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Indian company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Heavy Engineering Ltd has completed the final segment of the ITER cryostat, bringing to an end an eight-year work programme. Work on the cryostat will now continue at the ITER site in southern France where the sections will be assembled, sited and welded over the next four years.

Date: Wednesday, 08 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/India-completes-ITER-cryostat-manufacture

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released its annual nuclear power status data for 2019 collected by the Power Reactor Information System (PRIS) and issued its Safeguards Statement for 2019.

Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-reports-on-nuclear-plant-operation-and-safeguards-7999314

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) applied nuclear safeguards in 183 states worldwide last year, according to its Safeguards Statement for 2019. IAEA safeguards are a series of technical measures that provide the international community with confidence that nuclear material is used for peaceful purposes and not to produce nuclear weapons.

Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-reports-on-safeguards-activities-in-2019

Policy uncertainty is ‘preventing industry from making investment decisions’ Policy uncertainty in a number of countries is preventing the nuclear industry from making investment decisions and “forthright recognition” by governments of the value of nuclear energy would encourage policymakers to explicitly include nuclear in their long-term energy plans and commitments under the Paris Agreement, the International Energy Agency has said.

The Paris-based agency said in a report on meeting climate goals that nuclear policy uncertainty is partly the result of inconsistencies between stated policy goals – such as climate change mitigation – and policy actions.

While some countries maintain they can meet decarbonisation objectives while phasing out nuclear (Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland) or reducing its share (France), others continue to recognise the need to increase nuclear reliance: China, Russia, India, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and Uzbekistan.

In late 2018, the EU long-term energy strategy clearly stated that nuclear power – together with renewables – will form the backbone of the EU power system in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, the IEA said. At the same time, ongoing EU taxonomy discussions regarding the eligibility of nuclear power generation for sustainability funding highlight the difficulties in recognising the contribution that nuclear energy makes to climate change mitigation.

Date: Friday, 12 June 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/agency-calls-for-forthright-recognition-of-nuclear-energy-6-4-2020

Russia's AEM Technologies has made its first batch of piping valves for Bangladesh's first nuclear power plant, Atomenergomash has announced. Meanwhile, another Atomenergomash subsidiary - OKB Gidropress - has shipped components for the reactor control and protection system for India's Kudankulam 4.

Date: Wednesday, 03 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Atomenergomash-completes-components-for-overseas-p

Reactor on target to begin operations in 2025 Cranes lift Iter’s cryostat base into the tokamak pit to begin reactor assembly. Photo courtesy Iter Orgaisation. The $20bn International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, which aims to build the world’s largest fusion reactor near Cadarache in southern France, passed a major milestone this week as construction crews lifted the first major piece of the reactor, known as a tokamak, into place.

Over two days, a crew of about 200 carefully lifted the cryostat base, a steel dish weighing 1,250 tonnes, into the tokamak pit.

The cryostat base – the single largest and heaviest tokamak component – is the bottom section of a huge metal can that will eventually contain the rest of the reactor, including the vacuum vessel, huge superconducting magnets, and cooling systems.

The Iter team is racing to have all of Iter’s major components on site by the end of 2021, in order to meet a December 2025 deadline for switching on the massive machine.

Date: Saturday, 30 May 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/world-s-largest-nuclear-fusion-experiment-clears-milestone-5-5-2020

The 1250-tonne steel base of the cryostat - which will insulate the magnetic system at cryogenic temperature from the outside environment - has been installed at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) at Cadarache in south-eastern France. The milestone marks the installation of the first and heaviest component of the ITER fusion machine.

Date: Saturday, 30 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Assembly-of-ITER-fusion-machine-gets-under-way

A consignment of Russian equipment has been delivered to the construction site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) under construction at Cadarache in France, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said on 23 April.

Date: Thursday, 30 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiter-receives-equipment-from-russia-and-italy-7892298

The vacuum vessel section was manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries. Photo courtesy Iter. The first of seven sections of the vacuum vessel for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) under construction in southern France has been produced in South Korea and is being prepared for shipping.

The vacuum vessel is a 5,000-tonne steel chamber designed to house the world's first reactor-scale fusion plasma at Iter.

Iter said that according to its machine assembly plan, section number six of the vacuum vessel, manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries, will be shipped to Iter’s Cadarache site followed by section number seven, which is also being manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries and is more than 90% complete.

Europe is providing the other five vacuum vessel sections. Europe is contributing almost half of the €20bn cost of Iter’s construction. The other six members of the venture – China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the US – are contributing equally to the rest.

Date: Thursday, 30 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/south-korea-completes-first-section-of-vacuum-vessel-4-3-2020