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The ITER Organisation is preparing a new timeline for construction of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) being built at Cadarache in France. As part of work underway to update the ITER Project Baseline, a group of experts met in February to evaluate the new blueprint for achieving ITER's research goals.

Date: Friday, 23 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiter-prepares-new-timeline-11540250

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire and Bulgaria's Energy Minister Rumen Radev have signed a declaration of intent to establish bilateral cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, including the areas of nuclear construction programmes, small modular reactors and development of a European supply chain.

Date: Friday, 23 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/France-and-Bulgaria-seek-to-strengthen-nuclear-ene

Westinghouse Electric Company has been awarded a contract by the Dutch government to conduct a technical feasibility study (TFS) on the deployment of two AP1000 reactors at the Borssele nuclear power plant site. It comes as the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate launches a consultation on the siting of the reactors.

Date: Thursday, 22 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Feasibility-for-AP1000s-at-Borssele-to-be-studied

The European Commission (EC) has approved development by Belgian Research Centre (SCK-CEN) and the Liège-based Centre for Metallurgical Research (CRM) of an advanced smelter for metal from dismantled NPPs. SCK-CEN said the furnace will encourage the creation of a circular economy in nuclear dismantling, by enabling more metal to be re-used than it currently possible using established smelting technologies.

Date: Wednesday, 21 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsec-approves-belgian-nuclear-melting-furnace-11532021

Delyan Dobrev, Chairman of Bulgaria’s Parliamentary Energy Commission told BTV that South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction (Hyundai E&C), part of Hyundai Corporation, will be invited to submit a binding offer with a price for the design, construction, supply, installation and commissioning of units 7&8 of the Kozloduy NPP. Of the five candidates interested in building the new nuclear facilities, two Chinese and two American companies did not meet the requirements, he said.

Date: Wednesday, 21 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshyundai-ec-shortlisted-to-build-new-kozloduy-units-11532756

The revamped project plan for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor - with modifications to its configuration, phased installation and new research schedule - is being finalised ahead of being submitted to the ITER Council in June.

Date: Wednesday, 21 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ITER-s-proposed-new-timeline-to-be-submitted-in-Ju

South Korea's Hyundai Engineering & Construction is the only one of the five candidates deemed to have met the requirements for the construction and commissioning of two new Westinghouse AP1000 units at Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear power plant.

Date: Tuesday, 20 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Hyundai-E-C-set-to-build-new-Kozloduy-units

Czech power company CEZ said is preparing for the delivery of nuclear fuel from US-based Westinghouse as part of its fuel diversification strategy. At the end of this year, the first delivery of Westinghouse fuel assemblies should arrive at Dukovany. Planned deliveries for Temelín will follow several months later, said Marek Sviták, CEZ spokesman at Temelín. “The diversification of fuel supplies is one of the key steps for strengthening the energy security of the Czech Republic. At the same time, the expected fuel will make possible extended fuel campaigns at all Czech nuclear units.”

Date: Saturday, 17 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsez-prepares-for-delivery-of-westinghouse-fuel-11519983

Bulgaria and the US have signed a formal agreement to collaborate on the construction of two new units at the Kozloduy NPP (7&8). The document, signed by Bulgarian Energy Minister Rumen Radev and US Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs Andrew Light, outlines cooperation in nuclear power development and technology exchange. “We have signed an important international agreement that confirms the commitment of Bulgaria and the US to a strategic nuclear partnership," Radev said following the signing ceremony. "With this agreement, Bulgaria gains significance for the entire region," Light said.

Date: Thursday, 15 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbulgaria-and-usa-formalise-agreement-on-kozloduy-78-11512686