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Spain’s Ministry for Ecological Transition on 25 July extended the operating licence for units 1&2 at the Almaraz NPP in Cáceres and also for the Vandellós II plant in Tarragona, in which it will be their last permit before their final closure.  Operation of Almaraz I is extended until 1 November 2027 and for unit 2 until 31 October 2028.

Date: Saturday, 01 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsspain-extends-npp-operation-for-the-last-time-8055759

The ITER group, in a ceremony on 28 July marked the start of the machine assembly of the international experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor under construction at Cadarache in France.

Date: Friday, 31 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsassembly-of-iter-begins-in-france-8053044

A ceremony was held yesterday within the ITER Assembly Hall to mark the official start of the assembly of the tokamak fusion device of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) at Cadarache in south-eastern France. Assembly of the tokamak is expected to take five years to complete.

Date: Thursday, 30 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Assembly-of-ITER-tokamak-officially-under-way

Facility will be first prototype of a nuclear plant driven by a particle accelerator A computer-generated image of the planned Myrrha research reactor facility. Courtesy SCK•CEN. The Myrrha project has achieved a development milestone after researchers at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) succeeded for the first time in accelerating a proton beam through the recently connected radio frequency quadrupole (RFQ).

The RFQ is a component of the particle accelerator that will drive the sub-critical research reactor, under construction at Mol in Belgium.

SCK•CEN said the Myrrha accelerator team had connected the RFQ component with the already existing low-energy beam transmission line (LEBT). The team then fine-tuned the RFQ to accurately match it to the LEBT. Another major step consisted of upgrading the ion source amplifier. “In addition, an RF power amplifier for the RFQ was developed and constructed,” SCK•CEN said.

“The results show that the team succeeded well in integrating the RFQ,” said Dirk Vandeplassche, who leads the linear accelerator team. “The RFQ’s geometry and build quality have proven themselves with an initial test.

Date: Friday, 24 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/belgium-s-sck-cen-announces-development-milestone-7-4-2020

India and the European Union (EU) formalised the long-negotiated civil nuclear agreement on research and development cooperation on the use of nuclear energy at the 15th India-EU Summit, Hindu Businessline reported on 15 July. Ministry of External Affairs Secretary Vikas Swarup explained that the agreement on R&D cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy will enable cooperation between India’s Department of Atomic Energy and European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). Cooperation will be forged on issues such as civil application of nuclear energy in areas such as agriculture, health care and industry, radioactive waste management, fusion, safety and security.

Date: Wednesday, 22 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsindia-and-eu-formalise-nuclear-co-operation-agreement-8037720

At the end of a five-day special meeting of the European Council, EU leaders reached agreement today to jointly borrow EUR750 billion (USD862 billion) to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The EU's recovery fund, to be composed of EUR390 billion in grants and EUR360 billion in loans, will be attached to a new EUR1.074 trillion seven-year budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). This brings the total financial package to EUR1.82 trillion.

Date: Wednesday, 22 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-recovery-fund-includes-R-D-and-nuclear-decommis

The European Commission (EC) on 8 July presented two strategies as part of its Green Deal –  “An EU Strategy for Energy System Integration”, and “A hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe”.

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-ec-green-deal-strategies-ignore-nuclear-power-8022501

At the end of March, the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) announced a tender for the construction of a near-surface repository for low- and medium-level short-lived radioactive waste and project B25-2 for the connection of rainwater drainage networks to the existing infrastructure.

Date: Friday, 10 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsignalina-rejects-proposals-for-waste-facilities-8018329

Foratom says it "remains concerned" that the European Commission is paying "insufficient attention" to low-carbon, non-fossil fuel sources of hydrogen, such as nuclear. The EU nuclear trade association was responding to two strategies the Commission released on 8 July for energy sector integration and hydrogen. Foratom said it welcomed the addition of a 'low-carbon hydrogen' category but said its usage should not be limited to the short and medium term.

Date: Friday, 10 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-green-strategies-pay-insufficient-attention-t