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The first VVER-440 fuel produced by US-based Westinghouse at its Swedish facility has been loaded into one of the reactors at Ukraine’s Rivne NPP. It was not clear which of the units – 1 or 2 – received the fuel, which reportedly will initially be mixed with the existing fuel supplied by Russia’s TVEL. Ukraine’s target, however, is to end the use of Russian-supplied fuel as soon as possible.

Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2023
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IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, during an official visit to Sweden, travelled to the Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory, where research is underway 500 metres below ground. The laboratory is located on an island north of the town of Oskarshamn near the Oskarshamn NPP.

Date: Wednesday, 06 September 2023
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Slovak power utility Slovenské Elektrárne (SE) has signed a contract with US-based Westinghouse to supply of nuclear fuel Slovakia’s NPPs. This followed an international tender for the supply of nuclear fuel and related services throughout the supply chain for the production of nuclear fuel. SE says the aim of the agreement is to diversify the supply of nuclear fuel for VVER 440 power plants in Slovakia.

Date: Thursday, 31 August 2023
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Sweden's Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) has presented its final report to the government on how the regulatory framework for nuclear power should be developed and what other measures may be needed for nuclear power to be expanded in the country.

Date: Thursday, 10 August 2023
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France’s Nuclear Policy Council (CPN - Conseil de Politique Nucléaire), chaired on by President Emmanuel Macron, has selected the Bugey NPP in Ain for the construction of two next-generation EPR2 reactors. Earlier it was decided that the Penly NPP in Normandy and Gravelines in Hauts-de-France would also each host two EPR2s.

Date: Friday, 28 July 2023
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EDF has submitted the Nuward small modular reactor (SMR) to the France's Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN – Nuclear Safety Authority), marking the start of the pre-licensing process. The safety options file (DOS) outlines the safety objectives, the global design features, and the main principles for operation and risk management for NUWARD SMR. It allows for early feedback from ASN, in preparation for the future new nuclear facility application, which is required to start building a plant in France.

Date: Wednesday, 26 July 2023
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EDF, as the future operator of the potential first Nuward plant in France, has submitted the safety options file for the small modular reactor (SMR) to the country's nuclear safety regulator, the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN).

Date: Saturday, 22 July 2023
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Norway’s Norsk Kjernekraft has signed a letter of intent with Denmark's Seaborg Technologies to investigate the possible deployment of Seaborg's compact molten salt reactor (CMSR) in Norway.

Date: Friday, 21 July 2023
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India and France have agreed to strengthen their defence and security partnership following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to France at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron. Following extensive discussions, a joint communique noted the strengthening of the strategic partnership between the two countries. Among other things, it “recognised that the promotion of clean and low-carbon energy, the preservation of biodiversity, the protection of the oceans and the fight against pollution were essential aspects of cooperation”.

Date: Thursday, 20 July 2023
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Norsk Kjernekraft and Denmark's Seaborg have signed a letter of intent to investigate the deployment of Seaborg's compact molten salt reactor (CMSR) in Norway.

Date: Wednesday, 19 July 2023
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