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Ringhals AB and Forsmarks Kraftgrupp AB each issued an Urgent Market Message (UUM) to the Nord Pool power exchange yesterday morning about the potential risk of Ringhals units 3 and 4 and Forsmark units 1, 2 and 3 being unable to restart following scheduled outages - in 2024 (F2), 2025 (R3-4, F3), and 2028 (F1) - because of a lack of storage space for used nuclear fuel.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Swedish-utilities-urge-decision-on-final-disposal

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) said on 30 March that its Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability (CCNS) has joined forces with Moltex Energy in a project aimed at recycling used fuel from Candu reactors. CCNS will provide CAD1 million ($795,000) in funding to assist Moltex in demonstrating the technical viability of a new process to recycle used Candu fuel.

Date: Friday, 02 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsopg-and-moltex-launch-project-to-recycle-candu-fuel-8644674

Pickering is one of three nuclear power stations owned by OPG. The company has a total of 18 Candu reactors. Ontario Power Generation’s Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability (CCNS) has joined forces with Moltex Energy on a project aimed at recycling used fuel from Candu reactors.

CCNS will provide CAD1m (€680,000) in funding to help Canada-based Moltex demonstrate the technical viability of a new process to recycle used Candu fuel.

When removed from an operating reactor, used Candu fuel still contains energy in the form of fissionable uranium and plutonium isotopes, which cannot be used without removing fission products. Moltex’s process would recover these energy resources and prepare them for use as new fuel in other advanced reactor designs, potentially reducing the volume of the material requiring long-term storage in a deep geological repository.

Date: Thursday, 01 April 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/opg-and-moltex-launch-project-to-recycle-used-fuel-from-candu-reactors-3-3-2021

Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organisation’s (NWMO) has published a new five-year strategic plan, “Implementing Adaptive Phased Management 2021 to 2025” (APM) setting the stage for moving beyond planning and site selection for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel. “The next five years will see the NWMO move from an organisation that is planning to build a repository to one that is implementing that plan, as we anticipate selecting a single, preferred site for Canada’s plan in 2023.” NWMO invites Canadians and Indigenous peoples to fill out an online survey to “help shape our plans as they continue to progress”. Survey responses will be accepted until 11 June.

Date: Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanadas-nwmo-publishes-plan-to-progress-geological-repository-8633324

Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organisation is on schedule to choose a single, preferred site for a deep geologic spent nuclear fuel repository in 2023, despite schedules being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The NWMO said in a new five-year plan that detailed site characterisation is on track to begin as planned in 2024 with a construction licence submitted to the regulator in 2029. The licence could be granted in 2032 with design and construction beginning in 2033. Operation of the facility is estimated to begin from 2040-2045.

The NWMO has been engaged in a process to identify a site that will safely contain and isolate Canada’s used nuclear fuel in a deep geological repository.

Date: Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nwmo-on-schedule-to-choose-repository-site-in-2023-3-1-2021

A list of 67 potential sites for a radioactive waste storage facility has been published by Societa Gestione Impianti Nucleari SpA (Sogin), the Italian state-owned company responsible for dismantling the country's nuclear power plants. The publication of the list on 5 January, announced in five national newspapers, started a period of public consultation.

Date: Saturday, 30 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Italy-begins-search-for-national-radwaste-storage

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-real-challenges-to-nuclear-are-external,-says

Construction has been completed at the first of two sites in South Bruce, Ontario, ahead of the start of borehole drilling, Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation (NWMO) has announced. The boreholes are part of the organisation's investigations into the suitability of the site for a geologic repository for used nuclear fuel.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NWMO-on-track-to-start-first-borehole-at-South-Bru

As policymakers grapple with the twin challenges of climate change and a post-COVID economic recovery, the benefits of nuclear power are clearer than ever, but the industry still has some way to go in addressing perceptions of its alleged drawbacks with cost, safety and radioactive waste. This was the overriding message of the three panellists in a webinar held last week by Utilities Middle East in partnership with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Friday, 01 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-barrier-to-nuclear-is-perception,-says-panel

Facility could be operational by 2065 One of the potential sites is at Janoch near the Temelín nuclear power station. The Czech cabinet has approvd a shortlist of four potential sites for a deep geological repository and has rubber-stamped legislation that will set out the “rules of the game” and improve transparency throughout the selection and construction process.

A government statement said a new schedule calls for the site to be selected by 2030, five years later than originally planned. The repository is expected to be operational by 2065.

The statement said the four sites are Hrádek, in the south of the country; Horka, also in the south; Březový potok, in the southwest; and Janoch near the Temelín nuclear power station in the southwest.

The four locations were recommended in June as the most suitable of nine potential sites reviewed by the Czech Radioactive Waste Repository Authority (Surao).

Date: Thursday, 24 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/cabinet-approves-four-sites-for-deep-geological-repository-12-3-2020