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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

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

The United Nations, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Energy Council (WEC) are drawing global attention to the inherent qualities of nuclear power as a clean and reliable source of electricity. Now into its seventh decade, nuclear energy is seen by these and other prominent organisations as an existing and proven solution to the 21st Century challenges of climate change and a sustainable energy transition.

Date: Friday, 06 September 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-power-is-the-silent-giant-being-invited-fi

There is growing interest in nuclear power across several African countries. The USA could be more engaged to create more equitable and sustainable deployment of clean nuclear power on the African continent, write Jessica Lovering and Kenton de Kirby of the Breakthrough Institute.

Date: Friday, 11 January 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Why-the-USA-should-partner-with-Africa-t

Many observers were surprised this year when Uzbekistan announced its decision to build a nuclear power station, which will be the first in Central Asia in the last 30 years, writes Jurabek Mirzakhmudov, director general of UzAtom, the state nuclear agency which was established in July.

Date: Thursday, 27 December 2018
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-The-logic-of-nuclear-power-for-Central-A

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on 6 November launched a project to build the first nuclear research reactor in the kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported. During a visit to King Abdulaziz City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KaCare) he initiated seven projects in renewable energy, nuclear energy, water desalination, genetic medicine, and aircraft industries.

Date: Thursday, 08 November 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssaudi-arabia-launches-research-reactor-project-6842110

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has completed a mission to Saudi Arabia to assess its development of the infrastructure required for a nuclear power programme. The country is preparing to invite bids for the construction of its first nuclear power plant.

Date: Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-assesses-Saudi-nuclear-infrastructure-develop

Saudi Arabia has sent a request for information (RFI) to international suppliers to build two nuclear power plants, the first step towards a formal tender, Reuters reported on 31 October citing “three sources”.

Date: Saturday, 04 November 2017
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssaudi-arabia-prepares-for-nuclear-construction-5964434