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An agreement between the Czech government and power utility CEZ on the construction of the new unit at the Dukovany nuclear plant will be announced in a few weeks, Industry Minister Karel Havlícek, said on 11 February, adding that the final details are still being fine-tuned.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsczech-republic-committed-to-building-new-dukovany-unit-7782255

The Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry (Gosatomnadzor) has begun a 30-day inspection of the nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus to assess its readiness to take delivery of fuel. The regulator will also check operator BelNPP's managerial and technical alignment with legislative standards, including those concerning nuclear and radiation safety.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Belarus-inspects-Ostrovets-plant-ahead-of-fuel-loa

Unit 1 of the Belarus nuclear plant is preparing for start-up, Belarus Deputy Minister of Energy Mikhail Mikhadyuk said on 12 February.

Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfinance-discussed-as-unit-1-of-belarus-npp-prepares-for-start-up-7773070

A computer generated image of the Hanhikivi nuclear station in Finland. Courtesy Fennovoima. Japan Steel Works has started forging of the generator rotor for the Hanhikivi-1 nuclear power plant project in northern Finland, owner Fennovoima said in a statement today.

According to the statement, forging will take approximately nine months, after which the rotor will be transported to a GE Steam Power factory in France’s Belfort to be machined.

The generator rotor weighs 240 tonnes, is 14 metres long, and has a two-metre diameter.

Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/production-of-main-components-for-hanhikivi-1-begins-2-5-2020

The agreement between the Czech government and utility ČEZ on the construction of a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant will be published within a few weeks, Minister of Industry Karel Havlíček said on 11 February. Havlíček was speaking to journalists during his visit to the plant, and his comments were reported by ČTK news agency the same day.

Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Dukovany-expansion-agreement-expected-soon-says-mi

Russia’s AEM Technologies Volgodonsk branch on 12 February completed a key stage in the manufacture of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) for unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear plant in Turkey.

Date: Friday, 14 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswelding-completed-on-reactor-pressure-vessel-for-turkeys-akkuyu-1-7770447

Installation of the first tier of the outer protective shell around the first reactor of the Kursk II nuclear power plant under construction in western Russia has been completed ahead of schedule. The unit will be the first to use the VVER-TOI (typical optimised, with enhanced information) design.

Date: Friday, 14 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Protective-shield-installation-gathers-pace-at-Kur

AEM Technology, part of Russia's Atomenergomash, has completed the welding together of the two halves of the reactor vessel for the first unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant which is under construction in Mersin province, in southern Turkey.

Date: Thursday, 13 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Russia-seals-Akkuyu-reactor-vessel

Egyptian specialists are undergoing training at Russia’s Kursk II nuclear power plant, Atomstroyexport (ASE), part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom said last week.

Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsegyptian-specialists-undergo-training-at-russias-kursk-nuclear-plant-7764799