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India’s Union Minister of State, Jitendra Singh, has said that India is taking steps for the development of small modular reactors (SMRs), with up to 300MWe capacity to fulfil its commitment to the Clean Energy transition, according to a press release by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsindia-looks-to-smrs-10393898

India's Minister of State Jitendra Singh has called for the country's private sector companies and start-ups to take part in the development of small modular reactor (SMR) technology. The minister's comments were made in an address to a workshop on SMRs held by the government's NITI Aayog policy think-tank.

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/India-sees-SMRs-in-its-clean-energy-future

Russia is offering new technologies and to improve the efficiency of the nuclear fuel cycle at India’s Kudankulam NPP, according to Alexander Ugryumov, senior vice-president for research and development at Rosatom’s fuel company TVEL. These solutions can enhance the efficiency of the existing VVER-1000 reactors at Kudankulam, as well as those under construction, he said.

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-offers-new-fuel-solutions-for-india-10384351

Finnish firms Fortum and Helen have announced a joint study to explore possible collaboration in new nuclear power, especially small modular reactors (SMRs).

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Helen-and-Fortum-to-explore-cooperation-on-SMRs

“When building a machine as large and as complex as ITER, difficulties and setbacks do not come as surprises - they are an integral part of manufacturing, assembling and installing first-of-a-kind components,” the ITER Organisation said recently.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiter-says-essential-key-components-repairs-will-impact-schedule-10381371

China National Nuclear Corp's Southwestern Institute of Physics says that the first piece of the enhanced heat flux first wall for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor has been produced, with its core indicators better than design requirements.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-celebrates-first-enhanced-heat-flux-first-wa

Problems will require in-depth examination and ‘time and budget’ to repair October 2022 file photo of the 30-metre-deep pit in the tokamak building being prepared for the Iter machine itself. Courtesy Iter. Defects have been identified in two key First-of-a-kind tokamak components for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) nuclear fusion plant under construction at Cadarache in southern France, with the €20bn project facing potential delays while repairs are carried out.

Iter said in a project update that the two components are the vacuum vessel thermal shields and the vacuum vessel sectors.

The issues “demand in-depth examination, creativity in devising corrective actions, and time and budget to repair”, Iter said.

The vacuum vessel thermal shields are actively cooled silver-plated elements, 20 mm thick that contribute to thermally insulating the plant’s superconducting magnet system operating at 4K, or minus 269C.

Date: Thursday, 24 November 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/eur20-billion-project-faces-delays-as-defects-found-in-two-key-first-of-a-kind-components-11-3-2022

Powerful explosions shook the area of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) on the evening of 19 November and the following morning, abruptly ending a period of relative calm at the facility and further underlining the urgent need for measures to help prevent a nuclear accident there, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 20 November.

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsshelling-resumes-damaging-zaporizhzhia-npp-while-conflict-also-affects-other-ukrainian-npps-10376039

The ITER Council meeting to review the performance of the ITER Project, evaluated the progress of construction, manufacturing, assembly and commissioning, including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and supply chain challenges on project progress. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), under construction in Saint-Paul-lès-Durance in southern France, is a first-of-a-kind global collaboration. Construction of ITER is funded mainly by the European Union (45.6%) with the remainder shared equally by China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the USA (9.1% each). However, in practice, the members deliver little monetary contribution to the project, instead providing ‘in-kind’ contributions of components, systems or buildings.

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiter-council-reviews-progress-and-challenges-10376644

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project has announced defects have been discovered in the thermal shields and vacuum vessel sectors and warned that the consequences on schedule and cost "will not be insignificant".

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Defects-found-in-two-key-components-of-ITER-tokama