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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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/five-major-developments-that-are-setting-the-stage-for-2023-and-beyond-1-1-2023

In a wide ranging interview for the World Nuclear News podcast, Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel explained: Why the time was right for the Westinghouse deal How Russia's war with Ukraine has led to 'bifurcation' of the nuclear sector Explained Cameco's long-term strategy Looks ahead at the impact of new technologies, including SMRs How nuclear will need to play a key role in getting to net-zero

Date: Wednesday, 09 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/In-Quotes-Cameco-s-Tim-Gitzel-WNN-podcast-on-nucle

The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) has said it remains “deeply concerned” about the situation at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP), noting that plant operators were “facing unprecedented challenges in carrying out day-to-day operations and maintaining nuclear safety standards”.

Date: Friday, 28 October 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswano-expresses-concern-about-zaporizhzhia-npp-10122490

Country becomes latest to turn to reactors for low-carbon energy security Vattenfall is majority owner of three operational reactors at Forsmark (pictured) and two at Ringhals. Sweden’s incoming government will ask state-run utility Vattenfall to plan and procure new nuclear power stations – potentially making the country one of an increasing number turning to commercial reactors as a source of low-carbon, baseload energy supply.

“New reactors will be built in Sweden,” said Ebba Busch, whose Christian Democrat party belongs to an alliance that won the most seats in last month’s general election. The right-wing bloc is scheduled to become the Nordic nation’s next government in a parliamentary vote next week.

Sweden now joins other countries in Europe that are turning to nuclear power in response to record high energy prices and fears over the security of key infrastructure.

Swedes have debated nuclear power for decades, but the energy source has garnered popular support recently amid the ongoing power crunch.

Date: Saturday, 15 October 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/new-government-announces-plans-to-build-nuclear-power-plants-10-5-2022

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 12 August that new shelling in the area of the Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia NPP (ZNPP) was further underlining major nuclear safety and security risks at Europe’s largest NPP. However, based on the information provided by Ukraine, IAEA experts noted that systems important for nuclear safety and security had not been affected. Nevertheless, renewed shelling at or near the ZNPP was deeply troubling for nuclear safety and security Grossi said.

Date: Tuesday, 16 August 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaeas-grossi-addresses-un-security-council-on-zaporizhzhia-9928438

The United Nations Security Council has held an emergency meeting to discuss the situation involving the Zaporozhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Here is a round-up of what was said at the meeting, which was called following shelling of the site over the past week.

Date: Saturday, 13 August 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/In-quotes-UN-Security-Council-discusses-Zaporizhzh

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told a press conference that Iran had informed the Agency of its intention to remove 27 cameras as well as an online monitoring system and a flowmeter from its nuclear facilities. The cameras would be removed in the coming days from various sites, including Natanz, Isfahan, Tehran and Karaj.  He said this “poses a serious challenge” for inspectors working there. He estimated that some 40 cameras would remain in place.

Date: Tuesday, 14 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-begins-removal-of-iaea-monitoring-systems-9767788

‘They want to make investments in things that will have a long-term return’ EDF is planning to build two EPR plants at Sizewell C in eastern England. Courtesy EDF. UK prime minister Boris Johnson, whose government recently announced plans to build up to eight new nuclear power plants, has underlined his commitment to reactors, saying in an interview that Sizewell C is “certainly on the agenda” and will be partly paid for by international investors.

Mr Johnson told Radio Suffolk: “We want Sizewell C and we’ll be bringing forward plans as fast as possible”.

Sizewell C, EDF’s £20bn proposed nuclear power station in eastern England, is part of a fleet of new nuclear power plants at the heart of the government’s energy strategy, in which Mr Johnson last month set out aims to boost new nuclear power, offshore wind and hydrogen.

Asked whether Sizewell C will be built amid criticism that the process is too slow, Mr Johnson said: “Sizewell C is certainly on the agenda.

Date: Thursday, 05 May 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/boris-johnson-says-international-investors-lining-up-to-help-finance-sizewell-c-5-3-2022

Regional authorities confirm that the six-unit facility in southeast Ukraine has been seized by Russian forces The fire broke out in a training building outside the station in the early hours of Friday, after being shelled by Russian forces, Ukrainian authorities said.

What is the significance of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station?

Date: Saturday, 05 March 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-what-s-happening-at-europe-s-largest-nuclear-power-station-3-5-2022