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The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-real-challenges-to-nuclear-are-external,-says

Covid-19 pandemic is continuing to affect work at the site, company says The Vogtle-3 construction site in November 2020. Courtesy Georgia Power. Georgia Power is likely to adjust the dates for the start of hot functional testing and fuel load for the Vogtle-3 nuclear power plant under construction in the US, but still expects to achieve the November 2021 and 2022 regulatory-approved in-service dates for Units 3 and 4 respectively.

Since October 2020, the Vogtle site in the state of Georgia has seen a significant increase in Covid-19 cases, Georgia Power said. This increase, combined with “other productivity challenges”, continues to impact construction production and the pace of testing activity completion, it added.

Last year Georgia Power said it expected to begin hot functional testing in January 2021 and fuel loading in April 2021.

Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/georgia-power-likely-to-revise-schedule-for-hot-testing-and-fuel-load-at-unit-3-1-2-2021

The ITER Organisation has selected the contractors to carry out assembly and installation activities inside the Tokamak Complex at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter), under construction in Cadarache, France. These contracts are the last major assembly and installation contracts planned for first-phase Iter assembly.

Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Final-major-contracts-signed-for-Iter-Tokamak-Comp

Japan will need nuclear power if it is to realise the government's carbon neutrality goal and should therefore restart idled nuclear reactors as soon as possible, as well as work to extend their operating lifetimes and build new nuclear capacity, the heads of the Japanese Atomic Industry Forum (JAIF) and the Japan Iron and Steel Federation (JISF) have said in separate New Year messages.

Date: Saturday, 09 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Japanese-industry-leaders-call-for-nuclear-restart

The UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Alok Sharma confirmed that he is extending the deadline for the Development Consent Order (DCO) for the Wylfa Newydd NPP for a further four months until 30 April 2021 – a month longer than had been requested by Horizon Nuclear Power.

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-to-defer-wylfa-planning-decision-again-8443095

Two remaining plants at site will operate until 2040s The Ringhals nuclear power station, where two reactors remain in operation Courtesy Vattenfall. After 44 years of commercial operation, the Ringhals-1 nuclear power reactor near Varberg in southwestern Sweden has been shut down for good.

The 881-MW boiling water reactor unit reactor began commercial operation on 1 January 1976 and according to principal owner Vattenfall is estimated to have delivered 220 terawatt hours of electricity, which corresponds to the entire electricity consumption of Gothenburg since the reactor was started.

In December 2019, the Ringhals-2 nuclear power reactor was permanently shut down after more than 43 years of commercial operation.

Vattenfall said in 2015 that it would close the two Ringhals plants as a result of falling demand, the falling price of electricity and the units being in need of costly maintenance.

Vattenfall had planned to operate Ringhals-1 and the 807-MW Ringhals-2 until about 2025. But in September 2015 the company said all investment in the units would stop in 2017, with savings of about €180m. The decision meant the two reactors could not be operated after 2020, because they would not be upgraded to meet new safety requirements.

Date: Tuesday, 05 January 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/after-44-years-of-operation-ringhals-1-shuts-down-for-good-1-1-2021

A decision on planning consent for the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant project on Anglesey has been deferred for a second time, as requested by Horizon Nuclear Power, the UK project developer owned by Japan’s Hitachi.

Date: Tuesday, 05 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-agrees-to-further-deferral-of-Wylfa-planning-de

"Morocco has shown a clear interest in participating in the modernised nuclear liability instruments," Karim El-Assefry, head of the Nuclear Applications and Safety Division of the country's Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment, said at a recent virtual seminar on civil liability for nuclear damage.

Date: Thursday, 31 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-supports-Morocco-s-alignment-with-civil-liabi

The UK and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) have signed a Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (NCA). This is separate from the wider UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement that was also announced on 24 December and which has since been approved by ambassadors from the 27 EU Member States, paving the way for it to take effect on 1 January. UK lawmakers will tomorrow return to the House of Commons, the lower chamber of parliament, to vote on the so-called post-Brexit trade deal.

Date: Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-and-Euratom-sign-Nuclear-Cooperation-Agreement