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1 Russia and Sri Lanka plan nuclear energy cooperation Russia and Sri Lanka have held talks this week on establishing cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Nikolay Spassky, deputy director general of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, met with Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and Susil Premajayantha, respectively Sri Lanka's minister of power and renewable energy and minister of science, technology and research, on 16-17 January. Friday, January 19, 2018
2 Tepco surveys interior of unit 2 containment vessel An internal investigation of the primary containment vessel (PCV) of unit 2 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan was completed as scheduled today, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has announced. The survey - using a suspended pan-tilt camera attached to a telescopic guiding pipe - identified deposits and fuel assembly components at the bottom of the pedestal area. Friday, January 19, 2018
3 Mining resumes at WIPP Mining operations have resumed after a four-year break at the US Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). A continuous mining machine has begun cutting into panel of the underground salt formation, work that was halted following separate underground events in early 2014. Thursday, January 18, 2018
4 Spanish, Moroccan regulators enhance cooperation Spain's Nuclear Safety Council (Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear, CSN) and the Moroccan Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security Agency (AMSSNuR) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on increased collaboration. Wednesday, January 17, 2018
5 Regulator checks Rostov 4 ahead of start-up Russian regulator Rostechnadzor has started its inspection of unit 4 of the Rostov nuclear power plant ahead of its launch this year. The regulator is checking documentation on the tests carried out when the unit reached criticality and minimum controlled power last month, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said today. Tuesday, January 16, 2018
6 Steam generators installed at second Belarus unit All four steam generators have been installed at unit 2 of the nuclear power plant under construction in Ostrovets in Belarus, the plant owner, Belarus NPP, announced today. The large items of equipment have been placed in their designated positions inside the reactor building, it said. Tuesday, January 16, 2018
7 Russia's floating power plant meets construction standards Russian State Expert Examination Board (Glavgosexpertiza) has announced that the floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov meets construction standards. The authority said on 9 December it had approved the project in Russia's northernmost city of Pevek that is being funded by Rosenergoatom, the nuclear power plant operator subsidiary of Rosatom Thursday, January 11, 2018
8 Russia's floating power plant meets construction standards Russian State Expert Examination Board (Glavgosexpertiza) has announced that the floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov meets construction standards. The authority said on 9 December it had approved the project in Russia's northernmost city of Pevek that is being funded by Rosenergoatom, the nuclear power plant operator subsidiary of Rosatom Thursday, January 11, 2018
9 NRC agrees NuScale SMR needs no back-up power The US nuclear regulator is satisfied that NuScale Power's small modular reactor (SMR) design can operate safely without the need for safety-related electrical systems. The reactor uses passive safety features, such as relying on convection, not pumps, to circulate water in the primary circuit. Wednesday, January 10, 2018
10 Leningrad II-1 reactor assembled Rosenergoatom has completed the assembly of the reactor vessel for unit 1 of the Leningrad Phase II nuclear power plant, which is in Sosnovy Bor in western Russia. The nuclear power plant operator subsidiary of state nuclear corporation Rosatom said yesterday the VVER-1200 is now being prepared for first criticality this month. Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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