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The development of a national nuclear industry facilitates a country's economic growth while at the same time keeping in harmony with low-carbon and sustainable development, Yaroslav Mozdakov, director  for communications and international affairs at Rusatom Energy International (REIN), said last week during a webinar hosted by the Expert Group on Resource Management of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. REIN is a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
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The commercial deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) will bring new supply chain opportunities as well as challenges, panellists at an event to launch a World Nuclear Association report said this week. The World Nuclear Supply Chain: Outlook 2040 analyses the economic value of the nuclear power industry and provides a market-oriented review of the opportunities and challenges for nuclear power plants and their supply chain over the next two decades.

Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020
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Nuclear innovation is driving improvement in all parts of the industry, enhancing reliability, efficiency, economics and flexibility, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising told the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA's) Scientific Forum 2020 today. She said innovation is accelerating the development and commercialisation of small modular reactors opening up additional applications for nuclear energy.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
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A special consignment of large-size or heavy equipment for the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, construction in India has been sent from Russia to the Indian port of Tuticorin.

Date: Friday, 11 September 2020
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Russia’s Atommash plant in Volgodonsk (a branch of AEM-Technologies, part Atomenergomash, the machine-building division of Rosatom), has shipped four steam generators for unit 1 of Turkey’s Akkuyu NPP.

Date: Friday, 28 August 2020
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Atommash, part of the Volgodonsk branch of Russia's AEM Technology, is ready to ship four steam generators to unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey. The equipment, each weighing 355 tonnes, will be transported 3000 km by ship to the construction site in Mersin province, in the south of the country.

Date: Wednesday, 26 August 2020
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Alexey Likhachov, director general of Rosatom, congratulated his staff today on the 75th anniversary of Russia's nuclear industry. To emphasise how the corporation is looking to the future, Rosatom has announced its switch to a 'united brand' by using its Mobius strip logo for all of its subsidiaries.

Date: Friday, 21 August 2020
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Indian contractor Larsen & Toubro (L&T India), with the technical assistance of Russian specialists, has completed the installation of the dry shielding at the reactor vessel for unit 3 of the Kudankulam NPP under construction in Tamil Nadu, Russia’s Atomstroyexport (ASE) said on 11 August. Dry shielding is a cylindrical shield with a metal lining, filled with serpentinite concrete and located around the reactor vessel. It serves to weaken the neutron flux, and also helps to prevent excessive heating of the reinforced concrete structure of the reactor shaft. The equipment was manufactured by Russia’s Tyazhmash in the city of Syzran. The weight of the cylindrical screen filled with serpentinite concrete is 140 tons.

Date: Friday, 14 August 2020
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Indian contractor Larsen & Toubro has completed on schedule the installation of the 'dry shield' for the reactor pressure vessel of unit 3 of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant under construction in in Tamil Nadu. Separately, Russia's Atommash has announced the start of manufacturing a set of steam generators for unit 5 at the same plant.

Date: Tuesday, 11 August 2020
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It is understandable that the nuclear power industry feels it has been left "in limbo" by the European Commission's taxonomy on sustainable finance, even though its low-carbon credentials are clear, an adviser to the Technical Expert Group (TEG) that developed the guidance said last week. Sean Kidney, CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, participated in the 28 July webinar-based discussion of a newly published Policy Brief by the OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Unlocking financing for nuclear energy infrastructure in the COVID-19 economic recovery.

Date: Tuesday, 04 August 2020
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