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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released an information guide for communities considering replacing their retired or retiring coal power plants with nuclear power plants. The guide is based on a technical study that found transitioning from a coal plant to nuclear would bring local benefits including employment opportunities, increased revenues and economic activity.

Date: Friday, 05 April 2024
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US-based TerraPower has submitted its construction permit application to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for the Natrium reactor demonstration project. This is the first application to NRC for construction of a commercial advanced reactor.

Date: Wednesday, 03 April 2024
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Framatome US Government Solutions has announced a design phase award for the Ex-vessel Fuel Handling Equipment Project for US TerraPower’s Natrium reactor.

Date: Thursday, 29 February 2024
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US-based TerraPower has selected five suppliers to support its Natrium Reactor Demonstration Project in Kemmerer, Wyoming. TerraPower these award selections are integral to the development of the Natrium plant. “Upon completion, the Natrium plant will be a full commercial operating plant and will bring to market clean, reliable, stable baseload energy and flexible energy storage, as well as long-term jobs to energy producing communities.”

Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2024
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South Korea and the USA have signed 23 business agreements to boost bilateral cooperation on advanced industries and energy during a business partnership event in Washington. Some 45 senior corporate officials from both countries attended the event on the sidelines of Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s state visit to Washington. The state visit, marking the 70th anniversary of the US-South Korean alliance, included two events hosted by the Federation of Korean Industries – the Korea-US Business Roundtable and the Korea-US Business Forum held at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington.

Date: Saturday, 29 April 2023
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US PacifiCorp, owner of the ageing Wyoming coal plant selected in 2021 as the future site for TerraPower’s Natrium reactor demonstration project, has released its 2023 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). This considers the possible addition of two more Natrium units to the company’s generation resource mix by 2033, under certain circumstances. These could be sited in Utah near currently operating coal-fired facilities.

Date: Saturday, 15 April 2023
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Technology being developed by company founded by Bill Gates The first Natrium plant is being planned for the Naughton coal-fuelled site in Wyoming. Courtesy PacifiCorp. US power company PacifiCorp is planning two additional Natrium nuclear reactor and energy storage systems as part of its generation resource mix by 2033.

The company’s 2023 integrated resource plan outlines plans for 1,500 MW of advanced nuclear energy from three Natrium reactors. The first is being planned for PacifiCorp’s Naughton coal-fuelled power site which is scheduled for retirement in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

TerraPower, founded by Bill Gates, said it is working with PacifiCorp to explore the possibility of deploying additional Natrium units by 2035.

The two additional Natrium plants proposed in the resource plan are planned for Utah, but both companies will engage with local communities before any final sites are selected, TerraPower said. 

Date: Friday, 07 April 2023
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US utility PacifiCorp has increased its ambition for using Natrium advanced reactors in the 2030s, adding two further units to its plans in addition to the demonstration unit already slated for a retiring coal power plant in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

Date: Thursday, 06 April 2023
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Even oil-rich companies of Middle East are eying reactors, as more nations announce plans for SMRs Russian troops occupied the Zaporizhzhia nuclear station, which was damaged by shelling. File photo courtesy IAEA. 2022 was a year of mega milestones for nuclear energy.

Countries around the world turned to nuclear as a reliable low-carbon energy source as they looked for ways to wean themselves off Russian imports and lower carbon emissions.

New plants began operating, deals for small modular reactors were signed and countries announced ambitious plans for new-build.

On the political front, US president Joe Biden signed into law new legislation that will help to finance struggling nuclear reactors and could save dozens from being shut down early. In Europe, the nuclear industry celebrated when members of the European parliament decided to “follow the science” and support legislation which includes nuclear in the bloc’s sustainable finance taxonomy for green investment.

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2023
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US Terrapower’s advanced Natrium nuclear reactor proposed for southwestern Wyoming is expected to be delayed by at least two years, Jeff Navin, TerraPower’s director of external affairs has told the Caspar Star-Tribune. Following Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, the supply of high assay low enriched uranium (HALEU) needed to fuel the reactor is now in doubt. “We had a plan. It was a very aggressive timeline; we felt pretty confident that we could meet it. But it was all predicated on having our first coreload of fuel come from Russia,” Navin said.

Date: Saturday, 17 December 2022
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