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The pandemic has shown the resilience of the nuclear industry to act responsibly, both as a supplier of energy and as an employer, the head of the world's biggest uranium producer said today. In his address to delegates at the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum, Kazatomprom CEO Galymzhan Pirmatov said the wellbeing of the company's 20,000 employees was his first priority.

Date: Thursday, 15 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kazatomprom-put-health-before-profit-during-pandem

The business case behind the decision to restart the USA's only domestic uranium conversion facility announced earlier this year rested on suitable answers to several "puzzle piece" questions falling into place, ConverDyn's Malcolm Critchley told the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum yesterday.

Date: Thursday, 15 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-conversion-plant-gears-up-for-next-40-years

Russia’s Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrate Plant (part of Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL) intends to establish a production facility for the serial production of TVS-Kvadrat fuel for nuclear power plants of western design, Vladimir Rozhdestvensky, adviser to TVEL’s President, said on 9 April.

Date: Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-to-begin-serial-production-of-fuel-for-western-pwrs-8665740

Concreting of the cooling tower at the first unit of the Kursk II nuclear power plant in western Russia has started. At a height of 179 metres, the structure will be the tallest cooling tower in Russia. It is expected to be fully completed by 2024.

Date: Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Russias-tallest-cooling-tower-enters-next-construc

The engineering division of Rosatom - ASE EC JSC, ASE JSC, Atomenergoproekt JSC and Atomproekt JSC - confirmed on 11 April the successful implementation of a unified integrated management system (IMS) that meets the requirements of international standards ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 14001: 2015 and ISO 45001: 2018. The audit took place in a face-to-face and remote format in the form of an open dialogue between departments and representatives of the certification body. Despite the complexity of this format, all the participants showed high professionalism and promptly provided the requested information on the functioning of the system, ASE said. The organisation of work on the audit and support of the audited units was carried out by the employees of the integrated management system of JSC ASE EC under the leadership of Quality Director Sergei Gushchin, who oversees the development of IMS in the Engineering Division.

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatoms-engineering-division-meets-international-iso-standards-8663367

The body of the core melt localisation device (melt trap) was installed in the design position under the reactor shaft of unit 4 at the Kudankulam NPP under construction in India, Rosatom announced on 9 April. “Installation of the melt trap in the design position is an important step in the construction of the unit,” said Vadim Khlivnenko, Deputy Director for Projects in India, Head of Rosatom Engineering Department’s Construction Department at the Kudankulam site. “This is a unique protection system for a nuclear power plant and the first large-sized equipment to be installed in a reactor building. The melt trap, developed by Russian nuclear scientists is one of the most important safety systems to protect against beyond design basis accidents. The device body weighs over 160 tons. A super heavy erection crane was used to install it.

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmelt-trap-installed-at-kudankulam-4-8663492

Atommash, the Volgodonsk branch of AEM-Technologies JSC (part of Rosatom mechanical engineering division Atomenergomash) on 8 April shipped the first VVER-TOI nuclear reactor pressure vessel for the unit 1 of Russia’s Kursk-II NPP. VVER-TOI is a development by OKB Gidroress based on the technical solutions for VVER-1200 reactor plants. VVER-TOI reactors have increased power, improved technical and economic indicators and increased resistance to extreme external influences and natural disasters.

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsvver-toi-rpv-shipped-to-kursk-npp-8663497

The Arabelle steam turbine rotor arrived at Akkuyu on 20 March 2021. Image courtesy GE Steam Power. The rotor of the high and intermediate pressure cylinder for the Arabelle steam turbine manufactured by GE Steam Power has been delivered for Unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power station in southern Turkey, according to project developer Rosatom.

Rosatom, which is building the four-unit Akkuyu nuclear station near Mersin on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast, said the 107-tonne component, which is the largest in the turbine set, arrived onsite in mid-March 2021. It was manufactured by US-based GE Steam Power at its Belfort factory in France.

The steam turbine rotor is a key component to any powerplant. It allows the transfer of the turbine rotating movement to the generator, enabling the electrical output.

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/arabelle-steam-turbine-rotor-delivered-for-unit-1-at-turkey-plant-4-1-2021

AEM Technologies has manufactured and shipped the reactor pressure vessel for the Kursk 2-1 nuclear plant. Courtesy Rosatom. Russia’s AEM Technologies has manufactured and shipped the reactor pressure vessel for the Kursk 2-1 nuclear plant under construction in western Russia, the company said.

AEM Technologies, part of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom’s engineering division Atomenergomash, said this is the first RPV for the VVER-TOI reactor technology being used for Kursk 2-1 and Kursk 2-2. It was developed from the 1,200 MW AES-2006 pressurised water reactor.

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.

According to a statement, the 340-tonne RPV was tested at pressure levels of 24.5 MPa, about 1.4 times higher than actual operating pressure. The RPV required four welds to assemble in comparison to the six welds needed for the VVER-1200 RPV.

Date: Saturday, 10 April 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/aem-technologies-ships-rpv-for-kursk-2-1-nuclear-power-plant-4-5-2021

Introducing the 2020 report by Finnish company Fennovoima, CEO Joachim Specht said the Hanhikivi 1 project “is picking up speed and progressing well”. The Hanhikivi-1 project provides for the construction in Pyhajoki of a single-unit nuclear power plant based on a Russian-design VVER-1200 generation 3+ reactor. The project is currently at the stage of licensing and preparatory work is underway at the NPP construction site. A construction licence is expected in 2021. RAOS Project Oy is the general supplier under the EPC contract signed with Fennovoima on in 2013. RAOS Project, a 100% subsidiary of REIN JSC (part of Rosatom), was established in Finland in 2015 to implement the project.

Date: Friday, 09 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfennovoima-2020-report-says-hanhikivi-project-is-progressing-well-8657467