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Biden administration believes falling nuclear share in Europe is ‘alarm bell’ Ms Granholm said the US government wants to speed up work on the deployment of US-made AP1000 reactor technology in Poland. The US government wants to accelerate its support for a front-end engineering and design study for the deployment of US-made AP1000 reactor technology in Poland, US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm said.

In July, US-based Westinghouse Electric Company and Bechtel Corporation announced the start of the study, which will provide Poland’s Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe (PEJ) – the company responsible for managing the country’s first nuclear power project – with layout plans for the location of a first nuclear power station, together with a licensing plan, project schedule and cost estimate.

The US Trade and Development Agency has released a grant to fund the study.

“US industry and government have come together at a critical juncture in the development of Poland’s nuclear energy programme,” Ms Granholm said during a press conference in Warsaw.

Date: Saturday, 25 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-wants-to-speed-up-westinghouse-ap1000-study-says-energy-secretary-granholm-9-5-2021

A number of high-profile Polish business leaders have backed small reactor development A computer generated image of a GEH BWRX-300 small modular nuclear plant. Courtesy GEH.. GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), GEH SMR Technologies Canada, Cameco and Synthos Green Energy have entered into a memorandum of understanding to evaluate the potential establishment of a uranium fuel supply chain in Canada capable of servicing a potential fleet of BWRX-300 small modular reactors in Poland.

The MOU is the latest of a number of agreements signed in Poland related to the potential development and deployement of new reactor technology.

Synthos, a manufacturer of synthetic rubber and one of the biggest producers of chemical raw materials in Poland, has said it is interested in obtaining affordable, on-demand, carbon-free electricity from a dedicated source like an SMR. 

In 2019, Synthos and GEH agreed to collaborate on potential deployment applications for the BWRX-300 in Poland. The companies signed a strategic agreement in 2020 that further advanced that cooperation.

Cameco supplies uranium, uranium refining and conversion services to the nuclear industry worldwide. In July 2021, GEH, Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas and Cameco agreed to explore several areas of cooperation to advance the commercialisation and deployment of BWRX-300 SMRs in Canada and around the world.

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/companies-sign-mou-in-bid-to-establish-fuel-supply-for-smrs-9-4-2021

Two separate agreements have been announced between Polish companies and North American small modular reactor (SMR) vendors and suppliers. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Cameco, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), GEH SMR Technologies Canada, Ltd and Synthos Green Energy (SGE) will see those companies evaluate a potential Canadian supply chain for a fleet of BWRX-300 reactors in Poland. Separately, NuScale Power, KGHM Polska Miedź SA (KGHM) and Piela Business Engineering (PBE) are to explore the deployment of NuScale's SMR technology to repower or repurpose existing coal-fired power plants.

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Polish-companies-sign-MoUs-on-SMR-deployment-and-s

Cameco has entered a non-binding and non-exclusive Memorandum of Understanding with X-energy to explore possible areas of cooperation to support the potential future deployment, fuelling and servicing of Xe-100 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Canada and the USA.

Date: Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscameco-and-x-energy-to-co-operate-in-support-of-xe-100-smrs-9096405

This is an opportunity for nuclear, says PKN Orlen president Daniel Obajtek Daniel Obajtek is the latest of a number of high-profile businessmen and entrepreneurs to announce their support for SMRs. Courtesy PKN Orlen. Small modular reactors are not a technology “from space” and could be part of Poland’s long-term strategic energy planning, the president of state oil and petrol company PKN Orlen Daniel Obajtek said.

Mr Obajtek is the latest of a number of high-profile businessmen and entrepreneurs to announce their support for SMRs. He said in an interview with Warsaw-based Biznes Alert that partner company Synthos has an agreement with GE Hitachi, the supplier of the BWRX-300 reactor, and “we have been working with them since the beginning and will continue to work with them”.

Over the last few months, a number of large Polish industrial firms, including private energy group ZE Pak, chemicals giant Ciech and Synthos Green Energy have signed agreements to look into the option of deploying SMRs to meet private energy needs.

Synthos Green Energy, a subsidiary of Synthos, which is among Poland’s largest chemical groups, has signed a number of agreements on SMR and microreactor (MMR) development with companies including GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Tractabel and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation.

Date: Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/smrs-could-be-part-of-country-s-long-term-energy-planning-says-oil-boss-9-2-2021

Canadian companies Cameco and X-energy have entered a non-binding and non-exclusive Memorandum of Understanding to explore possible areas of cooperation to support the potential future deployment, fuelling and servicing of Xe-100 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Canada and the USA.

Date: Saturday, 18 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Cameco-X-energy-join-up-to-support-SMR-deployment

US-based NuScale Power said that it is advancing the manufacturing process development work at BWXT Canada Ltd’s facility in Cambridge, Ontario in preparation for the fabrication of the NuScale Power Module™ (NPM).

Date: Friday, 17 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-expands-its-supply-chain-9086676

Ontario-based Terrestrial Energy has announced its upgraded Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR®) nuclear power plant design – the IMSR®400 –with a net 390MW of electric generation capacity for grid supply from twin reactors and generators.  Terrestrial said the upgrade, in response to utility requirements, “further increases the cost-competitiveness of the IMSR®400 as a clean, safe and reliable source of energy”.

Date: Friday, 17 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsterrestrial-upgrades-molten-salt-reactor-design-9086577

A number of major Polish firms are looking at the option of small reactors Piotr Naimski, secretary of state for strategic energy infrastructure. Image courtesy Polish council of ministers. The development of small modular reactors by large industrial companies in Poland is not in competition with the government’s programme to build conventional nuclear plants by the 2030s, Piotr Naimski, secretary of state for strategic energy infrastructure, told local media.

“SMRs may be the future, but are a long way off”, Mr Naimski said, adding there is no working example of an SMR and a first plant might be built in “in a dozen or so years”.

He said SMRs would mainly be applied to industrial needs or be deployed in geographically remote areas, with limited energy demand.

Date: Thursday, 16 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/smr-initiatives-are-not-a-threat-to-government-s-new-build-programme-says-minister-9-3-2021

NuScale Power yesterday said it is moving forward with manufacturing process development work at BWXT Canada Ltd's facility in Cambridge, Ontario, in preparation for the fabrication of the NuScale Power Module. The company said this is critical to developing its small modular reactor (SMR) technology.

Date: Thursday, 16 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NuScale-builds-out-Canadian-SMR-supply-chain