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In the wake of Australia’s decision to purchase nuclear-powered submarines from the USA and UK, instead of diesel-powered vessels from France (the AUKUS defence pact), pressure is building up for Australia to consider developing nuclear power for energy production. 

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
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The national secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) has called for the nation to reconsider its ban on civil nuclear energy and to place small modular reactors (SMRs) at the heart of its decarbonisation plans.

Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
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A special report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions, released on 5 May, is a comprehensive global study on the central importance of minerals such as copper, lithium, nickel, cobalt and rare earth elements in a secure and rapid transformation of the global energy sector. The 287-page report recommends six key areas of action for policy makers to ensure that critical minerals are available to accelerate the transition to clean energy, rather than becoming a bottleneck.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
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Climate change is "essentially an energy challenge" because more than 80% of CO2 emissions come from the energy sector, but governments must not make the mistake of thinking that energy is a bad thing, Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said yesterday at the Foreign Policy Virtual Climate Summit. Instead, policymakers should be looking for ways to incentivise investment in clean energy technologies and not exclude any of them.

Date: Thursday, 29 April 2021
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Russian fuel company TVEL (part of Rosatom) said on 16 March that it is to supply nuclear fuel components for Egypt’s ETRR-2 research reactor, located at the Egyptian National Nuclear Research Centre in Inshas. The Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP - part of TVEL) and the Egyptian Atomic Energy Organisation (EAEA) have signed contract documents for the supply of another batch of low-enriched nuclear fuel components in 2021. The supplies come under a long-term framework contract for the export to Egypt of nuclear fuel components for the ETRR-2 reactor, concluded in 2020. The product range includes uranium components as well as aluminium alloys and aluminium powders. The first deliveries under this contract were made in 2020, despite the restrictions associated with coronavirus pandemic.

Date: Friday, 19 March 2021
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NASA's Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars yesterday, 203 days after being launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The rover, which is powered by a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) developed and fuelled in partnership with the US Department of Energy (DOE), will explore the Jezero Crater and collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth.

Date: Saturday, 20 February 2021
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The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has released an action plan committing the Australian minerals industry to decarbonising the economy and addressing climate change.

Date: Friday, 26 June 2020
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Group’s climate change plan says technology is ‘critically important’ Tania Constable, chief executive of the the Minerals Council of Australia. The Minerals Council of Australia has called for research into advanced nuclear solutions and accelerated development of the minerals required for a low emissions future, including uranium for nuclear power plants.

In a plan to tackle climate change across the industry, the council endorsed a goal of reaching net-zero emissions “as fast as possible” but without setting a target date.

It said it wanted to see faster development of minerals including uranium, aluminium, copper, nickel, zinc, iron, uranium, base metals, lithium, minerals sands, and rare earths.

The plan is a list of 30 activities underneath 10 action areas across its sector covering three issues: developing technology pathways to cut emissions, increasing transparency on climate change reporting, and knowledge sharing of the sector’s response to climate change.

Date: Wednesday, 24 June 2020
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At the construction site of Russia’s Kursk II nuclear power plant, the truss console has been installed under the reactor shaft of unit 2. This component, weighing 145 tons and with a diameter of more than 9 metres, is the second part of the core melt trap, Kursk NPP said.

Date: Wednesday, 10 June 2020
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Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP) has signed a 10-year contract with the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority for the supply of low-enriched nuclear fuel components, such as uranium and aluminium items, for the ETRR-2 research reactor. NCCP is a subsidiary of Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL.

Date: Tuesday, 07 April 2020
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