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The head of Russia’s Ulyanovsk region, Alexey Russkikh, on 17 June took part in a meeting at the operational headquarters for the construction of the MBIR research reactor at the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (NIIAR) in Dimitrovgrad. The meeting was chaired by Gennady Sakharov, Rosatom’s Director for Capital Investments, State Construction Supervision and State Expertise. Acting Governor Russkikh and the other participants of the meeting also inspected the construction site of the reactor.

Date: Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmbir-to-become-focus-for-regional-development-in-russia-8837355

Belarusian nuclear power plant has received fresh nuclear fuel for the first refuelling of unit 1, Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL said on 18 June. The acceptance inspection has been completed and fuel assemblies will be placed in the fresh nuclear fuel storage facility unti they are required.

Date: Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbelarus-npp-receives-fresh-fuel-for-the-first-refuelling-of-unit-1-8837359

Bulgaria’s nuclear society, Bulatom, on 14 June published its position on the main projects in the electricity industry of Bulgaria, in particular the Belene NPP project. In an earlier letter, addressed to “colleagues”, Bulatom noted: “Currently, there is an intensive debate in the society about the future of nuclear energy in our country, including the two promising projects that are in the process of structuring and selecting options for implementation: the project for construction of nuclear power on the approved new site near Kozloduy; and the project for construction of nuclear power at the Belene site.”

Date: Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbulatom-seeks-level-playing-field-for-belene-project-8837361

Russia's Rosatom plans to start construction of new units for the Kola II nuclear power plant project in 2028, with commissioning of the first unit set for 2034. The dates were announced by the Kola plant's director, Vasily Omelchuk, at an online press conference on 18 June.

Date: Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kola-II-construction-to-start-in-2028

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland has completed acceptance testing of Russian-made niobium-tin superconductors manufactured under the framework of the Future Circular Collider (FCC) CERN Conductor Development Programme, Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL said on 16 June. The design of the superconducting strands and the technology for their manufacture were developed at the AA Bochvar Institute of Inorganic Materials (VNIINM) in Moscow, while the 50km long qualification batch of strands was manufactured at the Chepetsky Mechanical Plant (CMP) in Glazov, Udmurt Republic (both part of TVEL). The work was completed as part of the agreement between TVEL and CERN, and was based on successful test results.

Date: Friday, 18 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstvel-supplies-superconductors-to-cern-8827652

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) has completed the acceptance testing of Russian-made niobium-tin superconductors made as part of the Future Circular Collider (FCC) CERN Conductor Development Programme. TVEL, the nuclear fuel manufacturer subsidiary of Russia's Rosatom, said the high performance of the wire fully complies with the CERN specification.

Date: Thursday, 17 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/TVEL-passes-niobium-tin-superconductor-tests

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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiraq-looks-to-revive-its-nuclear-programme-8822664

A second Russia-supplied unit at the Belarusian site is nearing completion A commission authorised the formal transfer of the plant from general contractor to the owner-operator. Courtesy Rosatom. The Belarusian-1 nuclear power plant has become the first power reactor to begin commercial operation in Belarus, one week after the country’s ministry of emergency situations gave the go-ahead.

State news agency Belta and Russian sate nuclear corporation Rosatom said the 1,110-MW unit is operating at nominal output capacity.

The Generation III VVER V-491 plant was supplied by Russia and is the first plant of its type to begin operation outside Russia.

Since it was connected to the power grid on 3 November 2020 it has generated nearly 3 billion kWh of electricity.

Rosatom said a commission in Belarus had signed documents authorising the formal transfer of the plant from the general contractor, Rosatom subsidiary Atomstroyexport, to the owner-operator Republican Unitary Enterprise Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant (Belarusian NPP).

Date: Saturday, 12 June 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/country-s-first-nuclear-power-plant-begins-commercial-operation-6-5-2021

Rosatom will soon submit to the Russian government its plan to invest RUB506 billion (USD7 billion) in new nuclear technologies by 2030, according to Kommersant. Of this, RUB150 will be from the state budget. The plan, dubbed 'New Atomic Energy', was presented for assessment to the working group of the State Council on Energy. If approved, it would be included in the government's socio-economic development strategy for the next decade, the newspaper says.

Date: Saturday, 12 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rosatom-plans-new-nuclear-technology-exports

Isotop JSC (part of Rusatom Healthcare, Rosatom’s radiation technologies integrator) on 9 June signed a five-year contract with Brazil’s Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN, part of the National Nuclear Energy Commission, CNEN) to supply medical isotopes lutetium-177 and actinium-225.

Date: Friday, 11 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-to-supply-brazil-with-key-medical-isotopes-8810883