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Russia signs contract for design of nuclear space tug
18 December, 2020
Russia’s nuclear tug, Nuklon, will be able to deliver 10 tons of cargo to the Moon in 200 days, according to documents from Roskosmos, published on the government procurement website on 15 December.

NNWI report looks at nuclear’s role in hydrogen production
17 December, 2020
The UK-based New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI), an industry supported think-tank, has published a 28-page report “On the Role of Nuclear Power in the Development of a European Hydrogen Economy”

Irish expert group considers nuclear energy
16 December, 2020
A group of experts have called for a national conversation about the future of Irish electricity production. The group, 18for0, was formed as a result of shared concerns about the credibility of current proposals to achieve net zero emissions in Ireland by 2050.

Partnerships for pumps
15 December, 2020
Nuclear power stations typically have a working life that exceeds that of any individual engineer, so choosing the right partner company for supply, repair and maintenance of critical equipment is essential, say Christophe Borgeois and Yohann Valla of Celeros Flow Technology

DOE said to prefer INL for Versatile Test Reactor
23 November, 2020
The US government has said Idaho is its preferred choice rather than Tennessee for construction of its Versatile Test Reactor (VTR), The Associated Press (AP) reported on 19 November.

Construction resumes at Bolivian nuclear research centre
03 November, 2020
Work has resumed at Centre for Nuclear Research and Technology (CNIT) under construction in Bolivia, following the landslide election of a new government in October, which will see the return of former President Eva Morales, who was forced into exile in November 2019.

Nuclear waste management in a warming world
28 October, 2020
Global warming is a major threat that justifies all practical measures to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, but also an assessment of options to minimise the consequences of environmental change. Ian McKinley and Susie Hardie look at what this might mean for nuclear waste disposal

Canada’s OPG presses ahead with SMR development
08 October, 2020
Canada’s Ontario Power Generation (OPG) said on 6 October that it is advancing engineering and design work with three grid-scale Small Modular Reactor (SMR) developers: GE Hitachi, Terrestrial Energy and X-energy. “OPG is leveraging more than 50 years of nuclear experience to support the development of carbon-free nuclear technology. Our work with these three developers, along with our partnership with Global First Power and its SMR project to support remote energy needs, demonstrates OPG’s unique position to become a world leader in SMRs,” said Ken Hartwick, OPG President and CEO.

Glimmer of hope for nuclear projects in Wales
05 October, 2020
The UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Alok Sharma has agreed to an extension to December 31 of the decision on the Development Consent Order (DCO) for Wylfa Newydd. Meanwhile, a company has been set up to support potential development at Trawsfynydd.

Enhancing economics with ATF
30 September, 2020
Adoption of advanced technology fuels (ATF) is on the rise, but their economic impact is poorly understood. The UK’s Advanced Fuel Cycle Programme is shifting understanding. By Simon Middleburgh, Mustafa Bolukbasi and Dave Goddard

X-energy signs agreement with Hatch to promote SMR development
25 September, 2020
US-based X-energy continues to advance its Xe-100 small modular reactor (SMR) design for deployment in Canada, and on 21 September signed a collaboration agreement for engineering and project management with Hatch Ltd for projects in Canada and globally.

Leningrad II NPP unit 6 completes WANO pre-start peer review
13 August, 2020
Experts from the Moscow Centre of the World Association of Nuclear Power Plant Operators (WANO-MTs) on 11 August completed a pre-start peer review of the VVER-1200 at unit 6 of the Leningrad NPP.

UK ONR publishes strategy to 2025
28 July, 2020
The UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has published its Strategy 2020-25 setting out its direction and priorities for the next five years.

Russia’s Kursk II project moves forward
22 July, 2020
The technical design of the automated process control system (APCS) for units 1 and 2 of Russia’s Kursk II NPP has been approved, Rusatom Automated Control Systems JSC (RASU JSC) said in a statement on 17 July. “Early submission of the second revision of the technical design of the APCS at Kursk II will allow timely consideration of design decisions when contracting equipment and ensure delivery in accordance with the work schedule,” stressed Vladimir Baranov, Kursk II project manager at RASU JSC. Based on the design the equipment for the APCS for the VVER-TOI project will be developed. Specialists from RASU JSC, Atomenergoproekt JSC, OKB Gidropress JSC, and SRC Kurchatov Institute took part in its development.

A need for targeted training in the nuclear sector
10 June, 2020
Performance improvement initiatives do not always make the hoped-for gains. Todd Brumfield explains why this could be a result of a one-size-fits-all approach to training.

Electromagnetic interference testing
03 June, 2020
Diagnostic electromagnetic compatibility testing of a safety- related digital control systems in a nuclear environment. By Youwei Yang, Quan Ma, Mingxing Liu, Peixun Chen, Xu Zhang.

Building careers in nuclear decommissioning
08 April, 2020
Nick Messenger gives an overview of the international decommissioning market, and the career opportunities it offers.

Update on UK nuclear new-build projects
31 March, 2020
Nuclear power plant construction projects in the UK have been taking measures in response to COVID-19.

Solid isolation
04 March, 2020
New methods for confirming the stagnation of underground waters over hundreds of thousands of years could help determine suitable sites for borehole disposal of radioactive waste. Richard A. Muller explains

CNL to collaborate with NB Power and UNSC on SMRs
02 March, 2020
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has finalised a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with New Brunswick Power. The organisation has also signed an agreement with Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation to support research on its MMR.

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