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The European Court of Justice on 22 September rejected Austria's appeal against the European Commission's (EC’s) 2014 decision to approve UK government aid for the construction of two EPR reactors at Hinkley Point C, in Somerset, England. 

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseu-court-of-justice-rejects-austrian-appeal-against-hinkley-point-c-8148318

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on 22 September issued a decree "On urgent measures to stabilise the situation in the energy sector and further development of nuclear energy", which was published on the President's official website, and which came into immediate effect.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsukraines-president-orders-draft-bill-on-development-of-nuclear-energy-8148257

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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/edf-wants-to-enable-gbp50bn-of-low-carbon-investment-including-nuclear-9-4-2020

China continues to expand its nuclear power sector, albeit at a much slower pace than the renewable sector, the report concluded. Courtesy CNEA. The number of operating nuclear power reactors in the world dropped by nine over the past year to 408 as of mid-2020, below the level already reached in 1988 and 30 units below the historic peak of 438 in 2002, according to an independent report.

One more reactor has begun operation since the report was written, bringing the total as of September to 409.

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2020 said the “big five” nuclear generating countries – the US, France, China, Russia and South Korea – again generated 70% of all nuclear electricity in 2019.

It said two countries, the US and France, accounted for 45% of 2019 global nuclear production. This was two percentage points lower than in 2018 as France’s output shrank by 3.5%.

China continues to expand its nuclear power sector, albeit at a much slower pace than the nation’s renewable sector, the report concluded. As of mid-2020, China had 47 reactors in operation, with a total generating capacity of 45.5 GW.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/number-of-operating-reactors-has-fallen-but-sector-expands-in-china-9-4-2020

The UK government has launched a COP26 Energy Transition Council to bring together leaders of the global power sector, to accelerate the transition from coal to clean power. Announcing the initiative at a Clean Energy Ministerial side event, Martin Callanan said this new partnership would "speed progress" for the next round of UN climate talks, in November 2020. Callanan, a life peer, delivered a keynote speech on behalf of COP President Designate Alok Sharma, at the CEM11 discussion Passing the Tipping Point: the next decade of clean energy cooperation held on 21 September.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-launches-Energy-Transition-Council-ahead-of-COP

The 2020s are likely to be a time of uncertainty for global energy systems with the growing recognition that business-as-usual is unsustainable and represents a threat to humanity, but the global transition to low-carbon energy and the post-COVID recovery will be a time of opportunity for the nuclear energy sector and its supply chain, according to the 2020 edition of a World Nuclear Association report that analyses the economic value of the nuclear power industry. The report is the work of the Association's Supply Chain working group, which is chaired by Laurent-Olivier Coudeyre of EDF.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Report-sees-opportunities-for-nuclear-supply-chain

Nuclear innovation is driving improvement in all parts of the industry, enhancing reliability, efficiency, economics and flexibility, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising told the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA's) Scientific Forum 2020 today. She said innovation is accelerating the development and commercialisation of small modular reactors opening up additional applications for nuclear energy.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Innovation-is-key-to-nuclears-future,-says-Rising

The IAEA continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement, and evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities continue, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of IAEA General Conference. 

Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-is-fair-and-firm-with-Iran-says-Grossi

Bibloc safety nuclear pressure transmitters are qualified for 60 years of operation. Courtesy Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce has been awarded a multi-million-euro contract by China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to provide Bibloc pressure transmitters for two nuclear reactors under construction in China.

The British engineering giant said the pressure transmitters are for Zhangzhou-1 and Zhangzhou-2 in Fujian province, eastern China. Both plants are of the domestic HPR1000 or Hualong One reactor design. Zhangzhou-1 is scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2024 and Zhangzhou-2 in 2025.

As part of the contracts, Rolls-Royce will provide more than 200 Bibloc safety classified pressure transmitters and associated accessories such as cables, connections and electronics. Including this latest installation, these transmitters will now be in place on 36 nuclear reactors in China. 

Date: Saturday, 19 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/company-wins-multi-million-euro-contract-for-zhangzhou-components-9-5-2020

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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseskom-to-install-new-steam-generators-at-koeberg-8138011