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The single-unit pressurised water reactor unit at Brokdorf is one of six commercial reactors remaining in operation in Germany. Courtesy PreussenElektra. Germany has agreed to pay €2.8bn to four energy companies as compensation for forcing them to close their nuclear plants following the 2011 accident at Fukushima-Daiichi in Japan.

The agreement settles all legal disputes between the German government and the companies – EnBW, Eon, RWE and Vattenfall. Under the deal announced on 5 March, the government will pay €1.43bn to Vattenfall, €880m to RWE, €80m to EnBW and €42.5m to Eon.

Up until now, the parties had failed to agree on how much compensation the operators should receive and on what terms.

“This led to years of legal disputes, including before the German constitutional court and an international court of arbitration, which can now be settled,” a government statement said.

Date: Tuesday, 09 March 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-agrees-nuclear-phaseout-compensation-with-energy-companies-3-1-2021

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has entered into a teaming agreement with Fermi Energia to support the potential deployment of its BWRX-300 small modular reactor in Estonia. This follows their signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in late 2019.

Date: Tuesday, 09 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GE-Hitachi-Fermi-Energia-extend-cooperation-on-SMR

The loading of 'dummy' fuel assemblies began yesterday at unit 2 of the new nuclear power plant in Ostrovets, Belarus. "This process is a prerequisite and, in a way, a dress rehearsal for the loading of nuclear fuel into the reactor," Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

Date: Tuesday, 09 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ostrovets-unit-2-begins-simulating-fuel-loading

The workshop the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency held jointly last week was very timely because the European Union is at an important juncture, and must consider the role of a variety of energy sources in its electricity mix if it is to achieve its decarbonisation goals, said Massimo Garribba, deputy director general of DG-Energy at the European Commission, adding that those sources include nuclear energy.

Date: Tuesday, 09 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-can-bring-balance-to-climate-debate-says-E

Aim is to add about 20 GW of installed nuclear capacity The Fuqing nuclear power station, where construction of Unit 6 is nearing completion. China is backing the further development of commercial nuclear power as a key tool in its drive to cut carbon emissions, according to the 2021-2025 five-year plan presented on Friday to China’s annual National People’s Congress.

Beijing said it aims to have 70 GW of installed nuclear capacity by 2025 from about 50 GW at the end of 2019. That would equate to about 20 new reactors, 2021-2025, alhough China already has 12 under construction.

China originally aimed to bring its nuclear installed capacity to 58 GW by 2020, but failed to meet the target following a moratorium on new projects following the March 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident and delays at a number of Generation III plants that were under construction.

Between 2020 and 2026, 48 power reactors are scheduled to be completed globally and China will lead the way with 12 reactor construction projects. This does not include a number of nuclear plants which have been approved, but where construction has not yet begun. They are Xudabao, Shidaowan and Tianwan-7 and -8.

Date: Saturday, 06 March 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/five-year-plan-includes-proposals-for-up-to-20-new-reactors-3-5-2021

Construction of a new facility for the storage of low-level radioactive waste has begun at the Dessel site in Belgium. Meanwhile, a new storage facility for low and intermediate-level waste is planned at the Netherlands' centralised radioactive waste processing and storage facility.

Date: Saturday, 06 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/New-Belgian-and-Dutch-waste-storage-facilities-pla

Hungary is now the sixth European country to bring forward its coal phaseout plan, announcing that it will shut its last remaining coal plant in 2025. Meanwhile Poland says its first nuclear power unit will be built in Gdansk and the second one probably at the site of its Belchatów coal plant.

Date: Saturday, 06 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Hungary-and-Poland-plan-nuclear-to-replace-coal

The European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (Ensreg) has approved the preliminary report on a peer review of the new Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets. Adopted by consensus on 3 March, the report follows a mission by Ensreg technical experts to the plant site on 9 and 10 February.

Date: Saturday, 06 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ensreg-approves-Ostrovets-peer-review-report

Decarbonising heat will be essential for global emissions reduction efforts in the coming years, Aiden Peakman of the UK Nuclear Innovation and Research Office told a high-level joint workshop held by the International Energy Agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Current generation light-water reactors and next-generation advanced reactors could significantly help in decarbonising the heat sector, he said.

Date: Saturday, 06 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Decarbonise-heat-to-meet-emissions-targets,-worksh

The final report of an independent inquiry into the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's award of the Magnox decommissioning contract, related litigation and its subsequent termination has been published. Led by Steve Holliday, a former CEO of National Grid, the process to hold the Magnox Inquiry began in March 2017. Holliday was asked to conduct an inquiry by Greg Clark, then secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Date: Saturday, 06 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Magnox-Inquiry-publishes-final-report