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Rosatom issues tender for pyrochemical reprocessing
25 February, 2020
Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom on has launched a tender to...
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US Oak Ridge Lab to collaborate with TVA on advanced reactors
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 by The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ONRL) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to "evaluate a...

US Idaho Lab to provide Oklo micro-reactor with access to HALEU fuel
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 by The US Idaho National Laboratory will provide California-based Oklo with access to recovered used nuclear fuel to aid the company in its efforts to develop and demonstrate the Oklo...

Belarus inspected by regulator in preparation for fuel loading
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 by The Nuclear and Radiation Safety Department of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry (Gosatomnadzor) said on 20 February that it had begun a targeted inspection at the Belarus nuclear plant.

UK and Australian specialists join forces
Monday, February 24, 2020 by Nuclear specialists from the UK and Australian industrial/defence specialists have joined forces in London to formalise a multi-million-pound agreement.

Russia plans more advanced floating NPPs
Monday, February 24, 2020 by By mid-2020, Russia’s Iceberg Central Design Bureau (St Petersburg) is tasked by Afrikantov OKBM (Nizhny Novgorod) to develop a preliminary design for an optimised floating NPP...

Australian fusion company secures patents for laser-boron technology
Monday, February 24, 2020 by Australian fusion start-up HB11, a spin-off from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, said on 22 February that it has secured patents for its unique laser-driven...

US GAO criticises DOE handling of Hanford site
Monday, February 24, 2020 by The US Department of Energy (DOE) needs to do more to prevent the failure of radioactively contaminated facilities at the nuclear weapons production site at Hanford in Washington...

Framatome secures service contracts for Olkiluoto 3
Monday, February 24, 2020 by France’s Framatome on 19 February signed a series of service contracts with Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) for the long-term operation of the EPR at unit 3 of the Olkiluoto nuclear plant...

Framatome and General Atomics join forces on BWR fuel development
Friday, February 21, 2020 by Framatome is partnering with General Atomics to study the use of silicon carbide in boiling water reactor channel boxes.

Ansaldo Nuclear supports refuelling at China's Tianwan nuclear plant
Friday, February 21, 2020 by Ansaldo Nuclear has supplied a Fuel Handling Machine Control System (FHMCS) to Russia's Atommashexport to support the latest refuelling operation at the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China.

IAEA pre-Salto team reviews Romania’s Cernavoda nuclear plant
Friday, February 21, 2020 by An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts on 19 February completed a Pre-SALTO (Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation) review of long term operational safety at...

Fuel loading begins at UAE’s Barakah nuclear plant
Thursday, February 20, 2020 by The United Arab Emirates on 19 February began loading the first nuclear fuel rods into the reactor at unit 1 of its Barakah nuclear power plant.

Fessenheim to close as Flamanville 3 completes hot testing
Thursday, February 20, 2020 by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said yesterday that the two-unit Fessenheim nuclear plant will be shut down at the end of June, with unit 1 set to close on 22 February.

Czech Republic committed to building new Dukovany unit
Thursday, February 20, 2020 by An agreement between the Czech government and power utility CEZ on the construction of the new unit at the Dukovany nuclear plant will be announced in a few weeks, Industry Minister...

Studsvik granted patents for Waste Treatment Technology
Thursday, February 20, 2020 by Sweden’s Studsvik has been granted patents for Treatment of Organic Radioactive Waste and Contaminated Sludge Removal.

UK sets out approach to evaluate sites for geological disposal facility
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by The UK Radioactive Waste Management on 18 February published its approach to geological disposal facility (GDF) site evaluation in England and Wales.

UK’s Bilfinger wins Hinkley contract
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by UK-based civil engineering firm Bilfinger said on 17 February that it had won a €68m ($73.5m) contract from EDF for the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset.

Holtec completes acceptance tests for casks for Ukraine
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by US-based Holtec International has completed the production and acceptance tests for 20 HI-Storm casks and one multi-purpose MPC-31 canister for used nuclear fuel from VVER-1000...

Repatriation of used fuel completed from Canada to USA
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) have completed of a multi-year campaign to move used...

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