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Russia plans to complete the construction of the fifth power unit with a BN-1200M fast reactor at the Beloyarsk NPP by 2035, according to the press service of the Beloyarsk NPP.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-to-build-bn1200-by-2035-9406431

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

Russian nuclear equipment producer Atomenergomash has begun manufacturing the main components for Unit 6 of the Kudankulam nuclear power station under construction in Tamil Nadu, southern India.

The Russian state company said it has started the manufacturing process for the plant’s reactor pressure vessel (RPV) and steam generator set.

In a nuclear power plant, the RPV is one of the largest reactor components, a vessel containing the nuclear reactor coolant, core shroud, and the reactor core and fuel. Steam generators act as heat exchangers where water carrying heat generated from the nuclear reaction is used to turn demineralised water into steam.

According to Atomenergomash, the various parts of the RPV and steam generators have already been forged, but are now being tested and are undergoing preliminary anti-corrosion procedures. The final manufacturing stage will consist of assembly of the components by welding.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/russia-begins-manufacturing-of-main-components-for-kudankulam-6-1-1-2022

Licensing work for the planned Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant in Finland has progressed "to the homestretch", with the final licensing materials expected to be submitted to the nuclear regulator over the next couple of months, Fennovoima has said.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Hanhikivi-1-licensing-work-nears-completion

Brazil has begun a process to identify sites for the new nuclear power units it plans to have in operation by 2050. The Ministry of Mines and Energy has secured cooperation of specialists at Cepel for a siting study.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Brazil-looks-to-nuclear-expansion

Russia’s Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC – part of Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL) has signed a contract with Atomenergoproekt (part of Rosatom’s Engineering Division) for the design of the used fuel reprocessing module, which will support operation of the Brest-OD-300 reactor.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-to-complete-design-of-fuel-reprocessing-module-for-brest-reactor-by-2024-9400778

Scientists of Russia’s Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) are investigating the behaviour of welded joints made of E110 zirconium alloy, obtained by means of laser welding with the aim of developing accident tolerant fuel.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-scientists-develop-chrome-coatings-to-protect-fuel-assemblies-9401086

The Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant Authority (NPPA) has applied for a permit for construction of units 3 and 4 of El Dabaa nuclear power plant.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslicensing-documentation-submitted-for-el-dabaa-34-9401137

Egypt's El Dabaa nuclear power project has moved forward with the application for construction licences for units 3 and 4. The application comes six months after the same step for units 1 and 2.

Date: Thursday, 13 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Applications-made-to-build-El-Dabaa-units-3-and-4

A contract has been signed to design the used fuel reprocessing module of the Pilot Demonstration Energy Complex (PDEC) facility under construction at Seversk in Russia.

Date: Wednesday, 12 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Reprocessing-contract-signed-for-fast-reactor-comp