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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi talks about the Nuclear Saves Partnerships through which industry and others can partner with the Agency to expand its efforts to support development projects in low- and middle-income countries.

Date: Thursday, 25 November 2021
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IAEA head warns of consequences of failure to embrace energy source Rafael Grossi said a lack of willingness to embrace nuclear energy would curtail capacity growth and hamper efforts to halt climate change. Courtesy IAEA. The International Atomic Energy Agency will highlight the role of nuclear techniques in supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, with director-general Rafael Grossi saying he will personally deliver the message to the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow that nuclear energy “is and must be part of the solution”.

In a statement to the 65th regular session of the agency’s general conference, which is taking place in Vienna this week, Mr Grossi said nuclear can help with climate-smart agriculture, sustainable land-water use, and the environment.

He said the agency’s latest forecast envisages a doubling of the present levels of nuclear-generated electricity production capacity by 2050 in the high case scenario. This relies on both lifetime extensions of existing plants and about 550 GW of new build.

According to the agency’s low case scenario, however, a lack of willingness to embrace nuclear energy would curtail capacity growth, causing the world to fall well short of doing what is necessary to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Date: Tuesday, 21 September 2021
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Russia’s JSC Atomenergoprom on 26 August published consolidated financial statements for the first half of 2021. They showed that consolidated revenue had increased by RUB51.3 billion ($702m), up 13.5%, totalling RUB431.5 billion. Income from operating activities for the first half of 2021 increased by RUB 30.5 billion, up 33.8%, compared with the same period last year and totalled RUB120.8 billion.

Date: Wednesday, 01 September 2021
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Asia’s first demonstration facility for medical wastewater treatment using electron beam (EB) technology began operation in China this year. According the an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on 11 August. “This is the first pilot-scale – 400 cubic metres per day – demonstration of EB for medical wastewater treatment,” said Shijun He, Professor at the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology (INET) at Tsinghua University. The facility in the Hubei Province sterilises medical wastewater and decomposes antibiotics without additional disinfectant or the production of secondary pollution. The milestone builds on a foundation of research by and technical cooperation with the IAEA that started a decade ago. “The IAEA has played a very important role on EB application in China,” said He. The facility opened in May.

Date: Wednesday, 18 August 2021
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Electron beam technology is being used to treat medical wastewater in China for the first time. It is safer and cleaner than traditional methods as well as more effective at removing organic molecules such as viruses and antibiotics, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said.

Date: Saturday, 14 August 2021
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Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are on course to increase by 1.5 billion tonnes in 2021 - the biggest annual rise in emissions since 2010, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). This increase, reversing most of last year's decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is being driven by a strong rebound in demand for coal in electricity generation.

Date: Wednesday, 21 April 2021
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The pandemic has shown the resilience of the nuclear industry to act responsibly, both as a supplier of energy and as an employer, the head of the world's biggest uranium producer said today. In his address to delegates at the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum, Kazatomprom CEO Galymzhan Pirmatov said the wellbeing of the company's 20,000 employees was his first priority.

Date: Thursday, 15 April 2021
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on 10 April unveiled 133 new nuclear achievements in the provinces of Tehran, Markazi, Isfahan, Alborz and Qom to mark the 15th anniversary of the National Nuclear Technology Day. In a ceremony held via videoconference he gave the order for Iranian scientists to begin injecting uranium hexafluoride gas to a pilot cascade of 164 new generation IR6 centrifuges at the Natanz enrichment facility. He also announced that Iran has started mechanical testing of IR-9 centrifuges and launched an assembly line for their production.  

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
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Covid-19 pandemic is continuing to affect work at the site, company says The Vogtle-3 construction site in November 2020. Courtesy Georgia Power. Georgia Power is likely to adjust the dates for the start of hot functional testing and fuel load for the Vogtle-3 nuclear power plant under construction in the US, but still expects to achieve the November 2021 and 2022 regulatory-approved in-service dates for Units 3 and 4 respectively.

Since October 2020, the Vogtle site in the state of Georgia has seen a significant increase in Covid-19 cases, Georgia Power said. This increase, combined with “other productivity challenges”, continues to impact construction production and the pace of testing activity completion, it added.

Last year Georgia Power said it expected to begin hot functional testing in January 2021 and fuel loading in April 2021.

Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
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