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First Akkuyu plant due online in 2023 with possibility of more units at Sinop and Igneada The first Akkuyu unit is expected to come online in 2023 with a further unit starting every year afterwards. Courtesy Rosatom. New nuclear reactors under construction and being planned in Turkey will help meet the fast-growing economy’s “massive” demand for energy and reduce the country’s dependence on polluting fossil fuels, the Italian representative of the NIATR (Nuclear Industry Association of Turkish Republic) said.

According to Turkey’s ministry of energy and natural resources, energy consumption in 2012 was 239 TWh a year, while in 2023 forecasts say it could reach as much as 478 TWh.

However, Massimo Giorgi of NIATR told NucNet that the current energy mix will not meet demand and the lack of reliable, diversified, low-cost energy is an obstacle to Ankara’s economic plans.

Once fully operational, the $20bn Akkuyu nuclear power station, where Turkey is building four 1,114-MW pressurised water reactor units supplied by Russia, will provide about 10% of the country’s total electricity generation.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
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Protocols to amend two international instruments strengthening the rights to compensation for those affected by nuclear energy accidents have been formally ratified and will enter into force on 1 January.

Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
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Country to phase out nuclear by end of 2022 Germany is planning to shutter its last remaining nuclear plants at the end of 2022, a policy direction set upon a decade ago in the aftermath of the Fukushima-Daiichi accident of 2011. Image courtesy Flickr / i_aoquadrado. A slight majority of Germans see a future role for nuclear energy in the power mix of the country, which has chosen to phase out nuclear by the end of 2022, according to a new survey by international pollster YouGov.

The survey found that 22% of participants want to see nuclear play a “larger” role in power generation at par with that of renewables, while 31% said Germany should still use some nuclear power, but certainly less in comparison with renewables.

Twenty-eight percent of responders were strictly against nuclear power, while another 12% expressed no defined opinion.

Date: Wednesday, 15 December 2021
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Work to prepare all foreign-owned high-level waste for return to overseas customers has been completed, the UK's Sellafield Ltd has announced. A total of 1840 containers have been prepared for return to overseas customers since 2008, as part of the closing out of commercial reprocessing contracts from the Thorp reprocessing plant.

Date: Saturday, 11 December 2021
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As part of the research into lead-cooled reactors, the consortium that unites Ansaldo Nucleare and Reinvent Energy (Romania) has been awarded a contract worth around €20 million ($22.5m) for the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of the Athena experimental plant - a research facility for the development of lead-cooled reactors.

Date: Friday, 26 November 2021
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A consortium including Italy's Ansaldo Nucleare and Romania's Reinvent Energy has been awarded a contract worth about EUR20.0 million (USD22.5 million) for the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of a research facility for the development of lead-cooled reactors. The Advanced Thermo-Hydraulics Experiment for Nuclear Application (ATHENA) facility will be built at the RATEN-ICN research centre near Pitesti in southern Romania.

Date: Wednesday, 24 November 2021
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Ireland’s European commissioner Maireád McGuinness is moving closer to classifying nuclear energy and gas as having a role to play in the transition to climate neutrality as an energy price crisis consumes the European Union, the Irish Times reported.

The European commission is preparing to release the second part of its so-called sustainable finance taxonomy, which determines what activities are eligible for funding by green bonds, and therefore billions of euro in budget and Covid-19 stimulus cash directed towards the EU’s goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.

France and a number of other member states have lobbied intensely for nuclear energy to be classified as green, but the inclusion of nuclear has been resisted by other countries, including Italy and Germany, which has almost completed a planned phaseout of its nuclear plants begun in response to the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident.

“Member states will travel on different paths in order to reach the goal of climate neutrality by 2050,” Ms McGuinness said in a statement to The Irish Times. She added that €350bn in additional investment would be needed annually to reach the EU’s aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55 per cent by 2030.

Date: Thursday, 04 November 2021
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The latest report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) – “Achieving Net Zero Electricity Sectors in G7 Members” – released on 20 October, is designed to inform discussions at the November COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

Date: Friday, 22 October 2021
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Urenco Stable Isotopes has expanded its stable and medical isotopes facility in Almelo, the Netherlands, officially opening its new Leonardo da Vinci cascade yesterday. The company - a subsidiary of uranium enrichment company Urenco Nederland BV - said the move was in response to growing demand for medical isotopes.

Date: Thursday, 07 October 2021
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The PRISMAP network was recently launched which will see more than 20 European academic institutions and research centres pooling their knowledge, expertise and infrastructure to speed up the introduction of new medical radioisotopes. The network aims to provide a sustainable source of high-purity grade novel radionuclides for medical research.

Date: Thursday, 30 September 2021
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