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The European Union plus France, Germany and the UK have said they "deeply regret" the USA's decision to end three sanction waivers covering Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) projects in Iran. Separately, a spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry said the US decision "hampers" international non-proliferation progress.

Date: Tuesday, 02 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-and-others-regret-US-decision-on-Iran-sanctions

The 1250-tonne steel base of the cryostat - which will insulate the magnetic system at cryogenic temperature from the outside environment - has been installed at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) at Cadarache in south-eastern France. The milestone marks the installation of the first and heaviest component of the ITER fusion machine.

Date: Saturday, 30 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Assembly-of-ITER-fusion-machine-gets-under-way

Two new reactors are scheduled for operation by 2030 Uzbekistan, which is planning to build its first commercial nuclear power station, is drawing up a national low-carbon energy strategy with assistance from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The government said it is committed to improving energy efficiency and increasing the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy balance. This latest development is also a part of Uzbekistan’s growing role in the regional and international energy markets, the government said. 

The government has asked a consulting company to model Uzbekistan’s energy system against the experiences of Germany, Japan and Spain to learn from their low-carbon transitions.

The energy ministry told NucNet earlier this month that it is planning to go ahead with the construction of 2,400 MW of nuclear power plants that will begin commercial operation by 2030.

The plans reflect the high priority given by the government to “a radical programme of reforms to meet increasing energy demand from a growing population and a fast-developing economy”, the ministry said in a statement emailed to NucNet.

Date: Friday, 29 May 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/low-carbon-energy-strategy-wil-include-new-nuclear-5-4-2020

Russia’s Atommash has shipped the first components for the Turkish Akkuyu nuclear power plant being built by state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Thursday, 28 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-ships-equipment-for-turkeys-akkuyu-nuclear-plant-7941796

Russian nuclear scientists are preparing proposals for obtaining plutonium-238 from the fast-neutron reactors at the Beloyarsk nuclear plant, as an energy source for spacecraft and various remote autonomous installations, according to state nuclear corporation Rosatom’s procurement website.

Date: Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-seeks-to-use-pu-238-as-spacecraft-energy-source-7938667

Government is still looking for a partner for the project The Angra nuclear power station in Brazil. Photo courtesy Eletronuclear. Lower demand for electricity and a fall in the value of the Brazilian real during the coronavirus crisis will push completion of Brazil’s third commercial nuclear power plant west of Rio de Janiero into 2027, the head of state-run nuclear power company Eletronuclear told Reuters.

Eletronuclear president Leonam Guimaraes said Brazil still plans to find a partner by 2023 to help finish and operate Angra-3, with companies in China, Russia, France and South Korea among possible candidates.

Construction of the 1,245-MW Siemens/KWU pressurised water reactor unit began in 1984 but was halted in 1986 because of a lack of financing. In 2010, a construction permit was reissued by the authorities, but the project was suspended again in 2015 because of financing concerns and corruption investigation proceedings.

According to Brazilian nuclear operator Eletrobras Eletronuclear, almost 47% of civil work at the site had been completed in 2014.

Date: Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/pandemic-could-delay-completion-of-angra-3-by-one-year-until-2027-5-2-2020

Energoatom said that construction and installation work at the construction site of the Centralised Spent Fuel Storage Facility (CSFSF) must be completed by the end of September 2020.

Date: Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsukraine-hopes-to-complete-used-fuel-storage-by-september-7938468

The world's only floating nuclear power plant (FNPP), the Akademik Lomonosov, began commercial operation in the Russian Arctic city of Pevek on 22 May, Russian nuclear utility Rosenergoatom, part of state nuclear corporation Rosatom announced.

Date: Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsakademik-lomonosov-begins-commercial-operation-7938482

Preparatory work has begun at the Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) in Seversk of the world's first fast neutron lead-cooled reactor, the Brest OD-300.

Date: Saturday, 23 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newspreparatory-construction-for-brest-300-reactor-begins-in-russia-7936880

The floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) Akademik Lomonosov has been fully commissioned in Pevek, which is in the Chukotka region of Russia's Far East. The milestone was made official following the approval of Rosenergoatom General Director Andrey Petrov. Rosenergoatom is the operator subsidiary of the state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Saturday, 23 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Russia-commissions-floating-NPP