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President Harry S. Truman said: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount.  The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings…  If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.”

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Vogtle owners vote to continue construction
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2018, 11:58:44 AM »
All four co-owners of the Vogtle 3 and 4 project have voted to continue with the construction of the two nuclear reactors in Georgia. Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities have also agreed actions to help mitigate potential future financial exposure for each of them.

The co-owners of the AP1000 construction project - the only new nuclear units currently under construction in the USA - were required to vote on the future of the project under the terms of the Vogtle Joint Ownership Agreement after increases in estimates for the total project budget of over USD1 billion earlier this year. This triggered a Project Adverse Event (PAE) under the terms of the agreement, as did a decision by Georgia Power not to seek recovery of its share of the latest cost increase via the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC). A vote by all owners was mandated under the terms of the agreement, with at least 90% of the interest required to be in favour for construction to continue.
Georgia Power, which owns 45.7% of the project, MEAG Power (22.7%) and Dalton Utilities (1.6%) had already voted for construction to continue. Yesterday, after several extensions to the original 24 September voting deadline, Oglethorpe (30%) also voted to continue.
In connection with the vote, the co-owners have agreed to amend the Joint Ownership Agreement to obligate each co-owner to pay its proportionate share of construction costs up to an estimated cost at completion (EAC) of USD8.4 billion - the cost filed earlier this year with the Georgia PSC - plus USD800 million of additional construction costs. Georgia Power will be responsible for 55.7% of any additional construction costs of USD800 million to USD1.6 billion above that, and for 65.7% of any construction costs that exceed the EAC by USD1.6-2.1 billion. Ahead of its vote to continue with the project, had Oglethorpe called for protection against future cost increases.
The provisions of the Vogtle Joint Ownership Agreement concerning PAEs will be amended so that future increases in construction cost estimates will no longer trigger a vote to enable construction to continue. Georgia Power would be able to cancel the project at any time, at its sole discretion, under the revised agreement.
"We are all pleased to have reached an agreement and to be moving forward with the construction of Vogtle Units 3 & 4 which is critical to Georgia's energy future," the co-owners said yesterday. "While there have been and will be challenges throughout this process, we remain committed to a constructive relationship with each other and are focused on reducing project risk and fulfilling our commitment to our customers."
Maria Korsnick, president and CEO of the US Nuclear Energy Institute, said the votes in support of continued construction of the two units were a "forward-looking affirmation" of the need for reliable and clean new electricity generation. "The project represents more than just another power plant project, and nuclear energy represents more than just another energy option," she said.
US Department of Energy spokesperson Shaylyn Hynes said: "This historic project will be the first large-scale nuclear utility project completed in the United States in over 30 years and will reaffirm America's international leadership in nuclear technology and provide a reliable, clean power source for decades to come. DOE hopes the successful completion of this project will mark the beginning of a nuclear renaissance in America."
The first AP1000 unit - Sanmen unit 1 - entered commercial operation in China on 21 September. Sanmen 2 and Haiyang 1 have also been connected to the grid, while China's fourth AP1000, Haiyang 2, is expected to start up in 2019.
Vogtle 3 is currently scheduled to enter service by November 2021 and unit 4 by November 2022.
   
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NuScale SMR enters first manufacturing phase
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2018, 04:38:56 PM »
NuScale Power has selected BWX Technologies Inc (BWXT) as the first manufacturer of its small modular reactor (SMR). This marks the transition to the manufacturing phase and represents major progress in bringing the technology to market, NuScale said yesterday.

Portland, Oregon-based NuScale selected BWXT following an 18-month selection process to determine the best company to refine NuScale's design for manufacturability, assembly and transportability. Virginia-based BWXT will immediately start work on the first manufacturing phase, which will continue until June 2020. BWXT expects to use Pennsylvania-based Precision Custom Components as a component manufacturing contractor on the project.
NuScale said it will contract for the remaining two phases, preparation for fabrication then fabrication, at a later date.
Eighty-three companies from ten countries expressed interest in the selection process. NuScale Power President and CEO John Hopkins said BWXT's established industry experience had been an important factor, as had choosing an American company. "Our technology will bring immense economic prosperity for people here at home, while improving the quality of life for those all across the world by providing resilient, carbon-free electricity," he said.
BWXT President and CEO Rex Geveden said: "NuScale’s unique SMR design can be factory-made and offers scalable power based on need. We are excited to work with NuScale to help make their groundbreaking design a reality."
NuScale's self-contained SMR design houses the reactor core, pressuriser and steam generator inside a single containment vessel. A single module can generate 50 MWe (gross) of electricity and at just under 25 metres in length, 4.6 metres in diameter and weighing 450 tonnes, incorporates simple, redundant, diverse, and independent safety features. A power plant could include up to 12 modules, to produce as much as 600 MWe (gross).
NuScale's SMR is undergoing design certification review by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the first - and so far only - SMR to do so. The NRC completed the first phase of its review in April, and the regulator is scheduled to complete its safety evaluation report in August 2020. NuScale expects the application to be approved by the commission the following month.
Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) is planning the development of a 12-module NuScale plant at a site at the Idaho National Laboratory, with deployment expected in the mid-2020s.
   
