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Holtec International delivered the first five of 15 modules for an on-site used fuel dry storage facility to Brazil's Angra nuclear power plant last week. The new storage facility, set to be commissioned at the end of this year, will create space in the almost full storage pools of units 1 and 2, allowing their continued operation.

Date: Tuesday, 07 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Brazilian-used-fuel-store-set-for-year-end-complet

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

Electricity generation is vital in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but scheduled refuelling and maintenance outages at nuclear power plants around the world must still go ahead. Operators are introducing risk-minimising procedures so outages that have been planned years in advance can proceed, while some are being prompted to rethink or extend scheduled outages.

Date: Saturday, 04 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Outage-management-adapts-to-COVID-19

US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT) announced on 31 March that the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programme exercised contract options in Q1 2020 with BWXT’s subsidiary Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) totalling approximately $128 million for fuel manufacturing work in support of US nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. Work under this 12-month contract is expected to begin later this year.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwxt-subsidiary-wins-us-navy-contract-7853060

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is dispatching a first batch of equipment to more than 40 countries to enable them to use a nuclear-derived technique to rapidly detect the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This emergency assistance is part of the IAEA's response to requests for support from around 90 Member States in controlling an increasing number of infections worldwide.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-dispatches-COVID-19-detection-equipment

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the transfer of the licence for Crystal River 3 from Duke Energy Florida to Accelerated Decommissioning Partners LLC subsidiary ADP CR3. The transfer will enable ADP CR3 to carry out active decommissioning of the former nuclear power plant.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NRC-approves-Crystal-River-licence-transfer

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

The project to build two AP1000 reactors is now about 84% complete The containment vessel top head has been lifted into place at Vogtle-4. Photo courtesy Georgia Power. The final major lifts inside the containment vessels for Georgia Power’s Vogtle-3 and -4 project are now complete following placement of the Unit 4 containment vessel top head on 27 March.

The containment vessel is a high-integrity steel structure that houses critical plant components. The top head is 40 metres in diameter, 12 metres tall, and weighs nearly 700,000 kg, more than two fully-loaded jumbo jets. It is comprised of 58 large plates, welded together, each more than an inch and a half thick.

The milestone comes about one year after the Unit 3 containment vessel top was lifted into place.

Before lifting the containment vessel top head, workers completed the placement of the 300-tonne polar crane inside the Unit 4 containment vessel. Once the unit is in operation, the polar crane will be used during refuelling outages to disassemble the reactor vessel and remove the reactor vessel’s integrated head package, which weighs approximately 215,000 kg and contains more than three miles of specialty electrical cables.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/containment-vessel-top-head-lifted-into-place-at-unit-4-3-1-2020

Nuclear power has responded to the call to action in the public health crisis that each and every one of us is facing, writes World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Message-Nuclear-power-in-the-fight-against-COVID19