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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) team of experts said Électricité de France (EDF) has strengthened operational safety at France’s Belleville NPP and addressed the findings of the previous IAEA review in 2021.

Date: Saturday, 03 June 2023
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An agreement has been signed by state-owned Polish utility Polskie Elektrownie Jadrowe (PEJ) with a consortium of US Westinghouse and Bechtel, which is being set up to design and build a NPP in Pomerania. The agreement, which sets out the rules for cooperation between PEJ and the Westinghouse-Bechtel consortium, is the result of intensive negotiations in recent months. These rules will apply to subsequent commercial contracts for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Pomerania.

Date: Thursday, 01 June 2023
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US-based NuScale Power has joined the Romanian Atomic Forum (Romatom) as a supporting member to champion the association’s nuclear energy goals. Romania aims to be the first country in Europe to deploy a NuScale VOYGR small modular reactor (SMR) power plant. John Hopkins, NuScale President & CEO, said NuScale was “committed to advancing the secure deployment of SMRs globally”.

Date: Friday, 26 May 2023
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Funding of up to USD275 million to advance the deployment of a NuScale Power Corporation VOYGR small modular reactor (SMR) plant in Romania was announced at the G7 leaders' summit by the USA and "multinational public-private partners" from Japan, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.

Date: Tuesday, 23 May 2023
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed three memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Chinese nuclear energy organisations to boost co-operation. The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) said the MOUs were signed with the Nuclear Power Operations Research Institute, the China National Nuclear Corporation Overseas and the China Nuclear Energy Industry Corporation.

Date: Wednesday, 10 May 2023
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The US government has rejected Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power’s (KHNP’s) report on the tender for a nuclear power plant project in the Czech Republic. This has increased concerns that Korea’s plans to boost its nuclear reactor exports may continue to be stalled by ongoing litigation with Westinghouse Electric Company.

Date: Wednesday, 12 April 2023
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Romania's Nuclearelectrica and Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on the "potential development and expansion of nuclear energy programmes in the United Arab Emirates and Romania as well as within central and eastern Europe".

Date: Thursday, 23 March 2023
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The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA's) planned new laboratory greenhouses have recently received pledges of €5.5m from 12 countries. The greenhouses are part of the Agency’s ReNuAL2 project to upgrade its nuclear applications laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria. The contributions were provided by Algeria, Australia, Germany, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Korea, Slovenia, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the USA. This met the target of estimated funding needed for construction of new laboratory greenhouses, which are necessary for the Agency’s work in plant-breeding, food safety, soil and water management and crop nutrition. The greenhouses were the last major ReNuAL2 project element requiring funding.

Date: Thursday, 16 March 2023
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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has announced that its operating and maintenance subsidiary Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) has begun commercial operations of unit 3 of the Barakah NPP in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Date: Wednesday, 01 March 2023
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Four APR-1400 reactors will deliver up to 25% of UAE’s electricity demands The Barakah-3 nuclear power plant in the UAE has begun commercial operation. Courtesy Enec. Unit 3 at the Barakah nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirtes has begun commercial operation, bringing total production from the first three units at the four-unit facility to up to 4,200 MW, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) said.

Barakah-3 is the third South Korea-supplied APR-1400 unit to be delivered in three consecutive years at the Barakah station, in the in the Al Dhafra Region of Abu Dhabi.

Barakah-1 began commercial operation in April 2021 and Barakah-2 in March 2022. Barakah-4, the final unit at the station, is likely to begin commercial operation within the next year.

Enec said teams at Barakah – the first commercial nuclear power station in the Arab World – have reduced the duration from fuel load to commercial operations for Unit 3 by four months compared to Unit 2 and by more than five months compared to Unit 1.

Date: Saturday, 25 February 2023
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