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Ukraine begins construction of new units at Khmelnitsky NPP
17 April, 2024
Workers at Ukraine’s Khmelnitsky NPP have poured a symbolic cubic metre of concrete for two new reactors which are planned to use US Westinghouse technology and fuel. “Today we are talking about the future, we are talking about stability, we are talking about the development of nuclear energy,” said Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko. He added that the plans for Khmelnitsky were Ukraine’s most significant modernisation project since World War II. Also attending the ceremony were Petro Kotin, head of Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom; US Ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink; and Westinghouse CEO Patrick Fragman.

Commissioning work begins at Akkuyu 1
11 April, 2024
Rosatom has begun commissioning activities at unit 1 of the Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkiye. A delegation of Rosatom officials, led by Director General Alexey Likhachev, paid a working visit to the construction site to assess progress of the work. They visited the nuclear and turbine island facilities of unit 1, as well as the onshore hydraulic structures of the NPP. Likhachev held a working meeting with the General Director of project company Akkuyu Nukleer, Anastasia Zoteeva, and other project managers, for detailed discussions.

Indian report concludes nuclear power is needed to achieve net-zero
09 April, 2024
A new report, “Synchronizing energy transitions towards possible Net-Zero for India: Affordable and clean energy for all”, has been launched by Ajay Kumar Sood, Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India. The report was prepared by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) under a project agreed in November 2021 by the PSA Office. The aims of the project were to carry out a comprehensive study looking at methods for minimising the cost of power at the consumer end and to work out an optimum mix for all sources of power to reach net-zero emissions.

Training a nuclear workforce
28 March, 2024
Launching a new Power Generation Group brings renewed focus on training and development for the nuclear generation sector. NEI discovers why this is key to the Net Zero transition.

INPRO: Supporting reactor innovation
27 March, 2024
Innovative Nuclear Reactors & Fuel Cycles (INPRO), an IAEA programme, was established in 2000 to ensure that nuclear energy contributes to global energy needs until the end of the 21st century and beyond. Here we explore INPRO’s achievements.

IAEA discusses nuclear energy and technology in Iraq
22 March, 2024
During a visit to Baghdad, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi met with Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani and senior government leaders. Talks centred on Iraq’s plans for a possible nuclear energy programme, including small modular reactors (SMRs), with strict adherence to non-proliferation norms. Decommissioning challenges and cancer care needs were also discussed.

Romania to build six SMRs with US financing
21 March, 2024
Romania, supported by US, is to build six small modular reactors (SMRs) in the locality of Doicesti, Dambovita, some 90 kilometres from Bucharest. The reactors can power 46,000 homes and could create 4,000 jobs, amounting to an investment of $6bn partly financed by the US. The reactors, designed by US NuScale, could be operational by the end of 2029.

IAEA's Grossi meets with Russian President Putin and Rosatom to discuss nuclear safety at Zaporizhia NPP
07 March, 2024
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi has held a series of talks in the southern Russian city of Sochi with President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials, including Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev. This is Grossi’s second meeting with Putin. Russia took control of ZNPP in March 2022 as part of its special military operation in Ukraine. In October 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree formally transferring ZNPP to Russian jurisdiction under nuclear utility Rosenergoatom (part of Rosatom) – a few days before Grossi’s first meeting with Putin in St Petersburg. A Russian Federal State Unitary Enterprise, Zaporizhia NPP, has since been established by nuclear utility Rosenergoatom to operate the plant, which is now being transferred to Russian operating and safety standards.

AECL and AtkinsRéalis partner to accelerate development of Candu Monark reactor
27 February, 2024
Canadian federal Crown corporation Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and AtkinsRéalis (part of the SNC-Lavalin Group) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate for the purpose of successfully deploying Candu reactors in Canada and internationally and to expand their intellectual property licensing agreement (IPLA).

JET’s final experiments set new fusion energy record
13 February, 2024
The UK’s Joint European Torus (JET) in Culham near Oxford, which closed at the end of December 2023 after 40 years of operation, “has demonstrated the ability to reliably generate fusion energy, whilst simultaneously setting a world-record in energy output”, according to the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).

Grossi makes fourth trip to Zaporizhia
08 February, 2024
IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and his team of experts including the Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety & Security, Lydie Evrard, visited the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) after holding talks in Kyiv and before travelling to Moscow for discussions with Russian officials.

Managing multi-point wireless traffic
11 January, 2024
As wireless networks become increasingly important in plant monitoring and control systems keeping data flowing is crucial to successful operations.

UK launches HALEU programme
09 January, 2024
The UK will be the first European country to launch a high-assay low enriched uranium (HALEU) programme with a £300m ($381m) investment, according to a statement from the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) and Claire Coutinho, Secretary of State for Energy Security & Net Zero.

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