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First criticality for Tianwan unit 4
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2018, 05:44:51 PM »
Unit 4 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China's Jiangsu province moved closer to commissioning by achieving a sustained chain reaction for the first time. The Russian-supplied VVER-1000 is scheduled to begin generating electricity by the end of this year.

Tianwan Phase I - units 1 and 2 - was constructed under a 1992 cooperation agreement between China and Russia. First concrete was poured in October 1999, and the units were commissioned in June 2007 and September 2007, respectively.
Tianwan Phase II - units 3 and 4 - are similar to the first stage of the Tianwan plant, comprising two AES-91 VVER-1000 units designed by Gidropress and supplied by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom. First concrete for unit 3 was poured in December 2012, while construction of the fourth unit began in September 2013. Unit 3 achieved first criticality on 29 September last year and was connected to the grid on 30 December. The unit entered commercial operation on 15 February having completed demonstration operation at nominal capacity for 100 hours.
The loading of a total of 163 fuel assemblies into the core of unit 4 was started on 25 August and completed on 2 September.
The reactor achieved first criticality at 2.27pm on 30 September, Rosatom and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) have announced.
"Loading of fuel was completed ahead of schedule, and after obtaining all the required permits, unit 4 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant was brought to a minimum controlled level of power," said Alexey Bannik, ASE Group's director of projects in China. ASE Group is Rosatom's engineering subsidiary. "A controlled chain reaction started, the monitoring systems recorded the first neutrons. This will be followed by power start-up and connection of the unit to China's electricity grid."
Tianwan 4 is expected to enter commercial operation in March 2019.
Construction of Tianwan Phase III - units 5 and 6 - was originally scheduled to start in early 2011. However, following the March 2011 accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant, the Chinese government suspended the approval of new nuclear power projects, including those two units.
The latest Five-Year Plan called for construction of Phase III of the Tianwan plant to be accelerated. China's State Council gave its approval for Tianwan units 5 and 6 - both featuring 1080 MWe ACPR1000 reactors - on 16 December 2015. First safety-related concrete was poured for unit 5 on 27 December 2015, with that for unit 6 poured on 7 September 2016. CNNC plans to put both units 5 and 6 into commercial operation by the end of 2021.
On 8 June, Russia and China signed four agreements, including for the construction of two VVER-1200 reactors as units 7 and 8 of the Tianwan plant. In addition, two VVER-1200 units are to be constructed at the new Xudabao site in Liaoning province.
The Tianwan plant is owned and operated by Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation, a joint venture between CNNC (50%), China Power Investment Corporation (30%) and Jiangsu Guoxin Group (20%).
   
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Re: Electricity Update Pt 6
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2018, 06:10:31 PM »
Vogtle 3 is currently scheduled to enter service by November 2021 and unit 4 by November 2022.


Happy to bet that they fail to meet those schedules....

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Re: Electricity Update Pt 6
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2018, 06:20:02 PM »
Vogtle 3 is currently scheduled to enter service by November 2021 and unit 4 by November 2022.


Happy to bet that they fail to meet those schedules....
I need to check on the status of the ones proposed to be built on the old breeder site
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Re: Electricity Update Pt 6
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2018, 06:24:17 PM »
The company also announced that its revised capital and construction cost forecast for its share of the project has increased from $7.3 billion to $8.4 billion, based on a revised cost-to-complete estimate from Southern Nuclear. 


I have zero problem with nuclear in principle.  The problem I have is that construction is never on time and always comes in way over budget.


