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    Post  Kiko Fri Apr 07, 2023 11:03 am

    Russia will help Vietnam build nuclear power plants if it receives a request, 04.07.2023.

    HANOI (Sputnik) — Russia is ready to participate in the construction of nuclear power plants in Vietnam, if it receives a corresponding request from the Vietnamese side, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernishenko said.

    "Russia is ready to participate and help Vietnam if a decision is made to build small- and large-capacity nuclear plants," Chernishenko said, stressing the important role that nuclear energy could play in ensuring Vietnam's nuclear sovereignty.

    He added that such a decision "will allow Vietnam to move closer to climate neutrality."

    The Russian deputy prime minister, who is on a working visit to Vietnam, made this statement at a meeting with the leaders of the Vietnamese nuclear industry that took place at the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute on the sidelines of the 24th meeting of the Russian-Vietnamese intergovernmental commission.

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    Post  lancelot Wed Apr 26, 2023 1:51 am

    Licence issued for Russia's first land-based SMR
    24 April 2023

    Nuclear regulator Rostekhnadzor has granted a licence to build the country's first land-based small modular reactor (SMR), in the Republic of Sakha (also known as Yakutia) in Russia's Arctic north.

    Rosatom's SMR is a water-cooled RITM-200N reactor that has been adapted from the RITM-200 series used to power the latest fleet of nuclear-powered icebreakers.

    The licence is to build the SMR in the Ust-Yansky district of Yakutia and Rosatom noted that the reactors had already proven their ability in Arctic conditions on the icebreakers.

    Alexei Likhachev, director general of Rosatom, said the licence decision was "meaningful for the global nuclear industry ... this is permission to construct the first modern land-based SMR in harsh Arctic conditions".

    He said that pre-construction work was already under way, with more than 2000 tonnes of cargo delivered to the site, "there are now about 80 workers and 38 pieces of operating equipment there. The scope of work is increasing day by day. The world's first land-based SMR with RITM-200N is planned to be commissioned in 2028".

    Rosatom said that the design met "all post-Fukushima safety requirements for the modern NPP design - this is a compact modular nuclear power plant, featuring reduced construction time compared with large nuclear power plants".

    Last week, Rosatom and the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic signed a cooperation agreement relating to the construction of the plant, saying "the project will provide a clean, cost-effective and stable source of energy to the remote Arctic territories of Yakutia with a decentralised energy supply. The electric power of the station will be at least 55 MW, the service life of non-replaceable equipment will be up to 60 years".

    The plan outlined was for a "significant part" of the planned output to be used "to develop one of Russia's largest gold ore deposits, Kyuchus, nearby Deputatskoye and Tirekhtyakh tin deposits, and municipalities in Yakutia. This will create a powerful industrial cluster in the region with new jobs and professions".

    https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Licence-issued-for-Russia-s-first-land-based-SMR

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    Post  Arrow Wed Apr 26, 2023 9:35 am

    So Russia will be the first country to develop SMR reactor technologies. In fact, it has already developed, considering floating nuclear reactors. I don't know what it's like in China now. In the West, they claim that their new SMRs will multiply in huge numbers, but their experience in this field is very small.
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    Post  lancelot Wed Apr 26, 2023 3:09 pm

    The West still makes naval nuclear reactors. So that is quite likely where the experience for the SMRs will be coming from.
    In fact you could say there is more expertise in the West in naval reactors than regular ones. Because the amount of regular reactors built in the West is pitiful.
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    Post  Arrow Wed Apr 26, 2023 3:15 pm

    Russia has gone even further and made a technological breakthrough and is now able to build very small reactors. It's more for military use though. So for such Poseidon or Burevestnik. Considering Burevestnik, its reactor size is impressive. The West has marine reactors, but has not yet had any experience converting them to SMRs. Russia already has floating SMRs.
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    Post  lancelot Wed Apr 26, 2023 6:26 pm

    Burevestnik probably uses new reactor technologies not used anywhere else in the world. It is an aviation grade nuclear reactor. The aviation nuclear reactor projects in the early Cold War, like Project Pluto, all required new materials and reactor types. Because a regular liquid water reactor is too heavy to put into an aircraft. None of the Cold War projects were developed enough to enter service.

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    Post  JohninMK Fri Apr 28, 2023 9:21 pm

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    The approval was given by the Ministry of Energy Transition of France.

