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The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Mitsubishi FBR Systems (MFBR), and US-based TerraPower have expanded their January 2022 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the development of sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) technologies.

Date: Friday, 03 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjapan-and-us-expand-cooperation-on-fast-reactors-11265750

TerraPower of the USA and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsubishi FBR Systems (MFBR) have agreed to expand their existing memorandum of understanding, signed in January 2022, on the development of sodium-cooled fast reactors.

Date: Thursday, 02 November 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/TerraPower-expands-cooperation-with-Japan-on-fast

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been selected as the core company in charge of the conceptual design of a demonstration fast reactor which the government aims to put into operation in the 2040s. MHI will oversee both the conceptual design as well as research and development for a sodium-cooled fast reactor in partnership with Mitsubishi FBR Systems (MFBR), an MHI Group engineering company established in 2007 to handle the development and design of fast reactors. The design work for the new reactor is scheduled to begin in fiscal 2024.

Date: Wednesday, 19 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmhi-to-be-responsible-for-design-of-new-japanese-fast-reactor-11014815

TerraPower and Centrus Energy Corp have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to significantly expand their collaboration aimed at establishing commercial-scale, US production capabilities for high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU) to supply TerraPower's first-of-a-kind Natrium reactor and energy storage system.

Date: Wednesday, 19 July 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Agreement-ensures-demo-Natrium-plant-s-HALEU-needs

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been selected by the Japanese government to lead the conceptual design of a demonstration sodium-cooled fast reactor that is to enter operation in the 2040s.

Date: Thursday, 13 July 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/MHI-to-develop-Japanese-fast-reactor

US Terrapower’s advanced Natrium nuclear reactor proposed for southwestern Wyoming is expected to be delayed by at least two years, Jeff Navin, TerraPower’s director of external affairs has told the Caspar Star-Tribune. Following Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, the supply of high assay low enriched uranium (HALEU) needed to fuel the reactor is now in doubt. “We had a plan. It was a very aggressive timeline; we felt pretty confident that we could meet it. But it was all predicated on having our first coreload of fuel come from Russia,” Navin said.

Date: Saturday, 17 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsterrapowers-natrium-reactor-project-delayed-by-lack-of-haleu-10443311

TerraPower has said it expects operation of the Natrium demonstration reactor to be delayed by at least two years because there will not be sufficient commercial capacity to manufacture high-assay low-enriched uranium fuel in time to meet the proposed 2028 in-service date.

Date: Friday, 16 December 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/HALEU-fuel-availability-delays-Natrium-reactor-pro

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has established a high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) consortium. The Consortium will help to inform DOE activities to secure a domestic supply of HALEU, which is considered crucial for the development and deployment of advanced reactors in the USA. Membership is free and open to any US entity, association, and government organisation involved in the nuclear fuel cycle. It also may include organisations whose facilities are in ally or partner nations designated by DOE.

Date: Friday, 09 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-department-of-energy-establishes-haleu-consortium-10422125

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