Weekly News Roundup – Monday 24th May

We round up the past week’s news and updates from the world of Nuclear.

Karachi unit 2 inaugurated by Pakistan PM, by World Nuclear News: “The environmental and economic benefits from Pakistan’s Karachi nuclear power plant will be “huge” in a country that is particularly vulnerable to climate change, Prime Minister Imran Khan said today as he formally inaugurated the first of two Hualong One units at the site.”

China, Russia amp up nuclear power cooperation, by Asia Times: ” China and Russia broke ground on the installation of four nuclear reactors at two power plants in China on Wednesday, at a virtual ceremony attended by leaders Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin. The event pooled officials and nuclear engineers from both countries.

The reactors will have a total annual output of 37.6 billion kilowatt-hours and will be built across the existing Tianwan and Xudabao nuclear power plants in eastern Jiangsu and northeastern Liaoning provinces.”

New Rolls-Royce ‘mini’ nuclear power plant could light million homes, by Derby Telegrapgh: “The consortium estimates that the nuclear power stations would generate 40,000 jobs across the UK, if approved. The design is due to be assessed by regulators within the next few months.

The first phase of the project is on time and under budget and has increased its projected power output from 440 megawatts (MW) to 470MW without adding any additional cost.”

Planned maintenance shutdown at Heysham nuclear power station will include £30m investment, by Lancaster Guardian: “Around £30m will be invested in maintenance activities and plant improvements, many linked to ensuring the station has greater reliability and resilience.

This includes inspecting and replacing four gas circulators, which are huge ‘fans’ which circulate pressurised carbon dioxide around the reactor.”

IAEA launches study of nuclear-renewable hybrid energy systems, by World Nuclear News: “The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is launching a new Coordinated Research Project (CRP) aimed at increasing understanding of the role, performance, and impact of nuclear-renewable hybrid energy systems in meeting current and future energy demand. The three-year project is intended to support the development of data and analysis, with the goal to advance these systems toward commercial deployment.”