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Delay, cost increase announced for U.K. nuclear project
Perspex screens and reduced seating capacity in the Hinkley Point canteens help protect the workforce during breaks, EDF Energy said. Photo: EDF Energy
The unfortunate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on nuclear new-build projects haven’t stopped with Vogtle: EDF Energy this morning reported that the expected startup date for Unit 1 at its Hinkley Point C site is being pushed from late 2025 to June 2026.
In addition, the project’s completion costs are now estimated to be in the range of £22 billion to £23 billion (about $30.2 billion to $31.5 billion), some £500 million (about $686 million) more than the 2019 estimate, EDF said, adding the caveat that these revisions assume an ability to begin a return to normal site conditions by the second quarter of 2021.
Mohamed Ouisloumen, Abderrafi M. Ougouag, Shadi Z. Ghrayeb
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 179 | Number 1 | January 2015 | Pages 59-84
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE13-99
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The resonance scattering transfer cross section has been reformulated to account for anisotropic scattering in the center of mass of the neutron-nucleus system. The main innovation over previous implementations is the relaxation of the ubiquitous assumption of isotropic scattering in the center of mass and the actual effective use of scattering angle distributions from evaluated nuclear data files in the computation of the angular moments of the resonant scattering kernels. The formulas for the high-order anisotropic moments in the laboratory system are also derived. A multigroup numerical formulation is derived and implemented into a module incorporated within the NJOY nuclear data processing code. An ultrafine-energy-mesh cross-section library was generated using these new theoretical models and then was used for fuel assembly calculations with the PARAGON lattice physics code. The results obtained indicate that this new model makes a significant difference to predictions of reactivity, multigroup fluxes, and isotopic inventory during depletion.