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A computer-generated image of a NuScale SMR nuclear power plant. Courtesy NuScale. US-based nuclear technology developer NuScale Power announced on Thursday that South Korea’s Samsung C&T Corporation has committed to make an equity investment in NuScale to support deployment of its small modular reactor.

Samsung C&T and NuScale’s lead engineering, construction and procurement partner, Fluor Corporation, are also developing a business collaboration agreement to expand capabilities for future deployment of NuScale projects.

Under its agreements with NuScale and Fluor, Samsung C&T will draw upon its nuclear construction experience with the Barakah nuclear station in the United Arab Emirates and the Uljin station in South Korea, where it worked on Units 5 and 6, to serve as a partner to Fluor and other potential project participants.

John Hopkins, NuScale Power chairman and chief executive officer, said Samsung C&T’s expertise and investment in NuScale will be invaluable “as we seek to bring this revolutionary clean energy technology to market”.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuscale-secures-investment-and-support-for-smr-project-from-south-korea-s-samsung-c-and-t-7-4-2021

South Korea's Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) on 9 July gave conditional approval for the operation of unit 1 at the Shin-Hanul NPP, more than a year after it was completed. Approval for the 1,400MWe reactor in the coastal county of Uljin, 330 kilometres southeast of Seoul, was granted provided further safety measures were put in place. The reactor was completed in April but has been off-line pending conclusion of a safety review, which began in November 2020.

Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssouth-koreas-shin-hanul-1-approved-for-operation-8896110

Courtesy Lukas Plewnia. French state-controlled energy group EDF has opened an office in Warsaw to support the preparation of a nuclear offer tailored to meet Poland’s plans to deploy 6-9 GW of nuclear power capacity in a decade.

EDF said the move confirms its long-term commitment to support the Polish nuclear ambition by proposing the development of four to six EPR units in the country.

EDF has appointed Thierry Deschaux as director of the new office. Mr Deschaux recently headed energy services provider Dalkia Polska, an EDF company, and has spent the last 14 years of his career in Poland at various posts in the EDF network of subsidiaries.

Poland wants to build from 6,000 to 9,000 MW of installed nuclear capacity based on large-scale, pressurised water nuclear reactors of Generation III and III+ designs. Commercial operation of a first nuclear reactor unit in a proposed set of six is planned for 2033.

Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/edf-opens-warsaw-office-to-support-tailored-nuclear-officer-7-3-2021

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) has today begun loading fuel assemblies into the core of unit 1 at its Shin Hanul nuclear power plant, days after being granted an operating licence for the reactor. The unit - the first of two APR-1400 reactors at the site - is scheduled to enter commercial operation in March 2022 following tests at various power levels to ensure that all systems operate safely as designed.

Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Fuel-loading-under-way-at-Korean-APR-1400

South Korea's nuclear safety regulator has given its conditional approval for the start-up of unit 1 at Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power's (KHNP) Shin Hanul nuclear power plant. The Nuclear Safety and Security Committee (NSSC) has called for additional safety measures at the unit - the first of two APR-1400 reactors at the site.

Date: Tuesday, 13 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Operating-permit-granted-for-Shin-Hanul-1

Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), the subsidiary created by joint venture partners Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) and Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) to operate and maintain the Barakah NPP in the UAE, signed a Maintenance and Engineering Services Agreement (MESA) with Framatome during the 3rd annual eFusion event, which seeks to bring together Emirati and French companies as part of the UAE’s nuclear industry supply chain.

Date: Tuesday, 06 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsframatome-to-provide-engineering-services-to-uae-8869448

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

US president Joe Biden held a summit with South Korean president Moon Jae-in at the White House on Friday. Courtesy White House/Facebook. The US and South Korea have agreed to expand their work on nuclear energy development in a bid to increase their presence in foreign markets, including the development of new-build projects.

In a joint statement, both countries announced commitment to “develop cooperation in overseas nuclear markets, including joint participation in nuclear power plant projects, while ensuring the highest standards of international nuclear safety, security and nonproliferation are maintained”.

The statement followed summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and US president Joe Biden held at the White House on Friday.

Date: Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-and-south-korea-announce-plans-to-expand-nuclear-energy-cooperation-5-2-2021

US President Dwight Eisenhower's 'Atoms for Peace' speech to the UN General Assembly in 1953 is still relevant as the world of today confronts the existential threat of climate change, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León told delegates at a preparatory event for the Tenth NPT Review Conference that is expected to take place in August. Speaking at the event - titled Industry and Peaceful Applications of Nuclear Technology - Bilbao y León called upon all signatories to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which entered into force in 1970, to support the expansion of civil nuclear power.

Date: Saturday, 08 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NPT-signatories-must-enable-a-renewed-vision-for-n

From a childhood fascination with "what small means" to simulating the power of the sun to bring affordable energy to all of mankind. This is the journey described by Sergio Orlandi, head of the Central Engineering and Plant Directorate at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).

Date: Wednesday, 05 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ITERs-mission-to-fuel-the-future-of-humanity