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The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-real-challenges-to-nuclear-are-external,-says

Akkuyu Nuclear, a subsidiary of Rosatom has received a loan from Sovcombank of up to $300 million for a period of seven years to finance the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey.

Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssovcombank-delivers-loan-for-akkuyu-npp-as-work-continues-8453197

Atomenergomash (Rosatom’s engineering division) began acceptance of turbine room equipment for the first unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey.

Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-takes-delivery-from-ge-of-turbine-for-akkuyu-1-8453212

As policymakers grapple with the twin challenges of climate change and a post-COVID economic recovery, the benefits of nuclear power are clearer than ever, but the industry still has some way to go in addressing perceptions of its alleged drawbacks with cost, safety and radioactive waste. This was the overriding message of the three panellists in a webinar held last week by Utilities Middle East in partnership with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Friday, 01 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-barrier-to-nuclear-is-perception,-says-panel

International treaties governing nuclear security serve as frameworks based on shared experience, but they are not a substitute for practical and ongoing cooperation. This was one of the messages from delegates at NP1 - The Nuclear Power Conference Israel - Threats, Challenges, Opportunities.

Date: Saturday, 05 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Extending-nuclear-cooperation-to-the-Middle-East

The Akkuyu nuclear station construction site on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast. Courtesy Akkuyu Nuclear. Assystem has been chosen to supervise the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power station in Turkey after winning a six-year contract from a Turkish subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

France-based Assystem said the contract is a continuation of its current role at Akkuyu, delivering supervision of the construction of key facilities. The contract will run until August 2026.

The $20bn Akkuyu station, the first commercial nuclear station in Turkey, is being built near Mersin on the country’s southern Mediterranean coast under a contract signed with Russia in 2010.

The contract is for a subsidiary of Rosatom, Akkuyu Nuclear JSC, to build, own and operate the facility. The agreement was ratified by the Turkish parliament in July 2010. Engineering and survey work started at the site in 2011.

Date: Thursday, 03 December 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/france-s-assystem-wins-contract-to-supervise-construction-12-3-2020

Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has issued a licence for the construction of the third unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant being built by Akkuyu Nuclear (part of Rosatom).

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsconstruction-licence-issued-for-akkuyu-3-nuclear-power-plant-8368962

The European Union has expressed its "resolute commitment to and continued support for" the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) in a statement to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors. It expressed concern about Iran's continued accumulation of low enriched uranium in excess of JCPoA thresholds.

Date: Thursday, 19 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-reiterates-support-for-JCPoA,-expresses-concern

UK-based Rolls-Royce has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with US utility Exelon Generation to pursue the potential for Exelon to operate compact nuclear power stations both in the UK and internationally. Exelon Generation will be using their operational experience to assist Rolls Royce in the development and deployment of the UKSMR.

Date: Friday, 13 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrolls-royce-signs-mous-on-smrs-with-exelon-and-cez-8358774

If the world is to win the fight against climate change, it is vital that developing countries, including those on the African continent, adopt low-carbon electricity systems that can also keep pace with increased demand created by population growth. This was the message of Philippe Costes, senior advisor to the director general of World Nuclear Association, to participants in the Power & Electricity World Africa 2020 conference held on 6 November.

Date: Friday, 13 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-power-can-speed-progress-in-the-developing