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Austria failed to dent the Visegrád Group (V4) of countries' enthusiasm for nuclear power as a solution to climate change during their meeting in Prague yesterday. This was evident during a press conference held after the V4 and Austria summit by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak prime ministers, Andrej Babiš, Viktor Orbán, Mateusz Morawiecki and Peter Pellegrini, respectively.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Austria-fails-to-turn-neighbours-against-nuclear-p

New-build projects are making progress, but governments are still struggling with finding the right financing package for large reactors The delayed Flamanville-3 is one of three EPR units under construction in Europe. The others are at Olkiluoto in Finland and Hinkley Point in the UK. Photo courtesy EDF. Western Europe

The UK is facing a major challenge to replace its aging fleet of Generation I nuclear power plants, many of which are scheduled to shut down in 2023.

The project by French state utility EDF to build two Generation III EPR units at Hinkley Point C in Somerset is on track for connection to the grid by 2025. Once in commercial operation the two units will provide up to 7% of the total electricity demand. Two similar units are planned for the Sizewell site in Suffolk.

However, press reports have suggested EDF is in “a race against time” to secure a funding deal for Sizewell C as delays risk making the project prohibitively expensive.

According to The Times newspaper EDF has hired Rothschild as financial adviser for the project and says it wants a “definitive way forward” from the government this year so it can start construction in 2022.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/what-lies-in-store-in-2020-1-4-2020

A plasma melting facility at Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear power plant has started operations, heralding a breakthrough in nuclear waste disposal to boost the decommissioning process, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced today.

Date: Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Plasma-plant-starts-operations-in-Bulgaria

Following an 11-day mission to South Africa, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team said on 15 December that South Africa has a robust regulatory framework for nuclear safety but recommended improvements in the oversight of radiation safety.

Date: Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-recommends-improvement-to-south-africas-regulatory-system-5702054

The following notice refers to goods, works, or consultancy services to be procured through open and competitive tendering process for completion of the Liquid Radwaste Treatment Plant financed from the Nuclear Safety Account (NSA), administered by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Potential tenderers requiring additional information on the procurement in question or the project in general should contact the ChNPP Project Management Unit, as indicated below.

Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsebrd-liquid-radwaste-treatment-plant-completion-general-procurement-notice-ukraine-deadline-18-november-2010

GE-Hitachi senior vice president, nuclear plant projects Daniel Roderick speaks about finishing the NRC's application for its ESBWR reactor design, and the company's plans about returning to Europe. Although the company is bullish about Europe, Roderick admits that new-build prospects in the USA have withered.

Date: Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsinterview-we-will-be-back-in-europe-says-ge

The problem with past and current energy policies is that we keep asking the wrong questions. As a result we get the wrong answers. Steve Kidd’s comment on “Nuclear in France” [NEI July 2009, pp. 14-15] is unfortunately yet another example.

Date: Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswhat-france-got-wrong