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Agency 2019 data shows coal still strong in Asia, but on retreat in advanced economies IEA director Fatih Birol speaking at the IEA Ministerial Meeting; Paris, November 2017. Photo courtesy Andrew Wheeler/IEA. Newly released data by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has shown that global CO2 emissions from energy generation flattened in 2019 at about 33 gigatonnes (Gt) mainly thanks to gains in advanced economies* because of the expanding role of renewable sources, a fuel transition from coal to natural gas, and higher nuclear power output.

The IEA said CO2 emissions remained unchanged from their 2018 levels, although the global economy expanded by 2.9%. The data shows that emissions remained largely stable between 2013 and 2016 and then experienced two years of consecutive growth in 2017 and 2018. An IEA chart showing CO2 emissions since 1990 (orange for advanced economies, yellow of rest of the world). Image courtesy IEA.

According to the IEA, increased nuclear power generation in advanced economies, particularly in Japan and South Korea, avoided the release of over 50 megatonnes (Mt) of CO2 in 2019.

Date: Thursday, 13 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iea-report-says-global-co2-emissions-remained-stable-in-2019-2-3-2020

Despite widespread expectations of another increase, global energy-related CO2 emissions stopped growing in 2019, according to International Energy Agency (IEA) data released today. After two years of growth, global emissions were unchanged at 33 gigatonnes in 2019 even as the world economy expanded by 2.9%.

Date: Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Global-CO2-emissions-flatlined-in-2019-says-IEA

Fuel loading at delayed plant now scheduled before end of April A file photo of the Barakah site in August 2019. Photo courtesy Enec. An operational readiness assessment performed by the World Association of Nuclear Operators has concluded that Unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power station in Abu Dhabi is ready to start up, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) and its subsidiary Nawah Energy Company announced.

The WANO pre-startup review is a nuclear industry assessment which is conducted in line with international industry standards set by WANO, of which Enec and Nawah are both members.

During the review, which took place in November 2019, WANO teams examined numerous functional and cross-functional areas that are essential for the safe startup and operation of Barakah-1, ranging from operator performance and operations and maintenance, through to work management and emergency preparedness.

The final results of the review, which was the culmination of over 30 support missions and peer reviews by WANO, confirmed that Unit 1 is ready to start up, Enec said.

Date: Wednesday, 29 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/wano-says-uae-s-first-nuclear-plant-is-ready-for-startup-1-2-2020

The impetus for new build is being spurred by a need to reduce reliance on polluting coal China has 10 nuclear units under construction including two Generation III Hualong One plants at Fangchenggang. China, with its state nuclear companies backed by a government hungry for development, is the most active nation for building new nuclear power plants. That trend that is likely to continue, although confirming lucrative export deals for its reactor technology still runs far behind the pace set by Russia, which says it had 39 reactors under construction or planned overseas as of 2018.

This compares to only two reactors under construction overseas by China, both in Pakistan, although in the UK China has a stake in EDF’s Hinkley Point C project and plans for Chinese technology at Bradwell B. At Sizewell C in Suffolk EDF wants to build a clone of Hinkley Point C if it can attract enough private investment. CGN holds a 20% share.

The government has said it wants to build 30 reactors overseas by 2030. China and Russia both see Africa, where about 600 million people live without electricity, as something of a golden fleece and are pursuing nuclear agreements, which lay the groundwork for new-build, in a number of African nations. Small modular reactors and floating reactors could be an option for isolated areas. China has already said it is close to starting work on its first floating unit, but reliable details are few and far between.

The impetus for nuclear power in China is increasingly due to air pollution from coal-fired plants. To meet its climate goal as stipulated in the Paris agreement, China will need to reduce its coal power capacity by 40% over the next decade, according to Global Energy Monitor’s analysis. At present, this seems unrealistic. In addition to roughly 1,000 GW of existing coal capacity, China has 121 GW of coal plants under construction, which is more than is being built in the rest of the world combined.

Date: Friday, 24 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/china-keen-to-match-pace-set-by-russia-in-overseas-construction-1-4-2020

Overall construction of the four units is more than 93% complete The Barakah nuclear power station in the UAE. Photo courtesy Enec. The United Arab Emirates’ nuclear regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, is carrying out “rigorous and stringent reviews” of the operating licence application for the Barakah-1 nuclear power plant and only after the successful conclusion of a national regulatory review and receipt of international endorsement will it approve commercial operation, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) said.

According to Enec, nuclear experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Association of Nuclear Operators have also carried out a series of assessments of the robustness of the operating infrastructure at Barakah.

Enec is building four identical South Korea-supplied APR1400 plants at Barakah, west of the capital Abu Dhabi on the Persian Gulf coast.

The overall construction of the four units is more than 93% complete. Unit 4 is more than 83%, Unit 3 is more than 91% and Unit 2 is more than 95%.

Date: Thursday, 23 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/uae-regulator-conducting-rigorous-and-stringent-reviews-1-1-2020

As the United Arab Emirates' Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the UAE Special Representative for International Nuclear Cooperation, I am proud to have been given the opportunity to engage with responsible nations around the world for the promotion of peaceful nuclear energy, writes Hamad Alkaabi.

Date: Thursday, 23 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-The-strategic-perspective-of-Barakah

New-build projects are making progress, but governments are still struggling with finding the right financing package for large reactors The delayed Flamanville-3 is one of three EPR units under construction in Europe. The others are at Olkiluoto in Finland and Hinkley Point in the UK. Photo courtesy EDF. Western Europe

The UK is facing a major challenge to replace its aging fleet of Generation I nuclear power plants, many of which are scheduled to shut down in 2023.

The project by French state utility EDF to build two Generation III EPR units at Hinkley Point C in Somerset is on track for connection to the grid by 2025. Once in commercial operation the two units will provide up to 7% of the total electricity demand. Two similar units are planned for the Sizewell site in Suffolk.

However, press reports have suggested EDF is in “a race against time” to secure a funding deal for Sizewell C as delays risk making the project prohibitively expensive.

According to The Times newspaper EDF has hired Rothschild as financial adviser for the project and says it wants a “definitive way forward” from the government this year so it can start construction in 2022.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/what-lies-in-store-in-2020-1-4-2020

A revised pre-project engineering contract has been signed by South Korea's Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) to establish a joint entity for the commercialisation and construction of the Korean-designed SMART small modular reactor in Saudi Arabia.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Korea-Saudi-Arabia-progress-with-SMART-collaborati

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) expects loading of the first nuclear fuel assemblies into unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear plant under construction in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to take place in the first quarter of 2020, local media reported.

Date: Friday, 10 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmore-delays-for-barakah-nuclear-plant-7591655

A revised pre-project engineering contract has been signed by South Korea's Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) to establish a joint entity for the commercialisation and construction of the Korean-designed SMART small modular reactor in Saudi Arabia.

Date: Wednesday, 08 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Korea-Saudi-Arabia-progress-with-SMART-collaborati