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As policymakers grapple with the twin challenges of climate change and a post-COVID economic recovery, the benefits of nuclear power are clearer than ever, but the industry still has some way to go in addressing perceptions of its alleged drawbacks with cost, safety and radioactive waste. This was the overriding message of the three panellists in a webinar held last week by Utilities Middle East in partnership with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Friday, 01 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-barrier-to-nuclear-is-perception,-says-panel

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

Belarus has joined the growing number of countries using nuclear power to produce electricity following grid connection of its first commercial reactor.

Date: Thursday, 05 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgrid-connection-for-belarus-first-nuclear-power-plant-8344995

A "solid group" of 10-12 countries building nuclear power plants for the first time will emerge in the next decade, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Director General William Magwood in a WebChat on 16 October.

Date: Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Grossi-predicts-a-dozen-new-nuclear-countries-by-2

Unit 1 of the Belarus nuclear power plant achieved criticality on 11 October, after regulator Gosatomnadzor on 8 October issued a permit to operate at low power and was sustained at the minimum controlled power level, the Energy Ministry reported.

Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbelarus-nuclear-plant-achieves-criticality-but-commissioning-is-delayed-8176636

Russia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for cooperation with the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (Afcone). The MOU was signed by Messaoud Baaliouamer, executive secretary to Afcone and Rosatom deputy director general Nikolay Spasskiy.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-to-co-operate-with-afcone-8153681

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released its latest projections for energy, electricity and nuclear power trends through 2050. Compared with the previous year, the 2020 projections are largely unchanged. Under the high case scenario, IAEA analysts expect an increase of global nuclear electrical generating capacity by 82% to 715 GWe. Under the low case scenario, it will fall by 7% to 392 GWe.

Date: Friday, 18 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-forecasts-doubling-of-nuclear-capacity-by-205

Nuclear power programmes can benefit society through the creation of high-quality employment opportunities while providing secure, reliable energy supplies, but the industry must make sure it engages in open and transparent communications with stakeholders, as well as being cost-competitive with all other forms of generation, if those benefits are to be realised. These were the feelings from an international high-level panel of nuclear industry and academic experts at World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum 2020.

Date: Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Cost-and-communication-vital-for-realisation-of-nu

Rosatom has not revised its portfolio of construction projects abroad but anticipates the coronavirus pandemic may affect some of its contracts, Alexey Likhachov, the Russian state nuclear corporation's director general, said during the Army-2020 conference in Moscow on 23 August, according to Tass. Separately, Rosatom said today that Egypt had postponed issuance of a construction licence for the planned El Dabaa nuclear power plant to the second-half of 2021.

Date: Thursday, 27 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rosatom-keeps-to-overseas-schedule-despite-pandemi

Alexey Likhachov, director general of Rosatom, congratulated his staff today on the 75th anniversary of Russia's nuclear industry. To emphasise how the corporation is looking to the future, Rosatom has announced its switch to a 'united brand' by using its Mobius strip logo for all of its subsidiaries.

Date: Friday, 21 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rosatom-marks-75th-anniversary-of-Russian-nuclear