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‘Now is not too soon to start planning for restoration’ Eco-Optima’s director of development Taras Fedak (left) and Fermi Energia’s chief executive officer Kalev Kallemets sign the agreement. Courtesy Fermi Energia Estonian small modular reactor developer Fermi Energia and Ukrainian energy company Eco-Optima have signed an agreement to study the potential deployment of a small modular reactor in Ukraine.

The two private companies signed the memorandum of understanding in Lviv, Ukraine, on Monday (28 November).

They said Fermi Energia has a practical understanding of EU energy policy, SMR deployment challenges, economics, risks and financing issues. It has the resources to “support Eco-Optima in consideration of SMR deployment in western Ukraine” where it is involved in natural gas extraction.

Fermi Energia said the companies intend to “support each other towards potential SMR deployment for district heating”. The MOU also covers technical assistance.

Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/fermi-energia-signs-agreement-with-eco-optima-towards-reactor-deployment-11-2-2022

“When building a machine as large and as complex as ITER, difficulties and setbacks do not come as surprises - they are an integral part of manufacturing, assembling and installing first-of-a-kind components,” the ITER Organisation said recently.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiter-says-essential-key-components-repairs-will-impact-schedule-10381371

China National Nuclear Corp's Southwestern Institute of Physics says that the first piece of the enhanced heat flux first wall for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor has been produced, with its core indicators better than design requirements.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-celebrates-first-enhanced-heat-flux-first-wa

Preparatory works have started to enable realisation of the construction of the Pallas reactor in the Netherlands. The Pallas Research Reactor will be built at Petten to replace the existing 45 MWt High Flux Reactor (HFR) that began operation in September 1960. Since then its use has shifted from nuclear material testing to basic research and the production of medical radioisotopes. HFR, operated by NRG on behalf of the European Union’s Joint Research Centre, has provided about 60% of European and 30% of the world's use of medical radioactive sources. The new 55MWt tank-in-pool type Pallas reactor will be able to deploy the neutron flux more efficiently and effectively than the HFR.

Date: Thursday, 24 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newspreparatory-work-begins-for-construction-of-pallas-reactor-10377767

The ITER Council meeting to review the performance of the ITER Project, evaluated the progress of construction, manufacturing, assembly and commissioning, including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and supply chain challenges on project progress. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), under construction in Saint-Paul-lès-Durance in southern France, is a first-of-a-kind global collaboration. Construction of ITER is funded mainly by the European Union (45.6%) with the remainder shared equally by China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the USA (9.1% each). However, in practice, the members deliver little monetary contribution to the project, instead providing ‘in-kind’ contributions of components, systems or buildings.

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiter-council-reviews-progress-and-challenges-10376644

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project has announced defects have been discovered in the thermal shields and vacuum vessel sectors and warned that the consequences on schedule and cost "will not be insignificant".

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Defects-found-in-two-key-components-of-ITER-tokama

Addressing the European Commission’s 15th European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) in Prague on 10 November, EU Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, said the conversation around nuclear energy in Europe had shifted since the previous ENEF meeting a year before.

Date: Thursday, 17 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseu-energy-commissioner-looks-at-challenges-facing-nuclear-10358083

Reactors are stable and affordable, forum told Slovakia’s prime minister Eduard Heger (second left) and his Czech counterpart Petr Fiala (centre), with EU energy commissioner Kadri Simson (second right). The Czech Republic and Slovakia are committed to the development of nuclear power as a way to secure energy independence and supply stability in the face of geopolitical challenges arising from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the prime ministers of the two countries said.

Czech prime minister Petr Fiala told the European Nuclear Energy Forum (Enef) in Prague: “I am convinced that investment in more nuclear energy is one of the most natural responses to the current situation.

“It is in our interest to develop nuclear power as soon as possible.”

He said the Czech Republic is “ready to become a leader” in nuclear energy for the region, because of its existing reactors, industrial capabilities, workforce expertise, and plans to build both conventional and modular nuclear power.

Because of its geography, the Czech Republic is not well suited for the expansion of wind and solar, Fiala said, adding that an energy mix combining renewables and nuclear is “the only scenario” for the country’s energy transition.

Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/czech-republic-and-slovakia-committed-to-nuclear-in-face-of-geopolitical-challenges-11-1-2022

The conversation around nuclear energy in Europe has shifted and its future now looks very bright, although there are still challenges to overcome, according to EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson. She called for policy-makers, industry and technology leaders to work together to turn opportunity into reality.

Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-Commissioner-outlines-new-conversation-on-nucle

Sofia planning for tender ‘within weeks’ The motion calls for the first alternative fuel supplies to be made by April 2024 for Kozloduy-5. Courtesy KNPP. Bulgaria’s parliament has passed a motion to speed up licensing procedures and potential supply of non-Russian nuclear fuel for the country’s Kozloduy nuclear power station, which has two VVER-1000 pressurised water reactors (PWRs) in commercial operation.

Bulgaria receives nuclear fuel from Russia’s state-owned Tvel under a 2019 contract which is set to expire in 2025.

According to the motion, the first alternative supplies should be made by April 2024 for Kozloduy-5. The new fuel vendor will be required to use technologies and licences which are not related to Russia.

The parliament’s decision obliges the caretaker government to complete the licensing process by the end of 2023.

Date: Saturday, 12 November 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/parliament-passes-motion-to-speed-up-supply-of-non-russian-nuclear-fuel-11-5-2022