Shin Hanul Unit 1 Starts Operation

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) announced on May 22 that unit 1 of the Shin Hanul nuclear power plant, located in Uljin, North Gyeongsang Province, achieved criticality for the first time at 11 a.m. on May 22.  A reactor goes critical when each fission event releases a sufficient number of neutrons to sustain an ongoing series of reactions. …

Nuclear island installation work starts at San’ao 1

The construction of unit 1 of the San’ao nuclear power plant in China’s Zhejiang province has “entered a new stage” with the start of installation of equipment within its nuclear island, China General Nuclear (CGN) announced. On 2 September 2020, the executive meeting of the State Council approved the construction of units 1 and 2 …

Construction of Xudapu 4 under way

Construction of unit 4 at the Xudapu nuclear power plant in China’s Liaoning province has officially got under way with the pouring of first concrete for the reactor’s nuclear island. The unit is the second of two VVER-1200 reactors at the site to be supplied by Russia. In June 2018, Russia and China signed four …

Foundation completed for Chinese SMR turbine building

The pouring of concrete has been completed for the foundation slab of the conventional island for the ACP100 multi-purpose small modular reactor (SMR) demonstration project at the Changjiang nuclear power plant on China’s island province of Hainan. The final concrete for the foundation slab was poured at 2.00am on 3 May, China National Nuclear Corporation …

Ukraine to build five nuclear power units together with Westinghouse

NNEGC Energoatom and the U.S.-based Westinghouse continue their joint work on the project of construction of new AR-1000 power units at Ukrainian NPPs. This was stated in an interview with the Tyzhden newspaper by Energoatom CEO Petro Kotin, who commented on the prospects of nuclear energy in Ukraine, Ukrinform reports. “We have signed really high-level documents with …

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project Unit-3 reaches significant milestone

A policeman walks on a beach near Kudankulam nuclear power project (photo: Reuters) The 200 mm thick cylindrical vessel with in-built safety systems would house fuel assemblies, the control rods and a host of other mechanisms, an official said. The Indo-Russian joint venture Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu achieved a significant milestone as the Reactor …

Options for Wylfa after Boris Johnson says nuclear plant ‘is going to happen’

Prime minister Boris Johnson has thrown his support behind plans to build a nuclear power station at the Wylfa site on Anglesey – but it remains to be seen exactly what form the proposed power plant would take. During a council election campaign visit in north Wales on Monday, Johnson said he wanted to “get …