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The European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (Ensreg) has approved the preliminary report on a peer review of the new Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets. Adopted by consensus on 3 March, the report follows a mission by Ensreg technical experts to the plant site on 9 and 10 February.

Date: Saturday, 06 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ensreg-approves-Ostrovets-peer-review-report

The nuclear energy industry will continue to innovate and adopt advanced technologies to constantly improve the way nuclear power plants generate efficient, reliable and carbon-free electricity to power an increasingly interconnected world, writes Catherine Cornand, senior executive vice president of the Installed Base Business Unit at Framatome.

Date: Friday, 05 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Nuclear-in-the-fourth-industrial-revolut

International Energy Agency (IEA) Director General Fatih Birol today highlighted the role that nuclear power can play in the global fight against climate change. Birol was speaking to delegates on a webinar for the launch of the IEA report Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Japan 2021.

Date: Friday, 05 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-is-integral-to-clean-energy-transition-say

The diplomatic notes Poland and the USA exchanged last year on cooperation in the development of Poland's civil nuclear power programme have officially entered into force, Poland's Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski told the TOK FM radio station yesterday. This means the USA now has 18 months to prepare both a technology and a financing offer to build nuclear power plants in Poland, he said.

Date: Thursday, 04 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Polish-US-civil-nuclear-agreement-enters-into-forc

Poland is moving towards a low carbon economy with wind farms and nuclear energy as its two pillars, Polish Minister of Climate and Environment Michal Kurtyka said in an interview with Polska Times on 26 February. Poland’s coal plants are ageing, he noted. “We are entering a natural cycle of renewal of production capacity.” He added:

Date: Wednesday, 03 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newspolish-minister-looks-to-nuclear-8561383

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, says "the time is not ripe" for an unofficial meeting proposed by Josep Borrell, EU foreign affairs chief and coordinator of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). His statement follows Iran's commencement last week of restrictions on some site inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Tuesday, 02 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-says-time-not-ripe-for-talks-on-nuclear-deal

Once a poster child for environmentalism, Sweden has now embarked on a retroactive and harmful journey, write Sama Bilbao y Léon, director general, and John Lindberg, public affairs manager, at World Nuclear Association. The following is a translation from Swedish of their article Sverige bör ompröva sin kärnkraftspolitik published by Dagens Industri on 18 February.

Date: Saturday, 27 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Sweden-must-reconsider-its-nuclear-polic

Ukraine's electricity grid needs the construction of new nuclear power units, Yuriy Boyko, the country's deputy energy minister said last week. Speaking to delegates at Atomic Energy: The Future of the Industry on 17 February, Boyko described the importance of at least three new units. Nuclear power plant operator Energoatom published  Boyko's comments on its website.

Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukrainian-needs-new-nuclear-capacity,-says-deputy

German utility Uniper Sweden, Swedish reactor company Blykalla and Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) said on 15 February that they have submitted an application to the Swedish Energy Agency for co-financing of a non-nuclear prototype to develop the reactor technology of the future. This is the second step of three in the development and commercialisation of a new type of reactor in Sweden during the 2030s.

Date: Friday, 19 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsswedish-companies-seek-funding-for-smr-development-8531975

Start-up nuclear energy company Fermi Energia on 16 February announced an initial investment round for a proposed reactor in Estonia, saying it will file a planning application later this year, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported. The new call for funding aims to complete a series of investments of €2.5 million ($3m) required to formally launch the planning project for deployment of a small modular reactor (SMR).

Date: Friday, 19 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsestonias-fermi-energia-seeks-1m-to-launch-smr-planning-procedure-8532118