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Specialists at Russia’s AA Bochvar Research Institute of Inorganic Materials (VNIINM, part of Rosatom’s TVEL fuel company) have  developed samples of experimental fuel claddings made of a composite material based on silicon carbide, TVEL said. The work is part of a programme to develop new generation accident tolerant fuel, which will significantly improve the safety of nuclear power plant operation.

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-scientists-develop-plastic-fuel-claddings-made-of-silicon-carbide-9414419

In a wide-ranging interview with EnergoBusiness magazine on 10 January, to mark 25 years since the establishment of Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom, the director of Energoatom, Petr Kotin, said that this winter Ukraine will have all 15 of its nuclear units in operation for the first time since the 1980s.

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsenergoatoms-kotin-shares-his-vision-for-ukraines-nuclear-future-9414515

Security of supply in question as government considers keeping reactors online for longer Belgium has seven commercial nuclear power plants – four at Doel (pictured) and three at Tihange. Courtesy Framatome/Engie. Belgium’s nuclear regulator has given its provisional approval to extend the life of two of the country’s seven nuclear power reactors and urged the government to make a final decision on the issue in the first quarter of 2022.

The Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (Fanc) said in a report for the government that updates would be needed to the Doel-4 and Tihange-3 nuclear plants if their operation is to be extended and that the government should order the start of planning for this by the end of January.

Any extension to the plants’ operating lifetimes should be for at least 10 years to “be able to develop a comprehensive action plan to improve nuclear safety”, Fanc said. It should also be confirmed that human resources are available to organise the extension of two reactors simultaneously with the dismantling of the other five, as well as the management and storage of radioactive waste.

Fanc added that the analysis was requested by the government just before Christmas. If a report due in March by grid operator Elia shows that security of energy supply after 2025 is threatened without nuclear, the government wants to consider keeping Doel-4 and Tihange-3 in operation longer.

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/regulator-gives-provisional-approval-for-extension-of-two-nuclear-plants-1-2-2022

Utility Fortum considering options for future of two-unit station Loviisa has two Russian 507-MW VVER reactor units. Courtesy Fortum. An environmental impact assessment (EIA) that assesses the impact of continuing the operation of Finland’s Loviisa nuclear power station by up to 20 years, or alternatively, decommissioning the plant when the current operating licences expire, meets legal requirements, the country’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment announced.

The two options for the future of Loviisa, which has two Russian 507-MW VVER reactor units, had no environmental impacts that could not be “accepted, prevented or mitigated to an acceptable level”, the ministry said. It said the most significant effect of the nuclear power station during normal operation is the thermal load of cooling water in the nearby sea.

The ministry added that any environmental assessment of the Loviisa plants must take into account the facility’s importance for meeting Finland’s energy needs and its economic role, which the ministry said were both significant nationally.

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/loviisa-nuclear-plant-eia-meets-requirements-says-ministry-1-3-2022

Governing board launches initiative for ‘worldwide performance improvement’ Ingemar Engkvist: ‘We are not drivers of expanding the nuclear industry, but we are there to help.’ The World Association of Nuclear Operators is moving to an operating model that it says will address specific gaps to excellence as the nuclear power sector looks to push ahead with new projects and become an important tool in addressing climate change.

The association’s chief executive officer, Ingemar Engkvist, said in an interview with NucNet that changes at the non-profit safety organisation, whose members include nuclear plant owners and operators around the world, arise from a 2019 meeting of the governing board where members decided to launch an initiative for “worldwide performance improvement”.

The reason for the changes is a growing understanding among WANO members that better performance will help shape the future and make nuclear a key element of the global move towards net zero.

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/ceo-outlines-vision-as-association-moves-to-address-specific-gaps-in-excellence-1-3-2022

A community partnership has been formed in Allerdale, Cumbria, UK, to take forward discussions around siting a geological disposal facility (GDF) for high-level radioactive waste. The Allerdale GDF Community Partnership is the third to form, following Mid Copeland GDF Community Partnership and South Copeland GDF Community Partnership in late-2021.

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Another-GDF-community-partnership-forms-in-Cumbria

Lithuania is to demolish the outdated Maišiagala radioactive waste storage facility and permanently dispose of the waste it holds. A tender for buildings and equipment for the project has been launched.

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Lithuania-to-tackle-Soviet-era-waste-store

Bruce Power's Major Component Replacement (MCR) project is helping contribute to economic revitalisation in Ontario, the company said today as it announced new contracts and manufacturing milestones with its partners in the province. These include the completion of calandria tube manufacturing for unit 3; a new contract to automate the installation of the tubes; and a contract for the replacement of steam generators at Bruce 3 and 4.

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Bruce-project-key-to-Ontario-economic-recovery

Trade unions at the French energy giant EDF are calling for strike action next week over government measures designed to control fuel bill rises, which the company estimates could cost it as much as EUR8.4 billion (USD9.5 billion).

Date: Thursday, 20 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EDF-considers-next-move-after-French-government-s

National Atomic Company Kazatomprom  on 13 January provided an update on the status of its business and operations following the recent period of unrest in Kazakhstan.

Date: Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskazatomprom-provides-update-on-situation-in-kazakhstan--9408580