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First Akkuyu plant due online in 2023 with possibility of more units at Sinop and Igneada The first Akkuyu unit is expected to come online in 2023 with a further unit starting every year afterwards. Courtesy Rosatom. New nuclear reactors under construction and being planned in Turkey will help meet the fast-growing economy’s “massive” demand for energy and reduce the country’s dependence on polluting fossil fuels, the Italian representative of the NIATR (Nuclear Industry Association of Turkish Republic) said.

According to Turkey’s ministry of energy and natural resources, energy consumption in 2012 was 239 TWh a year, while in 2023 forecasts say it could reach as much as 478 TWh.

However, Massimo Giorgi of NIATR told NucNet that the current energy mix will not meet demand and the lack of reliable, diversified, low-cost energy is an obstacle to Ankara’s economic plans.

Once fully operational, the $20bn Akkuyu nuclear power station, where Turkey is building four 1,114-MW pressurised water reactor units supplied by Russia, will provide about 10% of the country’s total electricity generation.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/new-reactors-will-help-meet-massive-demand-for-energy-and-reduce-reliance-on-fossil-fuels-1-1-2022

World’s top oil exporter wants to build around 17 GW of reactor capacity The kingdom wants to diversify its energy mix, adding nuclear power so it can free up more crude for export. Courtesy B.Alotaby/Wikipedia. Saudi Arabia aims to take advantage of its significant uranium resources to develop a commercial nuclear power programme, energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud said.

“We have a huge amount of uranium resource, which we would like to exploit and put in the most transparent way,” he was quoted as telling the International Mining Conference in Riyadh.

“We will bring partners and we will be exporting and manufacturing and developing it and we will be commercially monetising that resource.”

The minister said the world needed more flexibility because the transition to clean energy is complicated. “We should not forfeit energy security for the sake of a publicity stunt”, he said. “The transition needs to be a well-thought of transition.”

Press reports have said Saudi Arabia, the world’s top il exporter, could produce over 90,000 tonnes of uranium from three major deposits in the country, enough to provide fuel for nuclear plants the country seeks to build and to export uranium.

Date: Saturday, 15 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/kingdom-aims-to-take-advantage-of-uranium-resources-as-it-looks-to-nuclear-energy-1-5-2022

Russia’s Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC – part of Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL) has signed a contract with Atomenergoproekt (part of Rosatom’s Engineering Division) for the design of the used fuel reprocessing module, which will support operation of the Brest-OD-300 reactor.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-to-complete-design-of-fuel-reprocessing-module-for-brest-reactor-by-2024-9400778

Scientists of Russia’s Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) are investigating the behaviour of welded joints made of E110 zirconium alloy, obtained by means of laser welding with the aim of developing accident tolerant fuel.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-scientists-develop-chrome-coatings-to-protect-fuel-assemblies-9401086

The Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant Authority (NPPA) has applied for a permit for construction of units 3 and 4 of El Dabaa nuclear power plant.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslicensing-documentation-submitted-for-el-dabaa-34-9401137

Ukraine's Energoatom would like to license Westinghouse's AP1000 technology after the initial five units that are already being planned, the company's CEO, Petro Kotin, said in an interview with EnergoBusiness magazine. Energoatom is currently weighing up its options for suppliers to its programme.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kotin-elaborates-Ukraine-s-AP1000-plans

Main components for India's Kudankulam unit 6 are being manufactured in Russia. Construction of the VVER-1000 reactor officially began one month ago.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Latest-Kudankulam-components-in-preparation

Egypt's El Dabaa nuclear power project has moved forward with the application for construction licences for units 3 and 4. The application comes six months after the same step for units 1 and 2.

Date: Thursday, 13 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Applications-made-to-build-El-Dabaa-units-3-and-4

A contract has been signed to design the used fuel reprocessing module of the Pilot Demonstration Energy Complex (PDEC) facility under construction at Seversk in Russia.

Date: Wednesday, 12 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Reprocessing-contract-signed-for-fast-reactor-comp

Hungary’s President Viktor Orban on 1 January formally appointed Andrea Beatrix Kádár as the new head of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Agency (HAEA) - an appointment, which will run until the end of 2030. The decree was published in the Hungarian Gazette, on 3 January.

Date: Friday, 07 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-head-of-hungarys-regulator-confirmed-in-position-9371185