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Re: Electricity Update Pt 6
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2018, 06:30:20 PM »
https://www.power-eng.com/articles/2018/08/vogtle-cost-upgrade-causes-rethinking-of-nuclear-plant-s-future.html

Vogtle Cost Upgrade Causes Rethinking of $25B Nuclear Plant's Future


The two reactors produce 2,500 megawatts of power (2234 net summer).
That equates to $10 million per megawatt produced in construction costs.
That is extremely expensive.

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Rostov unit 4 enters commercial operation
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2018, 06:47:09 PM »
Unit 4 of the Rostov nuclear power plant in Russia has entered commercial operation three months ahead of schedule, state nuclear corporation Rosatom has announced.

Preparations for the physical start-up of Rostov 4 began on 6 December 2017, with the loading of nuclear fuel into the reactor. Within five days, all 163 fuel assemblies were installed and on 29 December the unit was put at the minimum controlled power level.
Rosatom announced on 23 January that Russian regulator Rostechnadzor had issued a permit required for start-up operations at the unit. The reactor began pilot operation on 21 January and was connected to the electricity grid on 1 February. The reactor reached 100% capacity on 14 April. According to Rosatom, Rostov 4 has already generated more than 3750 million kWh of electricity.
Rostechnadzor carried out a comprehensive inspection of the unit between 24 July and 3 August. On 25 September, Viktor Katkov, head of Rostechnadzor's Don regional office, signed the Statement of Conformity confirming that Rostov 4 meets the requirements of technical regulations and project documentation. A form stating that the unit is fully completed and ready for operation was signed the day before. These were the last documents required to confirm the completion of Rostov 4 and its readiness for commercial operation.
The 1000 MWe VVER pressurised water reactor was declared to have been put into commercial operation on 28 September - Russia's Nuclear Workers' Day. The corresponding order was signed by Andrey Petrov, general director of Rosenergoatom, Rosatom's nuclear power plant operating subsidiary, on the basis of permission for commercial operation granted by Rosatom.
Rosenergoatom said: "It should be noted that the Rostov nuclear power plant is the first plant in modern history, where the so-called line construction has been revived; it ensures both compliance with the project construction period and the most effective use of material and financial resources. Thanks to this, the construction of Rostov unit 4 was completed on time and with a saving of RUB1.56 billion (USD23 million)."
Rosatom said the unit will contribute RUB1 billion a year to the federal budget, and in its first year of commercial operation about RUB1.7 billion in property tax.
Four 1000 MWe VVER pressurised water reactors have been planned at the Rostov site, near the city of Volgodonsk, since the early 1980s. Construction of units 1 and 2 began promptly, but progress faltered. Units 1 and 2 eventually entered commercial operation in 2001 and 2010, respectively. Unit 3 was connected to the grid in 2015.
Russia's ten nuclear power plants have a total installed capacity of 27.9 GWe and Rostov 4 is the 36th reactor to be in operation in the country.
   
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Russia and India sign action plan on new projects
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2018, 02:54:32 PM »
Russia and India have agreed to work together to increase the level of Indian localisation in a project to build six nuclear units at a new site in India. The Action Plan for Prioritisation and Implementation of Cooperation Areas in the Nuclear Field was signed today on the sidelines of the 19th India-Russia Bilateral Summit in New Delhi.

According to the document, which was signed by Alexey Likhachov, head of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, and Kamlesh Vyas, chairman of India's Department of Atomic Energy, the new-build project will reference evolutionary VVER generation 3+ technical solutions with increased involvement from Indian industry. The agreement also covers the two countries' intent to enhance nuclear cooperation in "third countries" and in "new perspective" nuclear technologies, with joint construction of nuclear power plants, Rosatom said. No site was named for the six new reactors.
Two Russian-designed V-491 VVER units, of 1000 MWe (gross) capacity each, are under construction at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu, and two V-412 VVER units are already in operation at the site with a third phase of two more reactors planned. Likhachev said the company expects to start the serial construction of new units at a second site in India "in the near future", with increased equipment localisation within framework of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' policy. "Moreover, India is our trusted partner, with whom we are already implementing projects in the third countries, and we plan to enhance this cooperation," he said.
In a joint statement following the bilateral summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Modi said civil nuclear cooperation between the two countries was an "an important component of strategic partnership" contributing to India’s energy security and commitments under the Paris climate change agreement. They noted the progress achieved in the Kudankulam construction project as well as the efforts being made in the localisation of component manufacturing, and expressed "satisfaction" at the signing of the new action plan.
Russia, Bangladesh and India in March signed a memorandum on cooperation in the implementation of Bangladesh's first nuclear power plant, Rooppur, which is currently under construction. That document set a framework for the interaction of the Russian contractor JSC Atomstroyexport, Indian and Bangladeshi experts in the implementation of works related to the project, with scope for Indian companies to be involved in construction and installation works, and the supply of materials and certain equipment.
 
