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The Japanese government on 13 April formally announced that the treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP site will be discharged into the sea, “based on more than six years of comprehensive study by experts, reviews by the IAEA, and engagement with parties concerned”. Five disposal methods had earlier been considered by the government: controlled discharge into the sea, ground injection, discharge as steam, discharge as hydrogen, and solidification for underground burial.

Date: Friday, 16 April 2021
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Policymakers who ignore nuclear energy are not serious about meeting climate goals, delegates said at an Atlantic Council webinar last week. The first in the Raising Ambitions series, the event highlighted the attributes of this clean source of electricity and heat ahead of the Leaders’ Climate Summit, which the US Administration is hosting on 22-23 April.

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
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A group of 46 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from 18 countries has written to Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, calling for the inclusion of nuclear energy in the EU taxonomy for sustainable investments. The exclusion of nuclear, they say, would promote a strategy that is "clearly inadequate" to decarbonise the region's economy.

Date: Thursday, 08 April 2021
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Commercial operation of unit 1 at the UAE's Barakah NPP began on 6 April. “We are grateful to those who made this possible and thank them for their diligence and hard work,” said Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. "The start of commercial operations at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant is an historic milestone for the UAE that significantly enhances the sustainability of our entire power sector," he said.

Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
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South Korea-supplied reactor will be one of four at the site in the United Arab Emirates Barakah-1 has become the first commercial nuclear unit to operate in the Arab world. Courtesy Enec. The Barakah-1 nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates has begun commercial operation, making it the first commercial nuclear unit to operate in the Arab world, it was announced on Monday.

In a post on his Twitter feed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, applauded the achievement, describing it as a significant milestone in the UAE’s long-term roadmap for sustainable, knowledge-based economic prosperity, benefiting many generations to come.

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec), established in 2009 to develop the nuclear energy programme, confirmed that its operating and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company successfully started commercial operations of Barakah-1 following the completion of all testing activities.

The 1,345 MW APR-1400 unit is now providing constant, reliable, and sustainable electricity around the clock, Enec said.

It said the start of commercial operations follows a period of extensive testing, overseen by the national regulator FANR, which has conducted 312 inspections since the start of Barakah’s development. These reviews were carried out alongside more than 42 assessments and peer reviews by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Association of Nuclear Operators.

Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
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Ministry is inviting four bidders to pre-qualify for reactor project The Dukovany nuclear power station site in the Czech Republic. The Czech government has postponed a tender to build a $7bn nuclear power plant at Dukovany until after October elections and said it will not invite Chinese companies to participate in a security assessment of potential bidders.

The Czech industry ministry said it has decided to invite four bidders including Russia to pre-qualify for a tender to build a new nuclear power plant, but a final decision on who will be allowed to bid will be made after an October election.

The ministry said the Czech Republic will speak to France’s EDF, South Korea’s Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, Russia’s Rosatom and Westinghouse of the US and will ask them to provide “comprehensive information on how they will meet the security requirements for suppliers of a new nuclear facility”.

It was announced in January that the Dukovany tender would probably go ahead without a Chinese bidder following an agreement between the Czech government and leaders of opposition parties.

Date: Saturday, 27 March 2021
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Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) and the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on research & development and technology exchange related to the operation of Korean-designed APR1400 reactors. South Korea's first APR1400 unit entered commercial operation in December 2015, while four such reactors are due to start up in the UAE by 2023.

Date: Tuesday, 23 March 2021
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The UAE’s Nawah Energy Company, the operations and maintenance subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) announced on 15 March that the fuel handling team at the Barakah NPP had begun loading the first nuclear fuel assemblies into the reactor of unit 2, the first step in the process towards gradually beginning operations and electricity generation. This follows Nawah’s receipt of the Operating Licence for unit 2 from the UAE’s independent nuclear regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR). Nawah said the team of experts at Barakah is following strict safety guidelines and international best practices in loading the 241 fuel assemblies, as they did in loading fuel into the unit 1 reactor in early 2020.

Date: Thursday, 18 March 2021
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Renera, Rosatom’s Energy storage systems integrator, part of Fuel Company TVEL, has closed a deal to acquire 49% of shares in South Korea’s Enertech International, a manufacturer of electrodes, lithium-ion storage cells and energy storage systems of various capacities.

Date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021
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Poland is moving towards a low carbon economy with wind farms and nuclear energy as its two pillars, Polish Minister of Climate and Environment Michal Kurtyka said in an interview with Polska Times on 26 February. Poland’s coal plants are ageing, he noted. “We are entering a natural cycle of renewal of production capacity.” He added:

Date: Wednesday, 03 March 2021
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