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UK’s Heysham 2 and Torness nuclear plants to close early
13 January, 2022
EDF Energy has confirmed a change to the expected end of generation dates for two of its UK nuclear units - Heysham 2, in Lancashire, and Torness, in East Lothian (Scotland).

US tests new railcar for used fuel and radwaste transport
13 January, 2022
The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy (ONE) said on 11 January that a new high-tech railcar developed by the US Navy and DOE) was en route from Oregon to a site near Pueblo, Colorado for multiple-car testing.

Rosatom to complete design of fuel reprocessing module for Brest reactor by 2024
13 January, 2022
Russia’s Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC – part of Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL) in Seversk, Tomsk Region has signed a contract with Atomenergoproekt (part of Rosatom’s Engineering Division) for the design of the used fuel reprocessing module, which will support operation of the Brest-OD-300 reactor.

Contract awarded for plans to construct Asse interim storage facility in Germany
13 January, 2022
Germany’s Federal Association for Final Storage (BGE) has taken another step towards retrieving the radioactive waste from the former Asse II salt mine in the district of Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony.

Further delays for Flamanville 3 blamed on pandemic
13 January, 2022
France’s EDF said on 11 January that it had “adjusted the schedule for the Flamanville 3 project, taking into account the state of progress of the operations and the preparation for start-up in an industrial context made more difficult by the pandemic.”

What makes nuclear power projects work
13 January, 2022
Nuclear power is increasingly being promoted as an important contributor to future energy supplies and reduction in greenhouse gases, but the industry has not seized on the opportunity and has been challenged by delays and cost over-runs. Ken Petrunik shares his view

Bruce Power completes shipment of Cobalt-60
13 January, 2022
Canada’s Bruce Power said on 7 January it had completed another harvest of Cobalt-60, which is used to sterilise medical equipment used by frontline health care workers.

USNC licenses ORNL method to 3D print reactor components
11 January, 2022
A novel method to 3D print components for nuclear reactors, developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been licensed by Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC).

AECL: The company that launched a nuclear nation
11 January, 2022
As Canada’s federally owned nuclear science and technology organisation turns 70, contributor Jacquie Hoornweg looks at the links between Atomic Energy Canada Limited, Canada’s nuclear history, and the country’s vision for a net-zero future

Cyclife acquires UK's Aquila Nuclear Engineering
11 January, 2022
Cyclife, the EDF subsidiary in charge of international dismantling and radioactive waste management services is pursuing its development in Europe by acquiring complementary engineering capabilities provided by Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd.

NRC denies Oklo licence application
10 January, 2022
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on 6 January issued a determination denying US-based Oklo Power's application to build and operate its Aurora compact fast reactor in Idaho.

France expects new nuclear reactors to begin operation in 2035-37
10 January, 2022
The French government expects plans for new nuclear reactors should be submitted around 2023 with a target date of 2035-37 for the reactors to go online, Berangere Abba, Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological Transition, said during a parliamentary debate in the Senate on 6 January.

Canada’s NWMO releases transportation plans
10 January, 2022
Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) in early January released two planning documents that, it said, “address the wide range of priorities, questions and concerns heard to date from Canadians and Indigenous peoples about the transportation of used nuclear fuel”.

Final shutdown for UK’s Hunterston B
10 January, 2022
The Unit B2 (Reactor 4) of the Hunterston NPP in North Ayrshire, Scotland,  was permanently shut down on 7 January after generating electricity for 46 years.

Crypto miners look to nuclear power
06 January, 2022
Cryptocurrency mining is hugely energy intensive, and with the United States now the leading source of Bitcoin production, companies are looking to nuclear plants to power their operations

UK brings fusion to the forefront
06 January, 2022
The UK wants to position itself to be a leader in fusion industry. It has published a new fusion strategy, got the siting process for a prototype fusion power plant under way and opened a world-leading fusion research facility.

Cavendish and Jacobs sign MOU for UK treatment of Japanese fast reactor sodium coolant
06 January, 2022
Cavendish Nuclear and Jacobs have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) for the treatment and re-use in the UK of sodium coolant from Japan’s Monju fast neutron reactor.

New head of Hungary’s regulator confirmed in position
06 January, 2022
Hungary’s President Viktor Orban on 1 January formally appointed Andrea Beatrix Kádár as the new head of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Agency (HAEA) - an appointment, which will run until the end of 2030.



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