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Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi opened the 67th International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference by saying that opinion polls show the "tide is turning" on public attitudes to nuclear energy, but countries "still need to engage stakeholders openly and proactively" in their nuclear power programmes.

Date: Tuesday, 26 September 2023
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According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Saudi Arabia is considering a Chinese proposal to build a NPP. Citing Saudi sources acquainted with the situation, WSJ said China National Nuclear Corp (SNNS) had submitted a bid to construct a nuclear plant in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, close to the border with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Date: Wednesday, 30 August 2023
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Rosatom has signed an agreement with TSS Group on the sidelines of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), to develop an energy fleet for foreign markets based on floating NPPs (FNPPs) with RITM-200M reactors. TSS Group is Russia's largest developer and manufacturer of integrated solutions for well completion and energy supply to the oil and gas sector with an operating development strategy in the Middle East.

Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2023
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State nuclear power company Rosatom has signed an agreement with TSS Group to create a joint venture for the construction of a series of floating power units "with a capacity of at least 100 MWe and an assigned service life of up to 60 years for foreign markets and the subsequent sale of electricity from the floating power unit in the countries of presence".

Date: Saturday, 17 June 2023
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"A new clean energy economy is emerging - and emerging much faster than many realise," International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol said at the launch of the agency's eighth World Energy Investment report.

Date: Wednesday, 31 May 2023
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Renewables together with nuclear power are expected to meet the vast majority of the increase in global electricity demand over the next three years, making significant rises in the power sector's carbon emissions unlikely, according to a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report.

Date: Friday, 10 February 2023
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Even oil-rich companies of Middle East are eying reactors, as more nations announce plans for SMRs Russian troops occupied the Zaporizhzhia nuclear station, which was damaged by shelling. File photo courtesy IAEA. 2022 was a year of mega milestones for nuclear energy.

Countries around the world turned to nuclear as a reliable low-carbon energy source as they looked for ways to wean themselves off Russian imports and lower carbon emissions.

New plants began operating, deals for small modular reactors were signed and countries announced ambitious plans for new-build.

On the political front, US president Joe Biden signed into law new legislation that will help to finance struggling nuclear reactors and could save dozens from being shut down early. In Europe, the nuclear industry celebrated when members of the European parliament decided to “follow the science” and support legislation which includes nuclear in the bloc’s sustainable finance taxonomy for green investment.

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2023
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China plans to cooperate with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries in the fields of nuclear energy, nuclear security and space exploration, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said at a summit with rulers and officials from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – during a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia to attend the first China-Arab States Summit and the China-GCC Summit, and pay a state visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Salman.

Date: Thursday, 15 December 2022
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A ceremony marking the pouring of first concrete for the foundation slab of unit 2 of Egypt’s El Dabaa NPP has taken place. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Electricity & Renewable Energy of Egypt, Mohammed Shaker; the Chairman of the Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant Authority (NPPA), Amged El-Wakil; the General Director of Rosatom, Alexei Likhachev; the Senior Vice President of JSC ASE (Rosatom Engineering Division) for NPP Construction Project Management, Alexander Korchagin; and project teams ASE and NPPA. This came after the Egyptian Nuclear & Radiological Regulatory Authority issued a permit for unit 2 construction in October.

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
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