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After falling by about 1% in 2020 due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, global electricity demand will increase by 5% in 2021 and 4% in 2022, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). However, almost half of this increase will be from fossil fuels - notably coal - threatening to push CO2 emissions from the power sector to record levels in 2022. Nuclear power generation is forecast to grow by around 1% in 2021 and by 2% in 2022.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Emissions-set-to-rise-with-growth-in-coal-use,-say

Consultancy firm KPMG on 7 July released a report on nuclear energy market consultation, which discusses the conditions under which market parties are prepared to invest in NPPs in the Netherlands, what public support is required for this, and which regions are interested in establishing a nuclear plant. The 151-page report was compiled at the request of the House of Representatives in response to a motion by Klaas Dijkhoff put forward in September 2020. KPGM began work on the study on 8 February this year.

Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskpmg-looks-at-feasibility-of-newbuild-in-netherlands-8893831

Polish chemicals group Synthos and petrochemical firm PKN Orlen have agreed to cooperate on micro modular reactors (MMRs) and small modular reactors (SMRs). Under an agreement announced today, both companies will jointly carry out research and explore the feasibility of deploying such reactors at Orlen's production plants in Poland.

Date: Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Polish-industrial-firms-team-up-for-small-reactor

Global crises like the coronavirus pandemic and climate change can create a strong impetus for the rapid acceleration of new technological development, panellists at a World Nuclear Association Strategic eForum said this week. Governments also have an important part to play in facilitating the right market conditions to enable innovation to flourish, while effective communication is vital in all sectors.

Date: Saturday, 26 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Cross-sector-panel-embraces-spirit-of-innovation

The final 19 used fuel assemblies have been removed from Russia’s floating technical base (FTB) Lepse at the Nerpa shipyard in Kola Bay. On 11 June, the motor ship Serebryanka delivered the assemblies in TUK-18 containers to the special storage site at FSUE Atomflot in Murmansk. Unloading and transportation of the 19 assemblies was funded from the federal budget.

Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfinal-used-fuel-removed-from-lepse-8822807

Nuclear energy's high load factors and reliability could make achieving net-zero affordable, according to a special report, “Nuclear for a decarbonised future”, published on 2 June by Barclays. The 34-page report says, “Nuclear is safer than commonly assumed, and new technology and further research could make it even cleaner, safer and cheaper. This could pave the way for a greater contribution to the global energy transition.”

Date: Wednesday, 09 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbarclays-report-says-nuclear-is-essential-for-decarbonisation-8803261

Nuclear energy should become part of a global low-carbon technological platform that would help ensure all countries in the world achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2050, Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov told delegates at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum last week.

Date: Tuesday, 08 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-must-be-part-of-global-climate-solution-sa

Ukraine's nuclear regulator has issued a permit to SSE Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) for the retrieval of undamaged used nuclear fuel from the ISF-1 interim used fuel wet storage facility. The fuel will be moved into the new ISF-2 dry storage facility. The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) has also issued a licence for the operation of the Liquid Radioactive Waste Treatment Plant at the Chernobyl site.

Date: Thursday, 27 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Permit-issued-for-Chernobyl-used-fuel-transfer

Finland’s Posiva Oyj, the operator responsible for the final disposal of used nuclear fuel, said on 7 May that it had started the excavation of the final disposal tunnels at Olkiluoto, in the Eurajoki municipality. This is seen as a significant milestone for Posiva, coming after years of development activities on research and methodology for rock construction. The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland (STUK) verified before the excavation started that the pre-conditions specified for starting the work had been fulfilled.

Date: Wednesday, 12 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsposiva-begins-excavation-of-final-deposition-tunnels-for-final-repository-8735613

Excavation of the first final disposal tunnel has started at the Onkalo underground used nuclear fuel repository near Olkiluoto, Finnish radioactive waste management company Posiva Oy announced today. The repository - the first in the world for used fuel - is expected to begin operations in the mid-2020s.

Date: Saturday, 08 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-disposal-tunnel-under-construction-at-Finnis