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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team has concluded a 12-day mission to India to review progress in India’s implementation of recommendations and suggestions made during an initial IRRS mission in 2015, which covered regulatory activities in relation to NPPs. The follow-up mission had an extended scope, also reviewing radiation sources used in research, industry, medicine and agriculture.

Date: Friday, 24 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-completes-regulatory-review-in-india-9797739

GE Steam Power has signed a UDS165 million contract with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) to supply three nuclear steam turbines for India's domestic nuclear power programme.

Date: Thursday, 23 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GE,-BHEL-sign-contract-for-Indian-turbine-manufact

New Delhi wants 12 new indigenous reactors in 2030s Image courtesy Adam Jones / Flickr. GE Steam Power has signed a contract with India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) for the design and manufacturing of three nuclear steam turbines out of a set of six for New Delhi’s domestic nuclear new-build programme.

The proposed new plants to need the steam turbines are Units 1 to 4 of the Gorakhpur nuclear power project in the northern Haryana state and Units 5 and 6 of the existing Kaiga nuclear station in the western Karnataka state.

GE said these six units form the first stage of a plan by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) to build 12 indigenously developed 700-MW pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWR), a domestic design based on Canada’s Candu type.

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/ge-to-supply-steam-turbines-for-domestic-nuclear-new-build-programme-6-2-2022

India's nuclear regulator shows a strong commitment and professionalism to ensuring nuclear and radiation safety in the country, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission has concluded.

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-team-completes-Indian-regulatory-review

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has conducted more than 3,000 in-field verification activities and spent more than 14,500 days in the field in 2021, according to the Safeguards Statement for 2021. This represents a return to the pre-pandemic trend of increasing worldwide in-field nuclear verification effort year after year. The Safeguards Statement presents the IAEA’s findings and safeguards conclusions for all States for which the IAEA implemented safeguards during the year. IAEA safeguards are technical measures embedded in safeguards agreements, implemented by the IAEA to verify that nuclear material remains in peaceful use.

Date: Saturday, 18 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-reports-increased-in-field-nuclear-verification-9780068

Rosatom’s fuel company TVEL has supplied India with the first batches of more reliable and cost-efficient TVS-2M nuclear fuel for units 1&2 of the Kudankulam NPP. After the next refuelling, the VVER-1000 reactor at unit 1 will begin operating on a 18-month fuel cycle.

Date: Wednesday, 15 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshigh-efficiency-fuel-delivered-to-indias-kudankulam-npp-9772729

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told a press conference that Iran had informed the Agency of its intention to remove 27 cameras as well as an online monitoring system and a flowmeter from its nuclear facilities. The cameras would be removed in the coming days from various sites, including Natanz, Isfahan, Tehran and Karaj.  He said this “poses a serious challenge” for inspectors working there. He estimated that some 40 cameras would remain in place.

Date: Tuesday, 14 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-begins-removal-of-iaea-monitoring-systems-9767788

Construction of unit 4 of Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd’s (NPCIL’s) Kakrapar NPP in Gujarat has not been completed and is running more than a year late, Reuters has reported, citing a government memo. “Unit 4 is under construction and would reach completion by March, 2024,” a power ministry memo dated 10 May quoted Bhuwan Chandra Pathak, chairman of state-run NPCIL, as saying.

Date: Wednesday, 08 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsoperation-of-unit-4-at-indias-kakrapar-npp-delayed-9754941

Sister unit online, but not yet at full capacity File photo of construction of the Kakrapar-3 and -4 IPHWR-700 units in India. Courtesy DAE. Construction of Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd’s (NPCIL) Kakrapar-4 nuclear power plant, scheduled to start commercial generation this year, has not been completed and is running more than a year late, a government memo showed, according to Reuters.

“The Unit #4 is under construction and would reach completion by March, 2024,” a power ministry memo dated 10 May seen by Reuters quoted Bhuwan Chandra Pathak, chairman of state-run NPCIL, as saying.

Reuters also said Kakrapar-3 will reach full capacity in October or November 2022 as “design validation was in progress” and due to “safety issues”.

Date: Friday, 03 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/construction-of-kakrapar-4-running-more-than-a-year-late-6-4-2022

Russia’s government has set a goal to bring the share of nuclear power plants in the total energy balance to 25% by 2045, Strana Rosatom said on 27 May. A large-scale construction programme will be launched in parallel with the decommissioning of the RBMK reactors. Russia currently operates eight RBMK units – three each at Kursk and Smolensk NPPs and two at Leningrad NPP. Two units at Leningrad (1&2) were closed in 2018 and 2020 and one at Kursk (unit 1) in 2021. By 2027, Russia also plans to close units 3&4 at Leningrad and unit 2 at Kursk.

Date: Wednesday, 01 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-to-build-16-new-nuclear-units-by-2035-9738009