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UN report shows increased need for nuclear
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2018, 02:24:16 PM »
A large increase in the use of nuclear power would help keep global warming to below 1.5 degrees, according to a United Nations report published today. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report - Global Warming of 1.5 degrees - was commissioned by governments at the Paris climate talks in 2015 and will inform the COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland this December.

The report considers the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. Under all scenarios compatible with 1.5 degrees outlined in the report, the contribution of nuclear power increases.
The shares of nuclear and fossil fuels with carbon dioxide capture and storage in electricity generation are modelled to increase in most 1.5-degree pathways "with no or limited overshoot".
"Nuclear power increases its share in most 1.5-degree pathways by 2050, but in some pathways both the absolute capacity and share of power from nuclear generators declines," the Summary for Policymakers of the report says. "There are large differences in nuclear power between models and across pathways. One of the reasons for this variation is that the future deployment of nuclear can be constrained by societal preferences assumed in narratives underlying the pathways. Some 1.5-degree pathways no longer see a role for nuclear fission by the end of the century, while others project over 200 EJ yr of nuclear power in 2100."
An increase in the use of nuclear power can be realised through existing mature nuclear technologies or new options, it says, referring to Generation III/IV reactors, breeder reactors, new uranium and thorium fuel cycles, small reactors or nuclear cogeneration.
"Even though historically scalability and speed of scaling of nuclear plants have been high in many nations, such rates are currently not achieved anymore. In the 1960s and 1970s, France implemented a programme to rapidly get 80% of its power from nuclear in about 25 years, but the current time-lag between the decision date and the commissioning of plants is observed to be 10-19 years," it says.
The current deployment pace of nuclear energy is "constrained by social acceptability in many countries", it notes, owing to concerns over risks of accidents and radioactive waste management.
"Though comparative risk assessment shows health risks are low per unit of electricity production, and land requirement is lower than that of other power sources, the political processes triggered by societal concerns depend on the country-specific means of managing the political debates around technological choices and their environmental impacts," the report says.
"Such differences in perception explain why the 2011 Fukushima incident resulted in a confirmation or acceleration of phasing out nuclear energy in five countries while 30 other countries have continued using nuclear energy, amongst which 13 are building new nuclear capacity including China, India and the UK," it adds.
The costs of nuclear power have increased over time in some developed nations, it says, "principally due to market conditions where increased investment risks of high-capital expenditure technologies have become significant".
"Countries with liberalised markets that continue to develop nuclear employ de-risking instruments through long-term contracts with guaranteed sale prices. For instance, the UK works with public guarantees covering part of the upfront investment costs of newly planned nuclear capacity. This dynamic differs in countries such as China and South Korea, where monopolistic conditions in the electric system allow for reducing investment risks, deploying series effects and enhancing the engineering capacities of users due to stable relations between the security authorities and builders," it says.
Unprecedented changes

 In a statement to accompany the report, the IPCC said limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees compared to 2 degrees "would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society". It adds: "With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees compared to 2 degrees  could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society."

"One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1 degree C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes," said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I.
The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees compared to 2 degrees, or more. For instance, by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5 degrees compared with 2 degrees. The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5 degrees, compared with at least once per decade with 2 degrees. Coral reefs would decline by 70-90% with global warming of 1.5 degrees, whereas more than 99% would be lost with 2 degrees.
The report was prepared under the scientific leadership of all three IPCC working groups. Working Group I assesses the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II addresses impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III deals with the mitigation of climate change.
Global Warming of 1.5 degrees is the first in a series of Special Reports to be produced in the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Cycle. Next year the IPCC will release the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, and Climate Change and Land, which looks at how climate change affects land use.
Industry response

 Responding to the report, Agneta Rising, director general of World Nuclear Association said: "Today's IPCC report makes clear the potential benefits of limiting climate change to 1.5 degrees, the urgency for action to achieve this and the necessity of nuclear energy as an important part of an effective global  response."

