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IAEA breaks ground to expand and modernise Seibersdorf Laboratories
07 October, 2022
A ground-breaking ceremony was held on 3 October at the IAEA’s laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, to mark the start of construction on its new nuclear applications laboratories building.

Three French nuclear units to restart soon following repairs
07 October, 2022
EDF has announced that repairs related to corrosion have been completed on the Bugey 4, Chinon B3 and Cattenom 4 reactors.

Westinghouse advances eVinci microreactor commercialisation in Canada
06 October, 2022
Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a service agreement with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to bring its eVinci microreactor closer to commercialisation.

UK selects site for first fusion energy plant
06 October, 2022
The UK government has announced that the West Burton power station site in Nottinghamshire has been selected to host STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production), the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant which is planned to be built by 2040.

Westinghouse and Ansaldo Nucleare to develop lead-cooled fast reactor technology
06 October, 2022
Westinghouse Electric Company and Ansaldo Nucleare have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a next-generation NPP based on Lead-cooled Fast Reactor (LFR) technology. The two companies will advance a common design to maximise synergies, combine experience in design, testing and licensing, and align respective partner and supply chain organisations. Westinghouse said the agreement builds upon development activities already underway in the UK, USA, Italy, and Romania, where more than ten state-of-the-art, lead-based test facilities are being installed.

Hungary and Uzbekistan launch nuclear cooperation programme
06 October, 2022
Hungary and Uzbekistan are launching a comprehensive nuclear cooperation programme, Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced after meeting his Uzbek counterpart Vladimir Norov in Budapest earlier this month. He said it is “highly likely” that Hungary will provide cooling technology for Uzbekistan’s new nuclear plant and also training for future nuclear experts, as part of the Stipendium Hungaricum grants scheme for students. Uzbekistan and Hungary are also going to launch a research and development project on nuclear fuel.

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.

Brazil’s ENBPar and Rosatom sign MOU on green nuclear energy
06 October, 2022
Brazil’s Empresa Brasileira de Participações em Energia Nuclear e Binacional (ENBPar) and Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which seeks to promote energy nuclear as a “green” energy source, safe and inducing socioeconomic growth.

Conflicting claims complicate status of Zaporizhzhia NPP
06 October, 2022
The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, has said he will engage in consultations with the relevant authorities following reports that Russia plans to supervise operations at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). Grossi plans to visit Kiev and later the Russian Federation, where he will also continue talks aimed at agreeing and implementing a nuclear safety and security protection zone around the ZNPP as soon as possible. The six-unit ZNPP is has been held by Russian forces since March but has continued to be operated by its Ukrainian staff. It has come under massive and repeated shelling since July.

Is there a place for a future nuclear-hydrogen economy?
05 October, 2022
The rapidly-expanding hydrogen economy is set to be an opportunity for nuclear. Taking advantage of that option will present a complex challenge for developers Janet Wood reports.

US Eielson Air Force Base embarks on Micro-Reactor Pilot Program
05 October, 2022
The US Department of the Air Force (DAF), in partnership with the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, has released a request for proposal (RFP) for the Eielson Air Force Base Micro-Reactor Pilot Program. “The release of the RFP for the Eielson AFB micro-reactor is a critical next step in furthering the development and deployment of reliable and clean energy technology at Department of the Air Force installations,” said Nancy Balkus, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure. “This programme is extremely important to mission assurance and sustainment in the face of climate change and continued national defence threats, and demonstrates the department’s commitment to ensuring our installations have a safe, reliable supply of energy, no matter their location.”

RoPower Nuclear established to develop SMRs in Romania
05 October, 2022
Romanian nuclear utility Compania Națională Nuclearelectrica (SNN) and Romanian private company Nova Power & Gas have launched RoPower Nuclear - a project company for development of small modular reactors (SMRs) in Romania - on the site of the former coal-fired power plant in Doicesti, Dambovita County. Jose W Fernandez, US Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, US Department of State, and Romanian Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu observed the signing ceremony of the Shareholders Declaration, at Romania’s Ministry of Energy.

IAEA increases its projections for nuclear power growth
05 October, 2022
The IAEA is addressing some of today’s biggest global challenges, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told delegates at the opening of the Agency’s 66th annual General Conference which ran from 26-30 September.

Tests completed on transport container for Hualong One fresh fuel
05 October, 2022
The CNFC-HL01 Hualong One fresh fuel transport container prototype independently developed by China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has completed a series of verification tests such as mechanics and heat resistance, China Nuclear Engineering reported. The container was developed for the transportation of various fresh fuel components for large-scale commercial NPPs. The container was developed by the CNNC radioactive material storage and transportation container technical team. Xi'an Nuclear Equipment Co Ltd implemented prototype manufacturing.

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.

TAU Systems to build a new generation of compact particle accelerators
04 October, 2022
US-based TAU Systems is poised to bring particle accelerators to a multitude of users by harnessing the latest laser technology. Until now high-energy particle accelerators have been the exclusive domain of countries and governmental organisations. Because of their enormous size and very high cost, access for engineers and biotech professionals is severely limited. TAU Systems will use the latest laser technology to make electrons surf on three-dimensional plasma waves and accelerate them to ultra-high energies.

Iran becomes a major producer of radiopharmaceuticals
04 October, 2022
The Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Mohammad Eslami, has said that Iran has become one of the major producers of radiopharmaceuticals in the world despite relentless sanctions. During a tour of the eastern Iranian province of Kerman he said Iran had managed to beat the challenges and establish 205 medical centres across the country with pharmaceutical medicines.

Reactor pressure vessel test completed for China’s SMR
04 October, 2022
Reactor pressure vessel hydraulic testing has been completed at China’s ACP100 (Linglong One) small modular reactor (SMR) demonstration project at the Changjiang NPP in the island province of Hainan. China National Nuclear Corporation said that the tests were witnessed by the National Nuclear Safety Administration, Hainan Nuclear Power Co Ltd, China Nuclear Power Research and Design Institute and China First Heavy Machinery Co Ltd.

UK’s MoltexFLEX launches new concept molten salt reactor
04 October, 2022
UK-based MoltexFLEX has launched its FLEX reactor, which uses molten salt technology in an unprecedented way. MoltexFLEX is a subsidiary of Moltex Energy Limited. With no moving parts, the FLEX reactor is simple in both design and operation, the company said. The reactor can respond to changes in energy demand – automatically entering an idle state or returning rapidly to full power – making it an ideal complement to wind and solar power.

France prepares legislation to streamline NPP projects
04 October, 2022
France is preparing legislation to reduce red tape related to nuclear power projects and aims to start construction of its first next-generation EPR2 reactor before May 2027, an energy ministry official has said. President Emmanuel Macron announced plans in February to build at least six EPR2 reactors, as well as the possibility of eight additional reactors, with a first project from 2028 and initial commissioning by 2035.



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