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Polish chemical company Ciech has signed a Letter of Intent to cooperate with Synthos Green Energy (ESG) to co-operate in the use of small modular reactor (SMR) and micro modular reactor (MMR) technologies.

Date: Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsciech-and-synthos-green-to-cooperate-on-nuclear-energy-use-9079735

Polish chemical producer Ciech will consider nuclear technologies to replace coal burnt for power and process heat in its plants. Ciech has signed a Letter of Intent to cooperate with Synthos Green Energy, which is already working with GE-Hitachi and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation.

Date: Saturday, 11 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Chemical-giant-looks-to-nuclear-heat-to-decarbonis

Polish chemicals group Synthos and energy group ZE PAK have signed an investment agreement to explore the construction of four to six BWRX-300 small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site of ZE PAK's Pątnów coal-fired power plant in eastern Poland. Synthos, which has exclusive rights in the country for GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's (GEH's) small nuclear reactors, will participate in the project as both an investor and the technology provider.

Date: Thursday, 02 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Partners-to-study-deployment-of-SMRs-at-Polish-coa

The urgent need to reduce emissions and slow global heating should involve the roll-out of more nuclear power stations, according to a new briefing released by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on 11 August. In the run up to the COP 21 meeting in Glasgow, UNECE argues that nuclear power can help deliver on the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNECE, set up in 1947, is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations. Its main aim is to promote pan-European economic integration. UNECE includes 56 member states in Europe, North America, Central Asia and Western Asia.

Date: Thursday, 19 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsunece-says-nuclear-power-essential-to-achieve-climate-goals-9007938

Nuclear power can be part of a broader portfolio alongside deploying other sustainable low- or zero-carbon technologies to decarbonise the global energy system and energy intensive industries, according to a new technology brief from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The publication highlights nuclear power as an important source of low-carbon energy that can contribute to attaining carbon neutrality and for policy-makers who wish to meet climate and sustainable development objectives using nuclear power should provide positive, long-term policy signals for new nuclear development.

Date: Thursday, 12 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Policies-must-allow-nuclear-to-play-its-vital-role

European unions on 27 July reiterated calls for the European Commission (EC) to include nuclear power in its green goals. In a joint letter to EC President Ursula von der Leyen, 18 trade unions in the energy sector from 10 countries said nuclear energy must be included in a delegated act of the European taxonomy. The unions - from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Romania, Sweden, Slovak Republic and Slovenia - called for "a dialogue with the purpose of nuclear energy to play its full potential and build an economically efficient and socially just carbon-free Europe by 2050".

Date: Friday, 30 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseuropean-unions-call-again-for-nuclear-to-be-part-of-the-eu-taxonomy-8946044

A new study published yesterday by the New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI) finds that the "supposed dependency concerns" associated with the host-vendor relationship in the nuclear energy sector are "historically and practically unfounded". The report - Energy Security in the Age of Net-Zero Ambitions and the System Value of Nuclear Power - focuses on the issue of energy security and the important contributions that nuclear power can make towards maintaining and strengthening it as energy systems decarbonise, both along the various transition pathways that energy systems have started upon and at their eventual low-carbon endpoint.

Date: Friday, 30 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ranking-risks-for-energy-security-in-the-net-zero

France’s EDF announced on 12 July that it had opened an office in Warsaw in order to prepare a comprehensive proposal for the Polish government concerning the construction of Poland's first NPP. Thierry Deschaux will be managing director of the office. Its main task is to support the process of preparing a comprehensive offer in the field of nuclear energy, adapted to the Polish market. The decision confirms EDF's long-term commitment to supporting Polish ambitions - the company emphasised.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsedf-opens-office-in-warsaw-8898308

Courtesy IAEA. An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has completed a nuclear security advisory mission in Belarus, saying the country has demonstrated its strong commitment and continuous efforts to improve its national nuclear security regime.

The scope of the two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission, carried out at the request of Belarus’ government, was to review the national security regime for nuclear material and associated facilities and activities. It included a review of physical protection measures at Belarus’ first commercial nuclear power plant, Belarus-1, at the Ostrovets site, security aspects related to the transport of nuclear material, and to computer security in nuclear facilities.

The team said Belarus has established a nuclear security regime with essential elements from the IAEA’s guidance on the fundamentals of nuclear security.

Date: Tuesday, 13 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-completes-nuclear-security-advisory-mission-7-1-2021

Russia’s Kaliningrad plant is among options Image Courtesy Flickr/Lukas Plewnia. Poland’s fourth largest electricity producer and operator of four coal-fired power plants ZE PAK might be interested to invest in the construction of nuclear power plants in Poland and overseas as a way to transition away from fossil fuel generation, the Polsat broadcasting media reported.

"ZE PAK is considering many options, including participation in the construction of a nuclear power plant in Poland from scratch, which will most likely take many years”, said Tomasz Matwiejczuk, a spokesman for Polish billionaire Zygmunt Solorz, majority shareholder of ZE PAK and Polsat.

"Another option could be a capital investment in foreign assets, with one of the options analysed being a potential investment together with other reputable and experienced partners in the nuclear power plant already under construction in [Russia’s] Kaliningrad district”, Mr Matwiejczuk said according to Polsat.

Date: Saturday, 10 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/large-coal-plant-operator-interested-to-invest-in-nuclear-say-reports-7-5-2021