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The United Arab Emirates on 19 February began loading the first nuclear fuel rods into the reactor at unit 1 of its Barakah nuclear power plant.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfuel-loading-begins-at-uaes-barakah-nuclear-plant-7782338

International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol on 12 February told the Agency’s Big Ideas speaker series that a "grand coalition" of all stakeholders is needed to address the challenge of climate change, including the energy sector, which it accounts for most of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.

Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-stresses-need-to-combat-climate-change-7773146

Agency 2019 data shows coal still strong in Asia, but on retreat in advanced economies IEA director Fatih Birol speaking at the IEA Ministerial Meeting; Paris, November 2017. Photo courtesy Andrew Wheeler/IEA. Newly released data by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has shown that global CO2 emissions from energy generation flattened in 2019 at about 33 gigatonnes (Gt) mainly thanks to gains in advanced economies* because of the expanding role of renewable sources, a fuel transition from coal to natural gas, and higher nuclear power output.

The IEA said CO2 emissions remained unchanged from their 2018 levels, although the global economy expanded by 2.9%. The data shows that emissions remained largely stable between 2013 and 2016 and then experienced two years of consecutive growth in 2017 and 2018. An IEA chart showing CO2 emissions since 1990 (orange for advanced economies, yellow of rest of the world). Image courtesy IEA.

According to the IEA, increased nuclear power generation in advanced economies, particularly in Japan and South Korea, avoided the release of over 50 megatonnes (Mt) of CO2 in 2019.

Date: Thursday, 13 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iea-report-says-global-co2-emissions-remained-stable-in-2019-2-3-2020

A new animation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shows that global nuclear generation will need to significantly expand beyond its historical markets if the world is to have a reasonable chance at meeting climate change goals.

Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-data-animation-shows-nuclear-to-be-key-to-combatting-climate-change-7765212

Turkey is reassessing its major partner for a second NPP to be built in the Black Sea province of Sinop, Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez said on 19 January. He told the Anadolu Agency, that the time schedule and pricing of the nuclear power plant in Sinop fell short of the ministry’s expectations after the results of feasibility studies, carried out by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). “We agreed with the Japanese side to not continue our cooperation regarding this matter,” Dönmez said, adding that Turkey may hold talks with other suppliers for construction of the plant. The project was agreed on by the Japanese and Turkish governments in 2013. A consortium led by MHI was conducting a feasibility study until March for the construction of a 4,500MWe plant in Sinop.

Date: Monday, 27 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsturkey-looks-to-cancel-japan-sinop-project-7653758

Nuclear power provides 10% of global electricity, but to stem climate change the world is going to need far greater amounts of clean and reliable energy, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says in a short film it published today. To tackle climate change, 80% of all electricity will need to be low carbon by 2050.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-explains-nuclears-vital-role-in-a-carbon-free

Nuclear power provides 10% of global electricity, but to stem climate change the world is going to need far greater amounts of clean and reliable energy, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says in a short film it published today. To tackle climate change, 80% of all electricity will need to be low carbon by 2050.

Date: Thursday, 09 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-explains-nuclears-vital-role-in-a-carbon-free

Welding of the reactor pressure vessel cover for Unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power station in Turkey has been completed Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

The RPV Cover is being supplied by Rosatom subsidiary Atomenergomash, which is supplying reactor equipment for all four units planned for Akkuyu. Atomenergomash said the welding had taken 17 days.

In July the first major components, including the melt trap, arrived onsite at Akkuyu. The 150-tonne melt trap, also known as a core catcher, is a key feature of the passive safety system for the Russia-supplied VVER-1200 reactor.

The Akkuyu nuclear power station is being built near Mersin on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast for €20bn under an intergovernmental contract signed in 2010.

Date: Thursday, 28 November 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/russia-completes-welding-of-rpv-cover-for-first-akkuyu-reactor-11-3-2019