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Nordic power company Fortum and stainless-steel producer Outokumpu have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore the decarbonisation of Outokumpu’s steel manufacturing operations using emerging nuclear technologies, such as small modular reactors (SMRs).

Date: Wednesday, 29 March 2023
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US micro reactor developer Last Energy has announced power purchase agreements for 34 units of its plants with four industrial partners across Poland and the UK. Meanwhile, Finland's Fortum is collaborating with Outokumpu to explore the use of small modular reactors (SMRs) to power its steel manufacturing operations.

Date: Friday, 24 March 2023
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The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has recently published a 73-page study, which tracks the progress of selected small modular reactor (SMR) designs towards deployment. NEA says the SMR designs are at various stages of development, from fundamental research on new concepts to commercial deployment and operation of mature designs.

Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
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Agreement part of feasibility study into opportunities for SMRs The Rolls-Royce SMR is capable of generating 470 MW of low-carbon electricity for at least 60 years. Courtesy Rolls-Royce. Nuclear operator Fortum and UK-based Rolls-Royce SMR have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore opportunities for the deployment of small modular reactors in Finland and Sweden.

The agreement is part of Fortum’s new build feasibility study exploring the prerequisites for new nuclear in Finland and Sweden.

Laurent Leveugle, Fortum’s head of new build feasibility study, said the company is especially interested in learning more about Rolls-Royce SMR’s delivery model. “Any potential investment decision will be made at a later stage,” he said.

Rolls-Royce SMR was established in November 2021 to bring Rolls-Royce’s factory-built SMR to market. The company said the plant is capable of generating 470 MW of low-carbon electricity for at least 60 years.

Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
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Energoatom steps up efforts to reduce reliance on Russia Petro Kotin said work is under way to certify a fuel component facility in Ukraine. Courtesy Energoatom. Ukraine is preparing to begin local production of nuclear fuel for the needs of its reactor fleet in cooperation with US-based Westinghouse Electric Company, according to the head of state nuclear company Energoatom.

Petro Kotin said during a visit to a facility in Ukraine preparing to produce nuclear fuel components that Ukraine could have its own nuclear fuel production line as early as 2026.

Kotin said the fuel technology to be used will be provided by Westinghouse, which currently supplies fuel for most of Ukraine’s VVER-1000 pressurised water reactor units.

According to Kotin, work is under way to receive certification for Ukraine’s fuel component facility to be part of the supply chain of Westinghouse’s Vasteras nuclear fuel plant in Sweden by providing parts for fuel assembly manufacturing.

Production will include sub-components such as expansion shanks and cartridge heads for the final assembly of fuel elements in Sweden.

Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
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Britain's Rolls-Royce SMR has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to explore the deployment of its small modular reactor (SMR) in Finland and Sweden, as well as to help post-war recovery in Ukraine.

Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
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Belgian engineering firm Tractebel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Netherlands' NRG-Pallas to collaborate in providing engineering services for the construction of large nuclear power plants in the Netherlands.

Date: Saturday, 18 March 2023
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Company targeting commercial plant by 2030 Leadcold plans to build and operate a nuclear research reactor at Studsvik AB’s site, south of Stockholm. Courtesy Studsvik. Swedish lead-cooled small modular reactor technology developer Leadcold is to begin a feasibility study that could lead to the mass production of SMRs for the global market.

The Stockholm-based company said it will investigate the conditions for building and operating a nuclear research reactor at Studsvik AB’s site, south of Stockholm, with associated infrastructure for fuel fabrication.

Leadcold said Studsvik AB, a supplier of nuclear analysis software and specialised services to the nuclear industry “views the initiative positively” and will participate in the feasibility study.

The Sealer-D (Swedish Advanced Lead Reactor) plant will have a thermal output of 80 MW with fuel rods will be cooled by 800 tonnes of liquid lead.

LeadCold wants the first 140 MWt Sealer-D commercial reactor to be ready for operation by 2030.

Leadcold chief executive officer Jacob Stedman said Sweden needs more baseload power that can complement the rapid and important expansion of wind and solar.

Date: Wednesday, 08 March 2023
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Swedish lead-cooled small nuclear reactor (SMR) technology developer LeadCold is to conduct a feasibility study on the construction and operation of a demonstration SEALER (Swedish Advanced Lead Reactor) with associated infrastructure for fuel fabrication in Studsvik.

Date: Tuesday, 07 March 2023
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The Slovak Republic is committed to the safe and effective management of radioactive waste and used fuel, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has concluded. The team commended Slovakia for its decommissioning activities while noting opportunities to enhance preparations for geological disposal.

Date: Saturday, 04 March 2023
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