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The ITER Organisation has selected the contractors to carry out assembly and installation activities inside the Tokamak Complex at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter), under construction in Cadarache, France. These contracts are the last major assembly and installation contracts planned for first-phase Iter assembly.

Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Final-major-contracts-signed-for-Iter-Tokamak-Comp

Ten locations have been identified as most promising The Caorso nuclear power station was one of four in Italy, but all have been permanently shut down. Italy’s state-owned nuclear waste management company Sogin has published a list of 67 potential sites for a national radwaste storage facility.

The list includes potential sites in the northwest, central Italy, the south, and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

Sogin said the list identifies areas whose characteristics meet localisation criteria defined by the National Inspectorate for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (ISIN) and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Ten sites have been identified as “A1”, which means they are the most promising. Two of these sites are near Turin in Piedmont, northwest Italy, five are near Alessandria, also in Piedmont, and three are in the province of Viterbo, north of Rome in central Italy.

Sogin said last year it had estimated €1.5bn for the siting, construction, and testing phase of the repository, which is for the disposal of very low-level and low-level waste. It might also temporarily store high-level radioactive waste (HLW), including that from the reprocessing abroad of spent nuclear fuel.

Date: Wednesday, 06 January 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/sogin-publishes-list-of-67-potential-radwaste-repository-sites-1-2-2021

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

International treaties governing nuclear security serve as frameworks based on shared experience, but they are not a substitute for practical and ongoing cooperation. This was one of the messages from delegates at NP1 - The Nuclear Power Conference Israel - Threats, Challenges, Opportunities.

Date: Saturday, 05 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Extending-nuclear-cooperation-to-the-Middle-East

The first canister of used nuclear fuel was yesterday loaded into the Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine. ISF-2 is the largest dry-type used fuel storage facility in the world and has an operating life of at least 100 years.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-assemblies-loaded-into-new-Chernobyl-used-fu

After a three-year delay, the USA on 4 November become the first country to formally withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsusa-formally-withdraws-from-paris-agreement-8354428

A new EU-funded project aims to improve confidence in nuclear safety by advancing the approach to seismic safety assessments for nuclear power plants. The 'methods and tools innovations for seismic risk assessment' (METIS) Horizon 2020 project is being led by France's EDF Group.

Date: Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/European-project-to-bolster-earthquake-protection

The UN Climate Change secretariat said yesterday that it "remains committed to working with all US stakeholders and partners around the world" as it noted that the USA's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement three years ago had formally come into effect. In a joint statement with Chile, France, Italy and the UK, it said: "There is no greater responsibility than protecting our planet and people from the threat of climate change".

Date: Saturday, 07 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/USA-formally-withdraws-from-Paris-Agreement

Italy’s state-owned nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management company Sogin has completed the demolition of the steam generator shields at the Latina nuclear power plant reactor building.

The shields were the six reinforced concrete structures that insulated the upper pipes, which connected the six boilers to the reactor building.

For their removal, Sogin used a controlled demolition technique. The shields were cut into sections at height and then moved to ground level using a specially installed tower crane.

The job produced about 1,200 tonnes of material which will be removed from the site and sent for recovery.

Date: Thursday, 22 October 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/sogin-completes-dismantling-of-latina-steam-generator-shields-10-3-2020