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The commercial deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) will bring new supply chain opportunities as well as challenges, panellists at an event to launch a World Nuclear Association report said this week. The World Nuclear Supply Chain: Outlook 2040 analyses the economic value of the nuclear power industry and provides a market-oriented review of the opportunities and challenges for nuclear power plants and their supply chain over the next two decades.

Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020
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Nuclear power programmes can benefit society through the creation of high-quality employment opportunities while providing secure, reliable energy supplies, but the industry must make sure it engages in open and transparent communications with stakeholders, as well as being cost-competitive with all other forms of generation, if those benefits are to be realised. These were the feelings from an international high-level panel of nuclear industry and academic experts at World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum 2020.

Date: Wednesday, 16 September 2020
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The recent shutdown of six nuclear reactors at South Korea’s Kori and Wolsong nuclear power plants during the typhoons Maysak and Haishen resulted from the failure of power supply equipment, caused by salinity carried on the wind, Hankyoreh reported on 11 September, citing an independent investigation by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP).

Date: Tuesday, 15 September 2020
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KHNP boss signed agreements with four local nuclear power companies The Dukovany nuclear power station n the Czech Republic. Photo courtesy ČEZ. The chief executive officer of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power has visited the Czech Republic and met with government officials and state utility ČEZ as part of KHNP’s efforts to win a tender for new nuclear at the Dukovany site.

Press reports in South Korea, confirmed by KHNP, said Mr Chung Jae-hoon was in the Czech Republic on 2 and 3 September. KHNP said he wanted to “show KHNP’s strong will to participate in the planned tender”.

“Mr Chung discussed ways to cooperate in nuclear power generation between the two countries with Jaroslav Mil, the nuclear power plant special envoy of the Czech Republic, and top executives of ČEZ Group, the largest utility in Central and Eastern Europe,” KHNP said.

It said that during a visit to the Dukovany nuclear power station Mr Chung had signed a memorandum of understanding with representatives of four local nuclear companies to “build a system for cooperation in the whole cycle of the nuclear power plant and expand nuclear power plant localisation”.

Date: Wednesday, 09 September 2020
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File photo of construction at the Angra-3 nuclear power plant in Brazil. Brazil will choose by the end of this year its partner to help finance the construction of the Angra-3 nuclear power plant, Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said, adding that Chinese banks and the Brics Development Bank are possible alternatives.

Speaking in an online interview with magazine Interesse Nacional, Mr Albuquerque also said the government will soon announce an executive decree to minimise the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the energy sector.

In June it was reported that Brazil had approved a business model to complete Angra-3 with or without a partner joining Eletronuclear, the Eletrobras subsidiary that operates the country’s nuclear reactors.

Eletronuclear president Leonam Guimaraes said earlier this year that Brazil wanted to find a partner by 2023 to help finish and operate Angra-3, with companies in China, Russia, France and South Korea among possible candidates. He said lower demand for electricity and a fall in the value of the Brazilian real during the coronavirus crisis could push completion of Angra-3 into 2027,

Date: Tuesday, 25 August 2020
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Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, describes the significance of the recent start-up of the first nuclear power unit in the Arab world.

Date: Tuesday, 11 August 2020
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The Wall Street Journal has claimed that Saudi Arabia has constructed a facility – with assistance from China – to extract uranium yellowcake from uranium ore, citing western officials with knowledge of the matter.

The US newspaper reported that the processing facility, which has not been publicly disclosed, is in Saudi Arabia’s northwest region and is raising concerns from US officials. It said the main concern is that as the kingdom moves ahead with developing a commercial nuclear programme, it is keeping the door open for the creation of nuclear weapons.

Press reports said the Saudi energy ministry has “categorically denied” that it has built a uranium ore facility in the area described by the western officials. However, the reports quoted Saudi officials as saying that the extraction of uranium is a key component of the kingdom's economic diversification strategy, which looks to move away from its dependence on oil exports.

The energy ministry confirmed Saudi Arabia has a contract with China on uranium exploration in certain areas.

Date: Thursday, 06 August 2020
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Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) of the USA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Korea's Hyundai Engineering (HEC) and the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI). The five-year agreement outlines goals for development of technologies that enhance the ability of the USNC Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) to produce and deliver carbon-free power, heat and hydrogen.

Date: Thursday, 06 August 2020
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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) on 1 August announced that its operating and maintenance subsidiary, Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) had successfully started up unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, located in the Al Dhafrah Region of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  

Date: Tuesday, 04 August 2020
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US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) on 29 July signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Korea's Hyundai Engineering (HEC) and the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) for co-operation in the development of USNC’s Micro Modular Reactor (MMR).

Date: Saturday, 01 August 2020
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