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Holtec International has announced the launch of three new technologies that have been developed under its Project Cheetah initiative. These include a new storage and transport basket for VVER fuel; an improved storage cask design, and a new cask transporter.

Date: Tuesday, 03 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Holtec-announces-new-cask-technology-developments

Civil engineering works have been completed on the building that will house the fusion machine of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) at Cadarache in south-eastern France. The final concrete was poured yesterday for the upper part of the Tokamak Complex, meaning the metal frame of its roof can now be installed.

Date: Saturday, 09 November 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Civil-engineering-completed-on-ITER-tokamak-buildi

R&D on the design of Russia’s BN-1200 fast neutron reactor is scheduled to be complete before the end of 2021 and in 2022 state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom will decide whether or not to go ahead with construction, a conference heard.

Rosatom’s Vladimir Asmolov told Atomeco 2019 in Hungary that Russia now believed the cost of building fast reactors with a capacity of 1,200 MW will be comparable to the cost of the VVER-1200 reactors that Rosatom is already building in Russia and abroad.

“In our strategy, 2022 is defined as a fork in the road, a decision point for the construction of BN-1200,” he said.

Date: Friday, 08 November 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/decision-on-bn-1200-fast-reactor-scheduled-for-2022-says-rosatom-11-4-2019

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has provided initial match funding to the consortium of companies designing a new type of nuclear power station in the UK. Rolls-Royce and its partners have said a UK small modular reactor (SMR) programme could contribute GBP100 billion (USD128 billion) to the UK economy and open up a global export market.

Date: Friday, 08 November 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-confirms-funding-for-Rolls-Royce-SMR

Belgian Tractebel and Spanish Empresarios Agrupados yesterday signed a EUR7.6 million (USD8.4 million) contract for the design of buildings and utilities for the Myrhha accelerator-driven research reactor at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre's (SCK-CEN) site in Mol, Belgium.

Date: Thursday, 07 November 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Myrhha-project-developers-sign-first-contract

Canada’s particle accelerator centre, TRIUMF, and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) have completed the first joint production run of actinium-225, a rare medical isotope that shows great promise as the basis for new, cutting-edge cancer therapies.

Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanadian-scientists-test-technology-for-production-of-actinium-225-7478484

Russia and Serbia have signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the construction of a Centre for Nuclear Science, Technology and Innovation in Serbia.

Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Russia-Serbia-to-build-nuclear-research-centre

The US Department of Energy and US Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed a memorandum of understanding to share technical expertise and computing resources to speed up the deployment of advanced nuclear technologies.

The MoU centres on the DOE’s new National Reactor Innovation Cengre initiative which was established to accelerate commercialisation by helping private companies test and demonstrate advanced nuclear technologies.

The agreement couples the research capabilities of the DOE’s National Laboratories with the regulatory expertise of the NRC to help the development and licensing of advanced reactors.

Date: Friday, 18 October 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/doe-and-nrc-share-expertise-to-speed-up-development-of-advanced-reactors-10-4-2019

US Centrus Energy Corp announced on 9 October that it had completed decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the US Department of Energy's (DOE’s) K-1600 facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on time and on budget. Centrus said the $15 million project was completed in one year.

Date: Friday, 11 October 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscentrus-completes-dd-project-for-us-doe-7447772

Romanian utility Nuclearelectrica has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fostering ALFRED Construction (Falcon) consortium for cooperation on the development of the Advanced Lead Fast Reactor European Demonstrator (ALFRED) which is planned for construction in Romania.

Date: Friday, 11 October 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsromania-signs-mou-to-develop-lead-cooled-reactor-7447801