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Germany’s GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service (GNS) has been awarded a contract by Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) for the development of containers for the transport and interim storage of intermediate and low-level radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgns-wins-contract-from-taiwan-for-containers-7601390

Orano TN has completed the first transfer and storage of used fuel canisters with a higher than usual heat load using its Extended Optimised Storage (EOS) dry storage system. The use of EOS, which is licensed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for heat loads of up to 50 kW per canister, means used fuel can be transferred to secure dry storage after a shorter period of time.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/High-heat-load-used-fuel-transfer-is-an-industry-f

Ignalina NPP (INPP) in Lithuania, which is decommissioning its two RBMK reactors, in 2019 dismantled 5483 tons (almost 5000 tonnes) of equipment and associated structures INPP said on 9 January.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsignalina-reports-on-decommissioning-progress-7598221

Shikoku Electric Power Co’s Ikata 3 in Japan’s Ehime Prefecture,  was shut down on 26 December in preparation for the removal of used mixed oxide (mox) fuel, a first such operation in Japan.

Date: Wednesday, 01 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsused-mox-fuel-to-be-removed-at-japans-ikata-nuclear-plant-7581160

The Netherlands-based Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) has begun a new study – part of its molten salt technology programme – that aims to simulate what happens when the molten salt cools down to below 150C.

Results of the study will contribute to the safety analysis of molten salt reactors. NRG said last year that the study will include the monitoring of pressure, dose and temperature and that five salts will be investigated, The salt samples will be provided by Czech research centre Řež.

A new experimental facility, called Saga, is designed to be used for testing a range of configurations (or: arrangements) for molten salt reactors.

Unlike most experiments in NRG’s High Flux Reactor at Petten in the Netherlands, irradiation will take place in the spent fuel pool instead of the reactor core. This will make use of the strong gamma field emitted by spent nuclear fuel.

Date: Friday, 20 December 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/netherlands-nrg-begins-new-molten-salt-technology-study-12-4-2019

Used fuel assemblies, which had been lying for decades at the bottom of Building 5, an ageing used fuel store at Russia’s Andreeva Bay in the Arctic northwest, have been removed and secured. The complex operation that was the first of its kind, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced on 26 November.

Date: Friday, 29 November 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmore-progress-in-andreeva-bay-clean-up-7531300

A shipment of samples of plutonium oxide is en route from the UK to a laboratory at Orano's Melox plant in southern France. The samples will be used to determine if the plutonium can be used in the production of mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel.

Date: Friday, 29 November 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/British-plutonium-samples-shipped-to-France

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced the retrieval of abandoned, highly radioactive used nuclear fuel assemblies from the bottom of Building 5 at Andreeva Bay in north-western Russian. Following the successful operation, radiation levels at the facility have fallen by over 40%, enabling further decommissioning work and removing "one of the most significant radiological risks to the Barent Sea region", the London-headquartered bank said.

Date: Thursday, 28 November 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EBRD-announces-breakthrough-in-clean-up-of-Andreev

A longstanding challenge to retrieve abandoned, highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel assemblies has been completed as part of a decade-long international collaboration to address nuclear and radiological risks at Andreeva Bay in Russia, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said.

The nuclear fuel assemblies, which had been lying for decades at the bottom of Building 5, an old spent fuel store, have been removed and secured in a complex operation that was the first of its kind. Following the successful operation, radiation levels at the facility have fallen by over 40%, the EBRD said.

This drop in radiation levels will allow further decommissioning tasks to be performed and remove one of the most significant radiological risks to the Barent Sea region.

The spent fuel will be transported to Atomflot, near Murmansk in the northwest of Russia, for onward transportation, safe storage and reprocessing at the Mayak nuclear facility in the Urals.

Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/ebrd-announces-breakthrough-in-cleanup-of-andreeva-bay-11-2-2019

Draft legislation to update the US Department of Energy's (DOE) ability to manage nuclear waste - passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday - would allow DOE to build and operate interim storage sites to consolidate used fuel from decommissioned reactors. Similar draft legislation has now been introduced in the US Senate.

Date: Friday, 22 November 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-legislature-considers-waste-management-reforms