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Netherlands-based nuclear energy development and consultancy company ULC-Energy has undertaken a study that investigated the potential to use civil nuclear technologies to power commercial maritime vessels. The study was commissioned by mining company and shipping charterer BHP, a major producer of commodities including iron ore, copper, nickel, and metallurgical coal. BHP has approximately 80,000 employees and contractors, primarily in Australia and the Americas. 

Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbhp-to-consider-nuclear-powered-cargo-ships-11551624

Sheffield Forgemasters has completed weld-assembly of a full-size small modular reactor (SMR) nuclear vessel demonstrator using Local Electron-Beam Welding (LEBW). Sheffield Forgemasters Research, Design & Technology Director Jesus Talamantes-Silva said the company had achieved “a significant milestone in assembling a nuclear vessel demonstrator, using electron beam welding for the first time at this scale, with 100% success and no defects”.

Date: Thursday, 22 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssheffield-forgemasters-completes-smr-nuclear-vessel-demonstrator-11533660

Sheffield Forgemasters has completed weld-assembly of a full-sized small modular reactor (SMR) nuclear vessel demonstrator assembly using Local Electron-Beam Welding (LEBW). It said the technique took less than 24 hours to complete four, thick, nuclear-grade welds, typically requiring a year of work to complete.

Date: Tuesday, 20 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/British-company-pioneers-new-nuclear-welding-techn

France's nuclear industry giants - EDF, Framatome and Orano - have each reported improved results for 2023, compared with 2022, and expect continued growth in 2024, partly due to France's plan to build new reactors.

Date: Saturday, 17 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Improved-fortunes-for-French-nuclear-sector

HD Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE), a subsidiary of South Korea's HD Hyundai, is to collaborate in a nuclear shipping project with UK start-up Core Power and US Southern Company and TerraPower. This followed a joint research and technology exchange meeting at Terrapower’s headquarters in Washington DC.

Date: Saturday, 10 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskorean-shipbuilder-joins-nuclear-shipping-project-11502161

South Korea's HD Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) plans to develop a small modular reactor (SMR) for use in shipping in cooperation with the UK's Core Power and the USA's Southern Company and TerraPower.

Date: Thursday, 08 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Korean-shipbuilder-joins-maritime-SMR-project

Geneva-based Transmutex SA has announced new round of financing to develop its nuclear energy technology”. The Swiss startup, founded in 2019 by scientists from the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) including Federico Carminati and Jean-Pierre Revol along with entrepreneur Franklin Servan-Schreiber.

Date: Thursday, 01 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstransmutex-raises-finance-for-thorium-fuelled-subcritical-nuclear-system-11477008

The International Energy Agency (IEA) in its latest report, Electricity 2024, dedicates a significant amount of space to nuclear power – a departure from its previous studies which treated it as peripheral. In its press release on the new report, IEA says the increase in electricity generation from renewables and nuclear "appears to be pushing the power sector's emissions into structural decline". Over the next three years, low-emissions generation is set to rise at twice the annual growth rate between 2018 and 2023. Global emissions from electricity generation are expected to decrease by 2.4% in 2024, followed by smaller declines in 2025 and 2026.

Date: Friday, 26 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-acknowledges-significance-of-nuclear-energy-in-new-report-11463539

UK-based nuclear technology company newcleo has announced a strategic and industrial partnership with France's NAAREA designed "to support all players in their industrial, technological, scientific and regulatory development" of Generation IV fast neutron reactors.

Date: Friday, 19 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnewcleo-and-naarea-partner-to-support-fast-reactor-development-11445892