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OL3 start-up may be brought forward
09 December, 2021
Finnish power company Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) on 8 December applied to Finland's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) for permission to bring the EPR at unit 3 of the Olkiluoto NPP (OL3) to first criticality and conduct low-power tests.

Bilfinger to work with Cyclife on dismantling nuclear power plants
09 December, 2021
Germany-based industrial service provider Bilfinger said on 8 December that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the unit Bilfinger Noell GmbH (BNG) and EDF (Électricité de France) subsidiary Cyclife to work on the dismantling of nuclear facilities in various European countries.

Time to show nuclear can deliver
08 December, 2021
The world needs low-carbon generation and policymakers need evidence that the nuclear ambition can grow

First RPV dismantled at Sweden’s Barsebäck
08 December, 2021
The in-situ part of the dismantling of the first reactor pressure vessel (RPV) of a commercially operated nuclear power plant in Sweden has been completed at the Barsebäck site, NUKEM Technologies announced on 6 December.

KSTAR fusion reactor sets new record
08 December, 2021
South Korea's National Fusion Research Institute announced in November that plasma operation at 100 million degrees Celsius, an essential requirement for nuclear fusion, successfully continued for 30 seconds during the latest tests at the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) facility.

Shikoku Electric restarts Ikata 3
08 December, 2021
Japan’s Shikoku Electric Power Co restarted unit 3 at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture on 2 December.

US NRC accepts application for Kairos construction permit
08 December, 2021
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on 30 November it had accepted for review an application from Kairos Power for a permit to construct a test reactor at a site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Deep Isolation acquires Freestone Environmental Services
08 December, 2021
US-based Deep Isolation, a specialist in used fuel and high-level waste (HLW) storage and disposal solutions, announced that it had acquired Freestone Environmental Services, a multi-discipline environmental and water resources consulting firm based in Richland, Washington

Commonwealth Fusion Systems raises funds to commercialise fusion
08 December, 2021
Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) announced on 1 December that it has closed on more than $1.8 billion in Series B funding to commercialise fusion energy

Rosatom uses new welding technologies at Rooppur
08 December, 2021
Rosatom’s Engineering Division (ASE) said on 2 December the serial use of two types of automatic orbital welding machines has been launched at the Rooppur nuclear power plant under construction in Bangladesh.

Asset management goes digital
07 December, 2021
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) believes that digital transformation is the future of its asset management. It aims to deliver savings of up £150m per annum through efficient data and information management. By Sean Butler

NuScale Power’s SMR plants named VOYGR
07 December, 2021
US-based NuScale Power has unveiled the official name of its small modular reactor (SMR) power plants as VOYGR. NuScale said the name VOYGR demonstrates that NuScale is changing the world by creating an energy source that is smarter, cleaner, safer, and cost competitive.

Decommissioning milestone for Slovakia’s Bohunice nuclear plant
07 December, 2021
Slovak company JAVYS announced that another important milestone had been reached in the decommissioning of the Bohunice V1 NPP with the segmentation of the unit 1 reactor pressure vessel (RPV) with a total weight of 205 tons.

Rosatom’s Uranium One and Alpha Lithium to develop lithium deposit in Argentina
06 December, 2021
Uranium One Holding NV (a Rosatom company) and Canada-based Alpha Lithium Corporation announced that they had entered into an agreement to establish a joint venture to develop the Tolillar lithium deposit in Argentina.

UK government confirms choice of HTGR for advanced reactor demonstration
06 December, 2021
Greg Hands, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, said in a speech to the Nuclear Industry Association that the UK will focus on HTGRs as the technology choice for the Programme moving forward — with the ambition for this to lead to a demonstration by the early 2030s.”

OPG selects BWRX-300 SMR for Darlington project
06 December, 2021
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) said on 2 December that it will work together with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy to deploy a small modular reactor (SMR) at the Darlington new nuclear site

Spain rejects plans for Salamanca uranium project
03 December, 2021
Spain's Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco) has formally rejected Berkeley Energia's authorisation to build a uranium processing plant at the company's Salamanca project in western Spain.

Russia’s TVEL signs decommissioning agreements with French and Czech companies
03 December, 2021
Rosatom’s Fuel Company and decommissioning industry integrator, TVEL JSC on 2 December signed co-operation agreements on decommissioning with France’s Robatel Industries and a group of French companies D&S Groupe as well as with Czech Škoda JS on the sidelines of the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE 2021) in Paris.

IAEA concludes LTO safety review at Atucha nuclear plant
03 December, 2021
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation (Pre-SALTO) follow up review mission team of experts on 26 November completed a review of long term operational safety at unit 1 of the Atucha nuclear power plant in Argentina at the request of the Argentinian government.

NAAREA and Assystem to co-operate on XSMR micro-reactor
03 December, 2021
France’s NAAREA, which is developing 4th generation micro-nuclear power, and international engineering group Assystem have signed a cooperation agreement to build an ultra-compact micro-nuclear power generator, the XSMR.



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