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Utility SaskPower has selected GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's (GEH) small modular reactor (SMR) for potential deployment in the province in the mid-2030s after an assessment process in which it looked at several SMR technologies.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/BWRX-300-SMR-selected-for-Saskatchewan

Bruce Power and Kinectrics-Framatome joint venture Isogen are examining the feasibility of producing the medical radioisotope yttrium-90 using the innovative Isotope Production System (IPS) installed in unit 7 at Bruce Power's nuclear power plant in Ontario.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Bruce-Power,-Isogen-look-to-build-on-radioisotope

Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall announced it is initiating a pilot study looking at the conditions for constructing at least two small modular reactors (SMRs) adjacent to the Ringhals nuclear power plant.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Vattenfall-considers-building-SMRs-at-Ringhals

ČEZ said the contracts with the US and French companies for the supply of fuel assemblies for the Temelín nuclear power plant for the coming years were important for ensuring diversification of supplies.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Westinghouse-and-Framatome-to-supply-fuel-to-Temel

Orano has been awarded a contract by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) for the transport and treatment in France of 731 used fuel assemblies from the Fugen experimental Advanced Thermal Reactor (ATR) in Japan. In 2018, Orano was contracted to conduct preparatory work for the transport operations.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Orano-contracted-to-reprocess-Fugen-used-fuel

With soaring energy prices and a renewed need for energy security, Professor Radek Skoda from the Czech Technical University puts the case for an innovative nuclear-fuelled district heating system.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Nuclear-and-the-district-heating-indust

Ongoing war motivates move The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) has announced that it is terminating international agreements with Russia in the field of nuclear safety.

The decision is related to Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine, which has been ongoing since 24 February 2022 and has taken effect since 24 June 2022, the SNRIU said.

The first agreement cancelled is between the ministry of environmental protection and nuclear safety of Ukraine and the Federal Supervision of Nuclear and Radiation Safety of Russia, which was signed in 1996.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/regulator-terminates-international-nuclear-agreements-with-russia-6-2-2022

SaskPower will not make construction decision until 2029 A computer-generated image of a GEH BWRX-300 small modular reactor plant, possibly at Darlington. Courtesy GEH/OPG. SaskPower, a Canada-based utility, has chosen the BWRX-300 small modular reactor design developed by GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy for potential deployment in its energy system in the 2030s.

SaskPower, which owns and operates about 5.2 GW of installed generation capacity in Saskatchewan, said a decision on whether to build an SMR will not be taken earlier than in 2029.

The company said several years of complex project development, licencing and regulatory work will be required to maintain nuclear power from SMRs as an option by the mid-2030s

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/canadian-utility-chooses-ge-hitachi-bwrx-300-for-possible-deployment-in-2030s-6-2-2022

Country needs fossil-free sources to meet growing power demand Vattenfall is majority owner of two commercial reactors at Ringhals (pictured) and three at Forsmark. Image courtesy Vattenfall. Swedish utility Vattenfall announced today it will be starting work on a pilot study on the feasibility of deployment of at least two small modular reactor (SMR) units at the site of the Ringhals nuclear power station.

Vattenfall said the study is focusing on Ringhals in southern Sweden because more electricity generation is expected to be needed in those areas. Two reactor units are currently in commercial operation at Ringhals-3 and -4.

Anna Borg, chief executive of Vattenfall, said fossil-free energy sources will be necessary to meet increasing demand for electric power in Sweden while SMRs are such a technology that has “come a long way in recent times” and therefore the company wants to look at the conditions for building SMRs near Ringhals.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/vattenfall-to-begin-study-on-potential-smr-deployment-at-ringhals-6-2-2022

New suppliers to replace Russia’s Tvel Two VVER-1000 PWR units are in commercial operation at Temelín in the Czech Republic since 2002 and 2003. Image courtesy ČEZ. Czech state-controlled utility ČEZ has signed agreements with US-based Westinghouse Electric and France’s Framatome for the supply of fuel assemblies for the Temelín nuclear power station.

According to ČEZ, the new fuel deliveries will begin in 2024 to fully replace the current fuel supplier, which is Russia’s Tvel.

There are two Russia-designed VVER-1000 pressurised water reactor units in commercial operation at the southern Temelín site. Since 2019 Westinghouse-made lead fuel assemblies have been in operation in the reactor core of Unit 1.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/cez-signs-nuclear-fuel-contracts-with-westinghouse-and-framatome-for-temelin-vver-plant-6-2-2022