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CNL completes refuelling of SLOWPOKE-2 research reactor
27 September, 2021
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announced that it has safely completed a project to refuel the Royal Military College of Canada’s (RMC) SLOWPOKE-2 nuclear reactor.

OKBM Afrikantov presents low-power reactor designs for the Arctic
27 September, 2021
Russia’s OKBM Afrikantov has presented details of new developments of transportable nuclear power units at the15th international exhibition and conference on the development of oil and gas resources in the Russian Arctic.

SMR developers look to Poland
27 September, 2021
Poland has become a focus of interest for companies seeking to develop small modular reactors (SMRs).

Russia begins pilot operation of accident tolerant fuel
27 September, 2021
Rosatom on 20 September began pilot operation of fuel elements of a new generation of Russian accident tolerant fuel (ATF) at unit 2 of the Rostov NPP.

Orano inaugurates new innovation centre at former uranium mining site
24 September, 2021
French Prime Minister Jean Castex has inaugurated Orano’s new Centre for Innovation in Extractive Metallurgy (CIME) at the Bessines-sur-Gartempe site in the New Aquitaine region

Tokamak Energy demonstrates new magnet technology for fusion power
23 September, 2021
Nuclear fusion developer Tokamak Energy said it has demonstrated a "transformative magnet protection technology" that improves the commercial viability of fusion power plants.

ITI selected for Dounreay EC&I framework
23 September, 2021
UK-based ITI announced it has been chosen to support the next stages of the safe clean up and demolition at the Dounreay nuclear site, on the north coast of Scotland.

US NRC releases draft paper on micro-reactors licensing strategies
23 September, 2021
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has prepared a draft white paper outlining optional strategies for streamlining licensing of anticipated micro-reactors. Its goal is to identify ways to standardise licensing and maximise regulatory finalities, as permitted under existing laws and Commission policies.

REMIX fuel elements complete operational tests at Balakovo
23 September, 2021
Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL said that VVER-1000 fuel assemblies (FAs) containing experimental fuel elements with REMIX fuel, had been operated in the reactor at unit 3 of Russia’s Balakovo NPP for three fuel campaigns - about five calendar years.

How augmented reality can advance nuclear operations
23 September, 2021
Augmented reality (AR) enables workers at reactors to access manuals and instructional videos, and speak directly to colleagues and experts thousands of miles away, as they complete maintenance tasks. Daryl Roy and Kelly Malone explain

Nuclear: building industry in Bridgwater
23 September, 2021
Sam Orchard explains how the local supply chain has been supporting construction of the UK’s Hinkley Point C

NUKEM Technologies opens new UK office
22 September, 2021
NUKEM Technologies (part of Rosatom since 2009) announced that, after several years of being away from the UK, it has re-entered the UK nuclear market, with the opening of their new office in Warrington.

Lithuania limits electricity imports from Belarus
21 September, 2021
After Lithuania’s State Energy Regulatory Authority (VERT) approved new rules for electricity transmission capacity from Belarus to Lithuania, electricity transmission system operator Litgrid changed the maximum electricity transmission capacity from Belarus to Lithuania “to ensure technical system parameters”.

Spain’s economic support measures cause concern to nuclear industry
21 September, 2021
Spain’s Council of Ministers has approved a Royal Decree-Law to fulfil a commitment made by President Pedro Sanchez to maintain the final electricity bill for consumers in 2021 at the same level as in 2018.

Cameco and X-energy to co-operate in support of Xe-100 SMRs
21 September, 2021
Cameco has entered a non-binding and non-exclusive Memorandum of Understanding with X-energy to explore possible areas of cooperation to support the potential future deployment, fuelling and servicing of Xe-100 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Canada and the USA.

Commissioning of Holtec’s SMR-160 by 2030 deemed 'credible'
21 September, 2021
Holtec International’s Nuclear Advisory Council, during a bi-annual meeting in September said: “Having considered Holtec’s progress, the Council viewed Holtec’s hard date for commissioning its first set of SMR-160 plants in the US by 2030 as a credible target.”

Laurentis launches Helium-3 production at Darlington NPP
21 September, 2021
Canada’s Laurentis Energy Partners, a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), has announced a new programme to produce Helium-3 (He-3), a rare isotope used in quantum computing, neutron research, border security and medical imaging

Poland looks to replace coal with natural gas, nuclear and renewables
20 September, 2021
Poland’s Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, said last week that Poland faces “a very difficult season ahead".

Germany closes Gorleben salt dome
20 September, 2021
The closure of Germany’s Gorleben mine was announced on 17 September in a joint press release from Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety; the Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection; the Federal Office for the Safety of Nuclear Waste Management (BASE); and the Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung/Finallagerung mbH (BGE - Federal company for final storage).

SNC-Lavalin consortium awarded drive mechanism contract Bruce Power
20 September, 2021
Candu Energy, part of the SNC-Lavalin Group announced on 16 September that its consortium with BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada had been awarded a contract worth approximately $22 million for the provision of 38 drive mechanisms for reactivity control units.

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