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South Korea's SK signs agreement with US TerraPower
20 May, 2022
South Korea's SK Inc said on 17 May it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with TerraPower, a US start-up co-founded by Bill Gates, to develop small modular reactors (SMRs). SK Inc, the holding company for South Korea's second-largest conglomerate SK Group, said it signed the agreement along with affiliate SK Innovation Co Ltd.

IAEA plans more missions to Chernobyl
20 May, 2022
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plans to send its next nuclear safety, security and safeguards mission to Ukraine’s Chernobyl NPP in the coming weeks, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 17 May.

Rehabilitation of Tajikistan’s uranium tailing dumps to begin
20 May, 2022
The Central Design and Technological Institute (JSC TsPTI - part of Rosatom fuel company TVEL) has won the tender for the development of working documentation and performance of work at the Taboshar site of the Republic of Tajikistan as part of the implementation of the Interstate Target Programme "Reclamation of the territories of states affected by uranium mining industries". This relates to uranium legacy sites left by Soviet-era uranium production in Central Asia.

Hungary seeks to speed up Paks NPP expansion
20 May, 2022
Péter Szijjártó, recently confirmed by parliament as Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade, has told parliament’s economic committee that, in response to the looming energy crisis, the government will work to speed up the expansion of the Paks NPP. Szijjártó's had been re-nominated for the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations in the new government, which is now being formed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, following his election victory.

Real-time weld defect identification
19 May, 2022
A technique that allows defects in fusion welds to be detected in real time will save time and cost in the nuclear sector and beyond. By Tony Burnett

Foundation completed for turbine at unit 1 of Kursk-II NPP
19 May, 2022
At Russia’s Kursk-II NPP the foundation for installation of a turbine has been commissioned in the unit 1 turbine building, the plant reported on 17 May. The foundation is both a building structure and a part of the turbine unit, since, along with the shafting, it will combine the turbine and the turbogenerator into a single machine - the turbine unit. Kursk-II will have the most powerful domestic low-speed turbine in Russia at 1255MW.

US looks at nuclear propulsion for space travel in 2027
19 May, 2022
The US Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is advancing two different approaches to accelerate ground and flight testing for nuclear-powered prototypes: compact fusion and next-gen radioisotope concepts. The ultimate objective is to launch a successful orbital prototype demonstration in 2027 of each approach.

Orano NPS contracts EDF Cyclife to transport steam generators for dismantling
19 May, 2022
France’s Orano NPS, a subsidiary of Orano, said on 16 May it had recently signed a long-term contract with Cyclife, the EDF entity in charge of dismantling and nuclear waste management, for the transport of 16 used steam generators (SGs). They will be transported from their operating site in Germany to Sweden to be processed at the EDF Cyclife industrial site. The services cover the preparation, carrying out, and coordination of a multimodal road, river and sea transport. The contract is exceptional not only because of the dimensions and masses of the SGs (approximately 300 tons, 19 metres long and 5 metres in diameter), but also because it encompasses both the extraction of the steam generators as well as their transport, known as "Rip & Ship".

MIT expands fusion research with Commonwealth Fusion Systems
19 May, 2022
MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Centre (PSFC) will substantially expand its fusion energy research and education activities under a new five-year agreement with Institute spinout Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS). “This expanded relationship puts MIT and PSFC in a prime position to be an even stronger academic leader that can help deliver the research and education needs of the burgeoning fusion energy industry, in part by utilising the world's first burning plasma and net energy fusion machine, SPARC,” said PSFC director Dennis Whyte. “CFS will build SPARC and develop a commercial fusion product, while MIT PSFC will focus on its core mission of cutting-edge research and education.”

UK to close Magnox Reprocessing Plant at Sellafield
19 May, 2022
The UK’s Magnox reprocessing plant at Sellafield will stop reprocessing in July 2022 and enter a new era of clean-up and decommissioning, Sellafield said on 17 May. The plant, which began operating in 1964, has played a crucial role in UK energy generation. It received and reprocessed nearly 55,000 tonnes of used nuclear fuel from power stations across the country, and from Italy and Japan.

