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The reactor pressure vessel (RPV) for the world's most powerful multipurpose research reactor (MBIR) will be shipped to the Rosatom’s Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (NIIAR) in Dimitrovgrad later this year. The MBIR RPV is being manufactured by the AEM-Technologies branch of the Atommash plant (Volgodonsk, Rostov Region), part of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering division Atomenergomash.

Date: Friday, 09 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsreactor-pressure-vessel-for-russias-mbir-to-be-delivered-later-this-year-8879384

France’s Orano said on 5 July that it has secured more than €380 million worth of orders with its electricity utility customers, in particular in the USA, Europe and Asia, for its mining activities and activities at the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle.

Date: Wednesday, 07 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsorano-secures-contracts-with-utilities-8872993

UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) has released a document, “Fuelling Net Zero: Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycle Roadmaps for a Clean Energy Future”. NNL notes that, at the end of 2020, the Government Ten Point Plan and Energy White Paper identified “a key role for large, small and advanced nuclear within the UK’s evolving clean energy landscape”. It says, “To uphold this commitment and support the UK’s net zero transition, we must strategically elevate these technologies to realise their full potential.”

Date: Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnnl-looks-at-advanced-nuclear-fuel-cycle-roadmaps-for-a-clean-energy-future-8857522

The UK must develop advanced nuclear fuels and fuel cycle technologies in order to meet its clean energy ambitions, according to a new series of roadmaps released by the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL). The roadmaps, it says, will enable UK policy makers and industry to plan for the future of nuclear in delivering net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Date: Friday, 25 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NNL-publishes-advanced-fuel-cycle-roadmaps

Rosatom and three leading Russian universities have united in a scientific consortium that will design educational programmes to train specialists from European countries and China, working on new generation reactors, or fast neutron reactors. This project is needed to support the export of fast reactor technology under the state corporation's Breakthrough (Proryv) industrial project, project manager Vyacheslav Pershukov said on 10 June. The three academic institutions are the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI), Tomsk University and Nizhny Novgorod University. Pershukov said the cluster is being created to "support the export potential of Breakthrough”.

Date: Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-sets-up-training-programmes-on-fast-reactors-for-european-and-chinese-specialists-8840292

The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) on 18 July released a new study, “Ensuring the Adequacy of Funding Arrangements for Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Management”. The 239-page document comprises a conceptual framework, 12 detailed country case studies on funding arrangements prepared in collaboration with NEA countries, and some best policy guidelines. It focuses on the interdependence of costs and funding requirements and changes in nuclear policy, such as long-term operation or premature shutdowns, as well as technological progress.

Date: Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnea-looks-at-future-funding-of-decommissioning-and-radwaste-management-8837347

The head of Russia’s Ulyanovsk region, Alexey Russkikh, on 17 June took part in a meeting at the operational headquarters for the construction of the MBIR research reactor at the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (NIIAR) in Dimitrovgrad. The meeting was chaired by Gennady Sakharov, Rosatom’s Director for Capital Investments, State Construction Supervision and State Expertise. Acting Governor Russkikh and the other participants of the meeting also inspected the construction site of the reactor.

Date: Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmbir-to-become-focus-for-regional-development-in-russia-8837355

Rosatom will soon submit to the Russian government its plan to invest RUB506 billion (USD7 billion) in new nuclear technologies by 2030, according to Kommersant. Of this, RUB150 will be from the state budget. The plan, dubbed 'New Atomic Energy', was presented for assessment to the working group of the State Council on Energy. If approved, it would be included in the government's socio-economic development strategy for the next decade, the newspaper says.

Date: Saturday, 12 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rosatom-plans-new-nuclear-technology-exports

Russia’s Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) in Seversk, part of Rosatom’s TVEL Fuel Company on 3 June began pilot production of uranium-plutonium Remix fuel assemblies (TVS) for VVER-1000 light water reactors. Fabrication of the first Remix-TVS was organised in cooperation with the Mining and Chemical Combine (MCC) in Zheleznogorsk, Krasnoyarsk Territory, where the production of uranium-plutonium fuel pellets was undertaken. The first batch of pellets has already been delivered from Zheleznogorsk to Seversk and has successfully passed incoming inspection procedures at SCC. Experimental fuel rods and fuel assemblies using Remix fuel will be manufactured according to the TVS-2M design - this is one of the basic designs for VVER-1000 fuel.

Date: Wednesday, 09 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-begins-pilot-production-of-remix-fuel-assemblies-8803273

Generation IV unit will help efforts to close nuclear fuel cycle Rosatom director-general Alexey Likhachev at the inaugural event on 8 June. Image courtesy Tvel. Russia began construction on Tuesday of the Brest-OD-300 pilot demonstration power plant with pouring of first concrete at the site of the Siberian Chemical Combine in Seversk, southwest Siberia, Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer Tvel said.

Brest-OD-300 is a 300-MW Generation IV lead-cooled fast reactor that will run on mixed uranium-plutonium nitride fuel specifically designed for the purpose.

The plant is part of a pilot demonstration energy complex which comes under Russia’s Breakthrough project for the development of closed nuclear fuel cycle technology.

A closed nuclear fuel cycle means spent fuel is reprocessed and partly reused. Closing the nuclear fuel cycle would ease concerns over limited uranium resources and contribute towards making nuclear energy sustainable over the long term.

Date: Wednesday, 09 June 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/russia-begins-construction-of-brest-od-300-pilot-plant-in-siberia-6-2-2021