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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is dispatching a first batch of equipment to more than 40 countries to enable them to use a nuclear-derived technique to rapidly detect the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This emergency assistance is part of the IAEA's response to requests for support from around 90 Member States in controlling an increasing number of infections worldwide.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-dispatches-COVID-19-detection-equipment

Generation III plant has seen a number of delays and cost overruns The Flamanville-3 nuclear unit in northern France. Photo courtesy EDF. A decree published by the government in France’s Official Journal on 27 March has postponed the deadline for the startup of the Flamanville-3 EPR nuclear power plant to 2024, 12 years later than the original target date.

An initial decree of 10 April 2007 set a 10-year deadline and a second, published in March 2017, extended the construction period to 13 years, or the spring of 2020.

Construction of a single Generation III 1,600-MW EPR began in 2007 at the site of an existing nuclear station at Flamanville in Normandy. Initial completion was scheduled for 2012, but the project encountered a series of delays and related cost overruns.

According to the latest reports, fuel loading at the plant is now expected to happen by the end of 2022.

Date: Thursday, 02 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/decree-sets-startup-deadline-of-2024-4-3-2020

The construction of the EPR unit at the Flamanville site in Normandy was authorised by the French government by a decree of 10 April 2007, which stated first fuel loading must be completed within thirteen years. With that date approaching, a new decree has extended the deadline by four years.

Date: Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Decree-delays-deadline-for-start-up-of-Flamanville

Czech utility ČEZ has applied to the State Office for Nuclear Safety to construct two new reactors at its Dukovany nuclear power plant. Four VVER-440 units are currently in operation at the site, in Vysočina Region.

Date: Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/CEZ-applies-to-build-two-new-units-at-Dukovany

Czech power company CEZ on 25 March submitted an application to the State Office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB) for permission to construct new nuclear units at the Dukovany site.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscez-applies-to-build-new-nuclear-units-at-dukovany-7844971

Nuclear power has responded to the call to action in the public health crisis that each and every one of us is facing, writes World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Message-Nuclear-power-in-the-fight-against-COVID19

CNNC Rössing Uranium has announced the suspension of normal mining operations at the Rössing uranium mine in Namibia from 28 March because of a partial lockdown of the Erongo region in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Elsewhere, uranium miners continue to address issues arising from the global pandemic.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rossing-operations-suspended-in-Namibian-lockdown

Nuclear power has responded to the call to action in the public health crisis that each and every one of us is facing, writes World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising.

Date: Saturday, 28 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Message-Nuclear-power-in-the-fight-against-COVID-1

The reactor pressure vessel, steam generator and hot gas duct at unit 2 of China's demonstration high-temperature gas-cooled reactor plant (HTR-PM) have been paired and connected, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced on 25 March.

Date: Friday, 27 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsprogress-at-chinas-htr-pm-7839012