The nuclear power plant in Belarus will be fully operational in the summer of 2020, according to Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev. The plant will have a capacity of 2,400 megawatts and will mainly export electricity to European countries.
Three 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactors in China are nearing commissioning after passing significant pre-operational tests and inspections. The reactors are Unit 1 at Sanmen nuclear power station, Unit 2 at Haiyang nuclear power plant and Unit 5 at Yangjiang nuclear power station.
Polish officials met with state-owned China General Nuclear Power to discuss cooperating on the construction of Poland's first nuclear power station. Poland has plans to build two nuclear power stations, with the first unit forecast to be completed by the end of 2030.
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Export controls established by the Energy Department during the Cold War are putting US nuclear suppliers at a disadvantage to foreign suppliers and hurting American influence on safety and nonproliferation, Nuclear Energy Institute Vice President of Supplier and International Programs Dan Lipman said in testimony to the Energy Department. NEI released recommendations for updating 10 CFR Part 810.
Out of 48 North American companies and institutions with advanced nuclear reactors in development, five have made significant progress, according to a report from Third Way. These projects include Terrestrial Energy's integral molten salt reactor, Advanced Reactor Concepts' sodium-cooled fast reactor and NuScale Power's small modular reactor.
Legislators in Connecticut and Ohio are expected to discuss bills that could grant support to FirstEnergy and Dominion Energy after the summer recess. The bills face opposition from oil, natural gas, manufacturing and some environmental groups.
A robot probing reactor 3 at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 in Japan found what looks like melted fuel at the bottom of the primary containment vessel. This finding will help TEPCO determine how to decommission the plant's reactors.
A district court in Japan rejected a petition for an injunction that would stop operations of a reactor at Shikoku Electric Power's Ikata nuclear plant over concerns about potential earthquakes at the site. Shikoku Electric said there is "no problem with the seismic safety of the plant."
PSEG Nuclear has submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to increase the licensed output capacity of its Hope Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey by 1.6%. The power uprate would involve upgrading monitoring equipment, allowing the utility to calculate reactor power more accurately.