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  • Hungary. On 10 June 2022, the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority issued a licence for the Paks II NPP project to start the soil stabilisation of the nuclear power plant construction site. The purpose of this work is to ensure the required bearing capacity of the soils at the base of the future buildings and structures of the plant. Soil stabilisation is necessary for the transition to the construction of the power units themselves. In addition to the soil stabilisation licence, permission was also granted for the construction of three warehouses and two storage areas. The Paks II NPP project provides for the construction of two units with VVER-1200 reactors. Today, the only Hungarian nuclear power plant Paks with four VVER-440 reactors, built according to the Soviet project, generates almost half of all electricity in the country.
    Russia. VVER-TOI reactor vessel of the first power unit was installed at Kursk II NPP in Russia. It weighs 340 tons and is made of nickel-free steel, which does not change its properties under the influence of radiation and high temperatures. Kursk II NPP will replace Kursk NPP units 1,2. The installed capacity of the VVER-TOI is 1255 MW, which is 25% higher than the one of VVER-1000, while the service life of the main equipment has been doubled. Another difference between VVER-TOI and the technology of the previous generation is the reduction in the cost and construction time, as well as operating costs. The design combines active and passive safety systems.
    India. Rosatom began deliveries of new nuclear fuel for the Kudankulam NPP in India. Compared to UTVS fuel, which was previously supplied to Kudankulam, TVS-2M fuel assemblies have a number of advantages. Firstly, the rigidity of the structure, and secondly, the increased uranium consumption: one TVS-2M fuel assembly contains 7.6% more fuel. “We offer foreign customers solutions that have been successfully tested in the Russian nuclear power industry. TVS-2M fuel is effectively operated in the 18-month fuel cycle at Balakovo and Rostov NPPs, as well as at the operating power units of the Tianwan NPP in China,” said Alexander Ugryumov, Senior Vice President for Science and Technology at Rosatom fuel division.
    The Volgodonsk branch of AEM-Technologies (part of Rosatom) has manufactured a housing of the reactor core shaft for Chinese Tianwan NPP Unit 7. The shaft is one of the three main elements of the reactor internals. The shaft housing consists of six shells and an elliptical bottom. The height of the product is about 11 meters, weight – 63 tons. Rosatom has already built the first four units of the Tianwan NPP with VVER-1000 reactors. Today, the company is building units 7 & 8 with VVER-1200 reactors
    Efremov Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus (NIIEFA, part of Rosatom) and the Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant have confirmed the strength of the shipping frame for the PF1 superconducting coil of the ITER fusion reactor. The frame is designed to send a coil weighing 160 tons to France. Concrete blocks with a total weight of 274 tons were used to test the strength of the frame. A key part of the process was controlled by representatives of the countries participating in the ITER project online. PF1 coil with a diameter of nine meters is one of the six coils of the poloidal field in the magnetic system, which serves to contain the plasma in the ITER reactor. In total, Russia will manufacture and supply 25 different systems for ITER.
    Rusatom Healthcare (Rosatom nuclear healthcare division) and the leading Egyptian pharmaceutical company Pharco Pharmaceuticals signed a memorandum of cooperation at the first Pan-African Exhibition and Conference Africa Health ExCon 2022. In particular, the parties agreed to develop cooperation on projects for the joint development and production of radiopharmaceuticals, conducting preclinical and clinical studies, registering and launching developed products on the markets of Egypt, the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and others.
    Egypt. Russia has launched the production of equipment for the El-Dabaa nuclear power plant in Egypt, which happened during the visit of a high-ranking Egyptian delegation headed by chairman of the Egyptian Nuclear Power Authority (NPPA) Amged El-Wakeel to Russia.  The delegation visited Russian machine-building enterprises, as well as the Leningrad NPP.  The new units of this plant with VVER-1200 reactors are a reference project for El-Dabaa.  “We highly appreciate the professionalism and focused work of the Russian-Egyptian team in the implementation of the project.  Such visits demonstrate that the project is moving forward without any delays or obstacles,” said Amged El-Wakeel.
    Turkey. Builders have begun pouring concrete into the foundation slab of the turbine building at the construction site of the Akkuyu NPP Unit 4 in Turkey.  450 workers and specialists are involved in concreting with the work being carried out in two shifts.  The total area of the foundation slab is almost 6,000 square meters.  At the same time, welding of the main circulation pipeline was completed at Unit 1.  The procedure requiring welding 28 joints lasted 68 days.
    Hungary. The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA) has issued a license for groundwater cut-off construction for the Paks II NPP project. Groundwater cut-off will protect the construction site as well as operating Paks NPP from groundwater penetration. Following the construction of the groundwater cut-off, excavation works on the Paks II site will commence. Currently, HAEA is reviewing construction license application needed for these works to begin. Rosatom will construct Paks II NPP with two VVER-1200 PWR units