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The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) Canada 2022: Energy Policy Review has found that, since the last IEA review in 2015, Canada has made a series of enterprising international and domestic commitments and has made progress towards transforming its energy system.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
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First Akkuyu plant due online in 2023 with possibility of more units at Sinop and Igneada The first Akkuyu unit is expected to come online in 2023 with a further unit starting every year afterwards. Courtesy Rosatom. New nuclear reactors under construction and being planned in Turkey will help meet the fast-growing economy’s “massive” demand for energy and reduce the country’s dependence on polluting fossil fuels, the Italian representative of the NIATR (Nuclear Industry Association of Turkish Republic) said.

According to Turkey’s ministry of energy and natural resources, energy consumption in 2012 was 239 TWh a year, while in 2023 forecasts say it could reach as much as 478 TWh.

However, Massimo Giorgi of NIATR told NucNet that the current energy mix will not meet demand and the lack of reliable, diversified, low-cost energy is an obstacle to Ankara’s economic plans.

Once fully operational, the $20bn Akkuyu nuclear power station, where Turkey is building four 1,114-MW pressurised water reactor units supplied by Russia, will provide about 10% of the country’s total electricity generation.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
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Canada's electricity system is amongst the cleanest in the world, thanks to hydro and nuclear power, a policy review by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found. Launching the report on 13 January, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol praised Canada's leadership in the development of small modular reactors (SMRs) and expressed the agency's support for the Canadian government's "ambitious" clean energy transition.

Date: Saturday, 15 January 2022
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Kyushu Electric also considering lifetime extension for plant Sendai-2 had been offline since mid-October for scheduled maintenance and refuelling. Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power has restarted the Sendai-1 nuclear power plant in southwestern Japan after scheduled maintenance and refuelling.

The utility restarted the 846-MW pressurised water reactor unit on Saturday, a spokesperson said.

The reactor had been offline since 17 October when the company also started a special inspection that is required to have its operating life extended beyond 40 years.

The special inspection is continuing and the company has not decided whether or not it would apply for approval to extend operation beyond 40 years, Reuters reported.

Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
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The current rate of deployment of low-carbon energy technologies and energy efficiency solutions in France is not fast enough for the government to meet its energy and climate targets, requiring stronger policy efforts and increased investments, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) 2021 Energy Policy Review of France. 

Date: Tuesday, 07 December 2021
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Site preparation for BWRX-300 could begin in 2022 with first unit ready for operation in 2028 The first unit could be ready for operation at Darlington in 2028. Courtesy GEH/OPG. Canadian utility Ontario Power Generation has chosen GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy as its technology partner on a new small modular reactor, with the first grid-scale plant scheduled to be completed by 2028 at the Darlington nuclear station site.

OPG and GEH will collaborate on SMR engineering, design, planning, preparing the licencing and permitting materials, and site preparation for the BWRX-300.

Site preparation for the SMR could begin in the spring of 2022. OPG’s goal is to apply to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for a construction licence by the end of 2022.

Darlington, north of Toronto on the shore of Lake Ontario, is the only site in Canada with an approved environmental assessment and regulatory licence for new nuclear.

The other SMRs under consideration for the site were X-energy’s Xe-100 and Terrestrial Energy’s IMSR400.

Date: Friday, 03 December 2021
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The French government will need to take important decisions to ensure the country gets on track to meet its 2050 net-zero emissions goal, particularly in terms of plans to modernise its nuclear power fleet, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). It said the country may need to delay the planned closure of its 12 oldest reactors by 2035 in order to ensure sufficient supply due to the slow pace of growth in renewable energy.

Date: Thursday, 02 December 2021
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UK Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng met with US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M Granholm on 4 November  at the UN COP26 summit in Glasgow, where they discussed “strengthening cooperation to accelerate the global transition to clean energy and build back better ambitions”, according to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Date: Tuesday, 09 November 2021
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Nuclear energy provides enormous opportunities to bring about a fast, cost-effective and just decarbonisation, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León said yesterday in a COP26 event titled The Role of Nuclear Energy in a Net-Zero Future. Innovations in technologies - such as small modular reactors (SMRs) - and new ways of financing projects will help nuclear play its role in decarbonising the world, participants said.

Date: Saturday, 06 November 2021
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Countries have "re-appreciated" the value of nuclear power, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol said at COP26 today. Birol, who called for new build in Europe, North America and Asia, also said that national commitments made at COP26 would put the world on track to limit global warming to 1.8°C.

Date: Friday, 05 November 2021
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