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Building new nuclear capacity does not need to be risky or expensive, a new report from the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has found. The organisation has called for government action to support a rapid reduction in the costs of new nuclear capacity by creating policy frameworks that capture and apply the lessons learned and capabilities developed over recent years.

Date: Saturday, 04 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NEA-study-sets-scene-for-reducing-nuclear-costs

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), part of which must be sterile, i.e. exempt from any microorganism such as bacteria or moulds that can compromise the wearer’s or the patient's safety. It was realised that whilst irradiation is routinely used to sterilise medical products it might also be possible to use the technology to increase the available supply of PPE, writes Paul Wynne, chairman of the International Irradiation Association.

Date: Wednesday, 06 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Using-irradiation-to-treat-PPE

The first section for the vacuum vessel (section 6) for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) under construction at Cadarache France has been produced in South Korea and is being prepared for shipping, Iter said.

Date: Friday, 01 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssouth-korea-completes-first-vacuum-vessel-section-for-iter-7898578

Unit could be in commercial operation in 2036, officials say The Dukovany nuclear power station n the Czech Republic. Photo courtesy IAEA. The Czech government has approved agreements with majority state-owned electricity producer ČEZ setting out the framework for building a new nuclear power plant at Dukovany to come online in 2036, state and company officials said.

The Czech government, which owns 70% of ČEZ, had been in discussions with the utility about how to expand nuclear power and to replace aging commercial reactors that are scheduled to be permanently shut down in the decades ahead.

The government wants to propose a financing model by the end of May, before the state goes into talks with the European Commission over the project.

Under the approved framework contracts, which industry minister Karel Havlíček wants to finalise with ČEZ by the end of June, ČEZ could sell the project to the state at various points.

Date: Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/gov-t-takes-step-towards-new-nuclear-plant-at-dukovany-4-2-2020

Government wants access to €410bn global market The Wolsong nuclear power station in South Korea, where one unit has been permanently shut down. South Korea said it plans to start construction next year of an institute that will develop technologies for the decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

The move is part of government plans to access a global decommissioning market that it believes could be worth about €410bn ($445bn) by the end of the decade.

According to press reports, the institute will be built on two sites. The main site, between Bulsan and Ulsan in the southeast of the country, will develop technologies for light-water reactors. A second site, near the southeastern coastal city of Gyeongju, will develop technologies for heavy-water reactors.

South Korea’s government-funded Yonhap news agency said the institutes will also “provide the necessary test platforms and talent reserves” for commercialisation of decommissioning technology.

Date: Thursday, 23 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/seoul-to-build-institute-for-nuclear-decommissioning-4-3-2020

The successful cooperation between South Korea and the United Arab Emirates in building the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi has opened a new avenue for further collaboration between the countries in global nuclear power markets, South Korea's ambassador to the UAE said this week.

Date: Saturday, 21 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ambassador-expresses-hope-for-further-Korea-UAE-co

The main challenges facing the nuclear industry are not in the production and delivery of electricity, but in securing the policy support required for it to expand its contribution of sustainable and low-carbon energy. This was the message of Philippe Costes, senior advisor at World Nuclear Assocation, to delegates at the Nuclear Power Plants Expo & Summit in Istanbul this week.

Date: Friday, 06 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Policy-support-for-nuclear-in-the-global-en

With completion of nuclear fuel loading at unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power plant earlier this week, the UAE has become the Arab World's first peaceful nuclear energy operating nation.

Date: Wednesday, 04 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfuel-loading-completed-at-unit-1-of-barakah-nuclear-power-plant-in-the-uae-7805266

Unit 1 systems will now be gradually tested for commercial operation  The Barakah nuclear power station in Abu Dhabi. Photo courtesy Enec. First fuel loading has been completed at Unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power station under construction in the United Arab Emirates, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) announced today.

The loading of 241 fuel assemblies at the South Korea-supplied plant – the first in the Arab world – began last month after the receipt of an operating licence from the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) on 17 February.

The licence authorises the plant’s operation for 60 years. It also gave the green light for fuel loading to begin.

The fuel load was led by a team of FANR-certified fuel operators, with mostly Emirati experts who were trained in the APR-1400 reactor technology in South Korea.

Date: Wednesday, 04 March 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/fuel-loading-complete-at-arab-world-s-first-nuclear-plant-3-2-2020

The United Arab Emirates has declared itself the first country in the Arab world to become an operator of a nuclear power plant following Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation's (ENEC) completion of fuel loading this week at Barakah unit 1 in Abu Dhabi. The UAE said it has thus joined a "limited group of countries worldwide", now 33 in total, that have "successfully developed the intellectual and infrastructural capacity to use nuclear energy to generate safe, clean, and reliable baseload electricity".

Date: Wednesday, 04 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UAE-completes-fuel-loading-at-Barakah-1