1. The reactor pressure vessel of the APR-1400 unit 5 of South Korea’s Shin Kori nuclear power plant was installed. The 1340 MWe pressurized water reactor is scheduled to begin commercial operation in March 2023.
South Korea is taking just under 6 years to complete the nuclear reactors (2017-2023).
2. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) application for a 20-year subsequent license extension for Turkey Point units 3 and 4, the first time the regulator has issued licenses authorizing reactors to operate for up to 80 years. Turkey Point 3’s subsequent renewed license expires on 19 July 2052, and unit 4’s on 10 April 2053. The NRC originally authorized commercial power reactors to operate for up to 40 years. New technology and analysis allows the safe continued operation of nuclear reactors. This means that clean non-polluting energy can continue to prevent the emission of about 10 million tons per year of CO2 from the two 802 MW (nuclear) rectors.
3. Frazer-Nash is to provide engineering services related to the fabrication of the graphite moderator for Terrestrial Energy’s Integrated Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR).
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have selected Terrestrial Energy’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) for their first joint technical review of an advanced, non-light water nuclear reactor technology. The 195 MWe reactor is the only advanced reactor so far to have progressed to the second phase of the CNSC’s Vendor Design Review process, and is also the subject of NRC pre-licensing activities supported by grant funding from the US Department of Energy.
Molten Salt reactors should be even safer than nuclear reactors which already have the lowest deaths per terawatt hour of any energy source. Molten salt reactors could be up to twenty times cheaper, they could eliminate nuclear waste (unburned fuel) and can be walkaway safe.
4. The Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan have agreed to collaborate on the development and deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs).
Canada created a small modular reactor (SMR) roadmap. Current nuclear power reactors are built to a certain scale (600-1400 megawatts of electricity, or MWe). Nuclear reactors can be much smaller.
5. France and Japan have signed an agreement to work together on fast neutron nuclear reactor development. In 2014, Japan and France agreed to work on the Astrid [Advanced Sodium Technological Reactor for Industrial Demonstration] program. France has operated three fast reactors since the 1960s, including Phenix, which operated from 1973 to 2009.
6. Russia awarded contract to build BREST fast neutron reactor. Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) has awarded a RUB26.3 billion (USD412 million) contract to Titan-2 for the construction and installation works for the BREST-OD-300 lead-cooled fast neutron reactor facility at its site in Seversk, Russia
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