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US says it has adequate supplies of Mo-99 made without HEU
31 December, 2021
US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M Granholm and US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra jointly certified in December that there is now enough worldwide supply of the medical isotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) made without using highly enriched uranium (HEU) to meet the needs of patients in the USA.

Rosatom begins production of fuel for Western-design PWRs
30 December, 2021
At Russia’s Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP, part of Rosatom’s fuel company TVEL), a project has been completed to establish a TVS-Kvadrat nuclear fuel production facility for Western-design PWR reactors, TVEL said on 28 December.

Framatome and Exelon to strengthen supply of Cobalt-60
30 December, 2021
Framatome and Exelon Generation on 23 December announced the signature of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop solutions to produce Cobalt-60 in pressurised water reactors (PWRs) operated by Exelon Generation.

Rosatom installs inner containment dome at Kursk-II-1
30 December, 2021
Installation of the dome of the inner containment shell (VZO) at unit 1 of the Kursk-II NPP the was completed on 27 December.

Swedish government approves extension of final repository
30 December, 2021
The Swedish government on 22 December approved SKB’s application to extend the final repository for short-lived radioactive waste (SFR) in Forsmark.

TVEL ships testing equipment for China’s fast reactor
30 December, 2021
Russia’s Mashinostroitelny Zavod in Elektrostal (MSZ - part of Rosatom’s fuel company TVEL) manufactured 32 layouts of control and protection system assemblies for China’s CFR-600 high-power fast reactor.

Poland selects site for first nuclear power plant
30 December, 2021
Polskie Elektrownie Jadrowe, the government company responsible for plans to deploy up to six reactors at multiple sites by 2040, announced that it had selected the coastal location of Lubiatowo-Kopalino for the first reactor.

Final tier of inner containment shell completed at Rooppur 2
30 December, 2021
Rosatom’s engineering division, ASE, said on 27 December that concreting of the fifth tier of the inner containment (VZO) of the reactor building had been completed on 24 December at unit 2 of the Rooppur nuclear power plant under construction in Bangladesh.

EnergySolutions and Laurentis Energy Partners support new Canadian waste facility
30 December, 2021
EnergySolutions Canada on 22 December announced a contract with Laurentis Energy Partners, a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation, to provide licence support for a new nuclear-materials sorting facility in Kincardine, Ontario.

Rosatom upgrades world's largest critical facility BFS-2
30 December, 2021
Rosatom has upgraded the world's largest critical nuclear test facility, the BFS-2 at the AI Leipunsky Institute of Physics & Power Engineering (IPPE).

US DOE establishes Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations
30 December, 2021
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the establishment of the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, a new DOE office that aims to help deliver the administration’s climate agenda, create new, well-paid jobs and reduce pollution while benefitting disadvantaged communities.

Rosatom to collaborate with steel company NLMK in hydrogen production
30 December, 2021
Russian Steelmaker NLMK and Rusatom Overseas (part of Rosatom) on 27 December signed a cooperation agreement in the field of hydrogen production and the development of technologies for CO2 capture and utilisation.

Contract extension for DUF6 conversion project in the USA
30 December, 2021
Atkins Nuclear Secured Holdings Corporation, in a joint venture (JV) partnership with Westinghouse Government Services and Fluor Federal Services, had been awarded a 14-month extension to continue operating the depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion facilities at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Kentucky and the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Ohio.

Belgium to close nuclear plants by 2025 but supports SMR development
30 December, 2021
Belgium's government said on 23 December that it expected to close down all its nuclear power plants by 2025 but would continue to invest in future technologies, in particular small modular reactors (SMRs).

Fuel loading completed at Belarus 2
30 December, 2021
The loading of fresh nuclear fuel was completed on 27 December at unit 2 of the Belarus nuclear power plant in Ostravets.

Rosatom begins development of nuclear fuel for upgraded FNPPs
30 December, 2021
Rosatom’s fuel company TVEL and JSC Afrikantov OKBM (chief designer of reactor units) have signed an agreement for the development of the core of the RITM-200S reactor, intended for the modernised floating nuclear power plants.

French equipment delivered for Russia’s second DUF6 plant
30 December, 2021
France’s Orano on 23 December delivered the first batch of equipment to Russia’s Electrochemical Plant (EKhZ – part of Rosatom’s fuel company TVEL) in Zelenogorsk for the construction of a second unit for defluorination of uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) - W2-EKhZ.

R&B Switchgear wins work at Culham
23 December, 2021
Manchester-based R&B Switchgear Group, has been appointed to deliver a project with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), one of the world’s leading fusion research organisations.

SMRs: target 2030
23 December, 2021
Deployment by the end of the decade could make small modular reactors (SMRs) an industrial power option

First concrete for Kudankulam 6
23 December, 2021
Rosatom on 20 December began construction of the sixth VVER-1000 reactor at India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu as first concrete was laid in the foundation slab of the reactor building.

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