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All four hydraulic tanks of the emergency core cooling system (ECCS) have been installed in the design position at unit 2 of Russia’s Kursk-II NPP two months ahead of schedule, according to Rosatom. They form the first of three stages of the ECCS. In case of a loss of coolant, the hydraulic tanks of each stage are sequentially activated as part of the passive safety system.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsemergency-core-cooling-system-installation-begins-at-kursk-ii-unit-2-9817578

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again lost the remote connection to its safeguards surveillance systems installed at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant (ZNPP), further underlining the need for the IAEA to go there very soon, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 29 June.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-loses-safeguards-connections-with-zaporizhzhya-npp-and-chernobyl-9819101

ČEZ aims to start building new reactor in late 2020s Dukovany has four VVER units that began commercial operation in the 1980s. Courtesy Dukovany NPP. The European Commission (EC) announced yesterday it has opened an investigation into whether the public support mechanism proposed for the Dukovany II nuclear new-build project in the Czech Republic fulfils the European Union (EU) rules on state aid.

Czech state-controlled utility ČEZ wants to build a new Generation III pressurised water reactor unit with a capacity of up to 1,200 MW at the existing Dukovany nuclear site in the southeast of the country.

In March, the company launched a tender process to choose a supplier for the new-build project. Construction of the new unit should begin in 2029 and be completed by 2036.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/european-commission-to-investigate-state-support-scheme-for-new-dukovany-plant-7-5-2022

Kazakhstan Nuclear Power Plants (KNPP) and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) promising comprehensive cooperation for the introduction of new NPPs in Kazakhstan during a visit to Seoul by a Kazakh delegation headed by Deputy Energy Minister Zhandos Nurmaganbetov. The MOU will "help strengthen the strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and South Korea in the field of nuclear energy development," the Kazakh Energy Ministry said.

Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskazakhstan-signs-mou-with-khnp-9815921

The Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA) has issued a construction licence to the Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) for unit 1 of the planned four-unit El Dabaa nuclear power plant.

Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Construction-permit-issued-for-first-Egyptian-unit

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is increasingly concerned about the difficult conditions facing staff at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant (ZNPP) and it must go there as soon as possible to address this and other urgent issues, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has said.

Date: Thursday, 30 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-director-general-stresses-need-to-visit-zaporizhzhya-npp-9807909

New suppliers to replace Russia’s Tvel Two VVER-1000 PWR units are in commercial operation at Temelín in the Czech Republic since 2002 and 2003. Image courtesy ČEZ. Czech state-controlled utility ČEZ has signed agreements with US-based Westinghouse Electric and France’s Framatome for the supply of fuel assemblies for the Temelín nuclear power station.

According to ČEZ, the new fuel deliveries will begin in 2024 to fully replace the current fuel supplier, which is Russia’s Tvel.

There are two Russia-designed VVER-1000 pressurised water reactor units in commercial operation at the southern Temelín site. Since 2019 Westinghouse-made lead fuel assemblies have been in operation in the reactor core of Unit 1.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/cez-signs-nuclear-fuel-contracts-with-westinghouse-and-framatome-for-temelin-vver-plant-6-2-2022

Ongoing war motivates move The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) has announced that it is terminating international agreements with Russia in the field of nuclear safety.

The decision is related to Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine, which has been ongoing since 24 February 2022 and has taken effect since 24 June 2022, the SNRIU said.

The first agreement cancelled is between the ministry of environmental protection and nuclear safety of Ukraine and the Federal Supervision of Nuclear and Radiation Safety of Russia, which was signed in 1996.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/regulator-terminates-international-nuclear-agreements-with-russia-6-2-2022

ČEZ said the contracts with the US and French companies for the supply of fuel assemblies for the Temelín nuclear power plant for the coming years were important for ensuring diversification of supplies.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Westinghouse-and-Framatome-to-supply-fuel-to-Temel

EU Foreign Policy Chief Josef Borrell said during a recent visit to Tehran that the Vienna talks will resume with the aim of reinstating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He made the comments at a joint press conference following talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian. Under the JCPOA between Iran the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) Iran agreed to limit its nuclear development in return for the lifting of sanctions. After former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions in 2018, Iran began to gradually roll back on the restrictions imposed by the JCPOA after the European parties to the agreement failed to put any measures in place to mitigate those sanctions.

Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-talks-set-to-resume-9802344