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Biden administration believes falling nuclear share in Europe is ‘alarm bell’ Ms Granholm said the US government wants to speed up work on the deployment of US-made AP1000 reactor technology in Poland. The US government wants to accelerate its support for a front-end engineering and design study for the deployment of US-made AP1000 reactor technology in Poland, US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm said.

In July, US-based Westinghouse Electric Company and Bechtel Corporation announced the start of the study, which will provide Poland’s Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe (PEJ) – the company responsible for managing the country’s first nuclear power project – with layout plans for the location of a first nuclear power station, together with a licensing plan, project schedule and cost estimate.

The US Trade and Development Agency has released a grant to fund the study.

“US industry and government have come together at a critical juncture in the development of Poland’s nuclear energy programme,” Ms Granholm said during a press conference in Warsaw.

Date: Saturday, 25 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-wants-to-speed-up-westinghouse-ap1000-study-says-energy-secretary-granholm-9-5-2021

US company Westinghouse wants to build its AP1000 reactor technology at the north Wales site Plans to build two UK advanced boiling water reactor units at Wylfa were withdrawn earlier this year. The British government is reportedly backing plans for another large-scale commercial nuclear power station in the UK to help the country achieve its net zero targets.

It is in discussions with US nuclear reactor manufacturer Westinghouse, amongst other groups, to develop the new station at the Wylfa Newydd site in Anglesey, Wales, The Times reported. The existing Wylfa site has two gas-cooled units that have been permanently shut down and are being decommissioned.

If the plans were to go ahead, the new station would be able to generate enough electricity to power more than six million homes from the mid-2030s.

The new facility would come in addition to two EPR units under construction by EDF at Hinkley Point C, Somerset, and a proposal for two new EPR units at Sizewell C, Suffolk, which is in advanced planning stages.

Date: Saturday, 25 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-in-talks-over-plans-to-revive-abandoned-wylfa-nuclear-project-9-5-2021

Tokamak Energy of the UK announced it has demonstrated a transformative magnet protection technology that improves the commercial viability of fusion power plants, delivering higher performance than alternative magnet systems. It said results from the latest tests validate a revolutionary approach to scaling up high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets, which are highly resilient to plasma disruptions.

Date: Saturday, 25 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Tokamak-Energy-develops-new-magnet-protection-tech

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has confirmed or amended orders issued to Bruce Power and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) related to pressure tube fitness for service following a public hearing held on 10 September. The regulator confirmed the orders issued for certain units at the Bruce, Darlington and Pickering CANDU plants, but removed Pickering units 1 and 4 from the list. It said it will consider restart requests for the reactors concerned on a case-by-case basis.

Date: Saturday, 25 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/CNSC-confirms-orders-on-CANDU-restarts

NuScale has signed a second agreement to consider its small reactors as a general replacement for coal units in Poland. The US small reactor vendor will support two energy firms, Poland-based Unimot and USA-based Getka, in their joint work to explore the possibility.

Date: Saturday, 25 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NuScale-signs-with-new-Polish-partners-to-replace

NUKEM Technologies (part of Rosatom since 2009) announced that, after several years of being away from the UK, it has re-entered the UK nuclear market, with the opening of their new office in Warrington.

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnukem-technologies-opens-new-uk-office-9104323

Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL said that VVER-1000 fuel assemblies (FAs) containing experimental fuel elements with REMIX fuel, had been operated in the reactor at unit 3 of Russia’s Balakovo NPP for three fuel campaigns - about five calendar years.

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsremix-fuel-elements-complete-operational-tests-at-balakovo-9104322

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has prepared a draft white paper outlining optional strategies for streamlining licensing of anticipated micro-reactors. Its goal is to identify ways to standardise licensing and maximise regulatory finalities, as permitted under existing laws and Commission policies.

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-nrc-releases-draft-paper-on-micro-reactors-licensing-strategies-9104337

UK-based ITI announced it has been chosen to support the next stages of the safe clean up and demolition at the Dounreay nuclear site, on the north coast of Scotland. 

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiti-selected-for-dounreay-eci-framework-9104462

Nuclear fusion developer Tokamak Energy said it has demonstrated a "transformative magnet protection technology" that improves the commercial viability of fusion power plants.

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstokamak-energy-demonstrates-new-magnet-technology-for-fusion-power-9104499