The London-headquartered Association noted the report concludes that achieving the 1.5 degrees goal will require global greenhouse gas emissions to start reducing almost immediately. This will require a faster switch to electricity for energy end use and for that greater electricity demand to be met by low-carbon generation, including nuclear, it said. Nuclear generation increases, on average by around 2.5 times by 2050 in the 89 mitigation scenarios considered by the IPCC, it added.
Achieving a rapid decarbonisation of the electricity sector will require, at first, deploying proven technology, the Association said. The report recognises that the projected increase in nuclear generation can be realised through existing mature nuclear technology or through new options such as generation III/IV reactors and SMRs.  Generation III reactors have already come into operation in several countries, it added.
The Association said the report says that, historically, "scalability and speed of scaling of nuclear plants have been high in many nations", noting that France implemented a programme to rapidly get 80% of its (electrical) power from nuclear. The report also notes that "comparative risk assessment shows health risks are low per unit of electricity production’ and land requirement is ‘lower than that of other power sources."
The report also states that nuclear economics have been improved in countries where the electricity system allows for reduced investment risks, the realisation of benefits from series build or through stable relations between regulators and industry. However, in some other countries market conditions have increased investment risks of high-capital expenditure technologies, such as nuclear. The report also notes that the current deployment pace of nuclear energy is constrained by "social acceptability" in some countries.
Rising said: "The IPCC report highlights the proven qualities of nuclear energy as a highly effective method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as providing secure, reliable and scalable electricity supplies.  To maximise nuclear energy's contribution electricity markets need to acknowledge these benefits. We also need more effective harmonised regulatory processes to facilitate significant growth in nuclear capacity and an effective safety paradigm where the health, environmental and safety benefits of nuclear are better understood and valued by society."
Dr Jenifer Baxter, head of engineering at the UK's Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said the IPCC's target to generate 70-80% electricity from renewables is ambitious, adding there is a need to "look at the broader picture" and focus on reducing the carbon intensity of the whole electricity system.
She said: "Currently renewables are backed up by gas when they are not generating and, in the UK, gas is backed up by coal. Carbon capture and storage may help to some extent, but this infrastructure runs the risk of locking us into a fossil fuel-based system. We are not yet in the position to create enough long-term storage from environmentally friendly sources to fill the supply gap when renewables are not generating.
"We have very limited options for more hydro power in the UK, batteries do not yet provide the type of storage needed and other options like liquid air and hydrogen storage are still early in their development stages.
"Another option to reduce the carbon intensity of the electricity system is to take a more certain approach to nuclear power by planning a long-term rolling programme of development that grows the supply chain and required skills, as well as reducing the overall costs of building new power stations. Going beyond the electricity system, we should explore the relationship between nuclear and producing hydrogen through electrolysis to provide decarbonised fuel for heat, transport and industry."
             
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GE Power to supply nuclear turbine islands for El Dabaa plant
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2018, 05:19:40 PM »
GE Power has won the contract to deliver the turbine island equipment for the El Dabaa nuclear power plant project in Egypt through AAEM, its joint venture with Russia's Atomenergomash. GE Power will supply the basic design of four conventional islands, supply four nuclear turbine generator sets, including the Arabelle half-speed steam turbines, and provide technical expertise for the on-site installation and commissioning.

Egypt and Russia signed an intergovernmental agreement in November 2015 to collaborate in the construction and operation of four 1200 MWe units. It will be Egypt's first nuclear power plant.
"As Egypt works to diversify its energy production and to support its growing economy, the El Dabaa nuclear power plant, equipped with GE Power's Arabelle technology, will help Egypt deliver on their ambitious goals," Andreas Lusch, CEO of GE's Steam Power, said today. "The Arabelle is helping to deliver more than 20GW of power around the world and we will leverage this experience and know-how to deliver reliable, dependable and CO2 free energy to the Egyptian grid," he added.
GE Power noted that electricity demand in Egypt has increased rapidly as a result of its growing population and increasing industrial activity. It is estimated that an additional 1.5 GW of new capacity will be needed each year - a 6% increase year-on-year until 2022.
"To support this increasing demand without blackouts, Egypt has an ambitious energy plan which includes diversifying its installed base," the company said. "El Dabaa nuclear power plant will help deliver on that plan by stabilising the Egyptian grid with dependable, CO2 free energy and having a predictable low cost of electricity. Once in operation, El Dabaa will produce 4.8 GW - enough to power up more than four million homes in Egypt."
The Arabelle steam turbine has been in operation for the past 18 years. The French fleet of Arabelle has a demonstrated reliability rate of 99.96% over more than 400,000 operating hours, GE Power said.
The El Dabaa project builds on GE Power's support for the development of Egypt's energy sector for more than 40 years which includes delivering up to 16 GW to the Egyptian grid. Recently, GE Power completed building and connecting the Badr substation to the national grid. The new 500/220 kilovolt (kV) gas-insulated substation will dispatch 1.5 GW of electricity and play a strategic role in the upcoming Egypt-Saudi Arabia Interconnection, linking the national grids of both countries with a 1300-kilometre transmission line, GE Power said.
 
