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Orano’s Cominak uranium mine at Akouta in Niger closed on 31 March after 40 years of operations during which it produced more than 75,000 tU. Orano said the mine has now entered the remediation phase, which will include actions to address the impact of closure on miners amd local communities. Orano is the majority owner of Cominak (Compagnie Minière d’Akouta). Orano CEO Philippe Knoche said Orano “remains committed to Niger with investments to extend the life of the Somair mining site and the development of the Imouraren project”.

Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsorano-closes-cominak-uranium-mine-in-niger-8649987

Spain’s Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Challenge Demographic (Miteco) said on 18 March that it had approved a ministerial order granting the renewal of the operating authorisation for the Cofrentes NPP until 30 November 2030, the date set for its final closure. Miteco said the closure date is in line with the approved Protocol relating to the cessation schedule for operating Spanish NPPs and with the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (2021-2030).

Date: Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsspanish-government-approves-renewal-of-operating-licence-for-cofrentes-npp-8618722

Spain’s government on 16 March announced its plan for dismantling the Santa María de Garoña NPP (Burgos). The announcement by the Subdirectorate General for Nuclear Energy was published in the Official State Gazette detailing the project for phase 1 of the dismantling of the plant, along with a Study of Environmental Impact related to this. The documents will be available for public comment for 30 days.

Date: Friday, 19 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsspain-announces-plans-for-dismantling-garona-npp-8609381

The ability of nuclear energy to stabilise electricity systems and secure the grid is all the more essential in an increasingly unpredictable weather world, write Bryan Hanson, executive vice president and chief generation officer at Exelon, Bodhan Zronek, chief nuclear officer at CEZ Group, and Sama Bilbao y Léon, director general of World Nuclear Association.

Date: Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Nuclear-can-weather-any-storm

Poland is moving towards a low carbon economy with wind farms and nuclear energy as its two pillars, Polish Minister of Climate and Environment Michal Kurtyka said in an interview with Polska Times on 26 February. Poland’s coal plants are ageing, he noted. “We are entering a natural cycle of renewal of production capacity.” He added:

Date: Wednesday, 03 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newspolish-minister-looks-to-nuclear-8561383

The Plenary of Spain's nuclear regulator, Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear (CSN), meeting electronically, on 17 February approved a favourable report on the request for renewal of the operating licence for the Cofrentes NPP until 30 November 2030. The report will now be sent to the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge for authorisation, as required by the Regulation for Nuclear and Radioactive Facilities (RINR, article 23), CSN said in a statement. The plant will be in operation for 40 years in 2024 and, therefore, will then enter Long Term Operation.

Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsspanish-regulator-extends-operating-licence-for-cofrentes-npp-8542667

The Almaraz nuclear power station in Spain has two reactors in commercial operation. Courtesy CSN. A revision of taxes and levies on nuclear generation is needed in Spain if the government is to meet the challenge of climate change, the industry group Foro Nuclear said.

Nuclear power leads electricity production in Spain with a share of over 22% in 2020. But Foro Nuclear said the industry’s financial results have been reduced to the point where some years it has operated with losses, mainly due to the excessive tax burden it endures.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the average price of electricity in the wholesale market fell in 2020. At the same time, taxes applied to electricity production from nuclear sources increased, with a new tax in Catalonia and the extension to all nuclear power plants of a tax that finances response services provided by state security forces.

The rate of contributions to national radioactive waste management company Enresa has also increased, from €6.69/MWh to €7.98/MWh, Foro Nuclear said. This is for the management of irradiated fuel and other radioactive waste products and for the future decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

Date: Friday, 12 February 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/industry-group-calls-for-reduction-in-nuclear-sector-s-tax-burden-2-4-2021

Energy consumption from fossil fuels is expected to decrease due to a stated commitment to lower carbon dioxide emissions and address climate change. This reduction will inevitably increase demand for other energy sources, including nuclear – currently the fastest growing source of energy worldwide. Many countries have stated plans to build new nuclear reactors to cope with demand, including China, India, Russia, UK, and the USA. Others are investing heavily in upgrading existing facilities, including Canada and France.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdemand-increases-for-nuclear-metal-tubing-as-higher-energy-consumption-leads-to-plans-for-new-reactors-worldwide-8453732

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-real-challenges-to-nuclear-are-external,-says

A Brussels-based alliance of NGOs, weCARE, has written to the European Commission, Parliament and Council to urge "a more favourable evaluation at EU level" of nuclear energy for a larger projected share in the future very low-carbon energy mix, in combination with renewable sources, "thereby avoiding a gas lock-in effect".

Date: Wednesday, 06 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NGOs-urge-EU-Commission-to-value-nuclear-energy