Kazakhstan studies technologies for NPP construction
19 May, 2022
Kazakhstan continues to study various technologies, including for the construction of a NPP, Kazakh Energy Minister Bolat Akchulakov has told reporters on the sidelines of a forum on the development of oil and gas engineering. “We are not saying that we are going to build a NPP with Russia. We are saying that we are studying technologies, natural resources, climate. All available, safest technologies are being considered,” Akchulakov said, answering a question about the advisability of cooperation with Rosatom. He noted that "Russian developments are considered the most advanced, according to work experience and safety standards - too."

Germany expected to reject EU green investment label for nuclear
19 May, 2022
Germany will oppose European Union (EU) plans to include nuclear energy as a sustainable investment in its "taxonomy" policy for labelling green investments, the government said on 16 May. The European Commission is seeking approval from EU members and the European Parliament for plan to label gas and nuclear as climate-friendly investments.

Japan’s nuclear regulator approves release of treated Fukushima water
19 May, 2022
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has endorsed a plan to discharge into the sea treated water stored at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi NPP. The plan, which is expected to start in 2023, will be officially approved in July at the earliest after NRA hears submissions from the public, according to NRA Chairman Toyoshi Fuketa.

China localises production of fuel for AP1000 reactors
19 May, 2022
China Nuclear Baotou Nuclear Fuel Components Co, part of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), said on 16 May it had produced a dummy AP1000 fuel assembly using entirely domestically-manufactured components. CNNC said its fuel component manufacturing industry can now supply both domestic and export requirements. Production of fuel for Westinghouse-designed AP-1000 reactors has now been localised. "All indicators meet the requirements of technical conditions, which indicates that the development of domestically produced AP1000 fuel assemblies has completed all process links, laying a foundation for building a complete localised manufacturing system for AP1000 nuclear fuel assemblies," the company said.

A new phase for HPC
18 May, 2022
Can Hinkley Point C’s construction team step up as the project enters a new phase?

Framatome contracted for reactor vessel mitigation at US NPPs
18 May, 2022
France’s Framatome has been awarded a contract to perform a specialised reactor vessel mitigation technique on four NPPs in the USA. The process, called cavitation peening, extends the life of the reactor vessel by protecting against corrosion. Framatome was awarded the contract at the end of 2021. The projects will be completed throughout 2022 and 2023.

Framatome and Vattenfall agree on long-term nuclear fuel contract
18 May, 2022
France’s Framatome said on 11 May it has signed a new agreement with Vattenfall Nuclear Fuel for long-term nuclear fuel supply. Under this contract, awarded on 3 May, Framatome will continue to secure fuel deliveries of Atrium 11 boiling water reactor (BWR) fuel until 2034 to unit 3 of Vattenfall’s Forsmark NPP in Sweden. “Framatome is an ideal partner to supply nuclear fuel for Forsmark 3,” says Ove Nilsson, head of Vattenfall Nuclear Fuel. “After working with the company on previous fuel supply contracts, we are eager to extend our valuable relationship with Framatome, which will enable Vattenfall to move forward in developing a strategic supply chain within the industry.”

MHI reports progress of business plan including nuclear
18 May, 2022
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced the progress of its 2021 Medium-Term Business Plan, which covers the three years from FY2021 to FY2023. It includes a section on decarbonising existing infrastructure and nuclear power’s contributions to decarbonisation.

EDF seeks concessions on electricity prices
18 May, 2022
French utility EDF said in written answers to shareholders' questions that it had asked the authorities to retract earlier decisions forcing it to sell nuclear power at low prices to its rivals, Reuters reported on 12 May. It added that it has the right to seek legal redress over this matter. EDF CFO Xavier Girre said the focus of the new presidential and legislation period to 2027 in France was reform of the Accès Régulé à l'Electricité Nucléaire Historique (ARENH) mechanism, under which EDF has to sell 100 TWh/year of nuclear to domestic suppliers at €42/MWh expiring in 2025 and a financing mechanism for the six new EPR2 reactors proposed by President Emmanuel Macron.

IAEA mission finds progress in waste management in Denmark
17 May, 2022
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has revealed that an Integrated Review Service for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation (ARTEMIS) team of experts had visited Denmark from 1-9 May at the request of the government. The mission concluded that Denmark has developed and implemented a robust and well-functioning system for maintaining and further enhancing the safety and effectiveness of used fuel and radioactive waste management. However, the team also noted that the national programme for the management of radioactive waste should be further developed and its implementation requires significant efforts.



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