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South Korea and the USA have signed 23 business agreements to boost bilateral cooperation on advanced industries and energy during a business partnership event in Washington. Some 45 senior corporate officials from both countries attended the event on the sidelines of Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s state visit to Washington. The state visit, marking the 70th anniversary of the US-South Korean alliance, included two events hosted by the Federation of Korean Industries – the Korea-US Business Roundtable and the Korea-US Business Forum held at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington.

Date: Saturday, 29 April 2023
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Hungary intends to receive control equipment from France or Russia for its Paks-II NPP project if Germany refuses to honour its commitments in this regard. The equipment was to be supplied by a consortium including France’s Framatome and Germany’s Siemens Energy. However, Siemens is still waiting for a licence from the German authorities to participate in the project.

Date: Saturday, 04 March 2023
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Hungary will veto any EU sanctions imposed on Russian nuclear energy organisations and enterprises, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the morning programme one Kossuth radio.

Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2023
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Doosan Enerbility has signed a contract worth KRW1,600 billion ($1.2bn) with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) for construction of the turbine island for the El Dabaa in Egypt, being built with the assistance of Rosatom. This marks the first time that Doosan Enerbility has won a contract that calls for construction of an overseas NPP, in addition to its role of supplying key equipment, such as the reactors and steam generators. The turbine island comprises the turbine and generator-related equipment that is used to produce electrical energy. 

Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2022
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South Korean engineering firm Doosan Enerbility has been awarded a contract worth KRW1.6 trillion (USD1.2 million) by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) to build the turbine islands of the El Dabaa nuclear power plant under construction in Egypt.

Date: Friday, 11 November 2022
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Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations, Peter Szijjarto, has said that he expects the Franco-German consortium Framatome SAS - Siemens AG to provide equipment for the Paks II NPP project in accordance with agreements. Paks II, comprising two VVER-1200 reactors, is being built by Rosatom. "The control technology for the new nuclear power plant will be supplied by a German-French consortium, in which Germany's Siemens plays a leading role. It will supply the most important control equipment," Szijjártó told journalists.

Date: Saturday, 15 October 2022
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Cameco Corporation and Brookfield Renewable Partners, together with its institutional partners (the consortium), are forming a strategic partnership to acquire Westinghouse Electric Company. Brookfield Renewable, with its institutional partners, will own a 51% interest in Westinghouse and Cameco will own 49%.

Date: Friday, 14 October 2022
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BWR unit can now operate for 60 years until 2055 The 775-MW boiling water reactor unit can now operate until 10 April 2055. Unit 2 at Mexico's Laguna Verde nuclear power station has been granted an extension to its operating licence, taking the lifetime of the plant into the mid-2050s, state-owned operator the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) said.

The licence means the 775-MW boiling water reactor unit, which began commercial operation in April 1995, can now operate beyond its 11 April 2025 deadline to 10 April 2055, taking its lifetime from 30 to 60 years.

The extension was approved by Mexican nuclear safety authorities, CFE said.

Date: Saturday, 03 September 2022
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Firm running five test programmes in US and Europe Framatome deployed the world’s first full ATF assembly at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear station in the US state of Maryland. French nuclear company Framatome is running five test programmes for accident-tolerant fuel in the US and Europe and is confident that it will “only be a few years” before it is producing full reload quantities, Ala Alzaben, senior vice-president for the firm’s North America fuel business unit and commercial and customer centre told NucNet.

Last year, during a scheduled spring refuelling outage, Framatome deployed the world’s first full ATF assembly at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear station in the US state of Maryland.

This followed the launching in 2012 of the US Department of Energy ATF initiative in response to the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident in Japan. The DOE set three main objectives: to develop a fuel to allow nuclear operators additional coping time during accidents; to launch and deploy lead test assemblies by 2022; and to make sure improvements do not impact the operational performance of the fuel.

Mr Alzaben said Framatome had met the DOE’s schedule and has deployed lead test assemblies in five reactors, four in the US and one in Europe.

Date: Tuesday, 26 April 2022
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EDF Energy is leading a Long-Term Operation (LTO) programme aimed at extending the operating lifespan of Sizewell B - the UK's only pressurised water reactor and newest nuclear power plant - by at least 20 years to 2055.

Date: Friday, 08 April 2022
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