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Sama Bilbao y Leon of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency describes how resilience - the capacity to withstand and bounce back from major disruptions - takes many forms at nuclear power plants. The following is an abridged version of the presentation she gave during the webinar the Paris-based organisation held today to discuss its newly published Policy Brief, Building low-carbon resilient electricity infrastructures with nuclear energy in the post-COVID-19 era.

Date: Saturday, 11 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-The-resilience-of-nuclear-power

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

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD-NEA) on 24 June launched a series of policy briefs that examine nuclear energy’s role in the post-pandemic economic recovery. The policy briefs have four themes: building resilience; job creation; cost-effective decarbonisation; and unlocking finance.

Date: Friday, 26 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnea-launches-policy-briefs-on-nuclears-role-in-economic-recovery-7994344

The OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has today launched a series of policy briefs that examine nuclear energy's role in the post-COVID economic recovery. The policy briefs, to which World Nuclear Association contributed, have four themes: building resilience; job creation; cost-effective decarbonisation; and unlocking finance.

Date: Thursday, 25 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NEA-highlights-nuclears-role-in-post-pandemic-reco

Nuclear energy should be part of post COVID-19 recovery plans, participants agreed during a webinar held today by the OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) to launch a series of policy briefs. Nuclear energy can not only provide economic and employment benefits, but can also help the world attain a low-carbon energy system and increase energy resilience, they said.

Date: Thursday, 25 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclears-post-pandemic-role-discussed-at-NEA-webin

NEA head William Magwood and Bulgarian energy minister Temenuzhka Petkova have discussed a regional initiative for nuclear progress. Photo courtesy NEA. Bulgaria’s application to join the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency has been approved by all members of the agency and is now to be reviewed by the OECD governing council, the Bulgarian energy ministry said in a statement.

The Bulgarian government approved the country’s membership bid in late 2019, the statement said.

Earlier this week, Bulgarian energy minister Temenuzhka Petkova discussed in a telephone call with William Magwood, the NEA’s director-general, a project to establish a regional initiative for “nuclear progress” in the framework of the agency.

The ministry said the project will aim to bring together countries from Central and Eastern Europe interested in the development of nuclear power for civilian use.

The project would focus on four priorities: analysis and development of long-term energy reliability; radioactive waste management; communication with the public; and development of infrastructure and education for innovation.

Date: Saturday, 20 June 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nea-members-approve-membership-minister-discusses-nuclear-progress-initiative-6-5-2020

There has been no enforced shutdown of a nuclear power reactor due to the effects of COVID-19 on the workforce or supply chains, according to reports from operators and regulators received through the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA's) COVID-19 Operational Experience Network (OPEX) and International Reporting System for Operating Experience (IRS).

Date: Friday, 12 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Reactors-maintain-safe-operation-during-pandemic-s

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in close cooperation with the European Commission and the OECD/NEA, has launched a new database for used fuel and radioactive waste that facilitates information sharing and simplifies national reporting in a single easy-to-use platform.

Date: Friday, 05 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-launches-spent-fuel-and-radioactive-waste-database-7956049

Making a commitment to build six new EPRs in France would be an "effective stimulus" for the country's economy as it recovers in the years ahead from the shock of COVID-19, the French nuclear energy society (SFEN) wrote in a position paper published this week. Nuclear energy "ticks all three boxes" highlighted in the debate about the recovery - that investments should be in low-carbon, resilient and sovereign industries, it said.

Date: Saturday, 16 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/SFEN-Nuclear-essential-to-economic-recovery

A new programme launched today by the US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide USD160 million initial funding, cost-shared with industry, for the construction of two demonstration advanced reactors that can be operational within the next five to seven years. This follows an appropriation by the US Congress of USD230 million in the 2020 budget to start a new demonstration programme for advanced reactors.

Date: Friday, 15 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-DOE-launches-advanced-reactor-demonstration-pro