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Restart of Japan’s Tokai 2 deferred again
Japan Atomic Power Company (JAPC) said on 28 February that it does not now expect to complete required safety upgrades at Tokai 2, an 1100MWe boiling water reactor, in Ibaraki...
Petten HFR reactor expected to restart in a month
The High Flux Reactor (HFR) project team at NRG in Petten in the Netherlands has provided a further progress update on the reactor’s extended closure.
Oskarshamn 3 to be closed to remedy fuel damage
Swedish utility OKG has informed the Nordic electricity exchange Nord Pool that the fuel damage reported in the autumn will be managed and that the plant will be temporarily taken out...
EDF updates 2022 French nuclear output estimate
EDF has revised its 2022 nuclear output estimate from 300-30TWh to 295-315TWh. It added that the 2023 French nuclear output estimate, currently 340-370TWh, would be updated as soon...
Regular electricity generation from OL3 now expected July 2022
Electricity generation at the EPR reactor at unit 3 of Finland’s Olkiluoto nuclear power plant (OL3) has again been postponed to the end of February owner-operator power...
Power production at OL3 to start in first half of February
Electricity generation at the EPR reactor at unit 3 of Finland’s Olkiluoto nuclear power plant has been postponed to the first half of February, instead of the end of January.
France’s CERAP to provide technical services for Barakah
Nawah Energy Company (part the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation - ENEC) has signed an agreement with France’s CERAP SA to provide technical services to support refuelling outages...
Finnish Ministry submits informed conclusion on possible Loviisa life extension
Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEE) on 14 January released its informed conclusion on the environmental impact assessment report of Fortum Power and...
Belgian regulator provisionally approves life extension for two reactors
Belgium’s Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) has provisionally approved life extension for Tihange 3 and Doel 4 if this is necessary to ensure energy security.
Pre-operational tests continue at OL3
During the trial operation phase of the EPR reactor at unit 3 of Finland’s Olkiluoto nuclear power plant, an unplanned reactor trip occurred on 14 January, owner-operator power...
UK’s Heysham 2 and Torness nuclear plants to close early
EDF Energy has confirmed a change to the expected end of generation dates for two of its UK nuclear units - Heysham 2, in Lancashire, and Torness, in East Lothian (Scotland).
France expects new nuclear reactors to begin operation in 2035-37
The French government expects plans for new nuclear reactors should be submitted around 2023 with a target date of 2035-37 for the reactors to go online, Berangere Abba, Secretary...
Final shutdown for UK’s Hunterston B
The Unit B2 (Reactor 4) of the Hunterston NPP in North Ayrshire, Scotland, was permanently shut down on 7 January after generating electricity for 46 years.
Russian nuclear plants announce new electricity generation record
Russia’s nuclear utility Rosenergoatom (part of Rosatom) said on 2 January that Russian nuclear power plants had begun 2022 with a new electricity generation record of 222.436TWh in 2021.
Pakistan completes fuel loading at Karachi 3
Pakistan on 31 December completed loading fuel into unit 3 of the Karachi nuclear power plant after getting formal approval from Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA).
Germany closes three of its six remaining nuclear reactors
Germany shut down three nuclear power plants on 31 December, as part of its phaseout of nuclear energy.
Belgium to close nuclear plants by 2025 but supports SMR development
Belgium's government said on 23 December that it expected to close down all its nuclear power plants by 2025 but would continue to invest in future technologies, in particular...
Russia permanently closes down Kursk 1
After 45 years of operation, unit 1 at Russia’s Kursk nuclear power plant was permanently shut down on 19 December.
Shikoku Electric restarts Ikata 3
Japan’s Shikoku Electric Power Co restarted unit 3 at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture on 2 December.