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Russian troops still in control of Europe’s largest nuclear station IAEA director-general Rafael Grossi during a visit to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine in late March 2022. Image courtesy IAEA. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must send a mission to Ukraine’s occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station as soon as possible to address concerns about staff conditions and “other urgent issues”, said the agency’s director-general Rafael Grossi.

The six-units Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, the largest in Europe, was taken by Russian troops after an armed assault on 4 March 2022 and has since remained occupied but operational in a reduced state.

The IAEA is aware of recent reports in the media and elsewhere warning of a deteriorating situation for Ukrainian staff at Zaporizhzhia, Mr Grossi said.

Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2022
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Reactors could be answer to climate and energy crisis, says letter Image courtesy Bundesregierung (German government). Six leading nuclear industry organisations called today on G7 leaders to support global access to nuclear power and technology as the bloc has committed to move away from fossil fuels but more investment in low-carbon technologies, including nuclear, will be needed.

The six organisations are: the Canadian Nuclear Association, the Japan Atomic Industry Forum, the US Nuclear Energy Institute, the UK Nuclear Industry Association, Brussels-based Nucleareurope, and the World Nuclear Association.

A joint statement said that the combination of an increasingly urgent climate crisis and volatile energy prices, intensified by the war in Ukraine, has shown the “key strengths” of nuclear technologies.

Date: Saturday, 25 June 2022
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After audits French group qualifies 66 local firms Vakisasai Ramany, EDF senior vice president responsible for international nuclear development, presenting at the Polish-French Nuclear Industry Day. Image courtesy EDF / Vakisasai Ramany. French nuclear company EDF signed five new cooperation agreements with Polish firms during the fifth Polish-French Nuclear Industry Day in Oltarzew, on the outskirts of Warsaw.

The move confirms the companies have “pre-qualified” to participate in potential EPR development programmes in Poland.

The five companies are: Polimex Mostostal, Sefako, Tele-fonika Kable, Uniserv and ZRE Katowice. Cooperation agreements were also concluded between Bouygues Travaux Publics and Budimex SA and between industry groups Igeos and Gifen.

Date: Friday, 24 June 2022
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China leading in nuclear power investment IEA director-general Fatih Birol presenting the World Energy Investment 2022 report at an online event this week. Image courtesy IEA. Global energy investment is expected to increase by 8% in 2022, well above pre-pandemic levels in 2019, but a much higher growth pace is needed for clean technologies, including nuclear, to be on track for a 1.5°C stabilisation of the rise in global average temperatures, a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) found.

The IEA’s World Energy Investment report said global energy investment this year is projected to reach $2.4tn (€2.28tn), with the bulk going into renewables and grids.

However, almost half of the increase in capital spending is linked to higher costs due to supply chain pressures instead of bringing additional energy supply capacity or savings.

Date: Friday, 24 June 2022
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Vessel with molten salt reactor will be ‘floating charging station’ 3D mockups fof the Ulstein SIF and Ulstein Thor prototypes in a replenishment operation. Image courtesy Ulstein. Norwegian shipbuilding company Ulstein said its design concept for a ship fuelled by a molten salt nuclear reactor will generate vast amounts of clean, safe electricity and herald a new breed of battery driven cruise ships.

Thor, a 149-metre replenishment, research and rescue vessel, will feature a thorium molten salt reactor (MSR) that will enable the vessel to operate as a mobile power/charging station for cruise ships.

Ulstein said the vessel concept is “capable of making the vision of zero-emission cruise operations a reality and “could be the missing piece of the zero emissions puzzle for a broad range of maritime and ocean industry applications”.

Date: Thursday, 23 June 2022
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New Delhi wants 12 new indigenous reactors in 2030s Image courtesy Adam Jones / Flickr. GE Steam Power has signed a contract with India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) for the design and manufacturing of three nuclear steam turbines out of a set of six for New Delhi’s domestic nuclear new-build programme.

The proposed new plants to need the steam turbines are Units 1 to 4 of the Gorakhpur nuclear power project in the northern Haryana state and Units 5 and 6 of the existing Kaiga nuclear station in the western Karnataka state.

GE said these six units form the first stage of a plan by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) to build 12 indigenously developed 700-MW pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWR), a domestic design based on Canada’s Candu type.

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
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Unit granted operating licence by regulator Barakah, in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is one of the largest nuclear energy new-build projects in the world. Courtesy Enec. United Arab Emirates nuclear operator Nawah Energy Company has begun fuel loading at Unit 3 of the Barakah nuclear power station near Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, a statement by owner Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) said.

Last week, Barakah-3 received an operating licence from the UAE nuclear regulatory authority which also meant fuel loading was given the go-ahead.

Barakah, in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is one of the largest nuclear energy new-build projects in the world, with four APR-1400 units supplied by South Korea. Construction began in 2012 and the project as a whole is now more than 96% complete.

Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2022
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Financing model to follow by the end of August Warsaw wants to build up to six reactor units at two sites, but a technology supplier is yet to be selected. US-based Westinghouse Electric Company is preparing to submit a front-end engineering and design offer for Poland’s first nuclear power new-build programme by the ned of June this year, according to Mirosław Kowalik, chief executive of the company’s Warsaw branch.

“Our proposal in terms of technical and design conditions for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Poland will be presented by the end of June, and by the end of August we will present the investment financing component,” Mr Kowalik told online newspaper Business Insider Polska.

He said that the company has the support of the US government, but gave no further details.

Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2022
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Task force highlights need for ‘robust and transparent system’ Water storage tanks at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station site. IAEA/Dean Calma. An International Atomic Energy Agency task force established to review the discharge of treated water from the destroyed Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station has called for more information about Japan’s plans for independent monitoring of the project.

The task force has released a report setting out its initial observations of regulatory aspects of the proposed advanced liquid processing system, known as Alps, which will be use for the discharge of treated water.

The task force said it recognised that some aspects of independent monitoring by the regulatory body, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), are clearly present in the plans, including the monitoring of the same sample locations by different organisations, including Fukushima-Daiichi owner Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the NRA and the contracting of accredited commercial laboratories by the NRA.

Date: Saturday, 18 June 2022
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Four APR-1400 units being supplied by South Korea Barakah, in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is one of the largest nuclear energy new-build projects in the world. Courtesy Enec. The United Arab Emirates’ nuclear regulator has issued the operating licence for the third unit of the four-unit Barakah nuclear power station.

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) said that under the licence, Nawah Energy Company, the subsidiary of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) responsible for operating the plant, is authorised to operate it for 60 years

The assessment process included reviewing the plant’s layout design and analysis of the site’s location in terms of geography and demography. The assessment also included the reactor design, cooling systems, security arrangements, emergency preparedness, radioactive waste management and other technical aspects. FANR assessed Nawah’s organisational and manpower readiness.

FANR reviewed a 14,000-page operating licence application that also included Unit 4, conducted more than 120 inspections and requested additional information for Unit 3 on various matters related to reactor design, safety and other issues.

Date: Saturday, 18 June 2022
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