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The European Commission (EC) on 8 July presented two strategies as part of its Green Deal –  “An EU Strategy for Energy System Integration”, and “A hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe”.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-ec-green-deal-strategies-ignore-nuclear-power-8022501

Unit 1 at Canada’s Darlington nuclear power plant has set a new North American nuclear record for consecutive days in operation, Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) said.  

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanadas-darlington-1-breaks-record-for-nuclear-plant-operation-8022407

China is expected to increase nuclear power plant construction steadily in the coming years, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, China Daily reported on 7 July, citing insiders.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschina-to-build-six-to-eight-new-reactors-a-year-between-2020-and-2025-8022479

China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said on 10 July that unit 5 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China's Jiangsu province had completed its first fuel loading the previous day.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschinas-tianwan-5-completes-fuel-loading-8022559

The UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced that the government would invest £40 million ($50.5m) to develop the next generation of nuclear energy technology, creating R&D and manufacturing jobs across the UK.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-funding-for-advanced-reactors-8022575

Aim is to ‘supercharge’ country’s advanced nuclear energy industry A computer-generated image of Tokamak Energy’s ST40 small modular fusion reactor. Courtesy Tokamak Energy. The UK has announced £40m of funding to “unlock thousands of green jobs” by developing the next generation of nuclear energy technology, with £30m of the total going to support three small modular reactor projects.

The government said the £30m will speed up the development of three SMR projects in the UK and “drive them closer towards supplying low-carbon energy to the nation”.

The remaining £10m will be invested in smaller research, design, and manufacturing projects.

The government said the funding will ensure SMR technology is more attractive to private sector investors, “supercharging” the development of the industry and creating supply chains for future SMR developments.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/uk-announces-gbp40-million-funding-for-reactor-projects-7-1-2020

The Dukovany nuclear power station site in the Czech Republic. Photo courtesy IEA. A general framework agreement between the government and state utility ČEZ detailing plans for the construction of a new nuclear power plant at the Dukovany nuclear site in the Czech Republic could be signed within weeks, a ČEZ spokesperson told NucNet.

The spokesperson said in an email that the Czech state will sign a framework agreement with ČEZ which will cover the framework of the project from the announcement of the tender to the start of operation of the new nuclear power plant.

The agreement will define four basic stages in the preparation and construction of the new plant. The first stage covers the tender process, the selection of the technology supplier, zoning permission and site permit. This part of the framework agreement will be detailed in a “first implementation contract”.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/czech-republic-agreement-on-new-dukovany-unit-to-be-signed-within-weeks-7-1-2020

The US power sector made significant progress in the transition away from coal in 2019, driving substantial reductions in pollution from the power sector, according to a newly released benchmarking study of the country's 100 largest power producers. Nuclear made up 55% of the USA's zero-carbon resources.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-benchmarking-analysis-shows-growing-momentum-fo

The UK government has announced an investment of GBP40 million (USD50 million) in the development of advanced modular reactors (AMRs) and small modular reactors (SMRs). A government-commissioned report, meanwhile, has made recommendations for boosting the capability of the UK's nuclear R&D sector and domestic supply chain to support future AMR deployment.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-government-support-for-modular-reactor-deployme

Loading of nuclear fuel into unit 5 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China's Jiangsu province was completed on 9 July, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced the following day. Fuel loading at Tianwan 5 "laid the foundation for subsequent grid-connected power generation," it added.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Fuel-loading-completed-at-fifth-Tianwan-unit