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A high-level Egyptian-Russian delegation last week paid a working visit to the construction site of the El Dabaa nuclear power plant. The delegation on 15 July was led by Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy of Egypt Mohamed Shaker and Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov. It followed Rosatom's announcement on 1 July that the Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) of Egypt has applied to the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority for a construction permit for units 1 and 2 of what will be Egypt's first nuclear power plant. Rosatom said that once the permit has been granted full-scale construction work will start.

Date: Tuesday, 20 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Egyptian-Russian-officials-inspect-El-Dabaa-plant

A common misconception about advanced nuclear technologies is that they are largely conceptual and will not be commercialised in time to contribute to meeting near-term climate goals, but a comprehensive look at global efforts to develop advanced nuclear reveals rapid progress towards commercialisation and operation, write Clean Air Task Force, ClearPath, Nuclear Innovation Alliance, Pillsbury and Third Way.

Date: Saturday, 10 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Advanced-reactor-development-makes-rapid

Russia’s largest manufacturer of equipment for nuclear energy, AEM-Technologies (part of Rosatom’s mechanical engineering division Atomenergomash) announced that in 2021-2023 it will invest RUB9.7 billion ($132.4m) to expand and maintain production facilities, and modernise infrastructure.

Date: Tuesday, 06 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-aem-technologies-to-invest-heavily-in-expansion-and-upgrades-8869334

Egypt’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) has handed over the licensing documentation for construction of units 1 and 2 of El Dabaa NPP to the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulation Authority (ENRRA), Rosatom said on 1 July.

Date: Tuesday, 06 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslicensing-documentation-submitted-for-egypts-el-dabaa-nuclear-plant-8869397

Country’s first nuclear plant to have four Russian reactor units The Egyptian Nuclear Power Plants Authority has submitted licensing documentation necessary to receive a permit for construction of the first two units at the El Dabaa nuclear station to the national Nuclear and Radiological Regulation Authority.

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, which will supply the technology for the El Dabaa project, said in a statement that the application is a “milestone” for the project as full-scale construction could begin only after a licence is granted.

Ayman Hamza, a spokesperson for the Egyptian energy ministry, told Russian news agency Tass that the construction permit for Units 1 and 2 “is expected” to be granted in the first half of 2022.

Date: Saturday, 03 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/licensing-documentation-submitted-to-regulator-for-el-dabaa-units-1-and-2-7-5-2021

Russian scientists at the Ural Federal University (UFU) have created samples of clay bricks that are able to attenuate ionising radiation as much as possible - to a level that is safe for the human body, UFU said on 18 May. An article describing the technology was published in the journal Applied Radiation and Isotopes.

Date: Friday, 21 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-scientists-develop-anti-radiation-building-materials-8757411

The Iraqi Radioactive Sources Regulatory Authority said on 22 April that it is holding talks with Russia, France and the USA to discuss the prospect of building nuclear reactors for civil application. The head of the authority, Kamal Hussein Latif, said in an interview with the Iraqi News Agency that several preliminary meetings had been held by the government committee on building nuclear reactors for research purposes to study the feasibility of installing a nuclear reactor, in accordance with guidelines set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiraq-considers-nuclear-energy-8699332

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has a clear mandate, but the climate crisis and the economic impact of the pandemic mean that, on behalf of its Member States, it needs to have a more visible presence than has traditionally been the case, its director general said yesterday during the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle forum, which is being held this week by the US Nuclear Energy Institute and World Nuclear Association. Speaking as part of the forum's first session - Executive Panel: From Plans to Actions - Rafael Mariano Grossi said the IAEA is therefore collaborating even more with other organisations to offer its "unique perspective".

Date: Thursday, 15 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEAs-presence-is-expanding-says-Grossi

The post-COVID economic recovery and the clean energy transition present a huge opportunity from which all nations can benefit, delegates at the IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit agreed. Over 40 countries, covering more than 80% of global GDP, population and carbon emissions, took part in the event on 31 March to identify how to work together to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. They included the USA, which re-joined the 2015 climate accord earlier this year.

Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ministers-chart-the-path-to-COP26

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) said on 17 March that it plans to cooperate with local partners in Egypt to participate in the El-El-Dabaa NPP project being constructed by Rosatom. KHNP CEO Jung Jae-hoon signed a cooperation agreement with Petrojet during a visit to Cairo. Under the agreement, KEPCO E&C, Hyundai E&C, and Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, including KHNP, plan to promote cooperation with local companies in Egypt based on their experience in NPP construction and project execution capabilities in Korea at the Barakah NPP in the UAE, KHNP said. In particular, it was decided to support the training of local technicians and experts in Egypt, and to establish a long-term cooperative relationship.

Date: Friday, 19 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskhnp-seeks-participation-in-egypts-el-dabaa-npp-project-8609294