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US-based Oklo and the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) have signed an agreement for land to host two more of Oklo’s Aurora design fast neutron microreactors. Oklo received a site permit in December 2019 from the US Department of Energy to build its first Aurora facility at Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

Date: Thursday, 25 May 2023
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A repurposed parking lot at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s (AECL’s) Chalk River campus has been selected as the site for construction of a demonstration Micro-Modular Reactor (MMR), according to a joint statement by AECL, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) and Global First Power (GFP).

Date: Thursday, 18 May 2023
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France’s Framatome and US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) are forming a joint venture to manufacture Tri-structural Isotropic (TRISO) particles and USNC’s Fully Ceramic Micro-encapsulated (FCM) fuel. Framatome and USNC have signed a non-binding Heads of Terms Agreement to integrate their complementary resources to bring commercially viable fuel to market for advanced reactor designs.

Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2023
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has accepted an application from X-Energy Reactor Company subsidiary, TRISO-X, for a fuel fabrication facility which will use high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU). Anticipating the decision, TRISO-X, in October, broke ground and began construction of the facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The TRISO-X Fuel Fabrication Facility (TF3) is expected to create more than 400 jobs and attract investment of approximately $300 million. TF3 is set to be commissioned and operational by 2025.

Date: Wednesday, 21 December 2022
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The French National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP) has announced it is relaunching a consultation on the Georges Besse II uranium enrichment plant to consider increasing the plant's capacity from 7.5 to 11 million SWU per year.

Date: Tuesday, 11 October 2022
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Robot technology is being used in preparations for future deactivation and remediation work at the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP), sharing lessons learned from other decommissioning projects.

Date: Friday, 26 August 2022
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The former Centrifuge Complex site at Oak Ridge in Tennessee is now ready for industrial development. The complex was one of the final collections of buildings to be demolished last year as workers completed the first-ever cleanup of a former uranium enrichment complex. The footprint of the former facility is earmarked for the construction of a proposed regional airport at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP).

Date: Friday, 10 September 2021
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Iraq is working on a plan to build nuclear reactors in face of widespread blackouts that have sparked social unrest, Bloomberg reported on 8 June. Despite being OPEC’s second biggest oil producer, Iraq is suffering from power shortages and insufficient investment in ageing plants, and needs to meet an expected 50% jump in demand by the end of the decade. Building NPPs could help to close the supply gap.

Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
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Russia’s Urals ElectroChemical Combine (UECC) has implemented a proprietary system for automatic control of centrifuge energy consumption, Strana Rosatom said on 19 April. The automated system, Yantar, makes it possible, in case of an emergency shutdown, to transfer the load of the technological unit of centrifuges to the standby without participation of an electrician. Yantar was developed by the specialists of the metrological service of the plant.

Date: Friday, 23 April 2021
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US-based BWX Technologies on 6 April announced a contract extension from the Department of Energy (DOE), valued at up to $690 million including options, for environmental management work at Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The agreement, which took effect on 29 March, includes a one-year extension with two additional six-month options. Clean-up work at the site has been conducted by joint venture Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP) since the contract was awarded in 2010.

Date: Friday, 09 April 2021
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