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UKAEA and Tokamak Energy to collaborate on commercial fusion
13 October, 2022
UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and Tokamak Energy have signed a framework agreement to enable closer collaboration on developing spherical tokamaks as a route to commercial fusion energy. The five-year agreement will take the form of joint technology development, shared utilisation of equipment and facilities and associated secondment of staff between the two organisations.

Situation at Zaporizhzhia NPP remains “fragile”
13 October, 2022
External power has been restored to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), a few hours after its connection to the grid was cut for a second time in less than a week, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said.

Canada calls for proposals for CNRI programme
06 October, 2022
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has issued a call for proposals for the fourth round of its Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative (CNRI). CNL said the CNRI programme continues to grow, and this year has expanded to accept applications from Canadian universities, who are invited to submit project ideas that fall within this round’s designated focus areas.

Brookfield says nuclear is a clean, safe and mature source of power
05 October, 2022
Canada-based global asset management company Brookfield has released a White Paper titled “A New Dawn for Nuclear Power”. It says the worldwide drive to net zero “is shining a spotlight on nuclear, a clean, safe and mature source of electricity generation”. Nuclear power “is also gaining more support from policymakers and investors given its ability to promote energy security and energy independence”. These trends are driving a global push to extend the lives and increase the capacity of existing plants, as well as build new reactors with state-of-the art designs and technologies.

Shelling causes more damage to Zaporizhzhia NPP
22 September, 2022
Renewed shelling in the early hours of 21 September at the site of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) damaged cables providing electricity to one of its six units, temporarily forcing the reactor to rely on emergency diesel generators for the power it needs for essential safety functions, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was informed at the site by senior Ukrainian operating staff.

US DOE identifies coal plant sites that could convert to nuclear
15 September, 2022
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a 127-page report, “Investigating Benefits and Challenges of Converting Retiring Coal Plants into Nuclear Plants”, identifying 157 retired coal plant sites and 237 operating coal plant sites as potential candidates for a coal-to-nuclear (C2N) transition. The study, conducted by Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, sponsored by DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy, said 80% of the identified plants were good candidates to host advanced small reactors.

Some power lines restored to Zaporizhzhia NPP
15 September, 2022
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been informed that Ukrainian engineers have made further headway in repairing vital power infrastructure in the vicinity of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), providing the plant with renewed access to a third back-up power line.

One size fits all metering
08 September, 2022
Why has the Nuclear Power Industry failed to embrace and benefit from the digital revolution? Despite the obvious benefits it offers like higher reliability, accuracy, efficiency, and return on investment, nuclear operators have resisted adopting digital metering. Could that be about to change?

Japanese fuel fabrication plant to resume activity
31 August, 2022
Mitsubishi Nuclear Fuel Co (MNF), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, has announced that it intends to resume production of pressurised water reactor (PWR) fuel at its Tokai plant after receiving approval from Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA). MNF said it had applied to NRA for a pre-use inspection of processing facilities in July 2018 and a pre-use confirmation application in August 2020. “We are pleased to inform you that we have received a pre-use inspection pass certificate and a pre-use confirmation certificate from the same committee on the same day.”

A global perspective on radioactive waste disposal
18 August, 2022
Radioactive waste is often presented as the Achille’s Heel of nuclear power, but a new holistic approach to waste management could transcend this perception.

IAEA’s Grossi addresses NPT review conference
05 August, 2022
Addressing the opening session of the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said: “We cannot build a more secure world with more nuclear weapons in existing arsenals and if more countries seek to acquire them.” His ten-minute address, covered global threats to international security, the growing role low-carbon nuclear power is expected to play in meeting the world’s energy and climate needs, the threats to nuclear safety in the war in Ukraine and the use of nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes globally.

Organisation of Canadian Nuclear Industries receives funding for Ready4SMR Programme
03 August, 2022
The Organisation of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) has announced that it has received support to help launch its Ready4SMR Program from the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). OCNI is receiving over $786,250 in funding to develop and implement a Ready4SMR program in New Brunswick.

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and ARC Canada to advance fuel development
28 July, 2022
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has announced that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with New Brunswick-based ARC Clean Energy Canada, which is working to develop and licence its sodium-cooled advanced small modular reactor (SMR) technology. The agreement, funded through CNL’s Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative (CNRI), includes work to advance the fuel development and manufacturing processes to produce fuel for ARC Canada’s technology.

Installation of Brest-300 reactor base to begin
15 July, 2022
The builders of the Pilot Demonstration Energy Complex (ODEK) at the Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC), part of Rosatom’s fuel company (TVEL), will begin installation of the base of the Brest-300 reactor in September, according to Sergey Kotov, general director of the SCC. The base - a steel plate weighing 160 tons and 26 metres in diameter - will be delivered from St Petersburg through the Baltic along the Northern Sea Route.

Nuclear Safety: Zaporizhzhia and military conflict
13 July, 2022
In March, Russian forces took control of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and its satellite town. Olexiy Kovynyev reflects on the events and what it means for the safety of nuclear power in conflict zones.

Nuclear newcomers surge
07 July, 2022
Dozens of countries are turning to nuclear power to meet their energy needs. The nuclear newcomers are here.

UK regulators of fusion R&D to retain responsibility for fusion energy
23 June, 2022
Future fusion energy facilities will continue to be regulated by the Environment Agency (EA) and Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the UK government has confirmed. In October 2021, the government opened a consultation to seek views from the public, industry, academia and other stakeholders after publishing a Green Paper on its proposals for fusion regulation. Its response to the consultation is now available on the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) website.

Cranes support new phase at PFSP
14 June, 2022
Cleanup work at Sellafield’s legacy ponds required two enhanced handling systems to reach hard-to-access areas, and to avoid potential collisions with existing lifting equipment.

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