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As policymakers grapple with the twin challenges of climate change and a post-COVID economic recovery, the benefits of nuclear power are clearer than ever, but the industry still has some way to go in addressing perceptions of its alleged drawbacks with cost, safety and radioactive waste. This was the overriding message of the three panellists in a webinar held last week by Utilities Middle East in partnership with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Friday, 01 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-barrier-to-nuclear-is-perception,-says-panel

BWXT’s Toronto facility produces natural uranium dioxide pellets from uranium powder. Courtesy CNSC. Canada’s nuclear regulator has renewed the nuclear fuel facility licence held by BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc (BWXT) for plants in Toronto and Peterborough, Ontario.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission also decided to authorise the commercial production of fuel pellets at BWXT’s Peterborough facility.

BWXT, formerly known as GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc, will be allowed to produce fuel pellets at only one of its facilities at any time. Since pellet production is new to the Peterborough facility, BWXT will have to submit a final commissioning report to show its compliance with safety requirements before it can proceed with pellet production there.

CNSC said it had considered submissions from BWXT and 247 intervenors, as well as CNSC staff recommendations. BWXT applied for the renewals in 2018. The licences will be valid from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2030.

Date: Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/regulator-renews-licence-for-bwxt-fuel-facilities-12-2-2020

The US Department of Energy (DOE) on 16 December announced $30 million in initial funding for one of three programmes under its Advanced Reactor Demonstration Programme (ARDP).

Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmore-doe-funding-for-advanced-reactors-8415258

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) has selected five teams to receive USD30 million in initial funding for risk reduction projects under its Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP). All five of the selected designs have the potential to compete globally once deployed, DOE said.

Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Advanced-reactor-projects-teams-receive-US-federal

A Memorandum of Association for the Development of Additive Technologies was signed in Russia on 3 December on the sidelines of the Leader Forum “Additive Technologies. Expanding horizons”.

Date: Tuesday, 08 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-sets-up-association-for-the-development-of-additive-technologies-8397177

A protective cask containing lead test fuel rods at the Hatch nuclear station in the US state of Georgia. Courtesy GNF Global Nuclear Fuel announced that lead test assemblies of its accident tolerant fuel (ATF) solutions have been delivered to the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory for examination after commercial operation.

GNF, a GE-led joint venture with Hitachi, said the unfueled IronClad lead test rods and fueled Armor lead test rods, the first to be installed in a commercial reactor, successfully completed a 24-month fuel cycle at the Hatch nuclear power station in Georgia. They are the first commercially operated samples from the ATF programme to undergo national laboratory evaluation.

The testing at Oak Ridge is an important step in the commercialasation of advanced fuel technologies, GNF said.

The assemblies were developed as part of the DOE’s ATF programme and manufactured at GNF’s facility in Wilmington, North Carolina. Oak Ridge National Laboratory will perform tests and analysis on the post-commercially operated fuel rods to further characterise material properties. Testing will include visual inspections, microscopy and measurements of the thickness, corrosion and other mechanical and material properties of the cladding.

Date: Friday, 04 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/advanced-fuel-assemblies-to-be-evaluated-at-oak-ridge-national-laboratory-12-4-2020

Russia’s Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) has produced more than 1000 experimental fuel elements based on mixed uranium-plutonium nitride (MNUP) fuel during its eight years of participation in the Proryv (Breakthrough) project. Fuel elements of various standard sizes and structural materials were manufactured in order to find and justify the optimal configuration, SCC said in a 13 November statement.

Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Siberian-Chemical-Combine-reports-milestone-with-n

Cross-section of a Triso nuclear fuel pellet. Courtesy Idaho National Laboratory. BWX Technologies announced that its BWXT Nuclear Operations Group subsidiary has completed its Triso nuclear fuel line restart project and is now producing fuel at its Lynchburg facility in the state of Virginia.

The restart of the Triso line means BWXT as the only company in the US that is executing production contracts for Triso fuel.

BWXT is the only US company to manufacture irradiation-tested uranium oxycarbide TRISO fuel using production-scale equipment.

In June 2020, BWXT announced a contract with the US Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory to expand BWXT’s Triso manufacturing capacity and produce a demonstration quantity of the fuel.

Date: Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/bwxt-announces-start-of-production-at-virginia-facility-11-1-2020

US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT) announced that its BWXT Nuclear Operations Group subsidiary has completed its TRIstructural-ISOtropic (TRISO) nuclear fuel line restart project and is producing fuel at its Lynchburg facility in Virginia.

Date: Friday, 13 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwxt-restarts-triso-fuel-line-8359001