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Licensing work for the planned Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant in Finland has progressed "to the homestretch", with the final licensing materials expected to be submitted to the nuclear regulator over the next couple of months, Fennovoima has said.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Hanhikivi-1-licensing-work-nears-completion

The French government expects plans for new nuclear reactors should be submitted around 2023 with a target date of 2035-37 for the reactors to go online, Berangere Abba, Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological Transition, said during a parliamentary debate in the Senate on 6 January.

Date: Tuesday, 11 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfrance-expects-new-nuclear-reactors-to-begin-operation-in-2035-37-9388128

Finland’s radioactive waste management company, Posiva Oy, said on 30 December that it had submitted its application to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE) for an operating licence for the used fuel encapsulation plant and final disposal facility currently under construction at Olkiluoto. MEAE said Posiva is applying for an operating licence for a period from March 2024 to the end of 2070.

Date: Friday, 07 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfinland-applies-for-licence-to-operate-worlds-first-used-fuel-final-disposal-facility-9371048

Finnish radioactive waste management company Posiva Oy has submitted its application for an operating licence for the used fuel encapsulation plant and final disposal facility currently under construction at Olkiluoto. The repository - the first in the world for used fuel - is expected to begin operations in the mid-2020s.

Date: Thursday, 06 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Posiva-applies-to-operate-used-fuel-disposal-repos

The first criticality of the EPR reactor installed at unit 3 of the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant in Finland was achieved on 21 December, power utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) announced.

Date: Friday, 24 December 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsolkiluoto-3-epr-plant-unit-starts-up-9343313

Protocols to amend two international instruments strengthening the rights to compensation for those affected by nuclear energy accidents have been formally ratified and will enter into force on 1 January.

Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-liability-protocols-ratified-to-strengthen

Finland's fifth nuclear reactor, Olkiluoto 3 (OL3), has reached first criticality. The EPR (European Pressurised Water Reactor) is the first new nuclear unit to be commissioned in Finland in over 40 years, and will eventually produce some 14% of the country's electricity.

Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Europe-s-first-EPR-reaches-criticality

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH), BWXT Canada and Poland's Synthos Green Energy (SGE) yesterday signed a Letter of Intent to cooperate in deploying BWRX-300 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Poland. SGE, together with its partners, plans to deploy at least 10 BWRX-300 SMRs in Poland by the early 2030s.

Date: Friday, 17 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Collaboration-for-Polish-deployment-of-BWRX-300

Finland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy (MEE) said on 8 December that a climate-neutral future requires appropriate and up-to-date legislation and it is, therefore, “launching legislative preparations aimed at a comprehensive reform of the Nuclear Energy Act”. This aims to ensure that the production of nuclear energy “will continue to be in the general interest of society, safe and economically viable”. 

Date: Tuesday, 14 December 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfinland-to-reform-nuclear-energy-act-9316926