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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.
J. A. Turnbull, S. K. Yagnik, M. Hirai, D. M. Staicu, C. T. Walker
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 179 | Number 4 | April 2015 | Pages 477-485
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE14-20
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To investigate the potential disintegration to powder of high-burnup fuel pellets during a rapid temperature transient, the Nuclear Fuels Industry Research (NFIR) Program commissioned two independent scoping studies. The first investigated the effect of hydrostatic restraint pressure on fission gas release during a series of fast temperature ramps. In the second study laser heating was used to investigate the temperature at which small samples of fuel fragmented. From the observations made in these studies, local burnup and temperature thresholds of 71 MWd/kg HM and 645°C were identified for fuel pulverization during a loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA). It is shown that fine fragment production in integral LOCA tests performed in other independent investigations at Studsvik and Halden was generally well predicted using these thresholds of burnup and temperature. The NFIR investigations also reveal that the degree of pulverization and resulting fragment size are dependent on the temperature ramp rate. Moreover, they confirm that pulverization can be substantially reduced by the imposition of hydrostatic pressure.