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2016. January 13. Wednesday - 13:11:44

China General Nuclear (CGN) has announced that two of its new nuclear power reactors - Fangchenggang unit 1 and Yangjiang unit 3 - both completed 168-hour test runs and entered commercial operation on 1 January.

2015. April 17. Friday - 10:22:20

Areva has signed two agreements with Indian companies in preparation for the project to construct six EPR units at Jaitapur in Maharashtra state. The agreements were signed during a visit to Paris by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.
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A total of 20 agreements covering a range of issues - including satellite communications, railways, tourism, conservation and education - were signed between France and India on 10 April during a meeting between Modi and French president Francois Hollande. Two agreements relate to the construction of the proposed Jaitapur plant. Areva signed a pre-engineering agreement (PEA) with state-owned Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) on 9 April. The signed agreement was exchanged between Areva CEO Philippe Knoche and Indian ambassador to France Arun Kumar Singh the following day in front of Modi and Hollande.

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2016. January 13. Wednesday - 13:12:37

US Secretary of Stathegeszto.jpge John Kerry has described yesterday's shipment of more than 11 tonnes (25,000 pounds) of low-enriched uranium materials from Iran to Russia as "one of the most significant steps" the Middle Eastern country has taken toward fulfilling its commitments under the nuclear accord it signed with world powers earlier this year.


2015. April 17. Friday - 11:05:32

Anomalies have been identified in the composition of the steel in certain parts of the reactor vessel of the EPR under construction at Flamanville, Areva has informed the French nuclear regulator. Further tests are planned to show the extent and effect of the areas of the vessel showing higher carbon concentrations.

epr_reactor_vessel_-_250_asn1.jpgAreva conducted chemical and mechanical tests in late 2014 on a vessel head similar to that of the Flamanville EPR. The French nuclear regulator, the ASN (Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire), said today it had been informed that these test results "revealed the presence of a zone in which there was a high carbon concentration, leading to lower than expected mechanical toughness values".
"Initial measurements confirmed the presence of this anomaly in the reactor vessel head and reactor vessel bottom head of the Flamanville EPR," ASN said. Both forged steel components were manufactured at Areva's Chalon/Saint-Marcel plant. Areva and EDF have proposed to ASN that a new series of tests is conducted on a representative vessel head "in order to precisely identify the location of the zone concerned and its mechanical properties." The companies said that those new tests are already underway.

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