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IAEA and Ukrainian regulator provide updates on nuclear facilities

Ukraine informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 16 March that the Zaporozhye NPP (ZNPP) had lost connection to a third power line but that two others remained available and there was no safety concern, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said.

US DOE to fund recycling of used nuclear fuel

The US Department of Energy (DOE) on 16 March announced up to $48 million in funding for a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) programme that will support the deployment of Advanced Nuclear Reactor (AR) technology by providing safe and sustainable domestic fuel stocks.

BHEL dispatches steam generator for Rajasthan Atomic Power Project

India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) said on 14 March that it had achieved a major milestone with the dispatch of its 42nd nuclear steam generator to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).

Agreement signed to launch nuclear heating project in China’s Liaoning province

China’s State Power Investment Northeast Electric Power Company and Liaoning Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Company (LHNPC) on 9 March signed a cooperation agreement on the construction, operation and maintenance of a key nuclear heating demonstration project based on the Hongyanhe NPP, Chinese media reported on 14 March.

IAEA and EU discuss strategic security and other issues

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on 15 March that senior officials of the IAEA and the European Union (EU) had held discussed a number of strategic issues during the eighth EU-IAEA Senior Officials Meeting in Vienna.

Brazil’s INB and Eletronuclear sign a new contract for the supply of nuclear fuel

Indústrias Nucleares do Brasil (INB) said on 11 March that INB and nuclear utility Eletronuclear had signed a contract on 25 February for the supply of fuel elements for five recharges each at unit 1 of the Angra NPP (28th to 32nd) and at Angra 2 (19th to 23rd), making a total commitment for delivery of ten recharges.

Intermediate-level waste repatriated to Australia

A consignment of intermediate-level waste (ILW) was delivered to the interim waste store at the he Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (ANSTO’s) Lucas Heights facility in Australia on 13 March.

Orano receives US funds to reduce waste from advanced nuclear reactors

Orano USA announced on 15 March that Orano Federal Services (FS) has been selected to receive $2.2 million in project funding from the US Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

Saudi Arabia launches nuclear energy company

Saudi Arabia has established a holding company to develop nuclear power projects in the Kingdom, local newspaper Saudi Okaz reported on 12 March.

Sogin submits map of eligible repository areas to Ecology Ministry

Italy’s Societa Gestione Impianti Nucleari SpA (Sogin) on 15 March submitted to the Ministry of Ecological Transition (MET) its proposal for the National Charter of Eligible Areas (CNAI) to host a national repository for radioactive waste and a technological park.