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More milestones for Vogtle project
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2018, 10:27:38 AM »
The first reactor coolant pumps have been lifted into place at the Vogtle project, marking another major milestone for the USA's AP1000 construction project. The first of four 375,000-pound (170-tonne) pumps is now inside the containment vessel of unit 3 at the site near Waynesboro, Georgia.

The pumps will be mounted to the steam generator and serve a critical part of the reactor coolant system, circulating water from the steam generator to the reactor vessel, allowing sufficient heat transfer for safe plant operation.
Other recent milestones at Vogtle 3 include placement of shield building panels around the outside of the unit's containment, with nearly half of the panels for the steel and concrete building now in place. The final floor module for the operating deck inside the containment has also been set.
At Vogtle 4, a 60-hour concrete pour inside the containment vessel - dubbed the "Mammoth Placement" - has seen over 2000 cubic yards (1500 cubic metres) of concrete put in place ready for the upcoming installation of the final steam generator and pressuriser.
Construction of Vogtle unit 3 began in March 2013 and unit 4 in November the same year. Southern Nuclear and Georgia Power, both subsidiaries of Southern Company, last year took over management of the construction project following Westinghouse's Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Vogtle 3 is currently scheduled to enter service by November 2021 and unit 4 by November 2022.
 
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Fourth Chinese AP1000 connected to grid
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2018, 11:43:54 AM »
The Haiyang 2 AP1000 in China has been connected to the electricity grid. Meanwhile, Sanmen 1 - which last month became the first AP1000 to begin commercial operation - has entered the guarantee period.

In September 2007, Westinghouse and its partner the Shaw Group received authorisation to construct four AP1000 units in China: two at Sanmen in Zhejiang province and two more at Haiyang in Shandong province. Construction of Sanmen 1 began in April 2009, while first concrete for Sanmen 2 was poured in December 2009. Construction of Haiyang 1 and 2 began in September 2009 and June 2010, respectively.
Sanmen 1 was the world's first AP1000 to start up, achieving first criticality on 22 June and grid connection on 2 July. It reached full power operation for the first time on 14 August and completed a full-power demonstration test run on 21 September. Sanmen 2 attained first criticality on 17 August and was grid connected a week later. The unit is expected to enter commercial operation by the end of this year.
Unit 1 of the Haiyang plant attained first criticality on 8 August and was grid connected on 17 August. That unit is also scheduled to enter commercial operation by year-end.
Haiyang 2 was connected to the grid at 9.51am on 13 October, State Power Investment Corporation announced that day. "All technical indicators met the design requirements and the unit is in good condition," it said. Haiyang 2 will begin commercial operation in early 2019.
Acceptance certificates

 On 11 October, China National Nuclear Corporation subsidiary Sanmen Nuclear Power Company signed provisional acceptance certificates with the suppliers of the Sanmen 1 unit: Westinghouse Electric, China National Nuclear Engineering, Harbin Electric, Mitsubishi and Zhejiang Thermal Power Corporation.


The signing of the certificates followed the unit completing a 700-hour demonstration run and performance test, as stipulated in the supply contract. The unit now starts a period of operation under guarantee from the suppliers, after which final acceptance certificates will be signed.
Westinghouse President and CEO José Gutiérrez said, "Many years have been dedicated to successfully bringing the first AP1000 unit to life. Our Westinghouse design and technology is now live and generating safe, clean energy."
Four AP1000 reactors were also being built in the USA - two each at Vogtle and Summer. However, construction of the two Summer units was suspended in August 2017.
   
Researched and written by World Nuclear News
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