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First contract signed for Cernavoda completion

A year-long, CAD8.4 million (USD6.6 million) contract will see Canada's Candu Energy prepare the licensing basis for two new Candu pressurised heavy water reactors at Romania's Cernavoda nuclear power plant. The signing was celebrated by the governments of Romania and Canada, as well as the USA.


Perspectives

Message: The Nuclear Saves Partnerships - an IAEA initiative for the private sector

Message: The Nuclear Saves Partnerships - an IAEA initiative for the private sector

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi talks about the Nuclear Saves Partnerships through which industry and others can partner with the Agency to expand its efforts to support development projects in low- and middle-income countries.

24 November 2021


Calls for Diablo Canyon shut down to be reconsidered

Calls for Diablo Canyon shut down to be reconsidered

The premature shutdown of Diablo Canyon units 1 and 2 will "inflict grave harm to California's economy and environment," according to the American Nuclear Society. The closure of California's last remaining nuclear power plant will cause more grid instability and rolling blackouts for the state because Diablo Canyon reliably supplies about 10% of in-state power, it says. Former US energy secretaries Steven Chu and Ernest Moniz have also called for the decision to shut down the plant to be reassessed.

Corporate 26 November 2021


NNL and DNV team up for nuclear-derived hydrogen study

NNL and DNV team up for nuclear-derived hydrogen study

The UK's National Nuclear Laboratory and Norwegian assurance and risk management provider DNV are partnering to explore the potential use of advanced nuclear technologies for the conversion of UK gas networks to hydrogen. The collaboration will enable both the nuclear and gas sectors to gain a deeper understanding of priorities and assess barriers and next steps on aspects including regulation, safety, siting and economics.

Energy & Environment 26 November 2021


Tehran negotiations 'inconclusive': Grossi

Tehran negotiations 'inconclusive': Grossi

Negotiations to address outstanding nuclear verification issues in Iran have so far been inconclusive, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said yesterday. Negotiations among parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - Iran and five world powers - are expected to resume in Vienna next week.

Regulation & Safety 25 November 2021


Perspectives

Message: The Nuclear Saves Partnerships - an IAEA initiative for the private sector

Message: The Nuclear Saves Partnerships - an IAEA initiative for the private sector

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi talks about the Nuclear Saves Partnerships through which industry and others can partner with the Agency to expand its efforts to support development projects in low- and middle-income countries.

24 November 2021


US study charts shifting nuclear attitudes

US study charts shifting nuclear attitudes

Support for nuclear energy is on the rise in the USA, according to the latest study of US attitudes to energy carried out by environmental non-profit ecoAmerica. The American Climate Perspectives Survey found notable shifts in understanding and support for several energy sources, the group said, with strong support for clean energy coupled with the need for education on the energy-climate connection.

Energy & Environment 25 November 2021


Package ready for Czech used fuel disposal

Package ready for Czech used fuel disposal

Škoda announced it has completed development of a geological disposal package for the Czech Republic's used nuclear fuel. Made of corrosion resistant steel, it is a hermetically sealed container for the highly radioactive used fuel assemblies from its VVER reactors.

Waste & Recycling 25 November 2021


Holtec and Hyundai finalise SMR design and deployment agreement

Holtec and Hyundai finalise SMR design and deployment agreement

Holtec International has finalised an agreement with Hyundai Engineering & Construction of South Korea for the turnkey supply of Holtec's SMR-160 small modular reactor plant worldwide. Holtec is considering deploying the first SMR-160 at Oyster Creek in New Jersey, where it is currently in the process of decommissioning a former boiling water reactor.

Corporate 24 November 2021


Major components set in place at Rooppur

Major components set in place at Rooppur

All four of Rooppur 1's steam generators have been lifted into position, Russia's Rosatom has announced. Separately, Rosatom's export subsidiary Atomstroyexport is working with the Bangladesh Ministry of Health on a vaccination programme to protect workers at Rooppur from COVID-19. Bangladesh's first nuclear power reactor is slated to start up in 2023.

New Nuclear 24 November 2021


Puerto Rico study and advanced reactors receive US funding

Puerto Rico study and advanced reactors receive US funding

The US Department of Energy has awarded funding to the Nuclear Alternative Project to study the potential siting of small reactors in Puerto Rico. Funding also goes to address hurdles to the use of small reactors in commercial shipping and to support the development of advanced reactor designs. 

New Nuclear 24 November 2021


Components headed to Akkuyu

Components headed to Akkuyu

Russian manufacturers are dispatching several components to Turkey's first nuclear power plant, Akkuyu, which is currently the largest nuclear construction site in the world with 13,000 people working on a daily basis on the site that will house four large reactors.

New Nuclear 23 November 2021


Contract for Romanian lead-cooled reactor research facility

Contract for Romanian lead-cooled reactor research facility

A consortium including Italy's Ansaldo Nucleare and Romania's Reinvent Energy has been awarded a contract worth about EUR20.0 million (USD22.5 million) for the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of a research facility for the development of lead-cooled reactors. The Advanced Thermo-Hydraulics Experiment for Nuclear Application facility will be built at the RATEN-ICN research centre near Pitesti in southern Romania.

New Nuclear 23 November 2021