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Bulgaria's Energy Minister Rumen Radev, during a visit to Paris has signed a declaration of intent with French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire to establish bilateral cooperation in the field of nuclear energy. The French Economy Ministry said as members of the European Nuclear Alliance, France and Bulgaria emphasise the essential role of nuclear energy to achieve the objective of climate neutrality of the European Union by 2050 and to strengthen energy security and sovereignty. The two countries will continue their co-operation both within the Alliance and bilaterally.

Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbulgaria-and-france-to-strengthen-nuclear-energy-cooperation-11551666

Pairing a used fuel recycling facility with deep borehole disposal technology could reduce the total volume of waste requiring disposal in a deep geologic repository by greater than 90%, a study by Deep Isolation and SHINE Technologies has found.

Date: Saturday, 24 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Collaboration-points-way-to-potential-reductions-i

GE Vernova subsidiary Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) has received US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approval to manufacture, ship and analyse the performance of nuclear fuel with Uranium-235 enrichments of up to 8% weight.

Date: Thursday, 22 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsglobal-nuclear-fuel-receives-approval-to-manufacture-higher-enrichment-fuel-11533316

A position paper by the UK Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) looks at the development of small modular reactors (SMRs) and advanced modular reactors (AMRs) and the implications for management of high-level wastes (HLW) and used fuel. Noting the growing interest in SMRs and AMRs, the 42-page paper says: “The management of spent fuel and radioactive waste from these new reactors must also be considered when selecting technologies for investment, further development, construction and operation.”

Date: Friday, 16 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscorwm-highlights-waste-considerations-in-smr-deployment-11519995

JSC Ruspolimet in Vyksa (Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region) has shipped the lead transport and packaging container TUK-137T.A1 manufactured for the Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkiye. The equipment was manufactured by Ruspolimet for Tekhsnabexport (Tenex), Rosatom’s sales and trading division.

Date: Friday, 16 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsinnovative-equipment-for-handling-spent-nuclear-fuel-sent-to-akkuyu-npp-11519933

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved GE Vernova's nuclear fuel business to manufacture, ship and analyse the performance of nuclear fuel with uranium-235 enrichments of up to 8%.

Date: Friday, 16 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GNF-gets-approval-to-manufacture-higher-enrichment

The UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NLL) and the University of Leicester have cemented and expanded their long-standing strategic collaboration. NLL CEO Professor Paul Howarth said: “I am delighted to celebrate and formalise the National Nuclear Laboratory’s strategic collaboration with the University of Leicester that commenced over ten years ago. The development of our existing relationship with the University demonstrates our commitment to driving nuclear-relevant research, skills, and capabilities in the Midlands and across the UK.

Date: Saturday, 10 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnll-and-university-of-leicester-collaborate-to-connect-academia-and-industry-11502046

Russia’s Mining & chemical Combine (MCC - part of Rosatom) in Zheleznogorsk (Krasnoyarsk) has completed all R&D on a project for a molten salt research reactor (IZhSR - Issledovatelskovo Zhidko Solevovo Reaktora) MCC Director Dmitry Kolupaev told Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev Rosatom Alexei Likhachev during his visit to the enterprise that the key stages had been completed. A preliminary design has been developed that describes the fundamental decisions required for the physical launch of the IZhSR. This was achieved in cooperation with many other Russian organisations.

Date: Saturday, 03 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-completes-rd-on-molten-salt-research-reactor-project-11486550

Construction of unit 5 at Russia’s Beloyarsk NPP with a BN1200 sodium-cooled fast neutron reactor will begin in 2027, according to plant director Ivan Sidorov. The BN1200 will be the world’s largest fast neutron reactor, replacing Beloyarsk 4 with a BN800 reactor, which previously held that record. Sidorov told the Beloyarsk corporate newspaper, Quick Neutron, that work at unit 5 was on schedule. "The site for the new unit has already been determined, public hearings on the placement have been held. In accordance with the programme, we are doing engineering research, we are drilling wells for them," he said.

Date: Wednesday, 24 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-bn1200-to-begin-construction-in-2027-11456363