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A special report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions, released on 5 May, is a comprehensive global study on the central importance of minerals such as copper, lithium, nickel, cobalt and rare earth elements in a secure and rapid transformation of the global energy sector. The 287-page report recommends six key areas of action for policy makers to ensure that critical minerals are available to accelerate the transition to clean energy, rather than becoming a bottleneck.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-report-looks-at-critical-minerals-in-clean-energy-transitions-8725909

A new report by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Long-Term Management and Actions for a Severe Accident in a Nuclear Power Plant, reviewed knowledge and experience gained through long-term management of the accidents (LTMA) at Three Mile Island (USA, 1979), Chernobyl (Ukraine, 1986) and Fukushima Daiichi (Japan, 2011), by identifying and ranking main issues and knowledge gaps. The 212-page report also looked at the existing regulations and guidance, practices, technical bases and issues considered in NEA member countries of related to long-term management of a severely damaged nuclear site.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnea-looks-at-long-term-management-of-severe-accident-8725930

Nuclear fuel delivered in April for unit 2 of the Belarus NPP is ready for loading into the reactor after acceptance inspections were completed, Rosatom said on 3 May. of the second unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, BelTA learned from the press service of the Russian state nuclear industry corporation Rosatom.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsinspection-completed-of-fuel-for-unit-2-of-belarus-npp-8725938

Holtec International on 4 May said the first multi-purpose canister containing fuel had been loaded into a HI-STORM FW module and placed into the new on-site used fuel dry storage facility at Brazil's Angra NPP. The Angra plant comprises two different reactor units. Angra 1 is a Westinghouse-designed 609 MWe pressurised water reactor, while Angra 2 is a Siemens-designed 1275 MWe PWR. The used fuel storage pools at both units are approaching full capacity.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbrazilian-dry-storage-facility-begins-operation-8725959

US-based Deep Isolation, a specialist in used fuel and high-level waste (HLW) storage and disposal solutions, said on 4 May it had signed a cooperative agreement with Dominion Engineering (DEI), which specialises in nuclear fuel services and technology, with a focus on inspection and maintenance equipment that ensures safety and integrity of nuclear fuel during operation and long-term storage.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdeep-isolation-and-dominion-co-operate-on-waste-storage-8725968

European nuclear trade association Foratom on 4 May released a position paper on nuclear’s role in the generation of low-carbon and hydrogen. “The EU has set itself the very ambitious target of decarbonising its economy by 2050. Achieving this will require a massive transformation of the energy, industry, transport and building sectors”, said Yves Desbazeille, Foratom Director General. “Hydrogen is one of the technologies which could help Europe reach its goals. But two challenges remain: producing real low-carbon hydrogen and expanding its use to a broad range of energy intensive sectors that need it.”

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsforatom-promotes-the-role-of-nuclear-in-hydrogen-production-8725975

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said on 4 May that it had approved a request from Dominion Energy to extend the operating licences for its two-unit Surry NPP in southeast Virginia by another 20 years. Both units are Westinghouse 838MWe pressurised water reactors.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-nrc-approves-80-year-operating-life-for-surry-npp-8725980

Canada’s Terrestrial Energy said on 4 May that it had signed an engineering services contract with Hatch to support deployment of the Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). The scope of the agreement includes support for engineering, component procurement, project and construction management, and power plant cost estimation relating to the development and construction of an IMSR power plant. Services will be provided by a team of Hatch engineers based in Ontario.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsterrestrial-energy-signs-engineering-services-contract-with-hatch-8726005

Finland’s Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) and Fortum are jointly testing the first valve with a 3D printed valve body at the Olkiluoto NPP, TVO said on 5 May. The valve housing was supplied by Neles Finland Oy and the valve was installed by TVO. Inside the 3D-printed valve body is a standard T5 series ball valve made of stainless steel. “The 3D printed valve body, like other possible 3D parts in the future, will give us an alternative in a situation where the number of suppliers to nuclear power plants is decreasing. So, if necessary, we can manufacture a unique component by printing it ourselves, said Dino Nerweyi, Life Management Engineer at TVO.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/news3d-printed-valve-body-tested-at-olkiluoto-npp-8726009

The Surry nuclear power station in the US state of Virginia. Courtesy US NEI. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved an application by Dominion Energy Virginia for a 20-year extension to the operating licences of the twin-unit Surry nuclear power plant, allowing the two pressurised water reactors to operate for 80 years until 2052 and 2053 respectively.

Surry-1 began commercial operation in 1972 and Surry-2 in 1973 and were originally licensed to operate for 40 years. The units’ licences were renewed for 20 additional years of operation in March 2003.

The NRC has now determined that both plants can operate for an additional 20 years beyond the 60 years covered by the initial and renewed licences.

Dominion submitted the subsequent licence renewal applications in October 2018.

The NRC has documented its findings in a March 2020 final safety evaluation report and an April 2020 final supplemental environmental impact statement. The NRC advisory committee on reactor safeguards also reviewed the safety aspects of renewing the licences. The committee said plans made by Dominion to manage age-related degradation provide “reasonable assurance” that Surry can be operated in accordance with its current licensing basis for the subsequent period of extended operation “without undue risk to the health and safety of the public”.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nrc-says-surry-units-can-operate-for-up-to-80-years-5-4-2021