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The IAEA is addressing some of today’s biggest global challenges, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told delegates at the opening of the Agency’s 66th annual General Conference which ran from 26-30 September.

Date: Thursday, 06 October 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-increases-its-projections-for-nuclear-power-growth-10062251

Romanian nuclear utility Compania Na?ionala Nuclearelectrica (SNN) and Romanian private company Nova Power & Gas have launched RoPower Nuclear - a project company for development of small modular reactors (SMRs) in Romania - on the site of the former coal-fired power plant in Doicesti, Dambovita County. Jose W Fernandez, US Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, US Department of State, and Romanian Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu observed the signing ceremony of the Shareholders Declaration, at Romania’s Ministry of Energy.

Date: Thursday, 06 October 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsropower-nuclear-established-to-develop-smrs-in-romania-10062373

The US Department of the Air Force (DAF), in partnership with the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, has released a request for proposal (RFP) for the Eielson Air Force Base Micro-Reactor Pilot Program. “The release of the RFP for the Eielson AFB micro-reactor is a critical next step in furthering the development and deployment of reliable and clean energy technology at Department of the Air Force installations,” said Nancy Balkus, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure. “This programme is extremely important to mission assurance and sustainment in the face of climate change and continued national defence threats, and demonstrates the department’s commitment to ensuring our installations have a safe, reliable supply of energy, no matter their location.”

Date: Thursday, 06 October 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-eielson-air-force-base-embarks-on-micro-reactor-pilot-program-10062945

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says it understands that Ihor Murashov, who had been director general at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, will not resume the role after his release from Russian detention.  Energoatom's President Petro Kotin says administration of the plant was transferred to Kyiv following the detention and that he has now taken on the role of its acting director general.

Date: Thursday, 06 October 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Released-Zaporizhzhia-director-general-not-return

Several Belgian NGOs are taking the Belgian state and energy company Engie-Electrabel and transmission system operator Elia to court over the closure of unit 3 at the Doel NPP and unit 2 at Tihange NPP, RTBF news has reported.

Date: Wednesday, 05 October 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsngos-take-legal-action-over-closure-of-belgian-npps-10060998

France is preparing legislation to reduce red tape related to nuclear power projects and aims to start construction of its first next-generation EPR2 reactor before May 2027, an energy ministry official has said. President Emmanuel Macron announced plans in February to build at least six EPR2 reactors, as well as the possibility of eight additional reactors, with a first project from 2028 and initial commissioning by 2035.

Date: Wednesday, 05 October 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfrance-prepares-legislation-to-streamline-npp-projects-10061083

US-based TAU Systems is poised to bring particle accelerators to a multitude of users by harnessing the latest laser technology. Until now high-energy particle accelerators have been the exclusive domain of countries and governmental organisations. Because of their enormous size and very high cost, access for engineers and biotech professionals is severely limited. TAU Systems will use the latest laser technology to make electrons surf on three-dimensional plasma waves and accelerate them to ultra-high energies.

Date: Wednesday, 05 October 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstau-systems-to-build-a-new-generation-of-compact-particle-accelerators-10061161

Energoatom says Moscow wants to take ownership of six-unit facility The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed on Monday (3 October) that the head of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station had been released following his detention by Russian forces.

“I welcome the release of Ihor Murashov,” IAEA director-general Rafael Grossi said in a tweet. “I have received confirmation that Mr Murashov has returned to his family safely.”

Murashov was arrested by Russian patrols on his way from the nuclear facility to the nearby town of Zaporizhzhia on Friday afternoon, according to Ukraine's state-owned energy company Energoatom.

Energoatom head Petro Kotin had said earlier that Mr Murashov’s abduction and detention was part of efforts by Moscow to take control of the facility and incorporate it into state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Wednesday, 05 October 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/head-of-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-station-released-after-russian-detainment-says-iaea-10-2-2022

Polskie Elektrownie Nucleowe has applied to the President of the National Atomic Energy Agency (Panstwowa Agencja Atomistyki, PAA) for a general opinion on the planned verification of safety analyses for prospective nuclear power plants.

Date: Tuesday, 04 October 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/PEJ-submits-safety-analysis-plans-to-Polish-regula

Harmonisation of regulation, new financing options and proper pricing for nuclear energy were among the priorities raised at World Nuclear Symposium by senior industry figures as they considered the challenge of meeting the surging demand for new nuclear energy, and especially small modular reactors.

Date: Sunday, 02 October 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Podcast-What-nuclear-industry-says-is-needed-to-me