August 03, 2015

Carnival of Nuclear Energy 272

The Carnival of Nuclear Energy 272 is up at Hiroshima Syndrome

Yes Vermont Yankee - Meredith looks at the vision behind Vermont’s unworkable "90% renewables" energy plan. A local renewable energy developer described the proposed future vision, as follows…….”In Vermont, people like to live 10, 20, 30 miles from work. That’s going to disappear. The 10-acre lot way out in the middle of nowhere on a dirt road is not going to be working anymore." Meredith opines that to meet this draconian vision, everyone living in rural Vermont will have to move.



Nextbigfuture - More Nuclear Reactors were completed and planned for South Korea, China and Iran.

Two further nuclear power reactors are to be constructed and plans for four coal-fired plants have been dropped in the latest 15-year basic energy plan released by the South Korean government. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) published its 7th basic power supply plan for the period up to 2029, the previous plan having covered up to 2027. The plan foresees South Korea's total electricity demand increasing by some 2.2% annually over the next 15 years to reach 657 TWh by 2029.

The completion of all commissioning tests and government approval to operate at full power marks the start of commercial operation at unit 2 of Korea's Shin Wolsong nuclear power plant.

Fuel loading began at Shin Wolsong 2 - a 1050 MWe OPR-1000 reactor - last November after the NSSC finally issued an operating licence to KHNP for the reactor. It was subsequently connected to the grid on 26 February. In April, the unit completed a test run at 100% output, after which it was taken offline for maintenance.

China plans to build two nuclear power plants for Iran, according to the Shanghai-based Guancha Syndicate.

After sanctions on Iran's nuclear program are lifted, two power plants are planned to be built by China on the Makran coast near the Gulf of Oman, stated Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Atomic Energy Organization in Iran (AEOI).

Salehi stated that Iran has over 90 tons of water reserves and 7 to 8 tons of uranium to support the construction project.

Unit 2 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province has achieved a sustained chain reaction for the first time. The reactor is expected to enter commercial operation later this year.

The 1087 MWe CPR-1000 pressurized water reactor (PWR) achieved first criticality at 1.54pm on 22 July, plant owner China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced.


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