atw 2018-03v6


atw Vol. 63 (2018) | Issue 3 ı March



* Ouranos, the Greek

god who became

Uranus in Roman

mythology and from

whom the planet

Uranus takes its

name, was later to

serve as a point of

reference when the

term “uranium” was


approve commercial operation. Constriction

of the unit began in December


The Tianwan nuclear station is the

largest economic cooperation project

between Russia and China, an earlier

statement said. Tianwan-1 and -2,

also VVER V-428M units, began

commercial operation in 2007. The

Tianwan-4 VVER V-428M unit is also

under construction by Russia.

Tianwan-5 and -6 will be indigenous

Generation II+ CNP-1000 units.

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France: EDF ompletes cold

functional testing at Flamanville-3


(nucnet) France’s nuclear operator

EDF has completed the cold func tional

test phase for the Flamanville-3

EPR under construction in northern

France, the state-controlled company

said in a statement on 8 January 2018.

The cold functional testing phase

is part of the system performance

testing, which started in the first

quarter of 2017, to check and test

operation of all the EPR’s systems.

The cold functional test phase,

which started on 18 December 2017

and was completed on 6 January

2018, saw the successful completion

of the leak performance test on the

primary system at a pressure greater

than 240 bar – higher than the

pressure of this system in operation.

More than 500 welds were inspected

during this hydrostatic testing, supervised

by the regulator ASN.

EDF is now preparing hot functional

testing of the 1,600-MW unit to

be started in July 2018. The objective

is to demonstrate the good working

order of the plant by testing components

with temperature and pressure

levels similar to operating conditions.

EDF said fuel loading and start-up

of the reactor is scheduled for the last

quarter of 2018.

The group has also confirmed the

cost of the project set at €10.5bn

($12.5bn). A previous estimate of the

total cost in July 2011 was €8bn.

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Russia: Rostov-4 reaches

first criticality

(nucnet) The Rostov-4 nuclear unit

near Volgodonsk in southern Russia

has reached first criticality and minimum

controlled power, state nuclear

corporation Rosatom said.

Construction of the VVER-1000/

V-320 unit began in June 2010. There

are three other units of the same

design in commercial operation at


When Rostov-4 reaches full power

and commercial operation, nuclear

power will provide 54 % of power in

southern Russia, Rosatom said.

According to the International

Atomic Energy Agency, Russia has 35

nuclear units in commercial operation

and seven, including Rostov-4, under

construction. In 2016 nuclear energy’s

share of electricity production was

17.14 %.

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Spain: Nuclear reactors

lead electricity generation

with more than 21 %

(nucnet) Spain’s seven commercial

nuclear reactors produced 55.6 TWh

of electricity in 2017, making nuclear

the energy source that contributed

most to the country’s electric system,

the Madrid-based industry group Foro

Nuclear said on 8 January 2017.

Quoting figures from grid operator

Red Eléctrica de España (REE), Foro

Nuclear said Spain’s nuclear fleet

accounted for 7.06 % of installed

power generation capacity, but produced

21.17 % of the total electric

energy consumed. This compares to

21.38 % in 2016 and 20.34 % in 2015.

Foro Nuclear said nuclear power

plants were operational for 7,500

hours during 2017, or 86 % of the

time, the highest number of hours of

any generation source.

Foro Nuclear president Ignacio

Araluce said the nuclear sector’s

performance “represents the availability,

reliability, stability and predictability

offered by nuclear energy”

as it operates continuously and facilitates

the proper management of the

electric system.

He said nuclear power plants do

not emit contaminating gasses or

particles to the atmosphere. In 2017

nuclear production accounted for

almost 40 % of emissions-free electricity

generated in Spain.

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UAE’s Barakah-3 and -4

connected to grid

(nucnet) The Barakah-3 and -4 nuclear

units under construction in the United

Arab Emirates have been connected to

the grid, Emirates Nuclear Energy

Corporation (ENEC) said today.

ENEC said connecting Units 3 and

4 to the grid will allow the next stage

of testing and the completion of

auxiliary buildings on the site.

The UAE is building four South

Korean APR-1400 reactors at the

Barakah nuclear site, about 240km

west of Abu Dhabi city.

According to ENEC, Unit 4 is more

than 60 % complete, Unit 3 is more

than 79 %, Unit 2 is more than 90 %,

and Unit 1 is undergoing commissioning

and testing before a regulatory

review and receipt of the operating

Licence from the Federal Authority for

Nuclear Regulation.

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Company News

New Areva:

We are now Orano!

(orano) New Areva has become

Orano. Refocused on nuclear materials

development and waste management,

Orano’s activities encompass

mining, conversion-enrichment, used

fuel recycling, nuclear logistics, dismantling

and engineering. The group

has 16,000 employees, with a revenue

of 4 billion euros and an order backlog

that represents the equivalent of

nearly eight years of revenue. Its

mining and conversion-enrichment

activities place it in the top three

worldwide. Orano is a leader in

nuclear recycling and logistics, and

is developing its business in the

medical field.

The name Orano has its etymological

roots in the word “uranium”*,

from which nuclear fuel is produced.

“Orano symbolizes a new start. A

new start that has been under preparation

for several years now. We have

set up a new organizational structure,

a new business plan, a new strategic

action plan and a new social contract.

Our new identity is the natural result

of all this.

Our new name symbolizes our

conviction: nuclear power has a

future, as it is a competitive, lowcarbon

energy that creates jobs. Orano

has all it needs to play a key role in

this. We have high ambitions for

Orano, namely for it to become the

leader in the production and recycling

of nuclear materials, waste management,

and dismantling within the

next ten years. I have full confidence

in our capacity to give nuclear energy

its full value.

I am very proud of leading this

group and the men and women who

are part of it,” comments Philippe

Knoche, CEO of Orano.

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