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 …

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, …

Turbine tests completed at China’s HTR-PM

Testing of the steam turbine using non-nuclear steam has been completed at the demonstration high-temperature gas-cooled reactor plant (HTR-PM) at Shidaowan, in China’s Shandong province. The twin-unit HTR-PM is scheduled to start operations later this year. Non-nuclear steam flushing is an important test for nuclear power projects to check the operating quality of steam turbine …

Preparations begin for next Turkish unit

Preparations have begun for the construction of the fourth unit at Turkey’s Akkuyu nuclear power plant, Akkuyu Nuclear has confirmed, with excavations for the reactor building, turbine hall, auxiliary reactor building and other main facilities now under way. Separately, Netherlands-based geotechnical survey company Fugro has completed a complex 6-month offshore site characterisation project on the …

Hongyanhe 5 achieves first criticality

Unit 5 of the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant in China’s Liaoning province has attained a sustained chain reaction for the first time. The 1080 MWe domestically-designed ACPR1000 pressurised water reactor is expected to be connected to the grid later this year, after which it will enter commercial operation. The first pre-critical control point of Hongyanhe …