China readying for nuclear expansion, says Zheng

The future of nuclear power in China is promising, Zheng Mingguang, Chief Engineer at China’s State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) told World Nuclear Association’s Strategic eForum 2020yesterday. He believes both the use of large and small-scale reactors will find applications in China beyond just electricity generation. Speaking during the high-level panel Driving investment towards nuclear projects, …

Port at Padma river became fully operational on Rooppur NPP construction site (Bangladesh)

Freight water terminal located at Padma river became fully operational on Rooppur NPP construction site in Bangladesh (General Contractor — JSC “Atomstroyexport”, a company of Rosatom Engineering Division). The port is intended for receiving various process equipment for the construction and further operation of Nuclear Power Plant, including the delivery of fresh fuel and removal …

Top miner Kazatomprom buys uranium as inventory under pressure

Kazatomprom KZAP.KZ, KAPq.L, the world’s No. 1 uranium miner, has started buying the metal on the spot market and may purchase more this year to replenish its stock after the coronavirus pandemic upended the global market, it said on Thursday. Supply disruptions have accelerated the rebalancing of the nuclear fuel market, pushing up the spot price and prompting …

First reactor of Belarusian nuclear power plant loaded with fuel

All the nuclear fuel has been loaded into the first unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Physical launch operations continue, BelTA learned from Vigen Marukhyan, Head of the Nuclear Safety Regulation Office of the Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry (Gosatomnadzor), on 20 August. According to the source, as of …

Kazatomprom to maintain uranium output cuts through 2022

Kazatomprom KZAP.KZ, KAPq.L, the world’s biggest uranium miner, will keep its output reduced by 20% through 2022, it said on Wednesday, in order to help the market recover. “The decision to keep production similar year-over-year, and extend production curtailment into 2022, is indicative of a global uranium market that is still recovering from a long period of …

Permit to construct Egypt’s Dabaa Nuclear Power Station may be issued late in 2021

Chairman of the Nuclear Plants Agency Amgad al-Wakil told Egypt Today that the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA) is expected to issue the permit to construct Dabaa Nuclear Power Station in the second half of 2021. Wakil pointed out that the agency applied for the permit on March 10, 2019, and that it …

Wylfa backers ready for quick restart on nuclear power plant

Backers of the £20bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant on Anglesey are poised to restart work, as “detailed conversations” get underway with government. Horizon Nuclear Power chief executive Duncan Hawthorne has revealed that conversations with government about a new funding mechanism are ongoing. Enabling work at the site was suspended in January 2019 after Hitachi, …

Tianwan 5 achieves grid connection

Unit 5 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China’s Jiangsu province has been connected to the grid for the first time. The 1080 MWe domestically-designed ACPR1000 pressurised water reactor achieved the milestone at 19:52 local time on 8 August, China National Nuclear Corporation announced today. The unit, which achieved first criticality on 27 July, …