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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy said on 29 July that the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation (AMS) had recently completed testing of sensors for small light-water reactor systems. The performance data will be shared with US nuclear companies to improve sensor instrumentation for advanced light-water small modular reactors (SMRs). The data could also be leveraged to support other advanced reactor types cooled by gas, liquid metal or molten salt.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-gain-programme-supports-sensors-for-smrs-and-fuel-development-8919285

Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom said on 21 July that an incoming inspection of nuclear fuel manufactured by the Swedish division of US-based Westinghouse was underway at unit 3 of the Rovno NPP. The nuclear fuel is planned to be loaded into the reactor core in 2022 during the next scheduled outage.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-fuel-assemblies-delivered-to-rovno-npp-8919297

The UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) said on 12 July that the Low Level Waste Repository Ltd (LLWR) had become an NDA subsidiary after its ownership was transferred from UK Nuclear Waste Management Ltd (UKNWM). It represents the latest NDA-owned site to move to subsidiary status and follows a similar transition at Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd in March.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-nda-rationalises-waste-management-8919303

The new Greenland government (Naalakkersuisut) is preparing to outlaw uranium mining, reinstating and strengthening a ban that the national assembly had overturned in 2013, local media reported on 12 July. A month-long public consultation period began on 2 July for a proposed bill that would prohibit uranium mining as well as the feasibility studies and exploration activities that must be completed before a mining project can be considered for a licence to begin operation.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgreenland-plans-to-reimpose-ban-on-uranium-mining-8919307

China Nuclear Power Engineering Company (CNPE) said tests were completed on 20 July to evaluate the strength and leak tightness of the inner containment of unit 6 at the Fuqing NPP in Fujian province. A total of 16 commissioning tests were completed which involved raising and reducing the pressure inside the containment in 14 stages. Fuqing 6 is the second of two demonstration Hualong One (HPR1000) reactors being built at the site and is scheduled to begin operations by the end of the year.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsintegrity-and-leak-rate-tests-completed-at-fuqing-6-8919276

US power utility Exelon said on 19 July that the four nuclear plants serving Chicago and northern Illinois are approaching a combined 41 years, or 15,000 consecutive days, of continuous service at a time when the energy grid is increasingly challenged by extreme heat and storms. The Dresden, Byron, Braidwood and LaSalle NPPs located outside the Chicago region provide more than two-thirds of the state’s carbon-free energy and are the only clean-energy resources that can operate around-the-clock, 365 days a year.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsexelon-faces-closure-of-its-illinois-npps-if-new-legislation-is-not-adopted-8919269

NuScale Power announced on 20 July that Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction (DHIC) has agreed to complete a cash investment of $60 million in NuScale to continue to support deployment of its small modular reactor (SMR). In 2019, Doosan was joined by financial investors that collectively invested $44 million in NuScale. This is the fourth investment from DHIC and its financial partners in two years. Including the latest investment DHIC and its financial investors have invested more than $100 million in NuScale.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdoosan-heavy-makes-further-investment-in-nuscale-8919231

A team of government researchers in China have unveiled the design for a commercial nuclear reactor that is expected to be the first in the world that does not need water for cooling, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on 19 July. This will allow the facilities to be built in remote desert regions to provide power for more densely populated areas. The design includes a molten salt reactor, which is powered by liquid thorium rather than uranium, making it safer in the event of a leak. The molten thorium would cool and solidify quickly, dispersing less radiation into the environment. Construction of the first commercial reactor should be completed by 2030 and the government plans to build several in the deserts and plains of central and western China, SCNP noted.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschina-moves-forward-with-thorium-molten-salt-reactor-8919220

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, (Ansto) said on 16 July that it will make an application to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (Arpansa) to vary its licence for its Interim Waste Store. The original operating licence was approved in 2015, enabling the facility to hold what is called a TN-81 cask of intermediate-level radioactive waste that was repatriated from France in 2015.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsansto-seeks-licence-to-expand-its-interim-waste-store-8919145

Nigeria’s Federal Government on 15 July inaugurated the reconstituted Russian-Nigerian Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on National Atomic Energy. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said the reconstitution of JCC was to resuscitate the relationship between the two countries in cooperation for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. However, he recalled that within the framework of Nigeria’s bilateral relation with the Russian Federation, a number of Inter-governmental Agreements (IGAs) had been signed between the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) and Russian State Nuclear Corporation Rosatom.

Date: Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnigeria-reactivates-russian-nigerian-joint-coordination-committee-8910594