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Fortum has signed an agreement with Westinghouse Electric Company for the design, licensing and supply of a new type of fuel for the Loviisa NPP in Finland. The new fuel type is based on British Nuclear Fuel Limited’s fuel that was supplied to the Loviisa plant from 2001 to 2007, and used in parallel with the fuel supplied by the Russian TVEL in the early 2000s. Taking the new fuel into use is a multi-year project requiring regulatory approvals.

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2022
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Construction of first reactor to begin in 2026 On 2 November, the Polish prime-minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced a long-awaited decision on the nuclear technology provider for the country's first nuclear power station. Image courtesy Office of the Polish Prime-Minister. The Polish cabinet officially confirmed in a resolution yesterday the selection of US-based Westinghouse Electric Company for the construction of the country’s first nuclear power station near its Baltic Sea coastline.

Polish climate and environment minister Anna Moskwa told a press briefing that three Westinghouse-made AP1000 pressurised water reactor units will be deployed at the Lubiatowo-Kopalino site in the northern province of Pomerania (Pomorze).

The first unit is scheduled to be online in 2033 as set in Warsaw’s 2020 nuclear energy programme while the start of construction is earmarked for 2026.

“Poland has never been so close to building a nuclear power plant as it is today,” Ms Moskwa said and added that “the decision to confirm a strategic partnership with the US brings us closer to the implementation of this project.”

Date: Friday, 04 November 2022
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Policy schedule sees first unit online by 2033 Warsaw wants to have its first reactor unit running in 2033, with construction starting in 2026. Image courtesy Creative Commons. Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced that US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has been selected to build the country’s first nuclear power station, a decision pending since 2020 when Warsaw last updated its nuclear energy pgrogramme.

Mr Morawiecki announced the development on Twitter saying an official cabinet resolution is to be expected on Wednesday this week.

“After talks with vice-president [Kamala] Harris and US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm we confirm our nuclear energy project will use the reliable, safe technology of Westinghouse Electric”, Mr Morawiecki’s tweet said.

Date: Tuesday, 01 November 2022
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Cameco Corporation and Brookfield Renewable Partners, together with its institutional partners (the consortium), are forming a strategic partnership to acquire Westinghouse Electric Company. Brookfield Renewable, with its institutional partners, will own a 51% interest in Westinghouse and Cameco will own 49%.

Date: Friday, 14 October 2022
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A strategic partnership of Cameco Corporation and Brookfield Renewable Partners is to acquire Westinghouse Electric Company for a total enterprise value of approximately USD8 billion.

Date: Thursday, 13 October 2022
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There is no credible net-zero scenario in which nuclear does not grow its capacity from today, global asset management company Brookfield said in a newly released White Paper.

Date: Tuesday, 04 October 2022
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Repair works on corrosion problems at some of French state-controlled utility EDF's nuclear reactors are well on track, EDF's outgoing CEO Jean-Bernard Levy has told a parliamentary hearing. He added those works had been completed at unit 3 of the Tricastin NPP.

Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2022
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Poland's Council of Ministers has adopted a draft act amending the act on the preparation and implementation of investments in nuclear power facilities and associated investments, the country's National Atomic Energy Agency (Państwowa Agencja Atomistyki) announced. The main goal of the changes is to shorten the time of investment implementation.

Date: Friday, 19 August 2022
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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has announced a major engineering contract with Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning (NND) to plan the decommissioning of Norway’s two nuclear research reactors located in Halden and Kjeller. The three-year agreement includes options up to six years and is valued up to $100 million (NOK1 billion).

Date: Friday, 22 July 2022
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Country has never had commercial nuclear plants The Jeep II nuclear research reactor at Kjeller was shut down in June 2018. Courtesy IFE. Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a major engineering contract with Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning (NND) to plan the decommissioning of the country’s two nuclear research reactors at Halden and Kjeller.

Westinghouse said the three-year agreement includes options up to six years and is valued up to $100m.

The two research reactors are the nuclear fuel and materials testing reactor at Halden and the Jeep II neutron scattering facility at Kjeller. They were permanently shut down in June 2018 and April 2019 respectively.

Ownership of both facilities and responsibility for them will move to NND, a government agency, from the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), the research company that operated both reactors.

Date: Wednesday, 20 July 2022
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