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After falling by about 1% in 2020 due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, global electricity demand will increase by 5% in 2021 and 4% in 2022, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). However, almost half of this increase will be from fossil fuels - notably coal - threatening to push CO2 emissions from the power sector to record levels in 2022. Nuclear power generation is forecast to grow by around 1% in 2021 and by 2% in 2022.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Emissions-set-to-rise-with-growth-in-coal-use,-say

India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)said on 9 July it had won a major order for the supply of 12 steam generators from Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) against stiff competitive bidding. The order, valued at more than INR 14 billion ($188m), was awarded under NPCIL’s Fleet Mode procurement programme and mandates supply of 12 steam generators for India’s indigenously-developed 700MWe pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWR)s being built at four different locations.

Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbhel-wins-steam-generator-order-from-npcil-8893815

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has been awarded a contract by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) to supply 12 steam generators for indigenously developed 700 MWe pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs) to be constructed at four locations in the country. The contract - worth about INR14 billion (USD190 million) - was awarded under NPCIL's "fleet mode" procurement programme.

Date: Saturday, 10 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/BHEL-awarded-steam-generator-contract-for-domestic

The Petrozavodsk branch of Rusia’s AEM-Technologies (part of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering Atomenergomash) has started manufacturing pipes for the main circulation pipeline (MCP) for unit 5 of India’s Kudankulam NPP. An anticorrosive layer was applied to the inner surface of the pipe billets by the method of electroslag surfacing.

Date: Wednesday, 07 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newspetrozavodskmash-begins-manufacture-of-mcp-pipes-for-kudankulam-5-8869660

ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India has designed and manufactured the India’s first indigenously developed specialist-grade steel plates (16Mo3) for use in Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL)'s heavy water reactors.

Date: Tuesday, 06 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsindia-designs-special-steel-plates-for-npcil-8869516

First concrete was poured on 29 June to mark the start of construction of unit 5 at India’s Kudankulam NPP, being built by Russia’s Rosatom. Due to anti-Covid restrictions, the ceremony was held via video-conference. This signalled the official start of the third stage of the plant. Kudankulam is being built under a 1988 Russian-Indian agreement which was amended in 1998. The general contractor (in terms of detailed design, equipment supply and technical assistance) is Atomstroyexport, the general designer is Atomenergoproekt. Kudankulam is one of the largest nuclear power projects in India and is scheduled to have six Russian VVER-1000 reactors. Kudankulam 1 and 2 (stage 1) are in operation, units 3 and 4 (stage 2) are under construction and units 5 and 6 will comprise stage 3.

Date: Friday, 02 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-concrete-for-kudankulam-5-8862554

Construction of unit 5 of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant has formally begun with the pouring of first concrete for the foundation plate of the reactor building at the site in Tamil Nadu, India. It was launched today by Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas, chairman of India's Atomic Energy Commission and secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy, in the presence of Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov and Satish Kumar Sharma, managing director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), in a ceremony that had to be held via videoconference owing to COVID-19 restrictions.

Date: Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Construction-begins-on-third-stage-of-Kudankulam

At its 28th Meeting on 16-17 June, the ITER Council convened via remote video conference to assess the latest progress reports and performance metrics of the ITER Project. 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 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiter-reports-on-progress-8840244

After a decade of design and fabrication, US-based General Atomics said on 15 June that it is ready to ship the first module of the Central Solenoid to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) under construction in Saint-Paul-lès-Durance in southern France. Despite the challenges of Covid-19, ITER is almost 75% built and massive first-of-a-kind components have been arriving in France from three continents over the past 15 months. 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, 16 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgeneral-atomics-prepares-to-ship-first-module-of-iters-central-solenoid-8822680

The Group of Seven (G7) countries will lead a technology-driven transition to net zero, according to a joint statement at the end of their three-day summit in Cornwall, England. The G7 is an inter-governmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the USA. As host of the first in-person G7 Summit in almost two years, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked the other leaders "to seize the opportunity to fight and build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener and more prosperous".

Date: Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Carbis-Bay-summit-highlights-technology-driven-cle