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Graphitech, a joint venture established in 2020 by French companies EDF and Veolia, has signed a contract with Lithuania’s State Enterprise Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) for reactor dismantling services. Under the four-year contract Graphitech will provide engineering solutions for the dismantling of the two Soviet-era RBMK reactors at INPP.

Date: Saturday, 28 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfrench-joint-venture-contracted-to-support-dismantling-of-ignalina-npp-10548075

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has given the green light for work to begin to develop project documentation for the construction of two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at the Khmelnitsky NPP. Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said Ukraine was starting to develop technical documentation for the new type of reactor. “In other words, we have ended the era of the creation of nuclear energy based on Soviet technology." The target date to complete construction and start-up of units is 2030-2032, subject to the impact of the military hostilities. The estimated cost of each unit at about $5bn. He said work can now start on a technical and economic feasibility study.

Date: Saturday, 28 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsukrainian-cabinet-approves-start-of-work-on-new-khmelnitsky-reactors-10548142

Kazakhstan is continuing discussions with French company EDF including proposals for an EPR-1200 reactor, the Kazakh Ministry of Energy has confirmed. EDF is one of four potential nuclear suppliers the country is now considering.

Date: Saturday, 28 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kazakhstan-continues-discussions-with-EDF

Rosatom has begun construction of a new plant for the production of medical isotope products at the Karpov Scientific Research Institute of Physics & Chemistry in Obninsk, Kaluga region. The plant will produce a wide range of radiopharmaceuticals including those based on iodine-131, samarium-153, and molybdenum-99 isotopes. It will also develop promising active radiopharmaceuticals based on lutetium-177, actinium-225, radium-223 and other isotopes. Once completed, in 2025, it will be the largest such facility in Europe, Rosatom says. It will operate in accordance with international GMP (good manufacturing practice) standards.

Date: Friday, 27 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-begins-construction-of-radiopharmaceuticals-plant-10546229

Major equipment for India's Kudankulam 5 is complete at the factory of the Russian supplier, Atommash. The reactor pressure vessel was assembled in a trial and the pressuriser passed crucial tests.

Date: Friday, 27 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Components-ready-for-fifth-Kudankulam-unit

Rosatom is studying sites in Kyrgyzstan for the possible construction of a 110 MWe two-unit small NPP with a RITM-200N reactor, according to Rusatom Overseas. Kyrgyzstan’s Minister of Energy Taalaibek Ibraev told parliament: "We are studying the possibility of building a low-capacity nuclear power plant with Rosatom, which will consist of two power units of 55 MWe each," he said.

Date: Thursday, 26 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-studies-sites-in-kyrgyzstan-for-small-npp-10541341

The aim is to have production lines operating at the plant in Obninsk by 2025, supplying products for the diagnosis and treatment of patients, including a wide range of cancers. Rosatom says it will ensure Russia's sovereignty in the production of radiopharmaceuticals.

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Construction-starts-for-Russian-medical-isotopes-p

Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi had held talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on the extension of IAEA activities in Ukraine.

Date: Tuesday, 24 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgrossi-spells-out-challenges-in-ukraine-10536254

The Cabinet of Ministers in Ukraine has given the go-ahead to begin work on project documentation for the construction of two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant.

Date: Tuesday, 24 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-begins-preparations-for-first-AP1000-react