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South Korea's Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, Lee Chang-yang, during a three-day visit to the Czech Republic, sought to promote Korea’s nuclear expertise hoping to win a new NPP project, his office said. South Korea is bidding for the project to build an additional reactor at the Dukovany NPP. During a meeting with his Czech counterpart, Jozef Sikela. Lee stressed the advanced nuclear power technologies and management prowess South Korea had proved in constructing four units at the Barakah NPP in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after it won the contract in 2009.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
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NuScale aiming to deploy a Voygr plant at Doicesti The G7 summit took place in Schloss Elmau, south Germany on 26 June - 28 June 2022. Image courtesy European Council. The US government has decided to provide $14m (€13.2m) worth of funding for a front-end engineering and design study which is to provide the basis for the deployment of a small modular reactor (SMR) power plant in Romania.

US President Joe Biden made the announcement at this weekend’s G7 leaders’ summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany, where he presented US initiatives to form part of a newly set up Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII).

The PGII aims to reduce global infrastructure gaps, strengthen economies and supply chains and will mobilise $600bn for investment by 2027, about a third of which will be provided by the US.

Date: Thursday, 30 June 2022
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US startup offers 20-MW plants with tight deployment schedules Polish energy group Enea joins the ranks of local companies interested in developing SMRs as ways to reach carbon-neutrality and secure energy supply. Image courtesy Enea. Polish state-controlled energy group Enea and US-based small modular reactor (SMR) startup Last Energy have signed а letter of intent for the joint development and potential deployment of 20-MW nuclear plants in Poland.

Enea said in a statement that deploying nuclear reactor units is in line with the company’s development strategy which envisions the creation of new business opportunities and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Pawel Majewski, chief executive of Enea, said the company will be able to use the SMR technology to build its own production capacity and market solutions for the industry and for Poland.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
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Polish state-owned energy company Enea SA has signed an agreement with US small modular reactor (SMR) developer Last Energy to cooperate on the deployment of SMRs, potentially in Poland. Meanwhile, France's EDF has signed further cooperation agreements with Polish companies to support its offer to supply 4 to 6 EPRs in Poland.

Date: Friday, 24 June 2022
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A low-carbon future - anchored by the strength and resilience of the current nuclear fleet - is within our grasp if we make the right choices today, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) President and CEO Maria Korsnick said in her annual State of the Industry address to the US organisation's Nuclear Energy Assembly in Washington DC.

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos on 24 and 25 May. Nuclear provides the opportunity for a faster transition to a low-carbon energy future and supports the shift to a hydrogen economy, he told participants. In an opinion piece on the WEF website, Grossi said that nuclear is gaining increasing support in the battle against climate change, that reaching net-zero carbon emissions will require a doubling of nuclear capacity, and that technology such as small modular reactors (SMRs) and used fuel repositories are increasing nuclear accessibility and safety.

Date: Friday, 27 May 2022
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Péter Szijjártó, recently confirmed by parliament as Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade, has told parliament’s economic committee that, in response to the looming energy crisis, the government will work to speed up the expansion of the Paks NPP. Szijjártó's had been re-nominated for the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations in the new government, which is now being formed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, following his election victory.

Date: Friday, 20 May 2022
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Energoatom's CEO Petro Kotin says that construction work on two new Westinghouse AP1000 units at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant "will begin as soon as the war is over".

Date: Tuesday, 17 May 2022
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US-based Bechtel on 25 April signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with 12 Polish companies for the potential development of two new NPPs to support Poland’s transition to cleaner energy sources while retaining its independence. The MOUs were signed during a ceremony at the US ambassador’s residence in Warsaw.

Date: Friday, 29 April 2022
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Polish companies KGHM and TAURON have signed a letter of intent regarding cooperation in the construction of low-emission energy sources, including the use of small modular reactors (SMRs). The agreement was reached during the TOGETAIR 2022 Climate Summit in Warsaw. KGHM is a copper and silver producer and large industrial energy user and TAURON an energy company.

Date: Thursday, 28 April 2022
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