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A computer-generated image of a NuScale SMR nuclear power plant. Courtesy NuScale. US-based nuclear technology developer NuScale Power announced on Thursday that South Korea’s Samsung C&T Corporation has committed to make an equity investment in NuScale to support deployment of its small modular reactor.

Samsung C&T and NuScale’s lead engineering, construction and procurement partner, Fluor Corporation, are also developing a business collaboration agreement to expand capabilities for future deployment of NuScale projects.

Under its agreements with NuScale and Fluor, Samsung C&T will draw upon its nuclear construction experience with the Barakah nuclear station in the United Arab Emirates and the Uljin station in South Korea, where it worked on Units 5 and 6, to serve as a partner to Fluor and other potential project participants.

John Hopkins, NuScale Power chairman and chief executive officer, said Samsung C&T’s expertise and investment in NuScale will be invaluable “as we seek to bring this revolutionary clean energy technology to market”.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuscale-secures-investment-and-support-for-smr-project-from-south-korea-s-samsung-c-and-t-7-4-2021

The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Japan's Niigata Prefecture will not be restarted until fiscal 2022 (ending March 2023) at the earliest, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said in a revised business plan. The company submitted the plan yesterday to the government for approval. Tepco is awaiting regulatory approval to restart units 6 and 7 at the plant.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Tepco-anticipates-delay-in-Kashiwazaki-Kariwa-rest

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Japan on 9 July agreed on the scope of technical assistance the Agency will provide in monitoring and reviewing the planned discharge of treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station after the 2011 accident.

Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-to-monitor-safety-of-water-release-at-fukushima-8894006

South Korea's Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) on 9 July gave conditional approval for the operation of unit 1 at the Shin-Hanul NPP, more than a year after it was completed. Approval for the 1,400MWe reactor in the coastal county of Uljin, 330 kilometres southeast of Seoul, was granted provided further safety measures were put in place. The reactor was completed in April but has been off-line pending conclusion of a safety review, which began in November 2020.

Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssouth-koreas-shin-hanul-1-approved-for-operation-8896110

The Shin-Hanul nuclear power station site in South Korea. Courtesy KHNP. South Korea's nuclear regulator has given its conditional approval for the start-up of Unit 1 at Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power’s Shin-Hanul nuclear power station in the east of the country.

The Nuclear Safety and Security Committee (NSSC) has called for additional safety measures at the unit, the first of two APR-1400 reactors at the site.

First concrete for Unit 1 was poured in 2012 and for Unit 2 in 2013. The two pressurised water reactors were originally expected to begin commercial operation in April 2017 and April 2018, but there have been delays with safety checks and modifications.

The NSSC’s review included the plants’ passive autocatalytic recombiner (PAR) system, which is designed to prevent hydrogen explosions in the event of a serious accident by reducing hydrogen concentration levels in the reactor’s containment building. PAR systems were specified following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi plant in Japan.

Date: Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/regulator-gives-conditional-approval-for-shin-hanul-unit-1-startup-7-2-2021

South Korea's nuclear safety regulator has given its conditional approval for the start-up of unit 1 at Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power's (KHNP) Shin Hanul nuclear power plant. The Nuclear Safety and Security Committee (NSSC) has called for additional safety measures at the unit - the first of two APR-1400 reactors at the site.

Date: Tuesday, 13 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Operating-permit-granted-for-Shin-Hanul-1

UN Agency will monitor all aspects of process Japan has said it will start release of treated water from Fukushima-Daiichi into the Pacific in about two yeas. Image courtesy IAEA. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Japan have agreed on the scope of technical assistance the UN agency will provide in monitoring and reviewing the planned discharge of treated water from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station.

The IAEA said in a statement that its involvement in the water disposal process will provide confidence in Japan and globally that it takes place in line with international safety standards which aim to protect people and the environment.

In April 2021, Japan’s government asked the IAEA for assistance in reviewing the country’s plans and also to support and be present during environmental monitoring operations there.

Date: Saturday, 10 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-and-japan-agree-on-assistance-in-treated-water-discharge-project-7-5-2021

The scope of technical assistance the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will provide in monitoring and reviewing the planned discharge of treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant site has been agreed. The Terms of Reference defining the objective of the IAEA's assistance, how it will be implemented and its organisational arrangements were signed yesterday by the agency and the Japanese government.

Date: Saturday, 10 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Agreement-on-IAEA-monitoring-of-Fukushima-water-re

The world's first cosmic-ray muon detector developed specifically for use in industry-standard boreholes, has been deployed at Orano's McClean Lake site in northern Saskatchewan where it will be used to image a uranium deposit. The technology developed by Canadian start-up company Ideon Technologies could transform mineral exploration.

Date: Thursday, 08 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Transformative-muon-technology-deployed-at-McClean

Russia’s largest manufacturer of equipment for nuclear energy, AEM-Technologies (part of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering division Atomenergomash) announced that in 2021-2023 it will invest RUB9.7 billion ($132.4m) to expand and maintain production facilities, and modernise infrastructure.

Date: Tuesday, 06 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-aem-technologies-to-invest-heavily-in-expansion-and-upgrades-8869334