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The Armenian nuclear power plant in Metsamor was brought to a 65-day halt for a regular preventive repair, the plant said in a press release on 2 July.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsarmenian-nuclear-power-plant-shut-for-maintenance-8011826

Installation of the second tier of the reactor building's internal containment has been completed at unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssecond-tier-of-internal-containment-completed-at-akkuyu-1-8011807

The European Atomic Forum (Foratom) has welcomed the European Commission’s decision to appoint the Joint Research Centre (JRC) as the group of experts which will assess nuclear under the sustainable finance taxonomy.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsforatom-welcomes-ec-decision-to-assess-nuclears-eligibility-for-green-finance-8011621

Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) has chosen Ontario-based Geofirma Engineering Ltd to drill and test initial boreholes in South Bruce.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanadas-nwmo-selects-geofirma-engineering-for-repository-test-drilling-8011744

Iran will retaliate against any country that carries out cyber attacks on its nuclear sites, the head of civilian defence said on 3 July, after a fire at its Natanz enrichment facility.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsincident-damages-building-at-irans-natanz-enrichment-facility-8011793

The US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis has released a majority staff report “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America”.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-report-recognises-nuclear-as-zero-carbon-energy-source-8011952

Avtomatika Concern, an affiliate of the Russian state-run corporation Rostec, has developed the Gipnoz (Hypnosis) robotic equipment control system to perform extreme tasks in the environment of radiation, high and low temperatures and poor visibility.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-develops-robot-linked-with-virtual-reality-for-high-radiation-environments-8011905

The International Atomic Energy Agency said it has been informed by Iran about a fire in a building at the site of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility early on 2 July.

Iran told the IAEA that the fire was quickly extinguished and that there had been no nuclear material or other radioactive material in the building. Iran said the cause was not yet known, adding there were no injuries or radioactive contamination.

The Natanz site is under IAEA safeguards, including verification and monitoring under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, an agreement reached in Vienna in 2015, between Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the UK, the US plus Germany).

The JCPOA was a far-reaching 25-year settlement that constrained Iran’s nuclear capacity in exchange for sanctions relief. Iran agreed to remove about two-thirds of Natanz’s centrifuges, limit uranium enrichment to 3.67%, and down-blend or sell most of its LEU stockpile. Iran is also required to provide the IAEA daily access to Natanz for continuous monitoring of enrichment activities and centrifuge production.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-says-no-nuclear-or-radioactive-material-in-natanz-fire-7-1-2020

Superconductor facility is under construction near Moscow The NICA facility under construction near Moscow. Photo courtesy NICA. Germany and Russia are planning to extend their cooperation on the superconducting Nuclotron-based Ion Collider Facility (NICA), being built in Dubna, near Moscow, Russia’s Joint Institute for Nuclear Research said.

JINR said a committee of member states considers the development of cooperation with Germany as a priority and has suggested that Germany considers the possibility of full membership in JINR.

JINR has 18 member states. Germany is one of six associate members with Egypt, Hungary, Italy, South Africa and Serbia.

JINR said there was already “significant synergy” in many areas because of a roadmap signed between Russia and Germany in 2018 for the development of scientific and technical cooperation. The roadmap saw German partners confirm their willingness to participate in NICA and in projects based on the PIK research reactor under construction at the Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute in Gatchina, south of St Petersburg.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/countries-plan-to-increase-cooperation-on-nica-7-1-2020

JSC National Atomic Company Kazatomprom has today announced it is extending for one month its reduction in operations due to COVID-19. Kazakhstan's government last week announced a second two-week lockdown after a national surge in coronavirus cases followed the lifting of an earlier lockdown.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kazatomprom-extends-reduced-operations