphysical-protection-approvals-for-paks-ii-9048012

Four first-of-a-kind 3D-printed fuel assembly channel fasteners have been installed and are now under routine operating conditions at unit 2 of the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama. The components were produced at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Date: Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/3D-printed-components-in-service-at-TVA-reactor

Irradiated lead test rods containing Westinghouse's EnCore advanced fuel technology have arrived at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where they will undergo a year of testing to support regulatory licensing efforts. The fuel is being developed under the DOE's Accident Tolerant Fuel Program, an industry-led effort looking to commercialise new fuels within the decade.

Date: Thursday, 05 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Westinghouse-ATF-makes-progress-towards-approval

Move follows ‘performance issue’ related to damaged fuel rod claddings Unit 1 at the Taishan nuclear power station in southern China has been shut down for maintenance and to replace damaged fuel. Courtesy CGN. The Taishan-1 EPR nuclear plant in southern China has been taken offline for maintenance and to replace damaged fuel, two weeks after the country’s regulator said it was in “normal condition and operational safety is guaranteed” following a minor fuel rod cladding failure which resulted in increased radioactivity in the unit’s primary reactor coolant.

French nuclear company Framatome, which helps operate the plant, last month reported a “performance issue” which caused the US government to look into the possibility of a leak.

“After lengthy conversations between French and Chinese technical personnel, Taishan Nuclear Power Plant ... decided to shut down Unit 1 for maintenance,” China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) said on Friday in an online statement, adding that “a small amount of fuel damage” occurred during the operation of the reactor.

CGN said that both units of the plant had “maintained safe and stable operations throughout” and the faulty reactor was “completely under control”. The company said there had been “minor fuel damage” and the reactor was shut down for maintenance and to replace damaged fuel.

Date: Tuesday, 03 August 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/china-epr-goes-offline-for-maintenance-and-to-replace-damaged-fuel-8-1-2021

A Framatome employee inspects an advanced nuclear fuel assembly Courtesy Framatome. French nuclear company Framatome says it has achieved a significant milestone towards implementing nuclear fuel at higher enrichments and burnups after a key report was accepted for review by the US nuclear regulator.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission accepted for review a topical report to apply the company’s suite of advanced codes and methods to operating conditions with uranium-235 enrichments above the industry standard of five weight percent.

Framatome said the report’s submittal is a critical step towards introducing advanced products with increased enrichments and burnups, which improve fuel use to nuclear plant operators and safety and plant economics.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-nrc-accepts-key-topical-report-on-nuclear-fuel-for-review-7-4-2021

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review a topical report to apply Framatome's suite of Advanced Codes and Methods to operating conditions with uranium-235 enrichments above the industry standard of 5 weight percent. The report is a critical step towards implementing nuclear fuel at higher enrichments and burnups, the company said.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Framatome-advanced-fuel-technology-reaches-regulat

A Framatome employee inspects a Gaia fuel assembly Courtesy Framatome. The first reload of Framatome’s Gaia advanced accident-tolerant nuclear fuel has been installed in a US pressurised water reactor unit.

The French company said 64 fuel assemblies manufactured at its fuel fabrication facility in Richland, Washington, were loaded into the reactor as part of a standard spring refuelling outage.

It did not name the plant where the fuel had been loaded. In April 2019, Framatome said the first Gaia assemblies had been loaded into the reactor core of Unit 2 at Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear power plant.

Lionel Gaiffe, senior executive vice-president, fuel business unit at Framatome, said Gaia is the company’s most advanced pressurised water reactor fuel design. The fuel has several advanced features that provide added safety and economic benefits to nuclear plant operators.

Date: Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/first-reload-of-gaia-fuel-completed-at-us-pwr-7-2-2021

China's Ministry of Ecology & Environment (MEE) said on 16 June that there had been no leak at the Taishan NPP in Guangdong Province and rejected allegations by CNN that the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) had raised the permitted radiation levels near the plant. NNSA had reviewed specifications for noble gases used in the reactor coolant at Taishan, but this had "nothing to do with the detection of any radiation outside the nuclear plant”, MEE said.

Date: Friday, 18 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschina-reports-minor-fuel-rod-damage-but-no-leak-at-taishan-npp-8827632