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The Volgodonsk branch of Russia’s AEM-Technologies (part of the engineering division of Rosatom, Atomenergomash) has manufactured and shipped the internals of the nuclear reactor for unit 1 of the Rooppur NPP under construction in Bangladesh.

Date: Friday, 22 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-ships-reactor-internals-for-rooppur-1-8466401

Reactor at existing site could be completed within 10 years The existing Kozloduy nuclear station in Bulgaria. Courtesy Kozloduy NPP. The Bulgarian cabinet has approved a report on the possibility of building a new nuclear power unit at the existing Kozloduy nuclear power station in the northwest of the country, with completion possible within 10 years, the government’s press service said.

According to the report, prepared by the Bulgarian ministry of energy, a second site at Kozloduy has already received a positive environmental impact assessment from the regulator. The EIA included Russian VVER and US AP-1000 pressurised water reactor technology.

The report noted that construction of a seventh unit at Kozloduy, which has four shut-down units and two in operation, could use equipment from the Belene nuclear project.

In October 2020, the government gave permission to state-owned Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH), which owns Kozloduy, to negotiate with US nuclear companies about deploying a new reactor at Kozloduy.

Date: Friday, 22 January 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/uncertainty-over-belene-as-sofia-approves-ministry-report-on-new-kozloduy-unit-1-4-2021

Scientists at Russia’s DI Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology (MUCTR) have developed a new technology for the manufacture of a sorbent for the elusive form of radioactive iodine - methyl iodide.

Date: Thursday, 21 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-scientists-develop-a-supersorbent-for-radioactive-iodine-8462287

Nine Russian scientific institutes, centres and universities have united into a consortium for the development of new generation nuclear energy technologies, including closed nuclear fuel cycle technologies, fast neutron reactors (FBR), new materials for advanced energy technologies and innovative projects of nuclear power plants, the National Research University - Moscow Power Engineering Institute (NRUN-MEPhI) announced.

Date: Thursday, 21 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-academic-consortium-set-up-to-develop-new-generation-nuclear-technologies-8462309

AEM Technologies has shipped the reactor pressure vessel internals for Rooppur-1. Courtesy Rosatom. AEM Technologies, part of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom's engineering division Atomenergomash, has manufactured and shipped the reactor pressure vessel internals for Unit 1 of the Rooppur nuclear power station under construction in Bangladesh.

Reactor internals are the major structures within the RPV. The primary function of the internals is to support the core, the control rod assemblies, the core support structure, and the reactor pressure vessel surveillance capsules.

Atomenergomash said the equipment weighs of 179 tonnes and includes an 11-metre core barrel, core baffle and a protective tube unit.

Date: Thursday, 21 January 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/russia-ships-rpv-internals-for-rooppur-1-1-3-2021

A December 2020 file photo of the Hanhikivi nuclear site in Finland. Courtesy Fennovoma. The Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes) has issued a chemical permit for the handling and storage of large amounts of hazardous chemicals required at the Hanhikivi-1 nuclear power plant under construction in northern Finland.

Hanhikivi owner Fennovoima said the permit concerns the large-scale storage and use of chemicals during the operation of the Russia-supplied plant. Hazardous chemicals will be stored and used at the facility in the management of water chemistry, in cleaning processes, in the cooling of the generator and as fuel for the backup generators.

Radioactive substances are excluded from the scope of the chemical safety legislation, so radiation safety is not considered in the permit process. Radiation safety is supervised by the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (Stuk).

Date: Wednesday, 20 January 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/agency-issues-chemicals-permit-for-hanhikivi-1-nuclear-plant-1-2-2021

Equipment for Japan’s JT-60SA tokamak manufactured by Russia’s DV Efremov Scientific Research Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus (NIIEFA) passed acceptance tests at the tokamak site in Naka on 13 January.

Date: Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-equipment-accepted-for-japans-jt-60sa-tokamak-8458747

Unit 2 of the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in western Russia passed 1 terawatt hours of electricity production on 15 January, a milestone in its four months of pilot operation that started in November last year.

Date: Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Leningrad-II-2-achieves-1-TWh-milestone

Energy consumption from fossil fuels is expected to decrease due to a stated commitment to lower carbon dioxide emissions and address climate change. This reduction will inevitably increase demand for other energy sources, including nuclear – currently the fastest growing source of energy worldwide. Many countries have stated plans to build new nuclear reactors to cope with demand, including China, India, Russia, UK, and the USA. Others are investing heavily in upgrading existing facilities, including Canada and France.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdemand-increases-for-nuclear-metal-tubing-as-higher-energy-consumption-leads-to-plans-for-new-reactors-worldwide-8453732

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-real-challenges-to-nuclear-are-external,-says