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Bulgarian cabinet approves plan for new unit at Kozloduy

The Bulgarian Council of Ministers, at a meeting on 20 January, approved plans presented by the Minister of Energy to construct a seventh unit at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant using Russian-supplied equipment purchased for the Belene project. The minister noted discussions have been held with Westinghouse of the USA to construct the unit.


Perspectives

Speech: The developing world's right to have nuclear energy

Speech: The developing world's right to have nuclear energy

Access to affordable, technology-neutral financing is essential if energy-poor countries are to enjoy the benefits of nuclear power in the way the Western world already does, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León told the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum today. The following is her statement to the panel titled Delivering energy access in the developing world.

20 January 2021


Westinghouse doped fuel pellets move towards commercialisation

Westinghouse doped fuel pellets move towards commercialisation

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review a topical report on Westinghouse Advanced Doped Pellet Technology Fuel, which the company has said is a major achievement for the advanced fuel portfolio it is developing as part of its EnCore fuel programme.

Uranium & Fuel 22 January 2021


Biden Administration prioritises climate on first day

Biden Administration prioritises climate on first day

Following his inauguration yesterday, US President Joseph Biden has formally signed an executive order to re-enter the Paris Climate Change Agreement and directed US departments and federal agencies to "immediately commence work to confront the climate crisis". The USA's re-entry will come into force in 30 days.

Energy & Environment 21 January 2021


New nuclear needed for UK energy security, study says

New nuclear needed for UK energy security, study says

The UK government must continue to support nuclear power generation if the country is to meet an expected doubling of electricity demand by 2050 while meeting its Net Zero ambitions, according to a new report from the Centre for Policy Studies. The think tank recommends the government explore innovative financing methods for the construction of new nuclear power plants.

Nuclear Policies 21 January 2021


Perspectives

Speech: The developing world's right to have nuclear energy

Speech: The developing world's right to have nuclear energy

Access to affordable, technology-neutral financing is essential if energy-poor countries are to enjoy the benefits of nuclear power in the way the Western world already does, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León told the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum today. The following is her statement to the panel titled Delivering energy access in the developing world.

20 January 2021


Darlington unit 3 ready for disassembly

Darlington unit 3 ready for disassembly

Darlington unit 3 is ready to begin the next stage of its refurbishment - disassembly - after successful separation of the reactor and its systems from the three remaining operating units at the station. Installation of the final 5-tonne section of steel bulkhead needed for the isolation was completed 10 days ahead of schedule.

Corporate 20 January 2021


Armenia plans to extend operations at Metsamor unit

Armenia plans to extend operations at Metsamor unit

Armenia plans to extend the service life of its nuclear power unit in Metsamor beyond 2026 and has not abandoned plans to build a new unit, ARKA news agency reported on 14 January, following Cabinet approval of the government's new energy strategy to 2040.

Nuclear Policies 20 January 2021


Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research

Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research

The UK and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration agreement to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production. The collaboration is expected to lead to new robotics and automation techniques used in Japan and the UK.

Nuclear Policies 20 January 2021


US government approves GLE restructure

US government approves GLE restructure

A proposed restructuring of GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC has received the final key approval from the US government. The restructure will see Australian research and development company Silex Systems and Canadian company Cameco Corporation increase their holdings in the company to 51% and 49%, respectively.

Corporate 19 January 2021


E3 dispute Tehran's justification for uranium enrichment

E3 dispute Tehran's justification for uranium enrichment

Iran has no credible civilian use for uranium metal and must reverse its latest move towards increased enrichment, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK - the E3 countries - said on 16 January. In response, the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran said it wanted the International Atomic Energy Agency to "avoid mentioning unnecessary details".

Regulation & Safety 19 January 2021


Leningrad II-2 achieves 1 TWh milestone

Leningrad II-2 achieves 1 TWh milestone

Unit 2 of the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in western Russia passed 1 terawatt hours of electricity production on 15 January, a milestone in its four months of pilot operation that started in November last year.

New Nuclear 18 January 2021


IAEA assists in securing Congolese disused radioactive sources

IAEA assists in securing Congolese disused radioactive sources

Two disused radioactive sources, previously used in cancer treatment, have been transported to safe and secure storage locations in the Republic of the Congo. The relocation of the sources - which are expected to be exported outside the country next year - was supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Regulation & Safety 18 January 2021