Nuclear reactor in Shimane prefectural capital passes safety review

A reactor in western Japan, installed in the country’s sole nuclear plant built in a prefectural capital, cleared a national safety screening on Wednesday. The No. 2 unit of Chugoku Electric Power Co.’s nuclear plant in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, became the 17th reactor across a total of 10 nuclear plants nationwide to pass stricter safety …

China’s HTGR demonstration reactor achieves criticality

The first criticality was achieved in China’s high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) nuclear power demonstration project in Rongcheng, East China’s Shandong province, on September 12. This marks another example of major progress made by the project following the completion of cold and hot functional tests at the plant’s two reactors, as well as its first fuel …

Ukraine intends to build NPPs, nuclear fuel production plant based on Skhidny Mining with U.S. support

The project for the development of nuclear energy worth $9.6 billion presented in the United States includes the construction of two power units of the Khmelnytsky nuclear power plant (NPP) and small modular reactors (SMRs), as well as a project for the construction of a nuclear fuel production plant on the basis of PJSC Skhidny …

Senate passes clean energy proposal after House adjourns from special session

The Illinois Senate approved a massive clean energy omnibus package after midnight on Tuesday evening, clearing the last major piece of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s political agenda for a vote in the House. The proposal aims to put one million electric vehicles on Illinois roads over the next nine years, and to transition the sixth largest …

Fuel loading under way at China’s HTR-PM

The loading of spherical fuel elements has begun at the demonstration high-temperature gas-cooled reactor plant (HTR-PM) at Shidaowan, in China’s Shandong province. The milestone came one day after the issuance of an operating licence for the twin-unit plant, which is scheduled to start operations later this year. China’s nuclear regulator, the National Nuclear Safety Administration, …