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Bulgaria’s nuclear society, Bulatom, on 14 June published its position on the main projects in the electricity industry of Bulgaria, in particular the Belene NPP project. In an earlier letter, addressed to “colleagues”, Bulatom noted: “Currently, there is an intensive debate in the society about the future of nuclear energy in our country, including the two promising projects that are in the process of structuring and selecting options for implementation: the project for construction of nuclear power on the approved new site near Kozloduy; and the project for construction of nuclear power at the Belene site.”

Date: Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbulatom-seeks-level-playing-field-for-belene-project-8837361

Hitachi ABB Power Grids and Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) have signed a contract to deliver one of Europe's largest battery energy storage systems to the Olkiluoto NPP in Finland, TVO said on 16 June. The 90MW system will support the entire energy network at unit 3 of the Olkiluoto NPP, minimising the effect of power fluctuations on the grid. The turnkey solution acts as a fast-start backup power source. The battery energy storage system will be commissioned in 2022.

Date: Friday, 18 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshitachi-to-supply-europes-largest-battery-to-ol3-8827658

European nuclear trade association Foratom on 14 June released a position paper on, “Medical Uses of Nuclear Technology Role, Challenges & Perspectives”, urging the European Union (EU) to promote new research reactor capacity along with innovation in the sector and the design modification of the current fleet. The 24-page paper, issued jointly with Nuclear Medicine Europe, made a number of recommendations aimed at maintaining the current level of medical radioisotopes supply.

Date: Friday, 18 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsforatom-urges-eu-support-for-nuclear-medicine-8827690

General Fusion has agreed to build and operate its Fusion Demonstration Plant (FDP) at the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s Culham Campus in Oxfordshire.

Date: Friday, 18 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanadas-general-fusion-to-build-demonstration-plant-in-the-uk-8827799

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has marked four years and more than 100 million safe man-hours without a Lost Time Injury at the Barakah nuclear power plant. ENEC says the milestone sets a new benchmark for industrial safety for nuclear new-build projects around the world.

Date: Thursday, 17 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UAE-records-100-million-safe-man-hours-at-Barakah

One of Europe's largest battery energy storage systems is to be built at the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant in Finland under a contract signed by Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) and Hitachi ABB Power Grids. The 90 MWe system will act as a fast-start backup power source to ensure the stability of the country's energy network in the event of an unplanned shutdown of the Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) EPR unit, currently being commissioned at the site.

Date: Thursday, 17 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Battery-backup-system-for-Olkiluoto-plant

Framatome said on 14 June that China’s Taishan Nuclear Power Plant was operating safely. “Framatome is supporting resolution of a performance issue with the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong Province, China,” a statement said. “According to the data available, the plant is operating within the safety parameters. Our team is working with relevant experts to assess the situation and propose solutions to address any potential issue.”

Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsconflicting-reports-about-leak-at-taishan-npp-8822799

Radioisotopes essential for diagnostics and treatment of severe diseases Brussels-based nuclear industry association Foratom has called on the European Union to better recognise and support the medical applications of nuclear technology, which play a significant role in the medical sector and help “save thousands of lives each day.”

Foratom said in a joint position paper with Nuclear Medicine Europe that EU policy makers should find ways of promoting new research reactor capacity along with innovation in the sector, and implement a number of recommendations to maintain the current level of medical radioisotopes supply.

According to the paper, in order to ensure that the supply of medical radioisotopes will be continued, the EU needs to develop a “robust” supply chain which goes beyond irradiation, adapt clinical research and development of new radiopharmaceutical compounds, and reconsider reimbursement systems for radiopharmaceutical products.

Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/foratom-urges-european-union-to-provide-more-support-for-nuclear-medicine-6-2-2021

Europe must take action to maintain the current level of medical radioisotopes supply, according to a joint position paper from Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, and Nuclear Medicine Europe, which represents pharmaceutical and imaging equipment companies in the field of nuclear medicine. They say the European Union should promote new research reactor capacity along with innovation in the sector and the design modification of the current fleet.

Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-industry-bodies-call-for-more-support-for-nucle

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest flagship report, “Financing clean energy transitions in emerging and developing economies,” barely mentions nuclear, except in passing, in its 237 pages. In his Foreword to the report, IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol says the IEA “has made it crystal clear that countries around the world must urgently accelerate their transitions to clean energy” to stave off the worst effects of climate change and “to build a more healthy, prosperous and secure future where everyone has access to clean and affordable energy supplies”. He warns: “If energy transitions and clean energy investment do not quickly pick up speed in emerging and developing economies, the world will face a major fault line in efforts to address climate change and reach other sustainable development goals.” This is because most growth in global emissions in the coming decades is set to come from emerging and developing economies as they grow, industrialise and urbanise.

Date: Friday, 11 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-sees-no-place-for-nuclear-in-financing-clean-energy-transitions-in-emerging-economies-8810910