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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.
Bhawna Pandey, P. M. Prajapati, S. Jakhar, C. V. S. Rao, T. K. Basu, B. K. Nayak, A. Saxena, S. V. Suryanarayana
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 179 | Number 3 | March 2015 | Pages 313-320
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE14-26
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The radionuclide 55Fe (t1/2 = 2.73 years) is one of the radionuclides produced in large quantities inside a fusion reactor. The excitation function of the (n,p) reaction from threshold to 20 MeV and proton emission spectra from the 55Fe target at 14-MeV neutron energy are calculated using optimized input parameters in the nuclear reaction modular codes EMPIRE-3.1 and TALYS-1.4. The codes account for the major nuclear reaction mechanisms, including direct, preequilibrium, and compound nucleus contributions. The present results of 55Fe(n,p)55Mn are compared with the existing evaluated nuclear data libraries ROSFOND-2010, JEFF-3.1, and EAF-2010 along with systematics around 14-MeV neutron energy. The prediction accuracy of the present calculation is considered to satisfy the requirement for fusion reactor applications. The theoretical nuclear model calculations with a reliable parameter set up to 20 MeV are recommended to estimate the cross section of radionuclides or unstable targets in the mass region A ∼ 50 to 60. The present work is an important step to study the cross section of the 55Fe(n,p)55Mn reaction by a surrogate method.