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$15m investment will help with pre-licensing of SMR Terrestrial Energy is proposing to build a 195-MW IMSR at Chalk River in Canada. Courtesy Terrestrial Energy. The Canadian government took a step forward on its national small modular reactor plan on Thursday, with an investment to help an Ontario company move closer to commercialising its Generation IV reactor technology.

The CAD20m ($15.1m) investment will help Terrestrial Energy complete a pre-licensing milestone for its technology, part of an effort to bring net-generation nuclear energy to industry, Canada’s innovation ministry said.

This is the first investment from the government’s strategic innovation fund for an SMR. Terrestrial Energy’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) power plant is said to be 50% more efficient than traditional reactors and suited for deployment in remote communities and industrial operations, including on-grid and off-grid power provision.

Ontario-based Terrestrial Energy, established in 2013, is proposing to build a 195-MW IMSR at Chalk River in Canada. It wants to commission the first IMSR power plants in the late 2020s.

The company said IMSR plants can be built in four years and produce electricity or industrial heat at prices competitive with fossil fuels while emitting no greenhouse gases. They can provide energy for generating on-grid electric power and heat for industrial processes, such as hydrogen production, synthetic fuel production, natural resource extraction, and desalination.

Date: Saturday, 17 October 2020
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OPG and a number of affiliates are planning to produce Mo-99 at the Darlington nuclear station. Courtesy OPG. Plans to produce molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) at OPG’s Darlington nuclear power station in Canada are making “significant progress” with the manufacturing of specialised tooling for the project underway at a facility in Peterborough, Ontario.

The project to produce Mo-99 at Darlington involves Darlington owner and operator OPG, its subsidiary Laurentis Energy Partners, BWXT and a number of BWXT affiliates. The project could see Darlington become the first commercial operating nuclear reactor to produce Mo-99, OPG said.

Mo-99 is a much-needed medical isotope used in over 40 million procedures a year to detect cancers and diagnose various medical conditions.

OPG said that over the past two years, a team at BWXT and Laurentis designed the specialised tooling to enable the production of Mo-99 at Darlington. The manufacturing of this tooling has now begun.

Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020
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Company reiterates plans to push ahead with Sizewell C EDF wants to enable £50bn of investment in the generation of low-carbon electricity from nuclear, wind and solar in the UK, with the Hinkley Point C project providing a vivid illustration of the “huge economic benefits” that new nuclear investment brings.

In a report outlining the company’s plans to support the UK’s 2050 net zero ambitions, France’s state-owned utility said its focus in power generation is on new nuclear and renewables. It said these are the most proven and cost-effective forms of producing electricity with zero emissions at the point of generation.

“With economic recovery from Covid-19 in mind, our Hinkley Point C project in Somerset provides a vivid illustration of the huge economic benefits that new nuclear investment brings,” EDF said. “Recent figures show the project has spent £1.7bn with more than 1,100 companies across the southwest, and more than 10,000 jobs have been created.”

EDF Energy, the UK arm of EDF, is building two Generation III 1,600-MW EPR units at Hinkley Point C. The units are expected to meet 7% of UK demand. Work onsite has been underway since a final agreement on the project was signed in September 2016 by EDF, China’s CGN and the UK government.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
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As Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gather in Vienna this week for the annual General Conference, they should consider making universal the appointment of a National Focal Point on denials of shipment of radioactive materials to boost security of supply of medical isotopes, write Natanael Bruno and Serge Gorlin, co-chairs of the Transport Facilitation Working Group.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
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The fight against the coronavirus pandemic has underscored the important role the International Atomic Energy Agency plays in the major crises the world faces, its director general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of the IAEA General Conference. These remarks were in addition to his formal statement published by the agency while he was speaking to the conference's participants, both those present at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna and those watching via livestreaming of the event.

Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
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South African power utility Eskom said was on schedule to install six new steam generators at its Koeberg nuclear power plant in 2021. The first is already in transit and expected to arrive in Cape Town later in September, Eskom noted.

Date: Friday, 18 September 2020
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UK-based Horizon Nuclear Power announced that it will cease its activities to develop nuclear new-build projects at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey and at Oldbury on Severn in South Gloucestershire. This followed the decision by Horizon’s parent company, Japan’s Hitachi Ltd, it would end business operations on the UK NPP construction project, which was suspended in January 2019.

Date: Friday, 18 September 2020
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Kazakhstan’s National Atomic Company Kazatomprom on 3 August announced its operating results for the 2nd quarter and 1st half of the year ending 30 June. Kazatomprom, world's biggest uranium producer, uses in situ leach methods at 26 deposits grouped into 13 mining assets in Kazakhstan. The company  covered 25% of global uranium output in 2019.

Date: Friday, 07 August 2020
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Kazakhstan's JSC National Atomic Company Kazatomprom plans to return staffing levels at its uranium mines to normal by around the end of this month. The number of employees at the mine sites was reduced between April and July in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: Wednesday, 05 August 2020
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Companies say project will boost recovery and help meet net zero target A computer-generated image of the planned Sizewell C nuclear power station in England. Photo courtesy EDF Energy. A new British industrial consortium formed by 32 companies is calling on the government to approve the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station, saying it will boost the country’s post Covid-19 recovery by injecting billions into the UK’s green economy and net zero ambition

France’s EDF and China General Nuclear Power Corporation are 80% and 20% shareholders in the project to build two Generation III ER units on the Suffolk coast in southeast England. The cost of the project has been estimated at £18bn, although this has not been confirmed by either EDF or CGN.

The consortium believes Sizewell C will provide a major economic boost for the UK and set the country on the road to a green recovery. It said work could begin this year, involving contracts worth up to £300m, adding that it intends to sign agreements with UK regions to guarantee jobs and investment.

Up to 70% of contracts for Sizewell C will go to British-based businesses.

Date: Wednesday, 15 July 2020
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