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Carbon dioxide emissions from the USA's 100 largest power producers fell 10% between 2019 and 2020, according to the latest in a series of benchmarking studies dating back to 1997. Nuclear accounted for over half of the zero-carbon resources which together generated about 38% of US electricity in 2020.

Date: Thursday, 22 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-benchmarking-study-reflects-decarbonisation-eff

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly influenced the uranium market as several companies announced in the second quarter of 2020 measures leading to an important decrease of uranium production and related services, the Euratom Supply Agency (ESA) says in its newly released 2020 Annual Report. The report provides an overview of nuclear fuel supply and demand in the EU.

Date: Friday, 09 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ESA-reviews-COVID-impacts-on-supply-and-demand

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

Bulgaria’s nuclear society, Bulatom, on 14 June published its position on the main projects in the electricity industry of Bulgaria, in particular the Belene NPP project. In an earlier letter, addressed to “colleagues”, Bulatom noted: “Currently, there is an intensive debate in the society about the future of nuclear energy in our country, including the two promising projects that are in the process of structuring and selecting options for implementation: the project for construction of nuclear power on the approved new site near Kozloduy; and the project for construction of nuclear power at the Belene site.”

Date: Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbulatom-seeks-level-playing-field-for-belene-project-8837361

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Coal-demand-to-boost-CO2-emissions-in-2021-says-IE

First concrete was poured for the third unit of Turkey’s Akkuyu NPP on 11 March. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan both took part in the ceremony by videoconference. The even at the construction site was attended by Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Dönmez, the General Director of Russia’s Rosatom, Alexey Likhachev, and the General Director project company Akkuyu Nuclear, Anastasia Zoteeva.

Date: Friday, 12 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-concrete-poured-for-akkuyu-unit-3-8592029

Rosatom’s publication, Strana Roastom, said on 9 March that by 2045, the share of nuclear energy in Russia’s energy balance should reach 25%. “We understand that the coronavirus epidemic has changed the world, but it's hard to say what the outcome will be. It is only obvious that the speed of change is increasing, and we need to accept this,” said Rosatom CEO Alexei Likhachev. 

Date: Friday, 12 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatoms-development-plans-8592063

Two reactors already under construction with plans for a fourth A virtual ceremony was held to mark the event. Image courtesy Rosatom. The presidents of Turkey and Russia have remotely inaugurated the construction of a third nuclear reactor of Akkuyu power station in southern Turkey, vowing to continue their close cooperation, press reports said.

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said a “solemn ceremony” was also held at the site of the nuclear station and attended by Turkish energy and natural resources minister Fatih Dienmez, Rosatom director-general Aleksey Likhachev and Akkuyu Nuclear chief executive officer Anastasia Soteeva.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the facility would launch Turkey into the “league of nuclear energy countries” and called it a “symbol of Turkish-Russian cooperation.” Nuclear power is a “strategic step” for energy security, Mr Erdogan said.

Date: Friday, 12 March 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/presidents-launch-construction-of-third-unit-at-turkey-nuclear-station-3-4-2021

Rosatom announced today that first concrete has been poured for the third unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in the Mersin province of Turkey. The Russian and Turkish heads of state joined the ceremony held to mark the event by video link. The Akkuyu nuclear power plant project is based on an intergovernmental agreement the two countries signed in 2010.

Date: Thursday, 11 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-concrete-poured-for-Akkuyu-unit-3

The design life of unit 5 at Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant has been extended by 10 years, nuclear utility Energoatom reported.

Date: Tuesday, 02 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsenergoatom-marks-life-extension-of-ukraines-zaporozhye-5-8484622