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Westinghouse Electric Company said that it had signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with seven companies in the Czech Republic. The MOUs, signed at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, cover cooperation on the potential deployment of an AP1000 plant for the Dukovany 5 project as well as other potential AP1000 projects in Central Europe.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
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The start of operations for the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor in France has been put back, with EDF saying the Covid-19 pandemic had made preparations "more difficult".

Date: Thursday, 13 January 2022
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Brussels-based industry group responds to leaked draft of European commission proposals Nuclear power has been “clearly recognised” as a technology which contributes to climate mitigation objectives and it should be treated in the European Union’s planned taxonomy rules on an equal footing with renewable energy sources, the Brussels-based nuclear industry association Foratom has said.

According to a leaked draft of the bloc’s taxonomy proposals, nuclear will be treated differently to renewables, as a transitional activity, Foratom said. Furthermore, “sunset clauses”, so-called because they have time limits, have been introduced for existing plants and new build projects. Foratom said in a statement on Tuesday: “We do not believe this is the right approach.”

The sunset clauses say that to be taxonomy compliant, nuclear new build projects must receive a construction permit by 2045. For lifetime extensions, the extension must be authorised by the member state by 2040.

Renewables do not have to meet any similar clauses, nor do they have to meet other rules applied to “transitional” nuclear. Those rules include that nuclear does not hamper the development and deployment of low-carbon alternatives and does not lead to a “lock-in” of carbon-intensive assets. Lock-in occurs when carbon intensive systems perpetuate, delay or prevent the transition to low-carbon alternatives.

Date: Wednesday, 12 January 2022
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Investment in nuclear power totalling around EUR500 billion (USD565 billion) by 2050 will be needed if the European Union’s goal of carbon neutrality is to be hit, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton has said in an interview with France’s Le Journal du Dimanche.

Date: Tuesday, 11 January 2022
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The inner dome has been placed on the VVER-TOI reactor under construction in Russia at Kursk-II 2, while a VVER-1200 unit at Rooppur 2 in Bangladesh is approaching the same stage with the placement of its fifth containment ring.

Date: Thursday, 06 January 2022
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Germany shut down three nuclear power plants on 31 December, as part of its phaseout of nuclear energy.

Date: Wednesday, 05 January 2022
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Country has one commercial reactor at Borssele Incumbent prime minister Mark Rutte is expecting his fourth term in power. Image courtesy New Democracy (Nea Demokratia) / Flickr. The newly formed Dutch governing coalition has decided to include the construction of two new nuclear power units in the country as part of future energy and climate policies, according to the official document published yesterday.

The agreement said nuclear power can complement generation from renewable energy sources including solar, wind, and geothermal, and makes the Netherlands less dependent on gas imports.

The Netherlands have one commercial reactor unit in operation at Borssele, in the southwest province of Zeeland, near the Belgian border. It is a 482-MW Siemens-built pressurised water reactor unit which came online in 1973.

Date: Friday, 17 December 2021
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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), BWXT Canada and Poland's Synthos Green Energy (SGE) yesterday signed a Letter of Intent to cooperate in deploying BWRX-300 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Poland. SGE, together with its partners, plans to deploy at least 10 BWRX-300 SMRs in Poland by the early 2030s.

Date: Friday, 17 December 2021
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Reactor fleet generates a quarter of Europe’s electricity “A range of studies have confirmed that the long-term operation of the existing nuclear fleet is the cheapest source of electricity," said Yves Desbazeille, Foratom's head. Brussels-based nuclear industry group Foratom has published a position paper calling for the long-term operation (LTO) of the European Union’s domestic nuclear reactor fleet as a way to achieve the bloc’s climate goals at an “affordable cost”, while also reducing energy import dependency.

Foratom said “an increasing number of experts” recognise that the energy sector’s decarbonisation cannot be achieved by using renewable sources alone and must be coupled with nuclear power if the world is to reach its net zero goals by 2050.

In this regard, the group said, the LTO of Europe’s nuclear plants can help meet mid-term emission reduction targets by 2030, reduce the EU’s energy import dependency and boost security of supply, and support the integration of more variable renewables to the grid.

Date: Thursday, 16 December 2021
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