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Romanian nuclear utility Nuclearelectrica announced at the IAEA Atoms4Climate pavilion at COP 27, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between RoPower Nuclear and Donalam SRL, part of European steel producer AFV Beltrame Group.

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) organised an event on 14 November at its Atoms4Climate pavilion – on the sidelines of COP27 meeting in Egypt – to discuss scientific solutions being implemented to monitor and manage water availability in mountainous regions.

Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2022
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Westinghouse Electric Company and Ansaldo Nucleare have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a next-generation NPP based on Lead-cooled Fast Reactor (LFR) technology. The two companies will advance a common design to maximise synergies, combine experience in design, testing and licensing, and align respective partner and supply chain organisations. Westinghouse said the agreement builds upon development activities already underway in the UK, USA, Italy, and Romania, where more than ten state-of-the-art, lead-based test facilities are being installed.

Date: Friday, 07 October 2022
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Westinghouse Electric Company and Ansaldo Nucleare have signed a new cooperation agreement to develop a next generation nuclear power plant based on Lead-cooled Fast Reactor (LFR) technology.

Date: Wednesday, 05 October 2022
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An IAEA proposal to establish a nuclear safety and security protection zone around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) is receiving strong international support and detailed talks have now begun with Ukraine and Russia aimed at agreeing and implementing it as soon as possible, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has revealed after a series of high-level meetings in New York.

Date: Thursday, 29 September 2022
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Slovak energy company Slovenské Elektrárne (SE) has loaded the first fuel cartridge into the VVER-440 reactor at unit 3 of the Mochovce NPP. After undergoing the necessary the tests, the unit is expected to achieve 100% power by the end of 2022. Branislav Strýcek, SE Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO told a press conference that over the next approximately four months, the plant will gradually complete the phases of physical start-up, energy start-up and the final 144-hour run of the 471MWe unit at full power.

Date: Thursday, 15 September 2022
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Testing and criticality to follow as plant nears operation Slovenské Elektrárne operates four nuclear units at two sites – Bohunice-3 and -4, and Mochovce-1 and -2 (pictured) Courtesy Slovenské Elektrárne. The first fuel loading has been completed for the Mochovce-3 nuclear power plant in western Slovakia, marking the actual beginning of the reactor startup process, a statement by operator Slovenske Elektrarne said.

According to the statement, fuel loading began on 9 September and was completed on 12 September and is now undergoing a regular inspection by the national nuclear regulator.

Next steps in the commissioning process will include pre-critical tests, first criticality, and physical tests, all subject to regulatory control. Completion is expected in about six weeks.

Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2022
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The Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic (ÚJD - Úrad jadrového dozoru) has announced it has issued “authorisation for commissioning unit 3 at the Mochovce NPP, authorisation for radioactive waste, used nuclear fuel and nuclear material handling, and the permit for early use of the building”.

Date: Thursday, 01 September 2022
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Support and Assistance Mission to Zaporizhzhia (ISAMZ) set out for Ukraine on the evening of 29 August to ensure nuclear safety and security at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). Earlier that day IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi wrote on his Twitter page: "The IAEA support and assistance mission is already on its way to the Zaporizhzhia NPP. I am proud to be leading this mission, which will arrive at the ZNPP later this week.” He added that "it is necessary to protect the security of Ukraine and Europe's largest nuclear facility”.

Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2022
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