1. Two units at the Takahama nuclear power plant have moved one step closer to restarting following final approval by the Japanese regulator of changes in the reactor installations. They become the third and fourth reactors in Japan to gain such permission.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) granted preliminary permission to Kansai to make changes to the basic design of the reactor installations of Takahama units 3 and 4 in mid-December 2014. At that time, the NRA said that the applied design and safety features of the Takahama units – both 870 MWe pressurized water reactors – were deemed to meet its new regulatory requirements, announced in July 2013.
2. Egypt and Russia have agreed to build a nuclear power plant together and officials from both countries have signed a memorandum of understanding on the proposed project.
The agreement provides for the construction of two nuclear power units, with the prospect of a further two.
SOURCES – World Nuclear News