Major Milestone Occurs at Vogtle 3 & 4 Construction Site
Another major milestone has been completed at the construction site of Vogtle 3 &4 with the delivery of the final major module for construction. This means that all 1,485 major modules required to complete construction of the two units have all been manufactured and delivered safely. The modules are meant to streamline the construction process because they are built before arriving to the construction site and are ready to be assembled into larger components that make up the nuclear units. Modules have been delivered to the site since 2011 by both rail and truck. Vogtle 3 & 4 is currently the largest jobs-producing construction project in Georgia, providing more than 800 permanent jobs and with currently approximately 8,000 workers on site.
U.S. Republican Lawmakers Call on Trump Administration to Ease Uranium Mining Restrictions
27 Western state Republican senators and Congress members sent a letter to the Trump Administration urging it to ease restrictions on uranium mining on federal lands. Currently, Trump’s cabinet is preparing recommendations for boosting U.S. nuclear fuel production. The letter states “We strongly encourage you to make improved access to federal lands with high-grade uranium deposits a top priority…Greater access to our own resources will help put Americans to work exploring for and responsibly producing the uranium that our country needs.” In July 2019 President Trump created the United States Nuclear Fuel Working Group with the goal of helping U.S. uranium miners and the nuclear energy sector which are competing with foreign companies. The group is expected to release a detailed proposal by October 10.
French Developers Release New SMR Design
The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), EDF, Naval Group and TechnicAtome announced a new small modular reactor (SMR) in September. The concept is known as the Nuward SMR and has a capacity of 300-400 MWe. It was jointly developed using France’s experience in pressurized water reactors. In a joint statement, the organizations said that the design was created to meet “growing world demand for decarbonized, safe and competitive electricity generation” and that the design will “benefit from best in class French technologies from more than 50 years of experience in PWR design, development, construction and more than 2000 reactor years of PWR operating experience.” According to the developers, the Nuward design will be a “modular solution introducing some significant innovations with major benefits to the operator and product’s competitiveness: compacity and simplicity of an integrated design, flexibility for construction and operation, innovative safety approach in line with the world’s best standards.” For more information, please see here.
Source: World Nuclear News