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European safety regulators have backed Ukraine as the rightful owner and authority to oversee the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, Russia's Rosenergoatom has appointed Yury Chernichuk as 'director' of the plant.

Date: Thursday, 01 December 2022
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Central Asian nation has expressed interest in Moscow’s RITM-200N technology The Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek. The Central Asian country says it is interested in Russia’s small modular reactor technology. Kyrgyzstan is looking into the possibility of building its first nuclear power plant, potentially a Russian-supplied small modular reactor, to tackle frequent energy shortages.

The country’s energy ministry signed a cooperation document with a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, the ministry said in a statement.

The energy ministry said the document concerns “the preparation of a feasibility study on the construction of a low-power nuclear power plant in Kyrgyzstan”.

The ministry gave no details of what type of reactor technology it is considering or what the schedule for the country’s first commercial nuclear plant might be.

In January Kyrgyzstan expressed an interest in Russia’s progress in developing SMR technology, but said it had not made a decision whether it will push ahead with a project to build one.

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2022
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Turkish company Akkuyu Nükleer Genel Merkezi, in which Russia’s Rosatom has a 99.2% share, is to purchase legal services from AB Rybalkin, Gortsunyan, Dyakin & Partners. The notice of purchase from a single supplier was placed on 31 October at the site of Rosatom. The law office has been tasked with preventing problems due to termination of the EPC construction contract, and the maximum value of the contract with Titan2 IC Içtas Insaat Anonim Sirketi for facilities relating to the four power units under construction at the Akkuyu NPP in Turkey. The fee will be RUB50 million ($815,000), subject to taxes and fees.

Date: Wednesday, 09 November 2022
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey may ask Russia for help in building a third NPP.

Date: Wednesday, 09 November 2022
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The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) has said it remains “deeply concerned” about the situation at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP), noting that plant operators were “facing unprecedented challenges in carrying out day-to-day operations and maintaining nuclear safety standards”.

Date: Friday, 28 October 2022
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Unit 1 of the Akkuyu NPP in Turkey will be launched on time, by the 100th anniversary of the republic, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a recent meeting with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "Our colleagues from governments and companies that are engaged in practical work are implementing all the plans. This also applies to the investment process and the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant. Work is proceeding according to plan," he said. He noted that now about 20,000 people are working at the site, adding that it is planned to deliver nuclear fuel to the plant in May 2023 in preparation for the start-up of unit 1.

Date: Wednesday, 19 October 2022
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Country becomes latest to turn to reactors for low-carbon energy security Vattenfall is majority owner of three operational reactors at Forsmark (pictured) and two at Ringhals. Sweden’s incoming government will ask state-run utility Vattenfall to plan and procure new nuclear power stations – potentially making the country one of an increasing number turning to commercial reactors as a source of low-carbon, baseload energy supply.

“New reactors will be built in Sweden,” said Ebba Busch, whose Christian Democrat party belongs to an alliance that won the most seats in last month’s general election. The right-wing bloc is scheduled to become the Nordic nation’s next government in a parliamentary vote next week.

Sweden now joins other countries in Europe that are turning to nuclear power in response to record high energy prices and fears over the security of key infrastructure.

Swedes have debated nuclear power for decades, but the energy source has garnered popular support recently amid the ongoing power crunch.

Date: Saturday, 15 October 2022
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Akkuyu Nukleer has announced that the two construction companies involved in a two-month dispute over contracts at Akkuyu NPP would both be involved in the work going forward. 

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2022
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team has concluded a 12-day mission to review the national legal and regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety regarding safe operation of its nuclear and radiation facilities and activities. The team said Turkey's nuclear and radiation regulator showed commitment to continuous improvement of safety and the protection of people and the environment. The mission also noted areas where further enhancements can be made to the national nuclear and radiation safety regulatory infrastructure, as the country constructs its first NPP.

Date: Thursday, 22 September 2022
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Rolls-Royce SMR of the UK has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Škoda JS to explore areas of collaboration for the Rolls-Royce small modular reactor (SMR) plant, for deployment both in the Czech Republic and broader central European regions.

Date: Wednesday, 07 September 2022
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