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Installation of the second tier of the reactor building's internal containment has been completed at unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssecond-tier-of-internal-containment-completed-at-akkuyu-1-8011807

Iran will retaliate against any country that carries out cyber attacks on its nuclear sites, the head of civilian defence said on 3 July, after a fire at its Natanz enrichment facility.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsincident-damages-building-at-irans-natanz-enrichment-facility-8011793

The International Atomic Energy Agency said it has been informed by Iran about a fire in a building at the site of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility early on 2 July.

Iran told the IAEA that the fire was quickly extinguished and that there had been no nuclear material or other radioactive material in the building. Iran said the cause was not yet known, adding there were no injuries or radioactive contamination.

The Natanz site is under IAEA safeguards, including verification and monitoring under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, an agreement reached in Vienna in 2015, between Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the UK, the US plus Germany).

The JCPOA was a far-reaching 25-year settlement that constrained Iran’s nuclear capacity in exchange for sanctions relief. Iran agreed to remove about two-thirds of Natanz’s centrifuges, limit uranium enrichment to 3.67%, and down-blend or sell most of its LEU stockpile. Iran is also required to provide the IAEA daily access to Natanz for continuous monitoring of enrichment activities and centrifuge production.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-says-no-nuclear-or-radioactive-material-in-natanz-fire-7-1-2020

Building new nuclear capacity does not need to be risky or expensive, a new report from the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has found. The organisation has called for government action to support a rapid reduction in the costs of new nuclear capacity by creating policy frameworks that capture and apply the lessons learned and capabilities developed over recent years.

Date: Saturday, 04 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NEA-study-sets-scene-for-reducing-nuclear-costs

France’s EDF and 14 other companies and trade unions have announced proposals for a clean energy hub to be built in Cumbria in the UK, including a new large nuclear power plant.

Date: Thursday, 02 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsclean-energy-hub-proposes-nuclear-development-for-moorside-8004266

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released its annual nuclear power status data for 2019 collected by the Power Reactor Information System (PRIS) and issued its Safeguards Statement for 2019.

Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-reports-on-nuclear-plant-operation-and-safeguards-7999314

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) applied nuclear safeguards in 183 states worldwide last year, according to its Safeguards Statement for 2019. IAEA safeguards are a series of technical measures that provide the international community with confidence that nuclear material is used for peaceful purposes and not to produce nuclear weapons.

Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-reports-on-safeguards-activities-in-2019

Six units connected to grid, 13 permanently shut down The Yangjiang nuclear station in China, where a new unit came online in 2019. Near and long-term capacity growth prospects for the commercial nuclear power industry are centred in Asia, which at the end of 2019 reported some 36.5 GW of nuclear power capacity, or 35 reactors, under construction, the International Atomic Energy Agency has said.

In its nuclear power status data for 2019, published on Friday, the agency said that in 2019, six new pressurised water reactors (PWR) were connected to the grid, resulting in an additional 5,174 MW of nuclear power capacity.

Over 77% of this new capacity was added in Asia and included two reactor units in China at Taishan-2 and Yangjiang-6, and one reactor unit in the South Korea at Shin-Kori-4. In addition, three nuclear power reactor units with a total capacity of 1,174 MW were connected to grid in Russia, including Novovoronezh 2-2 and the world’s first commercial floating nuclear power plant ‘Akademik Lomonosov’, which comprises two units of 30 MW each.

Fifty-four reactors were under construction in 19 countries with a total of capacity of 57,441 MW. Installed nuclear power capacity under construction has largely remained steady in recent years, except for continuous growth in Asia, where a total of 55,067 MW operational capacity, or 61 reactors, has been connected to the grid since 2005.

Date: Saturday, 27 June 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/capacity-growth-for-nuclear-centred-in-asia-latest-data-show-6-5-2020

DFC will be allowed to support reactor projects in developing countries Maria Korsnick said the US needs significant investment and bold policy to compete with Russia and China A planned change that will allow the International Development Finance Corporation, a US federal agency, to support nuclear power projects in developing countries is “a huge step forward” for the country’s nuclear industry and will put pressure on the World Bank to likewise look at its investment policy, the head of the Washington-based Nuclear Energy Institute said.

Maria Korsnick told a webinar on Wednesday that the DFC decision, which is the subject of a public consultation and has not yet been confirmed, will “set a lot of things in motion”.

“It also opens up the Export-Import Bank [the official export credit agency of the US federal government] to an understanding of the importance of investments for nuclear energy across the world,” she said. “It’s very, very significant.”

“Enhanced financing from the Export-Import Bank would also be a major step forward,” she said.

Date: Friday, 26 June 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/agency-change-will-be-huge-step-forward-for-us-nuclear-industry-6-4-2020

Plans for a clean economic recovery and the goal of 'Net Zero by 2050' need commitment to new nuclear power plants, the UK’'s Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) said today. Ahead of the Climate Change Committee's annual progress update due this week, the NIA has released Forty by ’50: A Nuclear Roadmap, an assessment produced for the government and industry body, the Nuclear Industry Council (NIC).

Date: Thursday, 25 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-industry-presents-nuclear-roadmap-to-net-zero