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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

Brazil’s nuclear utility, Eletronuclear, on 25 February published in the Official Gazette (Diário Oficial da Uniao), a tender for a company to resume the civil works at the partly completed unit 3 of the Angra NPP, and to carry out part of the electromechanical assembly. This aim is to accelerate the plant's progress and to press ahead with some construction activities before hiring a contractor to undertake work to complete the construction of the plant. The contract is expected to be signed by May. First concrete is now scheduled for October and hiring of the general contractor for the second half of 2022. Eletronuclear is a subsidiary of state-run electric utility Eletrobras, which the government plans to privatise, although the nuclear power unit will be spun off and remain under state control.

Date: Thursday, 04 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbrazil-to-resume-work-on-angra-3-8564296

Brazil's Eletronuclear published a notice in the country's official journal, Diário Oficial da União, on 25 February inviting bids for a contract to conduct civil work at unit 3 of its Angra nuclear power plant, and to perform part of the electromechanical assembly. Eletronuclear said the aim of the tender is "to advance some construction activities" before hiring a contractor to complete the construction of the unit.

Date: Tuesday, 02 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Eletronuclear-launches-tender-for-civil-work-at-An

France’s Framatome on 22 February released its financial results for its fiscal year ending 31 December 2020 reporting revenue of €3.295 billion ($4bn), an organic reduction of 3.1% compared with 2019. The negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was significant for the Installed Base Business Unit and the schedules of some component replacement projects; however, the workload with customers sustained the activities, Framatome said.

Date: Friday, 26 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsframatome-reports-2020-financial-results-8547830

The International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that it will produce the world’s first comprehensive roadmap for the energy sector to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. This is part of its strategy to further strengthens its leadership role in global clean energy transitions.  

Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-to-produce-roadmap-to-achieve-net-zero-by-2050-8453193