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atw Vol. 63 (2018) | Issue 3 ı March 196 NEWS * 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 created. approve commercial operation. Constriction of the unit began in December 2012. 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. | | (18501708), www.rosatom.ru, www.cnnc.com.cn France: EDF ompletes cold functional testing at Flamanville-3 EPR (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. | | (18501715), www.edf.com 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 Rostov. 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 %. | | (18501710), www.rosatom.ru 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. | | (18501714), www.foronuclear.org 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. | | (18501711), www.enev.gov.ua 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. | | (18501521), www.orano.group News

atw Vol. 63 (2018) | Issue 3 ı March New AREVA (Orano) and CNNC acknowledge the substantial progress made in the negociation of the contract for the Chinese commercial used fuel treatmentrecycling plant project (n-a) New AREVA and its Chinese partner China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) signed on 9 January 2018 in Beijing, in the presence of the President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, and the President of the French Republic, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, a memorandum of commercial agreement for the Chinese commercial used fuel treatment-recycling plant project. Through this memorandum, New AREVA and CNNC reaffirm their mutual commitment to complete the negotiations of the contract for the Chinese commercial used fuel treatment-recycling plant project at the soonest, to launch the project in 2018, and acknowledge the substantial progress made in the negotiation during the past few months. The Chinese treatment-recycling plant (800 tons capacity) will be built on the model of the La Hague and Melox plants recognized for their proven technologies, highest standards of safety and security, and industrial performance. Philippe Knoche, Chief Executive Officer of New AREVA, commented: “CNNC and New AREVA have stepped up their efforts to reach agreement on the contract and we are seeing today very positive results. I am looking forward to finalizing the negotiations soon, and starting the implementation of this landmark project with our partner CNNC in 2018.” | | (18501522), www.orono.group CASTOR® casks support dismantling in Switzerland GNS supplies eight spent fuel casks for the final fuel elements of the Mühleberg nuclear power plant. GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear- Service mbH and BKW Energie AG have concluded a contract for the supply of eight CASTOR® V/52 transport and storage casks. The casks to be delivered in 2021 are designated for the remaining fuel elements of the Mühleberg nuclear power plant in Switzerland, which is to be shut-down at the end of 2019. After the final fuel elements have been transferred to the central Swiss interim storage facility ZWILAG, the boiling water reactor plant, which was commissioned in 1972, will be fuel-free. This is a decisive prerequisite for efficient dis mantling. With its casks, GNS ensures this important step in the decommissioning process of the Mühleberg nuclear power plant and supports the first decommissioning project in Switzerland in its optimised dis mantling. The supply contract was preceded by a contract for the licensing of CASTOR® V/52 for Switzerland, which was concluded last year. | | (18520857), www.gns.de MHI completes investment into France’s Framatome • MHI acquires 19.5 percent stake in Framatome, based on prior agreement from July 2017 • EDF and MHI to collaborate on ATMEA nuclear reactor jointventure (framatome) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed investment into Framatome, a French company that designs and manufactures nuclear power plant (NPP) equipment and systems and renamed from New NP. MHI now holds a 19.5 % equity stake in Framatome, an affiliate of Electricité de France (EDF) recently established as part of the reorganization of AREVA Group. The investment is aimed at establishing a global structure for delivering the latest technologies for safe and reliable nuclear power generation through strategic collaboration between MHI, Framatome and EDF. It will also support the promotion of sales of the ATMEA1 reactor through collaboration with EDF. | | The representatives from BKW Energie AG and GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH on the occasion of signing the contract for CASTOR® casks. (Courtesy: GNS) Framatome evolved from AREVA NP, an AREVA Group company with extensive experience in design and manufacture of NPP equipment, plant construction and fuel supply. Framatome will specialize in aftersale servicing of existing plants as well as fuel supply, and the design, manufacture and sale of reactor equipment for new plants; an area expected to generate stable earnings. The completion of the investment will also result in a reorganization of ATMEA. ATMEA was formed as a joint venture between MHI and AREVA NP to develop the next-generation ATMEA1 reactor. Under the new structure, there will be fifty-fifty ownership of ATMEA between MHI and EDF, along with a special share owned by Framatome. Following completion of the investment, MHI President and CEO Shunichi Miyanaga commented, “MHI has been a key player in cooperation between Japan and France in the development of nuclear power generation technologies for many years. With the completion of our investment into Framatome, a new structure has been created that will further strengthen the ties between our nuclear energy industries, and I am confident this new relationship will enable further improvement in technologies to ensure the long-term sustainability and reliability of nuclear energy.” Under the new arrangement, MHI, EDF and Framatome will collaborate in promoting worldwide sales of the ATMEA1 reactor. Further, cooperative ties between France and Japan’s nuclear power industries will be strengthened in areas including equipment supply to NPPs, after-sale servicing, and decommissioning work. Cooperation between MHI and the AREVA Group began in the 1990s with collaboration in the fuel cycle business. In 2006 the two parties concluded a wider cooperation agreement in the nuclear energy field. Following this, integration of the two partners’ technologies resulted in development of the ATMEA1; a pressurized water reactor (PWR), in the 1,200 megawatt (MW) class, providing the world’s highest levels of safety and reliability. Since that time, prospects for the sale of the ATMEA1 have been expanding worldwide, especially in emerging economies, where new NPP construction plans are moving ahead. Going forward, through the increasingly close ties forged with EDF, 197 NEWS News