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The UK-headquartered developer of small modular lead-cooled fast reactors, Newcleo, says it has successfully raised EUR300 million (USD316 million) and also announced it has contracted France’s Orano for feasibility studies on the establishment of a mixed plutonium-uranium oxides (MOX) production plant.

Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Newcleo-raises-USD316-million,-talks-with-Orano

US-based Clean Core Thorium Energy has announced its new strategic partnership agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE) for the testing of Clean Core’s innovative fuel for nuclear power plants. The announced agreement details next steps for irradiation testing and qualification in Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL’s) Advanced Test Reactor of Clean Core’s advanced nuclear fuel, marking a major milestone in the commercialisation of thorium-based energy.

Date: Friday, 17 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-to-test-thorium-fuel-9777589

Company hails ‘major milestone’ towards commercialisation Clean Core’s Aneel nuclear fuel pellets. Testing will be ‘a major milestone’ towards commercialisation. Courtesy Clean Core. US-based Clean Core Thorium Energy has signed a partnership agreement with the US Department of Energy to pave the way for testing innovative fuel for nuclear power plants.

Clean Core said the agreement includes a schedule for irradiation and qualification testing for advanced thorium fuel at Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

The company said the move is “a major milestone” for the commercialisation of thorium-based energy.

Clean Core’s Aneel (“advanced nuclear energy for enriched life”) fuel technology uses a combination of thorium and high assay low-enriched uranium (Haleu) for a improved fuel performance in Candu reactors and in other pressurised heavy-water reactor (PHWR) designs.

Date: Friday, 17 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/clean-core-agrees-advanced-thorium-fuel-testing-schedule-with-doe-6-4-2022

Nuclear fuel innovation company Clean Core Thorium Energy has signed a new strategic partnership agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE) which details next steps for irradiation testing and qualification of its Advanced Nuclear Energy for Enriched Life (ANEEL) fuel in Idaho National Laboratory's (INL's) Advanced Test Reactor.

Date: Thursday, 16 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Clean-Core-prepares-for-testing-of-innovative-fuel

Experimental accident tolerant fuel (ATF) elements are being tested in the MIR research reactor at the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (NIIAR) in Dimitrovgrad, Russian fuel company TVEL (part of Rosatom) said on 19 May. Scientists have completed new stages of research as part of the programme to develop Russian "tolerant" nuclear fuel ATF of a new generation of light water reactors including Russian VVERs and foreign-designed pressurised water reactors (PWRs).

Date: Wednesday, 25 May 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsaccident-tolerant-fuel-tests-begin-in-russia-9722939

The European Commission has formally adopted the REPowerEU plan which aims to rapidly reduce EU dependence on Russian fossil fuels. The plan recognises that nuclear will have a role to play in ensuring security of EU energy supplies, and highlights the importance of coordinated action to reduce dependence on Russian nuclear materials and fuel cycle services.

Date: Saturday, 21 May 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-included-in-EU-s-repowering-plan

Kazakhstan has relaunched its IVG.1M research reactor at the Energy Ministry’s National Nuclear Centre (NNC) after it was adapted to use low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel. Like many other research reactors, IVG.1M originally used highly enriched uranium (HEU), which is now considered a proliferation risk. The IVG.1M reactor is a research, high-temperature, gas, modernized thermal neutron reactor with a light-water moderator and coolant and with a beryllium neutron reflector.

Date: Wednesday, 11 May 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskazakhstan-restarts-research-reactor-with-leu-fuel-9687320

The Egyptian Atomic Energy Organisation (EAEA) and the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP – part of Rosatom’s TVEL fuel company) have signed contract documents for the supply to Egypt in 2022 of the next batch of low-enriched nuclear fuel components for Egypt’s ETRR-2 research reactor. This comes within the framework of a long-term framework contract for the export to Egypt of nuclear fuel components concluded in 2020. The product range includes uranium components as well as aluminium alloy and aluminium powder products. Cooperation with Egypt in the supply of fuel components for the ETRR-2 has been developed over more than five years “which is a good prerequisite for the development of cooperation in the future”, said Alexei Zhiganin, Director General of NCCP.

Date: Wednesday, 04 May 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscontract-signed-for-fuel-supply-to-egypts-research-reactor-9669646

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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/french-company-aiming-to-produce-full-reload-quantities-of-accident-tolerant-fuel-4-2-2022