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Russia begins fuel unloading of Northern Fleet

Waste and Recycling

18 May 2017

Andreeva Bay fuel unloading - 48Russia has started unloading used fuel from nuclear submarines in Andreeva Bay, the former base of the Northern Fleet, a unit of the Russian Navy responsible for the defence of the north-western part of the country. The work is organised by RosRAO - a Moscow-based Rosatom subsidiary that provides commercial back-end radioactive waste and decommissioning services.

IAEA notes upgrades to Turkish research reactor

Regulation and Safety

11 May 2017

TR-2 control room - 48The Turkish Atomic Energy Authority has moved a step closer to the restart of its TR-2 research reactor, which was shut down in 2009 and converted to use low-enriched uranium fuel. A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency carried out an Integrated Safety Assessment of Research Reactors follow-up mission between 25 and 28 April, which concluded that several safety improvements to TR-2 have been implemented.

New research reactor fuel completes irradiation tests

Uranium and Fuel

27 April 2017

U-Mo fuel assembly - 48A plate-type uranium-molybdenum fuel for research reactors has completed performance tests in the USA. The fuel could be used to replace highly-enriched uranium fuel, which can pose a proliferation risk.

Kazakhstan opens nuclear security training centre

Regulation and Safety

16 May 2017

Kazakhstan_NSTC_opening_(NNSA)-48Kazakhstan has opened a new facility to provide security training to its nuclear facility personnel. The Nuclear Security Training Centre has been developed with the support of the US National Nuclear Security Administration.

IAEA notes improved Swedish nuclear security

Regulation and Safety

04 May 2017

The Swedish framework for physical protection and computer security at nuclear power plants, other nuclear facilities and for nuclear material in transport continues to show good progress, an International Atomic Energy Agency report concludes following a mission there last year.

China, Iran sign first contract for Arak redesign

Nuclear Policies

24 April 2017

China-Iran - April 2017 - 48China and Iran have signed the first commercial contract for the reconstruction of Iran's Arak heavy water reactor. The core of the reactor was removed as part of an international agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.