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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company said on 3 May that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Laveer Engineering, a specialised nuclear engineering firm in Ontario, Canada. The acquisition will further expand Westinghouse's Candu capabilities, enabling the company to deploy its expertise to Candu reactor operators worldwide. It also brings a unique combination of tooling and nuclear plant design to Westinghouse customers.

Date: Wednesday, 05 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-expands-candu-capabilities-8718864

Entergy Corporation's Indian Point unit 3 will be shut down tomorrow after nearly 60 years of nuclear power generation at the site in New York state. The closure will bring to an end a world record-breaking run for the pressurised water reactor (PWR).

Date: Friday, 30 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Indian-Point-celebrates-record-run-as-closure-appr

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) said on 30 March that its Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability (CCNS) has joined forces with Moltex Energy in a project aimed at recycling used fuel from Candu reactors. CCNS will provide CAD1 million ($795,000) in funding to assist Moltex in demonstrating the technical viability of a new process to recycle used Candu fuel.

Date: Friday, 02 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsopg-and-moltex-launch-project-to-recycle-candu-fuel-8644674

Pickering is one of three nuclear power stations owned by OPG. The company has a total of 18 Candu reactors. Ontario Power Generation’s Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability (CCNS) has joined forces with Moltex Energy on a project aimed at recycling used fuel from Candu reactors.

CCNS will provide CAD1m (€680,000) in funding to help Canada-based Moltex demonstrate the technical viability of a new process to recycle used Candu fuel.

When removed from an operating reactor, used Candu fuel still contains energy in the form of fissionable uranium and plutonium isotopes, which cannot be used without removing fission products. Moltex’s process would recover these energy resources and prepare them for use as new fuel in other advanced reactor designs, potentially reducing the volume of the material requiring long-term storage in a deep geological repository.

Date: Thursday, 01 April 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/opg-and-moltex-launch-project-to-recycle-used-fuel-from-candu-reactors-3-3-2021

Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability (CCNS) and Moltex Energy are to collaborate on a project to demonstrate the technical viability of recycling used fuel from Candu reactors. OPG is providing CAD1 million (USD800,000) in funding for the project.

Date: Thursday, 01 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-partnership-to-explore-nuclear-fuel-recyc

Romania’s state-owned nuclear utility Nuclearelectrica is taking measures to integrate its nuclear fuel production, Energy Minister Virgil Popescu said on 23 March. This came after Nuclearelectrica said in a statement filed with the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) on 19 March that it had signed an agreement to acquire some assets within the uranium concentrate processing line at the Feldioara facility owned by the National Uranium Company (Compania Na?ionala a Uraniului - CNU). The strategic decision to acquire part of Feldioara's assets necessary for the processing and refining of the raw material from which the U3O8 required for the manufacture of fuel assemblies is obtained, is aimed at ensuring Nuclearelectrica's integrated production capabilities, the company said.

Date: Friday, 26 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsromania-consolidates-its-nuclear-sector-in-wake-of-uranium-company-collapse-8625783

Canada’s SNC-Lavalin Group has become a Founding Member of the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII), joining other industry leaders to accelerate the pace of clean energy innovation, NII said on 4 March. SNC-Lavalin’s CANDU reactors represent more than 20,000 MW of installed capacity in eight countries worldwide. SNC-Lavalin is also an instrumental player in Canada’s largest clean energy infrastructure projects. It is bringing its expertise and support to Bruce Power’s $13 billion Major Component Replacement programme that will extend the life of the Bruce reactors to 2064.

Date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssnc-lavalin-joins-canadas-nuclear-innovation-institute-8584874

Canada’s Bruce Power said on 24 February that it was celebrating a successful first year of its Major Component Replacement (MCR) project which began in January 2020 with the start of its unit 6 refurbishment. Bruce Power said it had been a challenging year in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: Friday, 26 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbruce-power-marks-successful-first-year-of-mcr-8547811

CEO says project to add two new units at the site will cost €7bn The Cernavodă nuclear power station in Romania has two Candu reactor units. The construction of two new units at the Cernavodă nuclear power station in Romania will cost €7b with an investment decision and mobilisation at the construction site estimated for 2024, Cosmin Ghita, chief executive officer of state nuclear company Nuclearelectrica, told a press conference.

“We expect the commissioning of Unit 3 to happen around 2030- 2031, which means that the actual construction works would start around 2024,” Mr Ghita said during an online seminar organised by local economic newspaper Ziarul Financiar.

He said the company is close to completing a feasibility study for the project and will submit it for approval to shareholders shortly.

In October 2020, Romania and the US signed a draft cooperation agreement for the construction of Cernavodă-3 and -4 and the refurbishment of Cernavodă-1.

Date: Friday, 26 February 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclearelectrica-aiming-to-start-construction-of-new-cernavoda-unit-in-2024-2-4-2021

Bruce Power's Major Component Replacement project remains on track despite a two-month delay caused by the pandemic, the company said yesterday as it marked the first anniversary of the start of work at Bruce 6.

Date: Thursday, 25 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Bruce-Power-marks-first-year-of-refurbishment-proj