Slow, Steady Progress for Two U.S. Nuclear Power Projects

Plant Vogtle in Georgia installs more Westinghouse reactors while Oregon-based NuScale awaits final approval of its small modular reactor design   There are 53 nuclear reactors currently under construction around the world. Only two are in the United States, once the world’s leader in nuclear energy development. And those two reactors represent expansions of a preexisting …

Construction of Abu Dhabi nuclear plant on track despite coronavirus

Work on Units 2-4 was briefly halted after pandemic but have now resumed said FANR. Abu Dhabi: Construction at the Barakah Nuclear Plant continues to remain on track according to the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), with the COVID-19 pandemic causing no major disruptions to the site. “The construction of Units 2-4 were halted …

Pandemic won’t halt construction on Egypt’s first nuclear power plant

Although a series of mega projects have been postponed in Egypt due to the coronavirus outbreak, work on the country’s first nuclear power plant continues. Amid the coronavirus pandemic that has delayed mega projects scheduled for this year in Egypt, such as the New Administrative Capital and the Grand Egyptian Museum, work on Egypt’s first nuclear project continues around the clock. “The work is …

Egypt’s Nuclear Plant Project Continues Despite Virus Restrictions

The Egyptian nuclear project is underway, despite the restrictions imposed by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the Egyptian authorities’ decision to postpone the opening of major projects, including the new capital. In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, Grigory Sosnin, the director of the Dabaa nuclear project, said that the company “has taken a set …

Saudi nuclear projects can meet desalination needs and generate jobs

The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) published a new commentary that explores the Saudi nuclear energy project. The paper said that establishing a nuclear sector in Saudi Arabia would lead to lower unemployment, increase average wages, and help the Kingdom in meeting its desalination needs. “Nuclear desalination makes sense for Saudi Arabia, …

China completes installation of reactor internals at Karachi 3 in Pakistan

China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced that installation of all reactor internals at unit 3 of the Karachi nuclear power plant in Pakistan had been completed on 4 April. Experts said the development was a key milestone in the progress of the project. During the process of assembling and adapting to the pressure vessel, all …

Belarus nuclear plant to begin operation later this year

Belarus Energy Minister Viktar Karankevich told TV channel ONT on 11 April that the Belarus nuclear power plant under construction at Ostrovets will be launched during the summer and start producing electricity in the autumn. The Ostrovets nuclear plant, being build by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom will have two generation 3+ VVER-1200 reactor units. …

Russias Rosatom Continues Building Nuclear Power Plants Abroad Despite Coronavirus

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom continues building nuclear power plants in coronavirus-hit countries, Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev said on Thursday. “Despite the difficulties with epidemiological situation in certain countries, where Rosatom is building NPPs, projects implementation continues,” Likhachev told reporters. “Of course, maximally tough measures are being implemented in these countries for ensuring safety …

Construction advanced in order of Changjiang nuclear projects

Construction of the second phase of the Changjiang nuclear power plant and of a small reactor demonstration project resumed on Feb 22 and Feb 28 respectively, following on-site inspection and assessment by local government, according to reports from the China National Nuclear Corporation, or CNNC. Located in Changjiang county in South China’s Hainan province, the nuclear power plant is jointly being built …