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Anastasia Zoteeva, director general and chair of the Board of Directors of Akkuyu Nuclear, has said that it took some time to combine the strategies of Turkish and Russian builders in the construction of Turkey’s Akkuyu nuclear power plant.

Date: Friday, 10 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsakkuyu-nuclear-head-gives-update-on-turkish-construction-project-8018378

Installation of the second tier of the reactor building's internal containment has been completed at unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssecond-tier-of-internal-containment-completed-at-akkuyu-1-8011807

The slightly elevated levels of three different radioisotopes recently detected in northern Europe are probably related to a nuclear reactor which is either operating or undergoing maintenance, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement on 3 July.

The recorded air concentrations of the particles were very low and posed no risk to human health and the environment, the statement said.

However, the IAEA also said the geographical origin of the release has not yet been determined.

Last week, Estonia, Finland and Sweden reported levels of ruthenium-103, caesium-134 and caesium-137 isotopes in the air which were higher than usual.

The IAEA, in an effort to help identify the possible origin of the radioisotopes, contacted counterparts in Europe and asked for information about whether they were detected in their countries, and if any event there may have been associated with the atmospheric release.

Date: Saturday, 04 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/elevated-radioisotope-levels-in-nordic-region-likely-linked-to-nuclear-reactor-7-5-2020

The installation of the second tier of the reactor building's internal containment has been completed at unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Mersin province, southern Turkey. The inner containment is one of the critical components of unit's safety systems, which prevent the release of radioactive materials to the environment, said JSC Akkuyu Nuklear.

Date: Friday, 03 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Containment-building-of-first-Akkuyu-unit-takes-sh

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom has agreed to cooperate with the France’s Framatome and US General Electric Steam Power in the process to select a strategic investor for the Belene NPP project in Bulgaria.

Date: Monday, 22 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-framatome-and-ge-agree-to-cooperate-on-belene-project-7985720

Poland’s APS Energia has won a tender organised by Russia’s Titan 2 (part of state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom) for the supply of uninterruptible power systems to units 1-4 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey.

Date: Friday, 12 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsequipment-being-prepared-for-turkeys-akkuyu-nuclear-plant-7967742

Government appears to favour ‘Boot’ model alread used by Russia Koeberg, near Cape Town, is the only commercial nuclear power station in South Africa. The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) has proposed six possible funding options for new nuclear, but government officials have suggested the most likely is a “build, own, operate and transfer” (Boot) model similar to that used by Russia for project including Akkuyu in Turkey.

Niasa told Engineering News that the very high proportion of the cost of energy that comes from the repayment of capital means interest rates will be fundamental to the viability of any new nuclear project in South Africa.

The association said real interest rates – which are adjusted for inflation – on state debt could be in the range of 2% to 3%, while real interest rates on high risk equity finance could vary from 10% to 15%. It said this explains why some new nuclear projects such as state-supported projects in China could be very competitive while others, such as the private equity funded Hinkley Point C in the UK, needed some kind of state guarantee such as long-term power purchase agreements.

Niasa identified six financing options that could be used to fund a new nuclear programme. The first was state funding for the entire project or state provided sovereign loan guarantees using reserves and cash flows from state-owned companies, as was the case with the United Arab Emirates’ Barakah project.

Date: Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/industry-association-proposes-financing-options-for-new-build-5-2-2020

The main challenges facing the nuclear industry are not in the production and delivery of electricity, but in securing the policy support required for it to expand its contribution of sustainable and low-carbon energy. This was the message of Philippe Costes, senior advisor at World Nuclear Assocation, to delegates at the Nuclear Power Plants Expo & Summit in Istanbul this week.

Date: Friday, 06 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Policy-support-for-nuclear-in-the-global-en