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Construction is to be resumed of the prototype CAREM-25 reactor and a used fuel dry storage facility, as well as the refurbishment of the Atucha 1 nuclear power plant, Nucleoeléctrica Argentina SA (NA-SA) announced. Energy Minister Sergio Lanziani said the projects - work on which was suspended last year "due to breaches by contractor companies" - are vital for the country.

Date: Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Argentinean-projects-to-resume-after-hiatus

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is dispatching a first batch of equipment to more than 40 countries to enable them to use a nuclear-derived technique to rapidly detect the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This emergency assistance is part of the IAEA's response to requests for support from around 90 Member States in controlling an increasing number of infections worldwide.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-dispatches-COVID-19-detection-equipment

Nuclear power has responded to the call to action in the public health crisis that each and every one of us is facing, writes World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Message-Nuclear-power-in-the-fight-against-COVID19

Nuclear power has responded to the call to action in the public health crisis that each and every one of us is facing, writes World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising.

Date: Saturday, 28 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Message-Nuclear-power-in-the-fight-against-COVID-1

Agency says it is in constant contact with WHO and other key partners IAEA director-general Rafael Grossi addressing the board on 9 March. Photo courtesy IAEA/Dean Calma. The International Atomic Energy Agency is doing everything it can to help member states in responding to the outbreak of the coronavirus, director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi said in his introductory statement to the Vienna-based board of governors on 9 March.

Mr Grossi, in his first statement to the board since taking over as director-general in December, said the IAEA is not a specialised health agency and has no role in controlling the disease. “But we do have expertise and experience that help in detecting outbreaks of certain viral diseases and in diagnosing them,” he said.

“We have been in constant contact with the World Health Organisation and other key partners to assess the current level of knowledge about Covid-19, identify gaps and work to accelerate and fund priority research.”

He said so far, the agency has received official requests for support from six countries in Africa, five in the Asia and Pacific region and three in Latin America.

Date: Friday, 13 March 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-doing-everything-it-can-to-help-countries-respond-to-outbreak-3-1-2020

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will provide diagnostic kits, equipment and training in nuclear-derived detection techniques to countries asking for assistance in tackling the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19. Fourteen countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean have requested assistance with the diagnostic technique, known as Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). "The Agency takes pride in its ability to respond quickly to crises, as we did in the recent past with the Ebola, Zika and African Swine Fever viruses," IAEA Director General Mariano Grossi said in a statement to the IAEA Board of Governors. "Contributing to international efforts to deal with the coronavirus will remain a priority for me as long as the outbreak persists."

Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-announces-support-for-COVID-19-effort

The European Union's energy commissioner, Kadri Simson, representing the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), and Kazuo Kodama, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Japan to the EU, yesterday signed a joint declaration on the Broader Approach activities in fusion energy. These agreements relate to the Iter project in southern France as it approaches first plasma and the start of its operation.

Date: Wednesday, 04 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Euratom-signs-fusion-energy-declaration-with-Japan

The Iter tokamak buiding earlier this month at the construction site in southern France. Photo courtesy Iter. The Italian state shipyard that supplies the country’s warships has won a contract worth nearly €100m to enter a new business – nuclear fusion.

Fincantieri, based in Trieste and the largest shipbuilder in Europe, won the deal to supply equipment for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, a multinational collaboration aimed at building an experimental hydrogen fusion reactor at Cadarache in the south of France.

Fincantieri said in a statement that the work would include a number of high-profile systems, components, installations as part of the Iter project.

A temporary consortium has been established for the work. It includes Fincantieri itself as the main contractor, its subsidiary Fincantieri SI, active in the field of plant design and industrial-scale electrical, electronic and electromechanical components, Delta-ti Impianti, specialised in mechanical plant engineering, and Comes, specialised in electrical plant engineering.

Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/italian-state-shipyard-wins-eur100m-nuclear-fusion-contract-1-5-2020

Nuclear energy is a mature and proven low-carbon source of electricity, with a 60-year track record of providing reliable and safe operation. Further innovation and technological development will enable even wider applications aimed at deep decarbonisation of economies around the world and supporting sustainable development. This was the message of King Lee, director of the Harmony Programme at World Nuclear Association, to delegates at the UN side event for Sustainable Development Goal 9, held today at COP25 in Madrid.

Date: Wednesday, 04 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Nuclear-energy-innovation-for-clean-growth