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More delays for OL3
Commercial operation of the EPR at unit 3 of Finland’s Olkiluoto NPP (OL3) has been further delayed and is now expected to begin in September 2019, Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO)...
China prepares for start of world’s first AP1000
The Westinghouse-designed AP1000 reactor at unit 1 of China’s Sanmen NPP in Zhejiang province is expected to reach criticality at the end of June and go into commercial operation...
China’s first EPR achieves criticality
Electricite de France announced on 6 June that the first EPR third-generation nuclear reactor achieved criticality at China’s Taishan NPP in Guangdong province.
SNC-Lavalin hired to complete Bellafonte 1
Franklin Haney's Nuclear Development LLC on 7 June signed a letter of agreement to hire SNC-Lavalin, the American subsidiary of Canada’s SNC-Lavalin Nuclear to undertake engineering...
China to build four more Russian-design reactors
China on 8 June signed an agreement with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom for the construction of four Generation 3+ VVER-1200 reactors – units 3&4 at Xudabao nuclear plant...
More delays possible for Slovakia’s Mochovce 3&4
Completion of units 3 and 4 at Slovakia’s Mochovce nuclear plant may be delayed again, the Slovak Spectator reported on 5 June.
UK prepared to support Hitachi’s Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant
The UK government has begun negotiations with a Japan’s Hitachi over the new nuclear plant (NPP) planned for the Wylfa site on Anglesey
Hot functional tests completed at Finland’s OL3
Hot functional tests have been completed at unit 3 of Finland’s Olkiluoto NPP (OL3), Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) said in a statement on 30 May.
Toshiba to withdraw from South Texas Project
Japan’s Toshiba Corporation announced on 31 May that it is to withdraw from the project to build two advanced boiling water reactors (ABWRs) at the US South Texas Project (STP)...
UK to seek associate status to Euratom R&D post Brexit
The UK Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) on 23 May welcomed the government's intention to seek associate status to Euratom R&D programmes.
Uganda signs a co-operation agreement with China
The Ugandan government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to cooperate in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Jordan goes for SMRs
Jordan on 26 May announced plans to construct a small modular nuclear reactor with Russian assistance, instead of the $10bn two-unit nuclear power plant for which an agreement was...
Further delays for startup of UAE nuclear plant
The startup of the United Arab Emirates' $24.4bn Barakah nuclear plant has been delayed again, with unit 1 now expected to start operations between the end of 2019 and early 2020,...
Dome installed China’s Fangchenggang 3
The dome was installed on the containment building of China’s Fangchenggang 3 on 23 May. The reactor is the first of two demonstration Hualong One (HPR1000) units being built at the...
???China’s Yangjiang 5 connected to grid
Unit 5 of China’s Yangjiang nuclear plant in Guangdong province, the first ACPR1000 reactor to be built, was connected to the electricity grid on 23 May.
Expansion of Belarus NPP under consideration
Belarus is considering the possibility of building two more units at the Belarus nuclear plant, Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko told the Atomexpo-2018 Forum on 14 May.
Bulgaria revives Belene NPP project
The Bulgarian government on 16 May requested parliament to lift a ban on the development of the 2000MWe Belene NPP after state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC)...
Russia formally launches floating NPP
Russia in mid May formally launched the world's first floating nuclear power plant (FNPP), Akademik Lomonosov, at a ceremony in Murmansk where it will be loaded with nuclear fuel...
Progress for Argentina’s CAREM SMR
Argentina’s CAREM-25 small modular reactor (SMR) prototype has achieved a new milestone in the development its steam generators (SGs), according to Combustibles Nucleares...
NASA announces successful test of its Kilopower reactor
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on 2 May that it had completed a full power test of its Kilopower reactor, which exceeded government expectations.