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Framatome to collaborate with TerraPower on equipment for Natrium reactor
28 February, 2024
Framatome US Government Solutions has announced a design phase award for the Ex-vessel Fuel Handling Equipment Project for US TerraPower’s Natrium reactor.

UK council withdraws from talks to host geological disposal facility at Holderness
28 February, 2024
Councillors at the UK's East Riding of Yorkshire Council have voted to withdraw from talks on the possibility of hosting a nuclear geological disposal facility (GDF) at South Holderness. Councillors voted 53-1 in favour of a motion calling on the council to withdraw from the siting process for the facility.

An uplift for nuclear in Europe?
28 February, 2024
Investment analysis suggests the mood music is positive for Europe’s nuclear sector as the push for a low-carbon energy system gathers pace.

Slovakia hosts Westinghouse-sponsored VVER nuclear fuel forum
28 February, 2024
Slovak power utility Slovenské Elektrárne (SE) hosted a two-day forum, the 5th annual VVER Fuel Forum in Bratislava. The forum on nuclear fuel for VVER 440 and VVER 1000 reactors, which was sponsored by Westinghouse, was attended by representatives of utilities that are potential customers for Westinghouse VVER fuel. These included Ukraine’s Energoatom, Finland’s Fortum, the Czech Republic’s ČEZ, Bulgaria’s JE Kozloduy, and Hungary’s nuclear plant operator MVM Paks. The participants exchanged experiences on the procedure for implementing fuel from Westinghouse for operating VVER-440 and VVER-1000 reactors.

South Korea allocates $3 billion for nuclear energy R&D
28 February, 2024
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has pledged to spend more than KRW4,000bn ($3bn) on nuclear energy research and development projects during his five-year term, which ends in 2027. This affirms his commitment in July 2022 to reverse the nuclear phase-out policy of his predecessor. He set a goal of planning nuclear power projects that would earn the domestic nuclear energy industry a total of KRW3,300bn and agreed to extend KRW1,000bn in special loans for wider nuclear industry support.

Russia’s multi-purpose fast research reactor to launch in 2027
28 February, 2024
The physical launch of Russia’s multi-purpose fast neutron research reactor MBIR (Mnogotselevoi Bistrii Issledovatelskii Reaktor) under construction at the Scientific Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (NIIAR) in Dimitrovgrad, Ulyanovsk region, is officially scheduled for launch in 2027. In 2028 it will begin supplying electricity to the site and a pilot programme is planned.

Tractebel partners with Thorizon on molten salt reactor
28 February, 2024
Netherlands-based start-up, Thorizon, and Belgium-based engineering and consulting company Tractebel (part of France’s Engie) have signed a strategic three-year partnership to advance Thorizon’ molten salt reactor design. Tractebel will provide engineering services for the Thorizon One molten salt reactor, including support on the conceptual design, computational modelling, cost estimates and design reviews.

Kairos Power receives DOE funding to support development of Hermes reactor
28 February, 2024
US-based Kairos Power has signed a technology investment agreement with the Department of Energy (DOE) to put into effect the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ADRP) risk reduction award, which the company received in 2020. Under the agreement, DOE will provide up to $303m on a performance-based, fixed-price milestone basis to enable the design, construction, and commissioning of the company’s Hermes demonstration reactor. A construction permit for the reactor was issued by the. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in December 2023.

Tyne USA Inc
28 February, 2024
Tyne is committed to providing superior products, innovative systems and unsurpassed services related to design and manufacturing of tritium monitoring, measurement, collection, extraction and storage systems. They deliver leading tritium management solutions for nuclear power plants, advanced nuclear reactor SMR, health physics, fusion R&D, nuclear medicine, homeland security and nuclear decommissioning.

India expands nuclear development plans as it launches two new units at Kakrapar
28 February, 2024
India aims to add 18 new nuclear power reactors with a capacity of 13,800 MWe by 2031-32, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) announced after Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated two 700 MWe reactors at Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS) in Gujarat. The additional 18 units will bring the total share of nuclear power in the energy mix to 22,480 MWe by 2031-32. Currently NPCIL operates 24 reactors with a total capacity of 8,180 MWe.

Researchers use AI to stabilise nuclear fusion reactions
28 February, 2024
A team comprising engineers, physicists, and data scientists from Princeton University and the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to predict and avoid the formation of a specific plasma problem in real time.

New study reveals potential for reduction in high-level nuclear waste volumes
28 February, 2024
US-based nuclear waste storage and disposal company Deep Isolation has completed a study for Shine Technologies, which is developing solutions to recycle used nuclear fuel by designing facilities to reduce the volume of waste requiring deep geologic disposal.

EBRD signs new grant agreement for next phase of Chornobyl project
27 February, 2024
The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD), which administers grant funds from the International Chornobyl Cooperation Account (ICCA), has signed a new agreement (Grant Agreement No. 2) with Ukraine’s State Specialised Enterprise Chornobyl NPP (ChNPP).

Fusion reactor prototype planned for TVA site
27 February, 2024
US-based fusion technology company Type One Energy Group plans to locate to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Bull Run Fossil Plant in Clinton, Tennessee to build a stellarator fusion prototype machine in collaboration with TVA and the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). TVA's Bull Run Fossil Plant closed on 1 December 2023.Type One says construction of the prototype, Infinity One, could begin in 2025, following the completion of necessary environmental reviews, partnership agreements, required permits, and operating licences.

Westinghouse hosts suppliers’ symposium in Bulgaria as Hyundai secures Kozloduy 7&8 construction
27 February, 2024
US-based Westinghouse Electric Company organised a Bulgarian Supplier Symposium to engage with potential suppliers in support of the two AP1000 reactors to be built at the Kozloduy NPP as units 7&8. Representatives from more than 50 companies took part in the event, which was also attended by Bulgarian Energy Minister Rumen Radev and Delyan Dobrev, Chairman of the Committee on Energy in the National Assembly as well as Kozloduy officials and representatives from the US and Canadian embassies.

Iran completes first phase of new NPP
27 February, 2024
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami says the first phase of constructing a new NPP in the southern province of Khuzestan has been completed. He said the construction of the Darkhovin NPP is now well underway some 12 years after Iranian authorities had initially decided to abandon the project because foreign companies had reneged on their contractual obligations in face of US sanctions.

Bulgaria and France to strengthen nuclear energy cooperation
27 February, 2024
Bulgaria's Energy Minister Rumen Radev, during a visit to Paris has signed a declaration of intent with French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire to establish bilateral cooperation in the field of nuclear energy. The French Economy Ministry said as members of the European Nuclear Alliance, France and Bulgaria emphasise the essential role of nuclear energy to achieve the objective of climate neutrality of the European Union by 2050 and to strengthen energy security and sovereignty. The two countries will continue their co-operation both within the Alliance and bilaterally.

BHP to consider nuclear-powered cargo ships
27 February, 2024
Netherlands-based nuclear energy development and consultancy company ULC-Energy has undertaken a study that investigated the potential to use civil nuclear technologies to power commercial maritime vessels. The study was commissioned by mining company and shipping charterer BHP, a major producer of commodities including iron ore, copper, nickel, and metallurgical coal. BHP has approximately 80,000 employees and contractors, primarily in Australia and the Americas.



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