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The Hiroshima High Court today imposed a temporary injunction on the operation of unit 3 of the Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime Prefecture, currently in a maintenance outage. Operator Shikoku Electric Power Company said it will appeal the decision, the second injunction to be imposed on the unit since it was restarted in 2016.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Second-injunction-keeps-Ikata-reactor-offline

Austria failed to dent the Visegrád Group (V4) of countries' enthusiasm for nuclear power as a solution to climate change during their meeting in Prague yesterday. This was evident during a press conference held after the V4 and Austria summit by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak prime ministers, Andrej Babiš, Viktor Orbán, Mateusz Morawiecki and Peter Pellegrini, respectively.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Austria-fails-to-turn-neighbours-against-nuclear-p

Spanish manufacturer Equipos Nucleares SA (ENSA) has shipped two replacement steam generators to France, completing an order received at the end of 2012 from Framatome for three such components for use in 900 MWe-class pressurised water reactors. It was not disclosed at which plant the steam generators are to be installed.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ENSA-ships-steam-generators-to-France

Orano TN has completed the first transfer and storage of used fuel canisters with a higher than usual heat load using its Extended Optimised Storage (EOS) dry storage system. The use of EOS, which is licensed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for heat loads of up to 50 kW per canister, means used fuel can be transferred to secure dry storage after a shorter period of time.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/High-heat-load-used-fuel-transfer-is-an-industry-f

A foundation stone laying ceremony at the Baroda heavy water plant (HWP) in India has marked the inauguration of a new facility that will allow the country to produce high purity sodium metal on an industrial scale. India up to now has imported the material, which is used in fast breeder reactors.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/India-to-build-new-sodium-plant

Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has pledged to build on the political impetus seen in international cooperation in nuclear security in recent years. "It is vital that we remain ahead of the curve in guarding against nuclear terrorism," he told delegates at an event in Vienna yesterday.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-head-notes-political-commitment-to-nuclear-se

Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) accident-tolerant fuel assemblies have been loaded into a US reactor for the first time. Lead test assemblies using the company's ARMOR-coated zirconium cladding and IronClad accident-tolerant fuel solutions have been installed at Exelon's Clinton boiling water reactor power plant in Illinois.

Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GNF-accident-tolerant-fuel-loaded-into-US-reactor

Greater efficiency in Russian nuclear power plant maintenance outages saved nearly 180 days last year and enabled 2.9 terawatt hours more electricity to be produced than would otherwise have been possible, Rosenergoatom said yesterday. This amount of electricity is enough to meet the energy demand of, for example, the Smolensk or Tver regions for six months, the company said.

Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Russian-repair-improvements-led-to-3TWh-more-power

The European Commission yesterday unveiled its plan for at least EUR1 trillion (USD1.1 trillion) in sustainable investments over the next decade. The European Green Deal Investment Plan (EGDIP) is the investment pillar of the Green Deal, which aims to make the EU climate-neutral by 2050.

Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-Green-Deal-ignores-its-own-biggest-clean-energy

Energoatom yesterday discussed eight legislative bills that it says require adoption to help it continue to meet international obligations, standards and requirements, as well as others that concern the nuclear power plant operator's budget. The meeting was attended by Pavel Pavlyshin, Energoatom's acting president, and Ostap Shipailo, chairman of the subcommittee on nuclear energy and nuclear safety of the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-assesses-legislation-to-support-nuclear-se