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Energy consumption from fossil fuels is expected to decrease due to a stated commitment to lower carbon dioxide emissions and address climate change. This reduction will inevitably increase demand for other energy sources, including nuclear – currently the fastest growing source of energy worldwide. Many countries have stated plans to build new nuclear reactors to cope with demand, including China, India, Russia, UK, and the USA. Others are investing heavily in upgrading existing facilities, including Canada and France.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdemand-increases-for-nuclear-metal-tubing-as-higher-energy-consumption-leads-to-plans-for-new-reactors-worldwide-8453732

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-real-challenges-to-nuclear-are-external,-says

The International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that it will produce the world’s first comprehensive roadmap for the energy sector to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. This is part of its strategy to further strengthens its leadership role in global clean energy transitions.  

Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-to-produce-roadmap-to-achieve-net-zero-by-2050-8453193

China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said on 12 January that the world’s first industrial-scale high-temperature gas-cooled reactor nuclear fuel element production line at CNNC’s Nuclear Fuel Element Co Ltd had shipped its first batch of fuel to the Shidaowan High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor Nuclear Power Plant Demonstration Project (HTR-PM) in Shandong.

Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-fuel-shipped-to-chinas-htr-pm-project-8453226

The ITER Organisation has selected the contractors to carry out assembly and installation activities inside the Tokamak Complex at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter), under construction in Cadarache, France. These contracts are the last major assembly and installation contracts planned for first-phase Iter assembly.

Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Final-major-contracts-signed-for-Iter-Tokamak-Comp

Cold functional testing has been completed at unit 6 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province, the second of two demonstration Hualong One reactors at the site. The tests mark the first time the reactor systems are operated together with the auxiliary systems.

Date: Tuesday, 12 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Second-Fuqing-Hualong-One-reactor-completes-cold-t

The UK's Environment Agency (EA) has published its assessment so far of the UK Hualong One pressurised water reactor (UK HPR1000) as it invites public comment on this proposed new reactor design. The UK HPR1000 is the Hualong One design that General Nuclear Services (GNS) - a subsidiary of EDF and China General Nuclear (CGN) - proposes to use at a prospective new nuclear power plant in Bradwell, England.

Date: Tuesday, 12 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-HPR1000-design-opened-for-public-comment

Russia’s OMZ manufactures components for China’s Xudabao 4 Russia’s OMZ-Spetsstal said on 28 December that it had manufactured pressure compensator elements for unit 4 of China’s Xudabao NPP in China.

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-omz-manufactures-components-for-chinas-xudabao-4-8443378

The concrete was poured for the nuclear island of unit 1 at the SanAo nuclear power plant in China’s Zhejiang province, China General Nuclear (CGN) announced on 31 December.

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschina-begins-construction-of-sanao-nuclear-power-plant-8442472