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Russia’s Rusatom - Additive Technologies (RusAT, part of fuel company TVEL) has launched 3D printing of valves for ventilators. Meanwhile, another Rosatom company Sterion has stepped up efforts to sterile masks for Russian medical facilities.

Date: Tuesday, 07 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-supplies-valves-for-ventilators-and-mask-sterilisation-services-7858820

The ETRR-2 research reactor in Egypt. Photo courtesy Rosatom. Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP) and the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority have signed a 10-year contract for Russia to supply low-enriched uranium (LEU) for the ETRR-2 research reactor.

Russia’s Tvel nuclear fuel company, of which NCCP is a subsidiary, said the contract is a logical follow-up to a number of contracts for the shipment of fuel components to Egypt in recent years.

The Argentinian-designed multipurpose ETRR-2, Egypt’s only reactor, uses uranium fuel with an enrichment of 19.75%. The reactor is used for research in particle physics, materials engineering, and the production of stable isotopes.

Tvel, a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, said it considers Egypt an important and promising market. The company already has a contract for nuclear fuel supplies to the future El Dabaa nuclear station in the north of the African country. The contract covers supplies to all four power units of El Dabaa during the facility’s entire operational lifetime.

Date: Tuesday, 07 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/russia-to-supply-leu-for-etrr-2-research-reactor-4-1-2020

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government responses could disrupt or delay construction, testing, supervisory and support activities at the Vogtle 3 and 4 construction project, but it is too early to say what those effects will be, Southern Company has told the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Russia's Rosatom is looking into the possibility of returning part of the Russian personnel from overseas nuclear power plant construction sites.

Date: Saturday, 04 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/COVID-impact-on-construction-projects-not-yet-clea

On 31 March, the first 10kV power supply section was connected to unit 2 of the Belarus nuclear power plant, which is being built in Ostravets by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.  

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newspower-supply-installed-for-belarus-2-7854209

The Beloyarsk-3 nuclear power plant in Russia, which will now operate until at least 2025. Photo courtesy Rostom. Russia’s nuclear regulator Rostekhnadzor has granted a licence for the Beloyarsk-3 nuclear power plant in Sverdlovsk Oblast, central Russia, to operate until 2025.

Since 2009 the BN-600 fast breeder reactor unit, which began commercial operation in 1981, has been undergoing a large-scale modernisation programme, including the addition of several additional safety features such as a second reactor emergency protection unit, an emergency air heat exchanger system and a backup control panel. The steam generator modules were also replaced, Rosatom said.

In 2010, Rostekhnadzor conditionally approved the unit’s operation until 2025, but issued a licence only until 2020 after asking for more information about the long-term operability of some irreplaceable reactor components.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/regulator-approves-operation-of-beloyarsk-3-fbr-until-2025-4-4-2020

The Belarusian nuclear power station. Photo courtesy Rosatom. The Belarusian-2 nuclear power plant under construction near the border with Lithuania has been connected to the power supply, a step which will allow the full commissioning process to begin.

Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom said the power supply is for the plant’s own needs and connection is being carried out in stages.

Rosatom said a properly planned programme of step-by-step voltage supply to various plant will make it possible to ensure the unit is ready for key commissioning stages scheduled for the end of this year.

Russia is constructing and commissioning two VVER-1200 pressurised water reactors at the site and expects the first unit to be connected to the grid this year.

Date: Thursday, 02 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/unit-2-at-belarusian-nuclear-station-connected-to-power-supply-4-3-2020

Russian nuclear regulator Rostekhnadzor has extended the operating licence for unit 3 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in the Sverdlovsk district by a further five years. The licence for the BN-600 fast reactor, which began operating in 1981, was due to expire this year.

Date: Thursday, 02 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/BN-600-licensed-to-operate-until-2025

Czech utility ČEZ has applied to the State Office for Nuclear Safety to construct two new reactors at its Dukovany nuclear power plant. Four VVER-440 units are currently in operation at the site, in Vysočina Region.

Date: Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/CEZ-applies-to-build-two-new-units-at-Dukovany

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rosatom has introduced additional measures to protect the health of workers at both its operating nuclear power plants and those it is constructing around the world. In a statement, Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov said the Russian state nuclear corporation has developed additional contingency plans for various scenarios of the coronavirus pandemic.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rosatom-takes-measures-to-protect-workers-from-COV

Finland’s Fennovoima has issued a progress report on the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant project, detailing developments in 2019.  

Date: Friday, 27 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfennovoima-issues-progress-report-on-hanhikivi-7839412