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IAEA director general Rafael Mariano Grossi, during a visit to the USA, told the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace that he plans to “recalibrate” the work of the IAEA, paying particular attention to areas ranging from nuclear safety and security to cancer care and gender parity.

Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-director-general-grossi-seeks-to-recalibrate-agencys-work-7764875

Rafael Grossi calls for bolder efforts on nuclear security International Atomic Energy Agency director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi said he plans to “recalibrate” the work of the agency, signalling he would pay special attention to areas ranging from nuclear safety and security to cancer care and gender parity.

Mr Grossi told a think-tank event in Washington that nuclear is growing, referring both to established nuclear power countries such as China, India and Russia and newcomer nations like Belarus, where two Russian VVER-1200 units are under construction and the United Arab Emirates, where four nuclear reactors supplied by South Korea are nearing completion.

Partly as a result of this atomic energy expansion and growing use of nuclear techniques in other areas, the amount of nuclear material in the world was constantly increasing, underlining the need for strengthened international efforts on nuclear safety and security, Mr Grossi said.

Date: Friday, 07 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/director-general-says-he-intends-to-recalibrate-agency-2-4-2020

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi plans to "recalibrate" the work of the Vienna-based organisation, he told a prominent think-tank in Washington DC. The IAEA will become more visible and present in its mission, bolder in its nuclear security efforts and more proactive in representing nuclear energy in the climate debate, he said.

Date: Friday, 07 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/DG-sets-out-vision-to-recalibrate-the-IAEA

Brazil and the USA have signed agreements on extending the operation and generating capacity of Angra unit 1 and on cooperation in new nuclear technologies. The agreements, between Westinghouse and Eletronuclear, and between the US Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and the Brazilian Association for the Development of Nuclear Activities (Abdan), were signed yesterday at the Brazil-US Energy Forum in Rio de Janeiro in the presence of Brazilian Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque and US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette.

Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Brazil,-USA-promote-cooperation-in-nuclear-energy

Spain’s Equipos Nucleares (Ensa) has completed the installation of three heat exchangers for the Jules Horowitz Reactor (JHR), under construction at Atomic & Alternative Energies Commission in Cadarache, southern France.

Date: Friday, 31 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsspains-ensa-installs-heat-exchangers-for-jules-horowitz-reactor-7748380

Italian state shipyard Fincantieri has been awarded an order, worth almost €100 million ($110m), for several high-profile systems, components and installations as part of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) project.

Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsitalian-shipyard-wins-iter-contract-7741850

Spanish manufacturer Equipos Nucleares SA (ENSA) has completed the installation of three heat exchangers for the primary circuit of the Jules Horowitz Reactor (RJH), under construction at Cadarache in southern France. Once in operation, the reactor will be used for testing of materials and fuels for current and future nuclear reactor designs.

ENSA manufactured and installed the heat exchangers as part of Spain's contribution to the development and construction of the RJH. It completed hydraulic testing of the large components in June 2018. The company said the operation to manoeuvre and install the heat exchangers was complicated by the limited space within the reactor building.

RJH is being built under the framework of an international consortium of research institutes from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the European Commission, plus major companies such as EDF, Framatome and TechnicAtome. Partners from India and Japan have also joined the consortium and the door remains open to more potential European or international partners. The project forms part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, and is one of three new research reactors forming the cornerstones of the European Research Area of Experimental Reactors, alongside the Myrrha accelerator-driven research reactor at Mol in Belgium and the Pallas reactor at Petten in the Netherlands.

France's national energy research commission, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), is funding 50% of the total EUR500 million (USD551 million) construction cost, with the remainder coming from EDF (20%), the research institutes (20%) and Framatome (10%). Operated by the CEA, the RJH will replace the 70 MWt Osiris reactor, which itself took over some of the roles of the 35 MWt Siloé reactor. Site preparations for the 100 MWt light water cooled reactor began in March 2007, with first concrete for its basemat poured in August 2009. The 105-tonne dome for the containment building of the pool-type reactor was raised by crane and lowered into place on 13 December 2013. Civil engineering work for the reactor building was completed in March 2017.

The modular design of RJH will be highly versatile and able to accommodate some 20 simultaneous experiments. Over its anticipated 50-year lifespan it will be used for studies on materials used in the nuclear power reactors of today and tomorrow, as well as testing fuels for current and future reactors. The instrumentation to be used with the reactor will allow hitherto unavailable real-time analysis to be performed. The reactor will also play a vital role in producing radioisotopes for use in nuclear medicine across Europe in coordination with existing NRG production facilities at Petten in the Netherlands.

Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Heat-exchangers-in-place-at-Jules-Horowitz

Russia and India are discussing the construction of power plants in Africa as the next stage in their cooperation in nuclear energy, the Indian ambassador to Moscow, Venkatesh Varma, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti last week. They could replicate the Rooppur project in Bangladesh, he reportedly said.

Date: Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/India-Russia-discuss-cooperation-in-third-countrie

The Iter tokamak buiding earlier this month at the construction site in southern France. Photo courtesy Iter. The Italian state shipyard that supplies the country’s warships has won a contract worth nearly €100m to enter a new business – nuclear fusion.

Fincantieri, based in Trieste and the largest shipbuilder in Europe, won the deal to supply equipment for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, a multinational collaboration aimed at building an experimental hydrogen fusion reactor at Cadarache in the south of France.

Fincantieri said in a statement that the work would include a number of high-profile systems, components, installations as part of the Iter project.

A temporary consortium has been established for the work. It includes Fincantieri itself as the main contractor, its subsidiary Fincantieri SI, active in the field of plant design and industrial-scale electrical, electronic and electromechanical components, Delta-ti Impianti, specialised in mechanical plant engineering, and Comes, specialised in electrical plant engineering.

Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/italian-state-shipyard-wins-eur100m-nuclear-fusion-contract-1-5-2020

The impetus for new build is being spurred by a need to reduce reliance on polluting coal China has 10 nuclear units under construction including two Generation III Hualong One plants at Fangchenggang. China, with its state nuclear companies backed by a government hungry for development, is the most active nation for building new nuclear power plants. That trend that is likely to continue, although confirming lucrative export deals for its reactor technology still runs far behind the pace set by Russia, which says it had 39 reactors under construction or planned overseas as of 2018.

This compares to only two reactors under construction overseas by China, both in Pakistan, although in the UK China has a stake in EDF’s Hinkley Point C project and plans for Chinese technology at Bradwell B. At Sizewell C in Suffolk EDF wants to build a clone of Hinkley Point C if it can attract enough private investment. CGN holds a 20% share.

The government has said it wants to build 30 reactors overseas by 2030. China and Russia both see Africa, where about 600 million people live without electricity, as something of a golden fleece and are pursuing nuclear agreements, which lay the groundwork for new-build, in a number of African nations. Small modular reactors and floating reactors could be an option for isolated areas. China has already said it is close to starting work on its first floating unit, but reliable details are few and far between.

The impetus for nuclear power in China is increasingly due to air pollution from coal-fired plants. To meet its climate goal as stipulated in the Paris agreement, China will need to reduce its coal power capacity by 40% over the next decade, according to Global Energy Monitor’s analysis. At present, this seems unrealistic. In addition to roughly 1,000 GW of existing coal capacity, China has 121 GW of coal plants under construction, which is more than is being built in the rest of the world combined.

Date: Friday, 24 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/china-keen-to-match-pace-set-by-russia-in-overseas-construction-1-4-2020