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One-and-a-half times more people support the use of nuclear energy than oppose it, according to a multinational public opinion poll conducted by market research firm Savanta on behalf of energy consultancy Radiant Energy Group.

Date: Saturday, 20 January 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Global-survey-finds-high-public-support-for-nuclea

Lower Saxony’s Ministry for the Environment, Energy & Climate has granted approval to PreussenElektra to begin dismantling the 1360 MWe pressurised water reactor at Grohnde NPP (KWG) in Germany, which was closed down in December 2021. “We are implementing the nuclear phase-out decided 12 years ago and ensuring maximum safety for dismantling,” said Environment Minister Christian Meyer.

Date: Friday, 15 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsapproval-granted-for-decommissioning-of-grohnde-11372888

French power group Engie and the Belgian federal government have signed an intermediate agreement defining the terms for extending the operation of unit 4 at Doel NPP and unit 3 at Tihange NPP. The agreement aims to ensure a balanced distribution of risks between the two parties and will also remove uncertainties about future changes in provisions related to the treatment of nuclear waste.

Date: Wednesday, 05 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsengie-and-belgian-government-agree-on-npp-life-extension-plans-10983536

The operators of the last three nuclear power plants in Germany have marked their closures by saluting their operational records and contribution to providing low-carbon energy in the country for more than three decades.

Date: Tuesday, 18 April 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Tributes-paid-as-Germany-s-last-nuclear-plants-clo

Unit 2 of Taiwan's Kuosheng NPP has been closed in preparation for decommissioning in accordance with Taiwan's nuclear phase-out policy after its 40-year operating licence expired. Construction of Kuosheng 2, a 985 MWe boiling water reactor (BWR), began in 1976 and it began commercial operation in 1983.

Date: Friday, 17 March 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstaiwans-kuosheng-unit-2-closed-for-decommissioning-10679806

Ansaldo Energia, Ansaldo Nucleare, EDF and Edison (part of the EDF Group since 2012) have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to collaborate on the development of new nuclear power in Europe. The agreement aims to leverage the expertise of the Italian nuclear power sector, headed by Ansaldo Nucleare, in order to support the development of EDF Group's new nuclear projects. It also aims to initiate a debate on the possible role of new nuclear power in Italy's energy transition.

Date: Thursday, 09 March 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsedf-and-italian-partners-team-up-to-support-nuclear-development-in-europe-10660567

After recently shutting down one of Belgium's six remaining nuclear reactors the federal government is now considering extending the operation of the three oldest reactors. These include unit 2 of the Tihange NPP, which was shut down in January, and units 1&2 of the Doel NPP which are to be disconnected from the grid by 2025 in line with the 2003 nuclear phase-out law. Tihange 2 was the second reactor to close under the phase-out law - Doel 3 closed in September 2022. This left five reactors still in operation – Doel 1,2&4 and Tihange 1&3. In January, French power utility Engie agreed to extend the operating lives of Doel 4 and Tihange 3, Belgium’s newest reactors - by 10 years from 2026 in face of the current energy crisis.

Date: Friday, 10 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbelgium-considers-continued-operation-of-older-reactors-10582923

Belgium has shut down its first nuclear reactor as part of a planned nuclear power phase-out, despite last minute attempts by some government officials to delay the closure in the face of increasing energy shortages in Europe due to sanctions on Russian gas and oil.

Date: Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbelgium-shuts-down-doel-3-10038427