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The Czech government in December approved the selection of four recommended sites for the location of a deep radioactive waste repository - Brezový potok in the Klatovy region, Horka between Trebíc and Velký Mezirící, Hrádek near Jihlava and Janoch near Temelín.

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsczech-government-approves-four-possible-repository-sites-8443413

Unit 1 of Sweden’s Ringhals nuclear power plant was permanently shutdown on 31 December after 44 years of operation – a year after closure of Ringhals 2, according to plant operator, Ringhals AB, which is majority owned by Vattenfall (70.4%) and Sydkraft Nuclear Power (29.6%).

Date: Tuesday, 05 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssweden-closes-ringhals-1-8435568

Ringhals 1 today became the fourth reactor to close in Sweden in the last seven years. The unit, on the west coast of the country, was permanently disconnected from the national grid after 44 years of operation, according to data from its operator, Ringhals AB, which is owned by Vattenfall (70.4%) and Sydkraft Nuclear Power (29.6%).

Date: Friday, 01 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Sweden-s-Ringhals-1-closes-for-last-time

As policymakers grapple with the twin challenges of climate change and a post-COVID economic recovery, the benefits of nuclear power are clearer than ever, but the industry still has some way to go in addressing perceptions of its alleged drawbacks with cost, safety and radioactive waste. This was the overriding message of the three panellists in a webinar held last week by Utilities Middle East in partnership with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Friday, 01 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-barrier-to-nuclear-is-perception,-says-panel

Westinghouse will segment the reactor at the Ågesta nuclear power plant near Stockholm, Sweden, under a contract signed with Vattenfall. The country's first commercial power reactor - it operated between 1964 and 1974 - the R3 heavy water reactor supplied electricity and district heating to the Stockholm suburb of Farsta.

Date: Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Westinghouse-to-dismantle-Agesta-reactor

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) has today approved the independent core cooling systems implemented by the operators of the country's nuclear power plants. The operators were required to introduce such systems following the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. The systems were to be in place by the end of this year in order for the reactors to continue operating.

Date: Saturday, 19 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Swedish-reactors-meet-new-emergency-cooling-requir

Global electricity demand is set to decline 2% in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA's) first ever Electricity Market Report, which was published today. Nuclear power generation is set to fall by about 4% this year, it says. Global electricity demand is forecast to grow by around 3% next year.

Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IEA-charts-COVID-s-impact-on-electricity-market

China's first ship for the transport of used nuclear fuel has been delivered to China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). The independently produced double-hulled vessel meets the INF-3 (Irradiated Nuclear Fuel class 3) standards set by the International Maritime Organisation.

Date: Friday, 11 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-commissions-first-used-fuel-transport-ship

Swedish power company Vattenfall, which participated in the feasibility study for the construction of a small modular reactor (SMR) in Estonia, has signed an agreement to intensify cooperation with Fermi Energia.

Date: Friday, 04 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfermi-energia-and-vattenfall-to-co-operate-on-smrs-8391666