European group calls for JCPOA support

19 September 2017

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Seventy-six European leaders from 20 countries have called on the US Administration to preserve the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. In a statement issued by the European Leadership Network (ELN) think tank, they also urge the JCPOA's European signatories to make clear their continued support for the nuclear deal.

The US Administration is next month to conclude a review of its relations with Iran and is required to report to Congress on whether Tehran is still complying with the JCPOA, which was signed in July 2015 by Iran and the E3/EU+3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the USA - also referred to as the P5+1 - plus the European Union) and implemented in January 2016. Under its terms, Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment activities, eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium and limit its stockpile of low enriched uranium over the next 15 years.

The signatories say they are "greatly concerned" by reports that the US Administration might unilaterally declare Tehran to be non-compliant with the JCPOA. The International Atomic Energy Agency - which is responsible for verifying and monitoring Iran's implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the plan - has recently confirmed that Iran continues to comply with the terms of the agreement.

China plans further high temperature reactor innovation

19 September 2017

China is moving rapidly towards using nuclear power as an industrial heat source and as a direct replacement for coal, Yulong Wu, CEO of Chinergy, told a side event at the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA's) General Conference today.

Amano to stay until 2021

18 September 2017

Yukia Amano - 48Yukiya Amano was appointed to serve another term as director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency at its General Conference today. He took up the role in 2009 and is now to stay until late 2021.

Komarov explains nuclear's role in energy mix

18 September 2017

The perception that renewable energy is cheaper than nuclear power is only "half true", Kirill Komarov, Rosatom's first deputy director-general, said in a televised interview with Ian King, business presenter at Sky News, this week. "If you combine all the elements you need to establish connection to the grid for renewables, you need to pay additionally for some backup facilities. If you combine all these you will see that nuclear is still, minimum, twice as cheap as wind and, minimum, three times cheaper than solar," Komarov said.

NuScale highlights non-power uses of its SMR

19 September 2017

Thomas Bergman - NuScale - Sympo 2017 - 48The NuScale Power Module design has "some unique features that help with alternative uses of nuclear power", Thomas Bergman, NuScale's vice president for regulatory affairs, told the World Nuclear Association's Symposium, held in London last week. The company has completed five collaborative studies on non-power applications of its small modular reactor (SMR) technology, he said.

Australia becomes active member of GIF

18 September 2017

Adi_Paterson_GIF_180917-(Ansto)-48Australia has formally acceded to the Framework Agreement of the Generation IV International Forum, an international task force set up to develop and design the next generation of nuclear energy systems. Accession allows Australia, which has no nuclear power program of its own, to become actively engaged in R&D projects related to Generation IV systems.

Fennovoima sees delay in licensing of Hanhikivi 1

18 September 2017

Hanhikivi with AES-2006 48Finland's Fennovoima now expects to receive the construction licence for its planned Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant in 2019. The company had previously expected to start construction of the plant next year, but the review of documentation related to its application is taking longer than originally envisaged.

Recollection of the past: South Korea's story

In 1960, there was a small boy taking a stainless steel cup in his school backpack each morning to have UN-AID Food Rations at lunchtime. Now that boy is standing in the lecture room as a mentor at the World Nuclear University Summer Institute, to share his experience and knowledge about nuclear energy with 100 fellows from 40 countries.

Jaekyu Lee reflects on South Korea's progress and its current debate on the future of nuclear power.

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