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France's Framatome and Germany's Technical University of Munich (TUM) have agreed to establish the industrialisation process for the manufacture of monolithic molybdenum-uranium (U-Mo) fuel for the university's FRM II research reactor. Framatome noted this low-enriched fuel will benefit from the highest uranium fuel density ever realised in Europe for research reactor operations.

Date: Saturday, 20 April 2024
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Czech power company CEZ reported that unit 3 at the Dukovany NPP for the first time had achieved a heat output of 1,475 MWt, which is 2.3% more than before and corresponds to an output of 511 MWe under optimal climatic conditions. The increase, which the power engineers achieved safely without any increase in fuel consumption or emissions, corresponds, for example, to three times the power of the hydroelectric power plant at the foot of the Brno dam. As a result, the annual production of the Dukovany NPP should increase by approximately 300,000 MWh next year after modifications to all four units.

Date: Wednesday, 17 April 2024
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UK nuclear trade association, the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) has applied for a justification decision for newcleo’s lead-cooled fast reactor design, the LFR-AS-200. The application makes the case that the benefits of clean, firm, flexible power from the LFR-AS-200 would far outweigh any potential risks. NIA says these are” rigorously controlled by robust safety features, including passive safety systems, built into the design and incorporated into the operating arrangements, in line with the UK’s regulatory requirements”.

Date: Wednesday, 10 April 2024
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The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) has applied to the UK government for a justification decision for Newcleo's lead-cooled fast reactor, the LFR-AS-200. Such a decision is required for the operation of a new nuclear technology in the country.

Date: Saturday, 06 April 2024
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The company says its application to build the Natrium reactor demonstration project is the first construction permit application for a commercial advanced reactor to be submitted to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Non-nuclear construction will begin this summer.

Date: Wednesday, 03 April 2024
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France’s Orano has signed a contract with Czech electric utility CEZ for the supply of uranium enrichment services. The enriched uranium will be used in fuel for the Dukovany NPP. The contract was signed during a trip by President Emmanuel Macron, to the Czech Republic to strengthen bilateral cooperation, particularly in civil nuclear power.

Date: Saturday, 09 March 2024
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Unit 2 of France’s Cruas-Meysse NPP is now operating its first full core of recycled uranium fuel. EDF Nuclear & Thermal Park Director Cedric Lewandowski said this was “a historic step for the relaunch of the uranium reprocessing sector”.

Date: Wednesday, 06 March 2024
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Unit 2 of the Cruas-Meysse nuclear power plant in south-eastern France was recently restarted with its first full core of recycled uranium fuel. The move marks a major milestone in France's efforts to revive its domestic uranium reprocessing industry.

Date: Saturday, 02 March 2024
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved GE Vernova's nuclear fuel business to manufacture, ship and analyse the performance of nuclear fuel with uranium-235 enrichments of up to 8%.

Date: Friday, 16 February 2024
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