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    Post  Kiko Thu Aug 24, 2023 11:24 am

    The US doubles the import of uranium from Russia, which reaches the maximum in almost 20 years, 08.24.2023.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The import of Russian uranium to the United States doubled in the first half of 2023 compared to the same period last year and reached the highest since 2005, according to statistics held by this agency.

    Russia exports only enriched uranium to the United States, but the analysis also takes into account the deliveries of natural and depleted uranium from other countries.

    Between January and June 2023, the United States bought 416 tons of uranium from Russia, compared to 188 tons in the first half of 2022. It is the second highest result since the first half of 2005 when 418 tons of uranium were imported from Russia.

    In terms of value, these imports stood at $696.5 million, the most since 2002 and 150% more than in the first half of 2022. Russia accounted for 32% of the total value of uranium imported by the United States, 13 percentage points more than a year ago.

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    Post  Kiko Mon Sep 04, 2023 5:37 pm

    Erdogan announced plans to build a second nuclear power plant with the help of Russia, by Valentina Grigorenko for VZGLYAD. 09.04.2023.

    The construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu, continues at full speed, and Russia is already discussing a project to build a second nuclear power plant in the republic, Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan said at a press conference in Sochi following talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

    As Erdogan pointed out, close Russian-Turkish contacts will also contribute to the solution of regional and global problems in the future. According to him, the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant continues intensively, and the topic related to the Sinop nuclear power plant as a second step was also discussed.TASS .

    “Thanks to the steps taken, Türkiye will make a leap forward. I would like to once again thank Mr. Putin and wish my visit to benefit our countries and the region,” the Turkish leader said.

    Recall that on Monday afternoon, talks began in Sochi between the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Putin said that the first unit of the Akkuyu NPP in Turkey could be launched as early as 2024, and there are prospects for the development of cooperation between the countries in this area.

    Earlier, Russia and Turkey officially formalized the delivery of nuclear fuel to power unit No. 1 of the Akkuyu NPP. Rosatom handed over to the Turkish Ministry of Energy a certificate for it, Putin gave permission for this.

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    Post  JohninMK Sun Sep 10, 2023 11:11 pm

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    Hungary will switch the operation of the Paks nuclear power plant from Russian to French fuel

    Hungary plans to switch the operation of the Paks nuclear power plant (NPP) from Russian to French nuclear fuel. This was stated by Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a meeting with participants of the Hungarian Civil Forum.

    Thus, Hungary wants to reduce its energy dependence on Russia. According to Orbán, achieving energy self-sufficiency, which would include running the Paks nuclear power plant on French fuel instead of Russian, is among the Hungarian government's goals for the coming years

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    Post  GarryB Mon Sep 11, 2023 8:25 am

    That is hilarious because now that Niger is not cooperating with France regarding Uranium theft a lot of the fuel France and the US use comes from guess where...


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    Post  mnztr Sun Sep 17, 2023 8:47 am

    lancelot wrote:The West still makes naval nuclear reactors. So that is quite likely where the experience for the SMRs will be coming from.
    In fact you could say there is more expertise in the West in naval reactors than regular ones. Because the amount of regular reactors built in the West is pitiful.

    Naval reactors are not a good design for SMR's. The ones in the USA AFIK use highly enriched Uranium, which is why they can last the life ofthe ship without refueling. If they were to go to typical 5% purity its different design AFIK.

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    Post  lancelot Sun Sep 17, 2023 4:20 pm

    The ones the French use run on regular enriched uranium.
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    Post  Arrow Sun Sep 17, 2023 4:43 pm

    Russian OK 650 reactors have from 20 to 45% enriched Uranium 235. It is not known how the new reactors for 885M?
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    Post  GarryB Mon Sep 18, 2023 4:31 am

    None of the Cold War projects were developed enough to enter service.

    Actually I seem to remember that Pluto was a working system, but spewed out nuclear waste as it flew at very low altitude at mach 3 where the shockwave of it flying past could actually damage buildings and kill people on the ground...

    Not just the missile itself but the fact that the Soviets would make something similar led to them cancelling the project is what I read.

    Or it didn't work reliably or at all, but they say it was morals that killed the design... which I find suspect.

    Russia and the Soviets had all sorts of nuclear power sources for satellites and potential use where solar panels are not useful...

    For instance on a moon or mars base a nuclear reactor can work in the very cold places that does not get much sun in the hope that their might be more frozen water in those locations. Digging into the rock would provide protection from solar radiation and radiation from space and a nuclear reactor will generate power but in the process generate heat to heat the facility without using up some of the electricity it generates.

