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As Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gather in Vienna this week for the annual General Conference, they should consider making universal the appointment of a National Focal Point on denials of shipment of radioactive materials to boost security of supply of medical isotopes, write Natanael Bruno and Serge Gorlin, co-chairs of the Transport Facilitation Working Group.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Time-to-appoint-a-National-Focal-Point-o

Nuclear power must be included in all debates about the clean energy transition and tackling climate change, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today at the opening session of the Agency's Scientific Forum 2020. Panellists in the first session agreed there were issues that the industry must address in order to support its messages about the benefits of nuclear energy.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-head-calls-for-nuclear-to-have-a-place-in-all

Driving investment towards nuclear energy projects depends strongly on the perception and evaluation of the costs associated with them, Leonam dos Santos Guimarães, CEO of Eletronuclear, told participants in World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum last week. Brazil has two nuclear reactors generating about 3% of its electricity, but construction of a third is currently stalled.

Date: Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Investor-confidence-relies-on-public-acceptance-of

File photo of construction at the Angra-3 nuclear power plant in Brazil. Brazil will choose by the end of this year its partner to help finance the construction of the Angra-3 nuclear power plant, Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said, adding that Chinese banks and the Brics Development Bank are possible alternatives.

Speaking in an online interview with magazine Interesse Nacional, Mr Albuquerque also said the government will soon announce an executive decree to minimise the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the energy sector.

In June it was reported that Brazil had approved a business model to complete Angra-3 with or without a partner joining Eletronuclear, the Eletrobras subsidiary that operates the country’s nuclear reactors.

Eletronuclear president Leonam Guimaraes said earlier this year that Brazil wanted to find a partner by 2023 to help finish and operate Angra-3, with companies in China, Russia, France and South Korea among possible candidates. He said lower demand for electricity and a fall in the value of the Brazilian real during the coronavirus crisis could push completion of Angra-3 into 2027,

Date: Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/brazil-plans-to-choose-partner-by-end-of-year-says-minister-8-1-2020

Scott Foster, director of the Sustainable Energy Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), describes how energy is the "golden thread" that connects the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, and that nuclear power has a role to play in the energy mix of the future. The following is the text of the presentation Foster gave during the webinar the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency held today to discuss its newly published Policy Brief, Nuclear power and the cost-effective decarbonisation of electricity systems.

Date: Friday, 17 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-The-golden-thread-of-sustainable-developmen

IAEA study says finding is important step in disease control The IAEA study tested the use of a drone to release sterile mosquitoes as part of the sterile insect iechnique. The use of drones can significantly increase effectiveness and reduce costs in the application of a nuclear technique to suppress disease-carrying mosquitoes, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency study.

The agency said the finding marks an important step forward towards the large-scale deployment of this method to control the vectors of dengue, yellow fever and Zika.

The study, published in the journal Science Robotics, tested the use of a drone to release sterile mosquitoes as part of the sterile insect iechnique (SIT) – a form of insect birth control that has been used successfully for decades to fight agricultural pests such as the Mediterranean fruit fly and tsetse flies. Scientists have been working in recent years to develop the method also for mosquitoes.

The SIT uses radiation to sterilise mass-reared male insects, which are then released to mate with wild females. As these do not produce any offspring, the insect population declines over time.

Date: Saturday, 20 June 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/breakthrough-for-use-of-nuclear-technique-to-fight-mosquitoes-6-5-2020

Policy uncertainty is ‘preventing industry from making investment decisions’ Policy uncertainty in a number of countries is preventing the nuclear industry from making investment decisions and “forthright recognition” by governments of the value of nuclear energy would encourage policymakers to explicitly include nuclear in their long-term energy plans and commitments under the Paris Agreement, the International Energy Agency has said.

The Paris-based agency said in a report on meeting climate goals that nuclear policy uncertainty is partly the result of inconsistencies between stated policy goals – such as climate change mitigation – and policy actions.

While some countries maintain they can meet decarbonisation objectives while phasing out nuclear (Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland) or reducing its share (France), others continue to recognise the need to increase nuclear reliance: China, Russia, India, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and Uzbekistan.

In late 2018, the EU long-term energy strategy clearly stated that nuclear power – together with renewables – will form the backbone of the EU power system in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, the IEA said. At the same time, ongoing EU taxonomy discussions regarding the eligibility of nuclear power generation for sustainability funding highlight the difficulties in recognising the contribution that nuclear energy makes to climate change mitigation.

Date: Friday, 12 June 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/agency-calls-for-forthright-recognition-of-nuclear-energy-6-4-2020

The Angra nuclear power station, where Brazil is hoping to complete a third reactor. Photo courtesy Eletronuclear. Brazil has approved a business model to complete the Angra-3 nuclear power plant, with or without a partner joining Eletronuclear, the Eletrobras subsidiary that operates the country’s nuclear reactors, Reuters reported.

The business model is said to have been approved on Wednesday, although there has been no official confirmation. Reuters said was devised by major lender, state development bank BNDES, and requires a private partner to share the financial burden, the report said.

Eletronuclear president Leonam Guimaraes said last month that Brazil wanted to find a partner by 2023 to help finish and operate Angra-3, with companies in China, Russia, France and South Korea among possible candidates. He said lower demand for electricity and a fall in the value of the Brazilian real during the coronavirus crisis could push completion of Angra-3 into 2027,

Date: Friday, 12 June 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/business-model-approved-for-angra-3-nuclear-plant-6-4-2020

Brazil's Investment Partnership Programme (PPI) council has approved a plan to complete unit 3 of the Angra nuclear power plant. Created by the government to expand and strengthen the relationship between the state and the private sector, the PPI's main objective is to generate jobs and growth for the country through new investments in infrastructure projects and privatisation.

Date: Friday, 12 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Brazil-prepares-to-resume-Angra-3-project

Government is still looking for a partner for the project The Angra nuclear power station in Brazil. Photo courtesy Eletronuclear. Lower demand for electricity and a fall in the value of the Brazilian real during the coronavirus crisis will push completion of Brazil’s third commercial nuclear power plant west of Rio de Janiero into 2027, the head of state-run nuclear power company Eletronuclear told Reuters.

Eletronuclear president Leonam Guimaraes said Brazil still plans to find a partner by 2023 to help finish and operate Angra-3, with companies in China, Russia, France and South Korea among possible candidates.

Construction of the 1,245-MW Siemens/KWU pressurised water reactor unit began in 1984 but was halted in 1986 because of a lack of financing. In 2010, a construction permit was reissued by the authorities, but the project was suspended again in 2015 because of financing concerns and corruption investigation proceedings.

According to Brazilian nuclear operator Eletrobras Eletronuclear, almost 47% of civil work at the site had been completed in 2014.

Date: Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/pandemic-could-delay-completion-of-angra-3-by-one-year-until-2027-5-2-2020