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Rosatom scientists have completed a key stage of reactor tests on laboratory fuel samples for a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR). Russia views HTGRs as important to future plans for the production of hydrogen. An engineering nuclear power station (AETS -Atomnoi EnregoTekhnologicheskoi Stantsii) based on HTGRs is being developed by nuclear utility Rosenergoatom (part of Rosatom) as part of an investment project to create domestic technologies for the large-scale production and consumption of hydrogen and hydrogen-containing products.

Date: Saturday, 24 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-tests-fuel-for-planned-htgr-plant-11541259

UK-based nuclear technology company newcleo has announced a strategic and industrial partnership with France's NAAREA designed "to support all players in their industrial, technological, scientific and regulatory development" of Generation IV fast neutron reactors.

Date: Friday, 19 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnewcleo-and-naarea-partner-to-support-fast-reactor-development-11445892

Czech power utility CEZ Group's Elektrárna Dukovany II (EDU II), a wholly owned subsidiary has received three final bids for the construction of a new unit at the Dukovany NPP. US-based Westinghouse, France’s EDF and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) submitted binding bids for Dukovany 5 and non-binding bids for the other three units. Westinghouse is proposing its AP1000, KHNP its APR1000 based in the APR1400 and EDF its EPR1200 (a smaller version of its standard EPR). These are all pressurised water reactors. Russia and China were excluded from the bidding in 2021.

Date: Friday, 03 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfinal-bids-submitted-for-new-dukovany-npp-units-11265668

France’s Framatome says its Enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel (EATF) assembly has completed its first cycle of operation at unit 2 of the US Calvert Cliffs NPP in Maryland, marking significant progress and an important step toward market readiness of accident tolerant fuel (ATF) technology. Some 24 months of operation, testing and inspections “confirm the robust fuel characteristics safely withstood in-reactor conditions and performed as designed”, Framatome noted.

Date: Friday, 28 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsframatomes-accident-tolerant-fuel-completes-test-cycle-in-us-reactor-11032449

US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a Front-End Engineering & Design (FEED) contract with Bulgaria’s Kozloduy NPP-Newbuild for a AP1000 reactor to be constructed at the Kozloduy NPP site. Westinghouse said work was starting to assess Bulgarian industry and existing infrastructure at the Kozloduy site for its potential to host an AP1000 reactor.

Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-signs-contract-for-ap1000-with-bulgaria-10952237

Westinghouse has signed a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract with Kozloduy NPP-Newbuild for the construction of an AP1000 reactor at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant site in Bulgaria.

Date: Friday, 16 June 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/FEED-contract-signed-for-Bulgarian-AP1000

The production of cobalt-60 is critical to healthcare and, with demand soaring, the challenge is to expand supply, writes Martin Comben from the International Irradiation Association.

Date: Wednesday, 29 March 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-critical-production-of-cobalt-60-in-nuclear-re

US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bulgaria’s Kozloduy NPP - Newbuild on the potential deployment of one or more AP1000 reactors at the site. The agreement establishes a joint working group to initiate planning for the Generation III+ nuclear technology. The working group will also evaluate regulatory, licensing and design bases to ensure full compliance with applicable regulations.

Date: Wednesday, 08 March 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-signs-mou-for-possible-ap1000-unit-at-kozloduy-npp-10656328

Czech power company CEZ expects to invest more than CZK2.3bn ($104m) in the Dukovany NPP in 2023, almost CZK500m more than last year. The investments are primarily aimed at ensuring the plant can continue to operate until at least 2047. Dukovany is also switching to 16-month fuel campaigns for all four units and plans to recruit about 100 new employees.

Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsez-invests-in-dukovany-upgrades-10558463

Bulgaria's parliament has mandated the caretaker government to begin talks with the USA on a potential agreement for the construction of two additional reactors at Kozloduy NPP using US Westinghouse AP-1000 technology. The decision was passed by 112 votes to 45 with 39 abstentions in the 240-seat National Assembly.

Date: Saturday, 21 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbulgaria-to-begin-discussions-with-usa-on-nuclear-expansion-10531926