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Russia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for cooperation with the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (Afcone). The MOU was signed by Messaoud Baaliouamer, executive secretary to Afcone and Rosatom deputy director general Nikolay Spasskiy.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-to-co-operate-with-afcone-8153681

The development of a national nuclear industry facilitates a country's economic growth while at the same time keeping in harmony with low-carbon and sustainable development, Yaroslav Mozdakov, director  for communications and international affairs at Rusatom Energy International (REIN), said last week during a webinar hosted by the Expert Group on Resource Management of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. REIN is a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rosatom-explains-the-multiplier-effect-of-new-nucl

The commercial deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) will bring new supply chain opportunities as well as challenges, panellists at an event to launch a World Nuclear Association report said this week. The World Nuclear Supply Chain: Outlook 2040 analyses the economic value of the nuclear power industry and provides a market-oriented review of the opportunities and challenges for nuclear power plants and their supply chain over the next two decades.

Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Panellists-address-SMR-supply-chain-challenges

Concreting of the foundation plates of the reactor building and the turbine building for Akkuyu 2 under construction in Turkey have been completed, Russia’s Akkuyu Nuclear announced.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmajor-concreting-tasks-completed-at-akkuyu-nuclear-plant-8147918

The lead universal nuclear icebreaker "Arktika" left the Baltiysky Zavod shipyard in St. Petersburg on 22 September and headed for Murmansk, its port of registration. The journey will take about two weeks.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsworlds-largest-nuclear-icebreaker-leaves-for-home-port-of-murmansk-8148210

File photo of the Akkuyu nuclear power station site in Turkey. Courtesy Rosatom. Concreting of the foundation plates of the reactor building and turbine building has been completed at the Akkuyu-2 nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey, Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

About 2,400 tonnes of reinforcement were laid in the reactor building foundation and more than 17,000 cubic metres of concrete was poured. Rosatom said the weight of the finished reactor building will be about 470,000 tonnes, which means the the foundation will hold a mass equal to double weight of the world’s largest ocean cruise liner.

Work has also been completed on the foundation plate of the turbine building, with 3,200 tonnes of rebar laid. The turbine building will house systems and equipment related to power delivery including the turbine unit, a deaerator, feed pumps and auxiliary equipment.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/rosatom-announces-construction-milestones-at-akkuyu-9-4-2020

World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising said today that the changes needed to transition to a more sustainable future will not happen without the participation of a diverse workforce, and the greater inclusion of women. Speaking to participants in a side event to the International Atomic Energy Agency's 64th General Conference, Rising said the energy sector remains one of the most gender-imbalanced, and that the nuclear sector was no exception.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Diversity-is-at-the-heart-of-a-sustainable-future,

Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak yesterday highlighted the contribution of the country's nuclear power sector, which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary, to the transition to low-carbon energy. During his address to the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM11), Novak said the climate agenda was becoming an increasingly significant factor in changes to the wider energy industry.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-is-environmentally-friendly-energy-says-Ru

JSC Akkuyu Nuklear has announced the completion of concrete pouring of the reactor and turbine buildings' foundation slabs at unit 2 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Mersin province, in southern Turkey. The 4800 MWe plant will comprise four VVER1200 reactors and is expected to meet about 10% of Turkey's electricity needs. Rosatom’s first build-own-operate venture, the USD20 billion project is based on an inter-governmental agreement signed between Russia and Turkey in May 2010.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Foundation-slabs-completed-at-Akkuyu-reactor-and-t

Engineering surveys for a nuclear station have begun in Jizzakh province, west of the capital Tashkent . Uzbekistan will soon approve a strategy for the management of spent nuclear fuel, radioactive waste and decommissioning of nuclear installations as it prepares to push ahead with construction of the first commercial nuclear power station in central Asia.

The country’s energy minister Alisher Sultanov also told the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 64th annual general conference that Uzbekistan is close to establishing procedures for licensing and issuing regulatory permits for nuclear energy.

This follows recent procedural progress for safety examinations of nuclear facilities by Uzbek regulatory bodies, Mr Sultanov said.

Draft decisions on Uzbekistan’s accession to four international conventions have also been prepared, for which adoption is expected by the end of 2020. These are:

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/country-to-approve-strategy-on-spent-nuclear-fuel-radioactive-waste-and-decommissioning-9-2-2020