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Tension mounts in run up to UN Security Council meeting on Zaporizhia NPP
29 May, 2023
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Director General Rafael Grossi will brief the UN Security Council on his proposals for safeguarding Ukraine’s Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP) on 30 May. “Grossi is planning to brief the UN Security Council on the nuclear safety and security situation” during a meeting chaired by Switzerland, according to a statement sent by the Agency to AFP.

Zaporizhia NPP discussed in China
26 May, 2023
During his recent visit to China, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi discussed the situation at the Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP) with both Chinese officials and Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev. Grossi is trying to win support for a UN Security Council meeting to discuss ZNPP later in May.

Aerosol filters shipped for Tianwan 7
26 May, 2023
Russia’s JSC TsKBM (part of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering division Atomenergomash) has manufactured and shipped three aerosol filters for unit 7 of China’s Tianwan NPP in Jiangsu province.

Polish regulator gives positive opinion on BWRX-300
25 May, 2023
The president of Poland’s National Atomic Energy Agency (PAA - Państwowa Agencja Atomistyki) has issued a general opinion that GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) technology complies with Polish nuclear safety and radiological protection standards.

Belgian regulator issues permit for waste facility construction
25 May, 2023
Belgium’s Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) has granted a permit to radioactive waste management agency Ondraf/Niras to construct and operate a surface disposal facility for low- and intermediate-level, short-lived waste at Dessel.

NuScale Power joins Romanian Atomic Forum
25 May, 2023
US-based NuScale Power has joined the Romanian Atomic Forum (Romatom) as a supporting member to champion the association’s nuclear energy goals. Romania aims to be the first country in Europe to deploy a NuScale VOYGR small modular reactor (SMR) power plant. John Hopkins, NuScale President & CEO, said NuScale was “committed to advancing the secure deployment of SMRs globally”.

INL sees market for microreactors in some US states
25 May, 2023
A new report by US Idaho National Laboratory (INL) sees a high market potential for microreactors in US states with energy-intensive industries, nuclear-friendly laws and widespread social acceptance. The 164-page “Microreactor Applications in US Markets” looks at state-level legal, regulatory, economic and technology implications for microreactor applications in US markets.

Japanese investment supports UK floating NPP design
25 May, 2023
UK-based start-up Core Power has attracted Japanese investment for its floating NPP (FNPP) project. Some 13 companies, including Onomichi Dockyard and Imabari Shipbuilding, have invested about $80m in project, according to Nikkei Asia. Although Core released no statement on the development, it reproduced the Nikkei article on its website.

Agreements signed during first official visit to China by IAEA’s Grossi
25 May, 2023
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and other IAEA officials have signed several agreements at the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA), during Grossi’s first official visit to China. Grossi met with several high-level officials and visited nuclear facilities and institutions in Beijing, Shanghai and Shandong.

Rosatom launches Russia’s largest 3D printer
25 May, 2023
Russia’s RusAt – Addictive Technologies – part of Rosatom’s fuel company TVEL have launched an innovative 3D printer that can be used in all key high-tech industries. The machine was developed jointly by specialists of Rosatom and the St Petersburg Maritime Technical University’s (SPbGMTU’s) Institute of Laser & Welding Technologies (ILWT). It is equipped with two industrial six-axis robots and a positioner with a carrying capacity of up to 8 tonnes.

US DOE’s Marvel microreactor prototype prepares for testing
24 May, 2023
An electric-powered prototype of one of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Marvel microreactors has been installed at a manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania and is gearing up for testing. The non-nuclear prototype, which is a full-scale replica of microreactor, stands 12 feet tall and weighs 2,000 pounds. The installation was completed by Creative Engineers Inc (CEI).

Kazakhstan research reactor switches to LEU fuel
24 May, 2023
The IVG.1M research reactor at Kazakhstan’s National Nuclear Centre (NNC) in Kurchatov, has resumed formal operation using low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel, following completion its conversion and subsequent licensing.

Orano to support Japan studies on MOX reprocessing
24 May, 2023
Japan Atomic Power Co. and 11 electric power companies have agreed to proceed with efforts to conduct an empirical study on reprocessing of used mixed plutonium-uranium oxide (MOX) fuel in France supported by Orano, according to the Federation of Electric Power Companies (FEPC). “As a nuclear power operator, we believe that this research will greatly contribute to the establishment of reprocessing technologies in Japan in the future,” FEPC said. “Regarding the implementation system, we are considering advancing research in collaboration with Japan Nuclear Fuel, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, the Spent Fuel Reprocessing Agency, and Orano, and details will be announced as soon as decided.”

Radioactive liquid waste processing fully operational at Idaho National Lab
24 May, 2023
The Integrated Waste Treatment Unit (IWTU) at the US Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is now fully operational, according to the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Environmental Management (EM) Office. It is now treating sodium-bearing waste entirely, which is the next step in removing remaining liquid radioactive waste from nearby Cold War-era underground tanks and closing them to protect the environment.

Further progress at Tianwan 7
24 May, 2023
The lower tier of liner of the inner containment dome for the reactor building for unit 7 of China’s Tianwan NPP has been installed, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced in Jiangsu province. This marks a shift from the civil construction stage to the equipment installation stage.

US DOE grant supports Terrestrial Energy’s licensing of molten salt reactor
24 May, 2023
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Terrestrial Energy USA a regulatory assistance grant to support the company’s US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensing programme for its Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) plant. This comes after the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) in April concluded that there were no fundamental barriers to licensing the IMSR plant for Canadian commercial use. The decision followed a systematic and multi-year review against Canadian regulatory requirements. It was the first regulatory review of a nuclear plant using molten salt reactor technology and the first advanced, high-temperature fission technology to complete a review of this type.

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