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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has a clear mandate, but the climate crisis and the economic impact of the pandemic mean that, on behalf of its Member States, it needs to have a more visible presence than has traditionally been the case, its director general said yesterday during the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum, which is being held this week by the US Nuclear Energy Institute and World Nuclear Association. Speaking as part of the forum's first session - Executive Panel: From Plans to Actions - Rafael Mariano Grossi said the IAEA is therefore collaborating even more with other organisations to offer its "unique perspective".

Date: Thursday, 15 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEAs-presence-is-expanding-says-Grossi

The Volgodonsk branch of AEM-Technologies (part of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering division - Atomenergomash) has begun to manufacture containers for the passive core bay system (SPZAZ) for unit 1 of the Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkey, Atommash said on 24 March. Atommash will manufacture SPZAZ hydraulic tanks for Akkuyu units 1&3. Each tank consists of three shells and two bottoms. The shells are made of 60 mm thick stainless steel sheet and 24 shells are needed for the set of SPZAZ tanks. Some of the blanks have already passed initial inspection and the heads and shells are being machined using turning-boring machines and horizontal boring machining centres. The assembly of fittings has started on the bottom of the hydraulic tanks.

Date: Friday, 26 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsatommash-begins-manufacturing-passive-safety-systems-for-akkuyu-npp-8625890

The Volgodonsk branch of Russia’s AEM-Technologies (part of the mechanical engineering division of Rosatom - Atomenergomash) has started manufacturing the reactor vessel for unit 3 of Turkey’s Akkuyu NPP, Atomenergomash said on 15 March. The blanks have passed the incoming inspection, including measurements with a 3D scanner. The shells of the nozzle zone and the flange for the first protective surfacing have been machined. Specialists are also manufacturing branch pipes of the emergency core cooling system. Further, control activities, surfacing and welding of nozzles will follow.

Date: Thursday, 18 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswork-begins-on-akkuyu-3-as-sovcombank-confirms-sustainable-development-loans-8606292

US-based GE Steam Power said on 15 March that it had designed, manufactured and tested the Arabelle turbine’s first low pressure rotor equipped with the largest ever last-stage blade at 75 inches.

Date: Thursday, 18 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsge-tests-largest-ever-last-stage-blade-for-arabelle-turbines-rotor-8606322

AEM Technology, part of the Atomenergomash engineering subsidiary of Russia's Rosatom, has started manufacturing the reactor pressure vessel for unit 3 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant. Yesterday's announcement follows a ceremony held on 10 March to mark the pouring of first concrete for the unit at the Akkuyu construction site, which is in the Mersin province of Turkey.

Date: Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rosatom-starts-building-reactor-for-Akkuyu-unit-3

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest country report on Turkey and energy policy review notes that Turkey has seen considerable diversification of its energy sector since the previous review in 2016. “Turkey has made significant progress on liberalising energy markets in the last decade, successfully improving predictability and transparency in pricing. However, additional reforms toward establishing more competitive gas and electricity markets will help mobilise needed investments into these sectors,” says IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol in his foreword to the 191-page report.

Date: Tuesday, 16 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-assesses-turkeys-energy-sector-8601270

GE Steam Power announced today that it has designed and manufactured the largest-ever (75-inch) last-stage blade for its Arabelle low-pressure rotor. The blade will enable the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant under construction in Somerset, England to produce 3.2 GWe of CO2 free power, GE said. Once completed, this Arabelle steam turbine will be the most powerful nuclear steam turbine in operation. It was tested at GE's factory in Belfort, France.

Date: Tuesday, 16 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GE-Steam-Power-unveils-largest-last-stage-blade-ev

First concrete was poured for the third unit of Turkey’s Akkuyu NPP on 11 March. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan both took part in the ceremony by videoconference. The even at the construction site was attended by Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Dönmez, the General Director of Russia’s Rosatom, Alexey Likhachev, and the General Director project company Akkuyu Nuclear, Anastasia Zoteeva.

Date: Friday, 12 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-concrete-poured-for-akkuyu-unit-3-8592029

Two reactors already under construction with plans for a fourth A virtual ceremony was held to mark the event. Image courtesy Rosatom. The presidents of Turkey and Russia have remotely inaugurated the construction of a third nuclear reactor of Akkuyu power station in southern Turkey, vowing to continue their close cooperation, press reports said.

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said a “solemn ceremony” was also held at the site of the nuclear station and attended by Turkish energy and natural resources minister Fatih Dienmez, Rosatom director-general Aleksey Likhachev and Akkuyu Nuclear chief executive officer Anastasia Soteeva.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the facility would launch Turkey into the “league of nuclear energy countries” and called it a “symbol of Turkish-Russian cooperation.” Nuclear power is a “strategic step” for energy security, Mr Erdogan said.

Date: Friday, 12 March 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/presidents-launch-construction-of-third-unit-at-turkey-nuclear-station-3-4-2021

Rosatom announced today that first concrete has been poured for the third unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in the Mersin province of Turkey. The Russian and Turkish heads of state joined the ceremony held to mark the event by video link. The Akkuyu nuclear power plant project is based on an intergovernmental agreement the two countries signed in 2010.

Date: Thursday, 11 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-concrete-poured-for-Akkuyu-unit-3