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Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is teaming up with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, SNC-Lavalin, and Aecon to a small modular reactor (SMR) at Canada’s Darlington New Nuclear Project site. Under the agreement, the four companies will provide a diverse range of expertise and services as part of an integrated project delivery model. The aim is to develop, engineer and construct GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300 SMR, for completion by late 2028.

Date: Thursday, 02 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscompanies-team-up-to-build-canadas-first-smr-10560780

Russia’s SFERA-Pro History site, which investigates significant and little-known events of Russia’s past, has now published a history of Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP). This includes details of a fire which caused extensive damage during its construction.

Date: Thursday, 02 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsthe-zaporizhia-npp-1984-fire-10561761

Hungary will veto any EU sanctions imposed on Russian nuclear energy organisations and enterprises, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the morning programme one Kossuth radio.

Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshungary-will-veto-any-eu-sanctions-against-russias-nuclear-sector-10558203

‘No technical arguments’ for shutting down nuclear plants after 40 years Unit 2 at the Tihange nuclear power station in Belgium is scheduled for permanent shutdown this week. Courtesy Electrabel. Belgium should repeal its 2003 nuclear exit law as it looks for ways to deal with the energy crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and resulting gas and electricity price increases, the Brussels-based Belgian Nuclear Forum said.

The underlying argument of the 2003 law is that a nuclear plant is obsolete after 40 years and should be decommissioned, the forum said.

“Nothing could be further from the truth: there are no technical arguments for definitively shutting down a nuclear power plant after 40 years of operation, but only political arguments,” it added.

The forum issued the statement as owner and operater Engie Electrabel prepares to permanently shut down the Tinhange-2 nuclear power plant on 31 January. The 1,008-MW pressurised water reactor unt began commercial operation on 1 June 1983 and has been online for 40 years.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the last couple of decades have witnessed increased interest in the extension of the operating life of nuclear power plants. Extending the life of a plant is more economical than building a new one, and where it makes business sense. The agency says about 90% of US plants have already renewed their licences to extend their operation to 60 years, with additional extensions for a total of 80 years being considered. In Europe, plants are regularly seeking lifetimes of 60 years.

Date: Tuesday, 31 January 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/as-tihange-2-approaches-closure-industry-group-calls-for-repeal-of-2003-nuclear-exit-law-1-1-2023

Rosatom has begun construction of a new plant for the production of medical isotope products at the Karpov Scientific Research Institute of Physics & Chemistry in Obninsk, Kaluga region. The plant will produce a wide range of radiopharmaceuticals including those based on iodine-131, samarium-153, and molybdenum-99 isotopes. It will also develop promising active radiopharmaceuticals based on lutetium-177, actinium-225, radium-223 and other isotopes. Once completed, in 2025, it will be the largest such facility in Europe, Rosatom says. It will operate in accordance with international GMP (good manufacturing practice) standards.

Date: Friday, 27 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-begins-construction-of-radiopharmaceuticals-plant-10546229

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and First Light Fusion have signed an agreement for the design and construction of a facility to house the company's new net energy gain demonstrator, Machine 4, at the authority's Culham Campus in Oxfordshire.

Date: Thursday, 26 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Construction-start-for-First-Light-Fusion-s-demons

The aim is to have production lines operating at the plant in Obninsk by 2025, supplying products for the diagnosis and treatment of patients, including a wide range of cancers. Rosatom says it will ensure Russia's sovereignty in the production of radiopharmaceuticals.

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Construction-starts-for-Russian-medical-isotopes-p

Spain’s Enusa Industrias Avanzadas and Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB have formalised a cooperation agreement regarding the manufacture of VVER-440 fuel. Under this agreement, which entered into force on 1 December, the two companies will collaborate exclusively in the manufacture of VVER-440 fuel for the countries that currently operate this type of reactor. Enusa has launched all the necessary activities to reinstall a production line for this product at its Juzbado factory. This is expected to be completed and licensed in 2023 to make possible fuel deliveries from the beginning of 2024.

Date: Saturday, 21 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsenusa-and-westinghouse-formalise-vver-440-fuel-collaboration-10531937

Companies aim to offer western-made alternative to existing Russian supplies The Czech Republic operates four VVER-440 plants at the Dukovany nuclear station. Courtesy CEZ. US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has formalised an agreement, first announced in September 2022, to expand cooperation with Spain’s nuclear fuel company Enusa on the manufacturing of nuclear fuel for Russia-made VVER-440 pressurised water reactor designs.

Westinghouse already manufactures VVER-1000 fuel at its facility in Västerås, Sweden, but has been looking to restart its production capabilities for the smaller VVER-440 units.

The company used to supply VVER-440 fuel for Finland’s two-unit Loviisa nuclear power station, but ceased production in 2009. In 2014, it began examining the option of restarting VVER-440 production to potentially supply customers which operate the technology in central and eastern Europe.

Nuclear fuel manufacturer Enusa has been part of a consortium with other European partners from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, and Ukraine, which in 2018 developed a conceptual VVER-440 fuel design with Westinghouse.

The agreement, which entered into force on 1 December, establishes that, exclusively, Westinghouse and Enusa will collaborate in the manufacture of VVER-440 fuel for the countries that currently operate this type of reactor.

Date: Friday, 20 January 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/westinghouse-and-enusa-formalise-agreement-for-vver-440-reactor-designs-1-4-2023

While many agree the benefits of using nuclear energy to fight climate change and build energy security are clear, there is still a major hurdle to overcome before it is widely accepted as a safe and clean part of the energy mix: the perception that the nuclear industry has a waste "problem", writes Laurie Swami, president and CEO of Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO).

Date: Friday, 20 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-It-s-time-to-let-the-world-know-we-can-s