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A decree published by the government in France’s Official Journal on 25 March has postponed the deadline for the startup of unit 3 at France’s Flamanville nuclear power plant until 2024.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsflamanville-3-startup-pushed-back-to-2024-7853088

Generation III plant has seen a number of delays and cost overruns The Flamanville-3 nuclear unit in northern France. Photo courtesy EDF. A decree published by the government in France’s Official Journal on 27 March has postponed the deadline for the startup of the Flamanville-3 EPR nuclear power plant to 2024, 12 years later than the original target date.

An initial decree of 10 April 2007 set a 10-year deadline and a second, published in March 2017, extended the construction period to 13 years, or the spring of 2020.

Construction of a single Generation III 1,600-MW EPR began in 2007 at the site of an existing nuclear station at Flamanville in Normandy. Initial completion was scheduled for 2012, but the project encountered a series of delays and related cost overruns.

According to the latest reports, fuel loading at the plant is now expected to happen by the end of 2022.

Date: Thursday, 02 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/decree-sets-startup-deadline-of-2024-4-3-2020

The Ignalina nuclear power station in Lithuania. Photo courtesy EBRD. The Ignalina nuclear power station in Lithuania has announced a €73m tender to choose a contractor for the construction of a repository for solid radioactive waste.

According to press reports in Lithuania, citing information on the government’s central procurement portal, the competition was announced on 28 March and proposals will be accepted until 30 June.

INPP, the company operating the station, will use the repository for waste generated by the decommissioning of Ignalina’s two Soviet-era RBMK units, which were shut down permanently in line with requirements for Lithuania’s membership of the EU.

Ignalina-1 was shut down in December 2004 and Ignalina-2 in December 2009.

Date: Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/lithuania-announces-eur73m-tender-for-waste-repository-3-2-2020

The construction of the EPR unit at the Flamanville site in Normandy was authorised by the French government by a decree of 10 April 2007, which stated first fuel loading must be completed within thirteen years. With that date approaching, a new decree has extended the deadline by four years.

Date: Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Decree-delays-deadline-for-start-up-of-Flamanville

The Dynamic SNC consortium announced, 25 March, that it had completed a successful dry run of using an upending tool required to build the world’s largest tokamak nuclear fusion reactor for the ITER project under construction in France.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdynamic-snc-completes-dry-run-of-upending-tool-for-iter-tokamak-7845207

Czech power company CEZ on 25 March submitted an application to the State Office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB) for permission to construct new nuclear units at the Dukovany site.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscez-applies-to-build-new-nuclear-units-at-dukovany-7844971

Scientists working on the Joint European Torus (JET) device have discovered that neon could be used to force extreme heat load away from a fusion reactor's exhaust system while maintaining high performance. Recent tests used neon to radiate and improve the edge of plasma known as a 'pedestal', which separates the very hot core from a cooler layer and away from material surfaces.

Date: Saturday, 28 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/JET-team-discovers-neon-can-improve-plasma-barrier

Expansion of the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator fusion device at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald is entering a new stage with the final delivery of components for the divertor.

Date: Friday, 20 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsexpansion-of-the-wendelstein-7-x-stellarator-underway-7830324

The Wendelstein 7-X stellarator-type fusion device at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics. PHoto courtesy IPP. The next stage has begun of work to upgrade of the world’s largest stellarator-type fusion device at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald, Germany.

IPP said installation of new water-cooled inner cladding of the plasma vessel will make the Wendelstein 7-X facility suitable for higher heating power and longer plasma pulses.

The new cladding’s centrepiece, the so-called divertor, was manufactured by the institute’s Garching branch. It was delivered to Greifswald on 17 March and installation work will last until well into next year.

Fusion systems of the stellarator type promise high-performance plasmas in continuous operation. Accordingly, heat and particles from the hot plasma permanently stress the vessel walls. It is the task of the divertor – a system of specially equipped baffle plates to which the particles from the edge of the plasma are magnetically directed – to regulate the interaction between plasma and wall.

Date: Thursday, 19 March 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/upgrade-work-enters-new-phase-for-germany-s-wendelstein-7-x-3-3-2020

The upgrade of the world's largest stellarator-type fusion device - Germany's Wendelstein 7-X - is set to enter a new stage with the final delivery of components for the so-called divertor. Preparations for installation of the water-cooled inner cladding components have been completed, with installation work expected to continue well into next year.

Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Upgrade-of-Wendelstein-7-X-continues