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Austria failed to dent the Visegrád Group (V4) of countries' enthusiasm for nuclear power as a solution to climate change during their meeting in Prague yesterday. This was evident during a press conference held after the V4 and Austria summit by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak prime ministers, Andrej Babiš, Viktor Orbán, Mateusz Morawiecki and Peter Pellegrini, respectively.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Austria-fails-to-turn-neighbours-against-nuclear-p

Slovenske Elektrarne, the owner and operator of unit 3 of the Mochovce nuclear power plant in Slovakia, has shown a commitment to safety, an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded. The team also identified areas for further enhancements at the 471 MWe VVER unit, which is due to start up next year.

Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-reviews-pre-operational-safety-at-Slovakian-u

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Pre-Operational Safety Review Team (Pre-OSART) team concluded an 18-day mission to unit 3 of the Mochovce NPP in Slovakia on 5 December. The team observed a commitment to safety by owner/operator Slovenske Elektrarne ahead of the unit’s start of commercial operation and also identified areas for further improvement. Slovakia is building two 471 MWe VVER-440 pressurised water reactors at the site where two 470 MWe units are already in operation.

Date: Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-assesses-safety-at-mohovce-3-7547877

Candu Energy, a member of Canada’s SNC-Lavalin Group, and its consortium partner Ansaldo Nucleare of Italy, have been awarded a CAD13.9m (€9.5m) contract by Romania’s national nuclear company Nuclearelectrica for engineering services at the 650 MW Cernavodă -1 nuclear power reactor.

Work under the contract will include condition assessments of systems, structures and components for the Candu unit, which began commercial operation in December 1996.

Completion of the work will form the basis of the refurbishment for the plant. The project is a key step for Nuclearelectrica in preparation for the life extension of Cernavoda-1, which was the first Candu plant in Europe and is expected to operate for another 30 years.

Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/candu-energy-consortium-wins-eur9-5-million-cernavoda-contract-10-3-2019

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Review Service for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation (ARTEMIS) review team completed a two-week mission to Germany on 4 October. 

Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-mission-assesses-german-waste-management-7451963

Romanian utility Nuclearelectrica has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fostering ALFRED Construction (Falcon) consortium for cooperation on the development of the Advanced Lead Fast Reactor European Demonstrator (ALFRED) which is planned for construction in Romania.

Date: Friday, 11 October 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsromania-signs-mou-to-develop-lead-cooled-reactor-7447801

Germany is continuing to manage its radioactive waste and used fuel in a safe and responsible manner, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission has concluded. However, it noted areas for potential improvement.

Date: Friday, 11 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-assesses-German-radioactive-waste-management

Holtec International has announced completion of the pre-commissioning programme, or 'cold tests', for the Chernobyl Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility (ISF-2) in Ukraine. It is the world's largest dry storage installation.

Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Chernobyl-used-fuel-store-ready-for-commissioning

Slovak utility Slovenske Elektrarne (SE) said on 12 September that it does not expect technical corrections required by the Slovak Nuclear Regulatory Authority (UJD) to further delay the planned launch of new units at its Mochovce NPP. 

Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshot-testing-of-mohovce-3-revealed-the-need-for-further-modifications-7413902

Romanian utility Nuclearelectrica has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Fostering ALFRED Construction (Falcon) consortium regarding cooperation on the development of the Advanced Lead Fast Reactor European Demonstrator (ALFRED). A demonstration unit is planned to be constructed in Romania.

Date: Tuesday, 08 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclearelectrica-to-cooperate-in-development-of-AL