    I seem to remember one reactor they had that was 1 metre by 1 metre square and 4 metres long. I don't remember the level of electrical power generation but I seem to remember it was designed to operate for up to 13 years before needing fuel replacement.

    The levels of power it generated would be relatively significant and as I said it would not be required for heating as the system used to cool the reactor could be used to distribute heat through the inhabited area of the base for free. On a moon or mars there would be no need for fans to circulate air as convection could be used.

    In space in a space ship gravity does not apply so a cosmonaut would quickly suffocate because the air does not naturally circulate like it does on earth.... after breathing in the oxygen near his body and filling the area near his body with carbon dioxide over time the person will find it harder and harder to breath. Blowing hard would result in the person being moved around the inside of the ship but as you move around pockets of CO2 would be like a minefield and remaining in one place for a long period would be fatal. The solution of course is to mount fans all over the place to blow air around to circulate it and get it to go through CO2 scrubbers to remove excess CO2 so it does not build up.

    On a moon or mars base there is an up and a down and removing CO2 and introducing fresh clean air into the system becomes much easier.

    A fuel cell with an electrical current applied can convert water into oxygen for breathing and the hydrogen can be captured to be put back through the fuel cell to create electricity and also water if required.
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    Post  lancelot Mon Sep 18, 2023 7:01 am

    A lot of US military projects got cancelled with military expenditure cuts due to the Vietnam war.

    There were further government changes when lots of programs passed from the Atomic Energy Commission to the DOE in the 1970s. Which also led to the termination of a lot of nuclear projects.

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    Post  JohninMK Thu Sep 28, 2023 4:40 pm

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    Russia stopped uranium exports to the US due to lack of insurance coverage - Rosatom

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    Post  lancelot Thu Sep 28, 2023 5:54 pm

    Rosatom denies reports about suspension of uranium exports from Russia
    Meanwhile, according to the American Statistical Office, in the first half of this year, the United States increased uranium imports from Russia by 2.2 times year-on-year up to 416 tons

    MOSCOW, September 28. /TASS/. Information about the suspension of uranium exports from Russia is not true, a representative of the state nuclear corporation Rosatom told TASS.

    "Rosatom state corporation fulfills its obligations under the concluded contracts to foreign customers in full," he said.

    Earlier, a number of media outlets disseminated information about the alleged suspension of uranium exports from the ports of St. Petersburg to the United States due to lack of insurance coverage.
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    https://tass.com/economy/1681883
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    Post  JohninMK Thu Sep 28, 2023 6:01 pm

    One of the outlets it came from. It has to be said that Russia always fulfills its contracts.

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    Post  GarryB Fri Sep 29, 2023 5:07 am

    So it stopped shipping from one port rather than they stopped supplying Uranium.

    Perhaps this was an attempt to put into the public the double standard of the US where the EU can't buy Russian gas and oil and has to buy US gas and oil but it is OK for the US to buy Russian Uranium fuel...

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    Post  lancelot Fri Sep 29, 2023 9:43 pm

    Russia is building the BREST-300 4th generation lead cooled fast reactor.

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    Post  Kiko Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:19 pm

    Russia becomes 2nd largest uranium supplier to the US as Russian imports triple, 12.08.2023.

    In October, the US tripled its purchases of Russian uranium to 43.25 tonnes, Sputnik estimates.

    These volumes of this fuel cost the US $ 62.8 million.  It should be noted that this became the largest US purchase since June 2023, and Russia was the second largest supplier of uranium to the country.

    In total, the U.S. bought nearly 176 tons of uranium worth$ 300 million and the top supplier was the U.K., which sold 98.3 tons in October.

    U.S. companies also resumed uranium imports from China after a seven-month hiatus, with 25.4 tons of Chinese fuel worth $ 43.4 million.

    Recently, Kathryn Huff, US Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, said in an interview with the Financial Times newspaper, that the dependence of the United States on Russian nuclear fuel is a serious concern and a threat in a critical state to the country's national security.

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    Post  Arrow Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:21 pm

    The US does not have sufficient Uranium deposits?
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    Post  kvs Fri Dec 08, 2023 2:49 pm

    Yes.

    https://world-nuclear.org/information-library/nuclear-fuel-cycle/mining-of-uranium/world-uranium-mining-production.aspx

    The US is definitely not husbanding its resources. It does not have them.

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