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Brazil's National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) has hired a consortium to structure the project for the completion of the Angra 3 nuclear power plant in Rio de Janeiro. Contracting of the Angra Eurobras NES consortium - Tractebel Engineering Ltda, Tractebel Engineering SA and Grouped Entrepreneurs International SA - is part of the technical services that BNDES has been providing the Angra plant's owner Eletronuclear since 2019.

Date: Friday, 02 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Brazil-hires-Tractebel-led-consortium-for-Angra-3

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest flagship report, “Financing clean energy transitions in emerging and developing economies,” barely mentions nuclear, except in passing, in its 237 pages. In his Foreword to the report, IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol says the IEA “has made it crystal clear that countries around the world must urgently accelerate their transitions to clean energy” to stave off the worst effects of climate change and “to build a more healthy, prosperous and secure future where everyone has access to clean and affordable energy supplies”. He warns: “If energy transitions and clean energy investment do not quickly pick up speed in emerging and developing economies, the world will face a major fault line in efforts to address climate change and reach other sustainable development goals.” This is because most growth in global emissions in the coming decades is set to come from emerging and developing economies as they grow, industrialise and urbanise.

Date: Friday, 11 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-sees-no-place-for-nuclear-in-financing-clean-energy-transitions-in-emerging-economies-8810910

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has concluded a 12-day mission to Uzbekistan to review its development of infrastructure for a nuclear power programme. The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) was carried out at the invitation of the government of Uzbekistan.

Date: Saturday, 05 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-assesses-Uzbekistan-s-nuclear-power-infrastru

As talks continue in Vienna on reactivation of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany), a quarterly report on Iran by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director Rafael Grossi indicated that Iran is continuing to breach the enrichment limits set by the JCPOA, under which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear development in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Date: Friday, 04 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-accelerates-its-nuclear-development-as-talks-continue-8788545

Holtec International on 4 May said the first multi-purpose canister containing fuel had been loaded into a HI-STORM FW module and placed into the new on-site used fuel dry storage facility at Brazil's Angra NPP. The Angra plant comprises two different reactor units. Angra 1 is a Westinghouse-designed 609 MWe pressurised water reactor, while Angra 2 is a Siemens-designed 1275 MWe PWR. The used fuel storage pools at both units are approaching full capacity.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbrazilian-dry-storage-facility-begins-operation-8725959

The first multi-purpose canister containing fuel has been loaded into a HI-STORM FW module and placed into the new on-site used fuel dry storage facility at Brazil's Angra nuclear power plant, Holtec International announced. This marks the official start of the storage facility's planned 50 years of operation as well as the first use of Holtec's HI-TRAN 300 single-failure proof vertical heavy load hauler.

Date: Thursday, 06 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-fuel-loaded-into-Brazilian-dry-storage-facil

The goals of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) - and the six reactor types that are its focus - remain as important today as they have always been, speakers at an international panel discussion held to mark the organisation's 20th anniversary agreed. Looking to the future, demonstration should become a focus to drive forwards to deployment of the technology.

Date: Wednesday, 05 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Generation-IV-Forum-marks-anniversary

Political wrangling over the classification of nuclear energy in taxonomies contradicts the low-carbon ambition of the Paris Agreement, Philippe Knoche, CEO of Orano, said last week during World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum on Sustainable Finance. Knoche was joined on the panel by representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Rothschild & Co, Brazil's National Bank for Economic and Social Development, Banque de France and the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), who all said investment in new nuclear projects requires political consensus that is currently absent from some debates on sustainable finance.

Date: Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Taxonomies-must-reflect-climate-goals-says-Orano-C

Leonardo Mendes Cabral, director of privatisations at Brazil's National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), says he expects a financing arrangement to finish unit 3 of the Angra nuclear power plant will be ready by the end of next year. BNDES is one of the biggest providers of financing for infrastructure projects in Brazil, and also played a role in financing nuclear energy in the past.

Date: Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Brazil-to-complete-Angra-3-finance-package-in-18-m