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Russia’s Atommash has completed the welding of the lower half of the reactor pressure vessel for one of the two new units at the Kursk 2 nuclear power station under construction in western Russia, which will be the first to use the Generation III+ VVER-TOI design.

Atommash, part of Atomenergomash, the engineering division of state nuclear corporation Rosatom, said the weld would now be inspected and anti-corrosion coating added. It did not say which of the two Kursk units the RPV was for, but it is likely to be Kursk 2-1.

The VVER-TOI reactor technology is being used for Kursk 2-1 and Kursk 2-2. It was developed from the 1,200 MW AES-2006 pressurised water reactor.

Construction of Kursk 2-1 began in April 2018 and of Kursk 2-2 in April 2019.

Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/welding-complete-of-lower-half-of-kursk-2-rpv-2-2-2020

Turkey is reassessing its major partner for a second NPP to be built in the Black Sea province of Sinop, Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez said on 19 January. He told the Anadolu Agency, that the time schedule and pricing of the nuclear power plant in Sinop fell short of the ministry’s expectations after the results of feasibility studies, carried out by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). “We agreed with the Japanese side to not continue our cooperation regarding this matter,” Dönmez said, adding that Turkey may hold talks with other suppliers for construction of the plant. The project was agreed on by the Japanese and Turkish governments in 2013. A consortium led by MHI was conducting a feasibility study until March for the construction of a 4,500MWe plant in Sinop.

Date: Monday, 27 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsturkey-looks-to-cancel-japan-sinop-project-7653758

Akkuyu Nuclear, owner/operator of the Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkey by Russian nuclear state corporation Rosatom, on 9 December signed a connection agreement with Turkish Electricity Transmission Company (TEIAS) TEIAS. This will enable work to begin on a power distribution system for Akkuyu NPP, which will include six high-voltage transmission lines. Under the agreement, the power generated by Akkuyu NPP will be transmitted from the Akkuyu NPP switchgear via 400 kV power lines to six transformer substations that are part of Turkey's unified energy system. The total length of the high-voltage lines that will be built as part of the Akkuyu NPP power distribution scheme will exceed 1000 km.

Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsturkish-grid-operator-signs-transmission-agreement-for-akkuyu-npp-7549458

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom on 28 November announced the start of the construction of a molten salt research reactor (JSR) at the Zheleznogorsk Mining and Chemical Combine (MCC).

Date: Tuesday, 03 December 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-to-develop-molten-salt-reactor-7534959

Unit 1 of Russia's Leningrad II nuclear power plant has been integrated into the heat supply system of the city of Sosnovy Bor, operator Rosenergoatom has announced. The VVER-1200 reactor will replace electricity and heating capacity lost with the closure last December of the first of four RBMK-1000 units at the nearby Leningrad plant.

Date: Tuesday, 03 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Leningrad-II-plant-begins-providing-district-heati

Welding of the reactor pressure vessel cover for Unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power station in Turkey has been completed Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

The RPV Cover is being supplied by Rosatom subsidiary Atomenergomash, which is supplying reactor equipment for all four units planned for Akkuyu. Atomenergomash said the welding had taken 17 days.

In July the first major components, including the melt trap, arrived onsite at Akkuyu. The 150-tonne melt trap, also known as a core catcher, is a key feature of the passive safety system for the Russia-supplied VVER-1200 reactor.

The Akkuyu nuclear power station is being built near Mersin on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast for €20bn under an intergovernmental contract signed in 2010.

Date: Thursday, 28 November 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/russia-completes-welding-of-rpv-cover-for-first-akkuyu-reactor-11-3-2019

The core catcher has been installed at the Kursk 2-2 nuclear power plant under construction in western Russia, state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

The core catcher is a device provided to catch the molten core material, or corium, of a nuclear reactor in the event of a nuclear meltdown and to prevent it from escaping the containment.

Rosatom said the core catcher has been adapted to site conditions and has increased seismic resistance, hydrodynamic and impact strength, and flood protection. The core catcher is one of the features which make the 1,115-MW VVER-TOI unit a Generation III+ plant.

Construction of Kursk 2-2 began in April 2019. Construction of the first unit, Kursk 2-1, began in April 2018.

Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/core-catcher-installed-at-generation-iii-kursk-2-2-11-2-2019

Leonam Guimaraes, president of Brazil's state nuclear power company Eletronuclear, told Reuters that Brazil plans to complete the delayed unit 3 at its Angra NPP in partnership with either China's National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), France's EDF or Russia state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbrazil-seeks-partners-to-complete-angra-3-7478476

The core catcher for the second unit at Kursk II in Russia has been delivered to the construction site in Western Russia. Kursk II will be the first nuclear power plant to use the VVER-TOI (typical optimised, with enhanced information) reactor design.

Date: Saturday, 26 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kursk-II-2-core-catcher-arrives-on-site

Rusatom Automated Control Systems (RASU), a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, and the Franco-German consortium Framatome-Siemens have signed an agreement to manufacture, deliver and commission automated process control systems for units 5 and 6 of the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary. The contract was awarded by competitive tender, Rosatom said.

Date: Thursday, 24 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/French-German-Russian-firms-plan-work-for-Hungary