Unit 4 of Arab world’s first nuclear plant located in UAE connected to grid

The fourth unit of the Arab world’s first nuclear power plant (NPP) located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at Barakah has been connected to the national grid, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. (ENEC) announced late last month.   

The ENEC said in a statement that the Barakah unit 4 is being prepared to start its commercial operations. 

After its grid connection, the unit is to undergo the Power Ascension Testing, or the process of gradually raising power levels, during which its operation is monitored and tested until maximum electricity production is reached. 

India’s second indigenously built 700 MW reactor at Kakrapar connected to grid

India’s second fully indigenously built 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactor (PHWR) – the unit 4 at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Project (KAPP) in Gujarat state – was connected to the grid last month, according to the operator state-run Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).   

The fourth unit at Kakrapar attained criticality, or the start of controlled fission chain reaction, on December 17, 2023, while the initial loading of nuclear fuel in the unit had been undertaken in late October 2023.   

The country’s only other indigenously built 700 MW reactor, the KAPP unit 3, began commercial operations in September 2023, following its connection to the grid in January 2021. 

Russia develops ultra-high-pressure cylinders for hydrogen storage and transport

In another significant step for low-carbon energy development from alternate sources, the Russian state atomic energy corporation announced last month that its subsidiary Centrotech has manufactured and successfully tested prototype metal-composite cylinders of various volumes intended for hydrogen storage and transportation.  

A Rosatom statement said that these 50-litre capacity ultra-high-pressure metal composite cylinders have a working pressure specification of 700 atmospheres (atm) equivalent to 68.9 megapascals. 

“The cylinder has a specially designed liner (the inner sealing layer) made of aluminum alloy and reinforcing winding made of carbon fiber mass-produced by Rosatom Composite Division companies,” the statement said. 

Russia increased isotope export in 2023 by 15%; exports to China, India helped growth

Isotope JSC, a subsidiary of the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom, increased its annual export supplies of isotope in 2023 by 15 percent, according to a company statement. 

This growth in exports was achieved through contracts with customers in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which is an association of former republics of the Soviet Union, the statement said.  

Isotopes are generated in cyclotrons, generators or nuclear reactors. Based on various isotopes, radiopharmaceuticals are produced for use in nuclear medicine in areas such as molecular imaging, radionuclide therapy and diagnostics. 

India and Russia discuss expanding cooperation in nuclear energy sector

India and Russia have signed a protocol that supplements their 2008 intergovernmental agreement on building power units under the second and third stages of construction of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu state.  

A Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom statement said the protocol was signed following negotiations held at the KNPP earlier this week between Rosatom Director General (DG) Alexey Likhachev and India’s Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Chairman Ajit Kumar Mohanty.  

Both the Indian and Russian delegations undertook a two-day visit to the Kudankulam NPP earlier this week to inspect the progress on power units being built under the second and third stages of construction and discussed the long-term cooperation agenda, the statement said.  

Construction starts of unit 4 at first nuclear power plant in Egypt

The first concrete has been poured into the foundation slab of unit 4 of the first nuclear power plant (NPP) in Egypt being built at El Dabaa, according to an announcement by the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom.  

Present via videoconference at the first concrete pouring ceremony were the Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. 

A Rosatom statement said that the pouring of the first concrete for unit 4 signified that all four units at the Egyptian NPP are now under construction, “making the four-unit El Dabaa nuclear power plant the largest nuclear construction project on the African continent.” 

Reactor vessel installed for unit 4 of India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant

The reactor pressure vessel for the fourth 1,000 MW unit at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu state was installed in the design position in the last week of January 2024, according to the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom.  

Rosatom, which is the equipment supplier and technical consultant for the KNPP, India’s largest nuclear plant, said in a statement that the reactor pressure vessel for unit 4 was installed on January 24, 2024.  

It said that the reactor vessel, weighing over 317 tonnes, was installed using the “Open Top technology”, which had been successfully tested at the KNPP unit 3. This technology involves installation of the reactor vessel through an open dome, which significantly increases the installation speed. 

Key milestones reached in installation of world’s first lead-cooled fast neutron reactor

The steel reactor base plate, weighing 165 tonnes, has been installed in the 300 MW BREST-OD-300 fast neutron reactor being constructed at the Siberian Chemical Combine in Seversk, Russia, according to an announcement by the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom.  

A Rosatom statement earlier this month also said that the lower tier of the reactor vessel’s containment structure has been loaded into the reactor shaft.   

“The containment structure is the outer part of the reactor vessel. It provides retention of heat-insulating concrete, forming an additional localizing barrier of protection, which surrounds the boundary of the coolant circuit,” the statement said. 

Fast reactor fuel reprocessing plant dedicated to nation by Indian Prime Minister

India’s Demonstration Fast Reactor Fuel Reprocessing Plant (DFRP) located at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) in Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu state, was dedicated to the nation earlier this month by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  

The DFRP, built at a cost of Rs 400 crore ($48 million), is the world’s only industrial-scale plant capable of handling both carbide and oxide used fuels from fast reactors, according to an official statement. 

Equipped with an indigenously developed unique design, the DFRP is a crucial enabler for the next generation of breeders and fast reactors, the statement said.  

A record 36.25 million tonnes of cargo shipped along Northern Sea Route in 2023

A total of 36.254 million tonnes of cargo was shipped along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in 2023, according to the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom. 

A Rosatom statement said the cargo shipped was more than 250 thousand tonnes above the annual target set in the “Development of the Northern Sea Route” federal project being implemented under Rosatom’s supervision. 

The NSR, via the Arctic Ocean and running along Russia’s northern coastline, is the shortest sea route between the Asia-Pacific region and northern Europe. 

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