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Of the 220 research reactors in operation today, only seven are on the African continent. In other words, with 17.2% of the world population and the strongest expected growth in the coming years, Africans have access to only 3% of the world's nuclear research reactor capacity. Marguerite Leonardi, senior advisor at NPC Consulting & Engineering, and Professor Vincent Lukanda Mwamba, Commissaire Général of the Commissariat Général à l’Energie Atomique, explain why that is a concern and why the research reactor in Kinshasa should be restarted urgently.

Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2020
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Russia’s BP Konstantinova Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics has announced a tender for the development of a core design for the PIK research reactor in Gatchina, reported on 7 July.

Date: Friday, 10 July 2020
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Russian fuel company TVEL (part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom) said on 13 April that its Central Design and Technological Institute (TISC) had concluded a government contract to design a scientific centre based on a new latest generation synchrotron.

Date: Wednesday, 15 April 2020
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Russia’s Central Design and Technological Institute, a subsidiary of state nuclear fuel company Tvel, has won a government contract to design an experimental synchrotron for research in physics, chemistry, geology, biology and medicine.

The Siberian Circular Photon Source, or Skif, will be built at Koltsovo, a “science city” in the Novosibirsk region of southern Russia. It will be one of the latest generation of synchrotron radiation sources.

The project was approved by a federal government order in 2018. Tvel said the synchrotron and related infrastructure are scheduled to be commissioned in 2024. Total investment in the project will be more than $580m.

Date: Tuesday, 14 April 2020
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A new radioactive version of the element scandium has been produced in Australia's OPAL reactor for the first time. Scandium-47 has the potential for theranostic use, that is, both as a therapeutic drug and a diagnostic agent, and has similar properties to lutetium-177, which is already being used in clinical trials.

Date: Friday, 20 March 2020
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The USA and Romania have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on civil nuclear energy. The agreement was signed by US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă on 24 September during the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York.

Date: Friday, 27 September 2019
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France-based Veolia announced on 15 June that its Nuclear Solutions entity, through its subsidiary Kurion (Canada) has been selected to design, fabricate, and commission a major remote waste access and conditioning system at the Whiteshell Laboratories in Manitoba under a five-year agreement with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.

Date: Monday, 19 June 2017
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The Middle East’s first major international research centre for science application research was inaugurated on 16 May at Allan in Jordan. Scientists from across the region will use the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (Sesame) for advanced research projects. The centre is the region's first international centre of excellence and is modelled on the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). It was developed under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) with support from the International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA). 

Date: Thursday, 18 May 2017
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The Middle East’s first major international research centre for science application research, SESAME, will be inaugurated on 16 May in Jordan. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on 11 May that it will serve scientists from across the region and beyond researching the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. IAEA has been closely associated with the project and is an observer on the SESAME council. The facility will foster innovative scientific and technological research in areas ranging from biology, archaeology and medical sciences to studying the basic properties of materials science, physics, chemistry, and life sciences.

Date: Tuesday, 16 May 2017
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Members of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority NRA are now urging Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to find new technology and methods to aid in the cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi NPP, Asahi Shimbun reported on 24 March.

Date: Tuesday, 28 March 2017
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