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Dukovany expansion agreement expected soon, says minister

Dukovany expansion agreement expected soon, says minister

The agreement between the Czech government and utility ČEZ on the construction of a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant will be published within a few weeks, Minister of Industry Karel Havlíček said on 11 February. Havlíček was speaking to journalists during his visit to the plant, and his comments were reported by ČTK news agency the same day.

New Nuclear 14 February 2020


IAEA helps streamline Pakistan's nuclear power programme

IAEA helps streamline Pakistan's nuclear power programme

Pakistan has described the support it has received from the International Atomic Energy Agency in strengthening its nuclear power programme through a project launched in 2018. The country aims for a significant expansion of its use of nuclear power over the coming decades in order to meet growing energy demand. Regulators, operators and representatives of organisations involved in Pakistan's nuclear power programme attended a four-day meeting at the IAEA's headquarters last month to discuss the Agency's streamlined support for the country.

Nuclear Policies 14 February 2020


US uranium reserve proposal receives positive response

US uranium reserve proposal receives positive response

US uranium companies have responded favourably to the Administration's 2021 budget request of USD150 million in funding to set up a uranium reserve. Energy Fuels CEO and President Mark Chalmers said the development was "an important step toward addressing the devastating impact of our nation's overdependence on uranium imports from Russia and its allies, which is displacing free market uranium and forcing US mines out of business".

Uranium & Fuel 13 February 2020


IEA head calls for grand coalition to address climate

IEA head calls for grand coalition to address climate

A "grand coalition" of all stakeholders is needed to address the challenge of climate change, International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol said yesterday during the latest in the Paris-based organisation's Big Ideas speaker series. This must involve the energy sector, he said, as it accounts for most of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.

Energy & Environment 13 February 2020


Protective shield installation gathers pace at Kursk II-1

Protective shield installation gathers pace at Kursk II-1

Installation of the first tier of the outer protective shell around the first reactor of the Kursk II nuclear power plant under construction in western Russia has been completed ahead of schedule. The unit will be the first to use the VVER-TOI (typical optimised, with enhanced information) design.

New Nuclear 13 February 2020


Canada, USA complete used fuel return

Canada, USA complete used fuel return

A campaign to move used highly enriched uranium fuel from Canada to the USA, which began in 2015, has been completed a year ahead of schedule, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited have announced.

Waste & Recycling 13 February 2020


UK HPR1000 moves to final design assessment stage

UK HPR1000 moves to final design assessment stage

The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency have completed Step 3 - "overall design, safety case and security arguments review" - in their scrutiny of the UK HPR1000 reactor design. They will now start the fourth and final stage in the Generic Design Assessment process - "detailed design, safety case, and security evidence assessment".

Regulation & Safety 13 February 2020


Russia seals Akkuyu reactor vessel

Russia seals Akkuyu reactor vessel

AEM Technology, part of Russia's Atomenergomash, has completed the welding together of the two halves of the reactor vessel for the first unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant which is under construction in Mersin province, in southern Turkey.

New Nuclear 12 February 2020


Containment concreting milestone at Vogtle 3

Containment concreting milestone at Vogtle 3

Workers have completed the final concrete placement inside the containment vessel of unit 3 at the Vogtle nuclear power plant near Waynesboro, Georgia. Georgia Power said this allows for the installation of machinery that will be used to load fuel into the AP1000 reactor, which is scheduled to enter service in November 2021.

New Nuclear 12 February 2020


BWXT to support HALEU research reactor fuel programme

BWXT to support HALEU research reactor fuel programme

The US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded an initial USD3.6 million contract to BWXT Nuclear Operations Group as the manufacturer of a uranium-molybdenum alloy high assay low-enriched uranium fuel to facilitate the conversion of US research reactors that currently use high-enriched uranium.
 

Uranium & Fuel 12 February 2020