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Powerful explosions shook the area of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) on the evening of 19 November and the following morning, abruptly ending a period of relative calm at the facility and further underlining the urgent need for measures to help prevent a nuclear accident there, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 20 November.

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
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Eskom Group Chief Operating Officer Jan Oberholzer said the company will do whatever it can to meet the daunting capacity challenges facing South Africa, even as the company's two nuclear units at Koeberg face extended outages over the next 12 months.

Date: Friday, 18 November 2022
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Delays to the life extension of the Koeberg nuclear power plant would severely constrain South Africa's power system, according to Eskom's annual review of the adequacy of the integrated power system to meet requirements.

Date: Thursday, 10 November 2022
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission said Singapore is committed to maintaining and strengthening its regulatory framework for radiation safety and noted areas which would benefit from further enhancements.

Date: Saturday, 22 October 2022
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Country becomes latest to turn to reactors for low-carbon energy security Vattenfall is majority owner of three operational reactors at Forsmark (pictured) and two at Ringhals. Sweden’s incoming government will ask state-run utility Vattenfall to plan and procure new nuclear power stations – potentially making the country one of an increasing number turning to commercial reactors as a source of low-carbon, baseload energy supply.

“New reactors will be built in Sweden,” said Ebba Busch, whose Christian Democrat party belongs to an alliance that won the most seats in last month’s general election. The right-wing bloc is scheduled to become the Nordic nation’s next government in a parliamentary vote next week.

Sweden now joins other countries in Europe that are turning to nuclear power in response to record high energy prices and fears over the security of key infrastructure.

Swedes have debated nuclear power for decades, but the energy source has garnered popular support recently amid the ongoing power crunch.

Date: Saturday, 15 October 2022
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The head of the (pro-Russian) military-civil Administration of the Zaporizhzhia region, Yevhen Balitsky, has said the authorities plan to launch one of the six power units of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) located in Energodar by winter. "We are working to ensure that we can still launch one unit, especially in winter. It may very well be that this will take place soon,” he told Solovyov Live.

Date: Thursday, 22 September 2022
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The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted the resolution, which calls on Russia to "cease all actions against, and at, Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant", in a vote with 26 in favour, seven abstentions and two voting against.

Date: Saturday, 17 September 2022
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First of four units scheduled for operation in 2026 A mockup of the planned El Dabaa nuclear power station in Egypt. Courtesy NPPA. South Korea has won a major $2.25bn contract with Russia’s state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom to provide buildings and components for Egypt’s first commercial nuclear power station.

The contract between state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) and Atomstroyexport JSC, a Rosatom subsidiary, includes the construction of 80 buildings and structures at the station’s four units. KHNP will also procure and supply equipment and materials.

In July an official ceremony was held to mark the start of first concrete pouring for Unit 1 of El Dabaa, meaning the country’s first commercial nuclear plant has entered the main construction phase.

El Dabaa will have four Generation III+ VVER-1200 reactors supplied by Rosatom under agreements signed in 2015 and 2017. The first unit is scheduled to begin commercial operation in 2026.

Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2022
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South Africa’s National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has confirmed that power utility Eskom had submitted the safety case in support of its application to extend the operational life of the Koeberg NPP beyond the current 40-year licence term. The two 970MWe pressurised water reactors at Koeberg NPP were built by Framatome, and began commercial operation in 1984 and 1985. They generate about 5% of the South Africa’s electricity.

Date: Wednesday, 03 August 2022
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