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The Czech government on 28 July signed agreements with power utility CEZ for the planned expansion of the  Dukovany NPP. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlícek and CEZ CEO Daniel Beneš signed a contract in addition to the umbrella agreement, which defines the zoning permit for the location of the building and the selection of the contractor by 2024. The agreements cover the general structure of the project and its inception phase, including the holding of a tender, which will result in CEZ receiving a preferred list of suppliers of reactor technology by 2022. The contract with the supplier is expected to be signed in 2024. Construction of the new unit may begin in 2029, for commissioning in 2036.

Date: Saturday, 01 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsez-and-czech-government-agree-on-dukovany-expansion-8055747

Exports of nuclear energy equipment and technology to meet the needs projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) could be worth USD1.3-1.9 trillion to the USA over the period to 2050, a new report by consulting firm UxC has concluded.

Date: Saturday, 01 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-report-highlights-nuclear-export-opportunities

The ITER group, in a ceremony on 28 July marked the start of the machine assembly of the international experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor under construction at Cadarache in France.

Date: Friday, 31 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsassembly-of-iter-begins-in-france-8053044

Unit 5 of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China's Jiangsu province has attained a sustained chain reaction for the first time. The 1080 MWe domestically-designed ACPR1000 pressurised water reactor is expected to be connected to the grid later this year, after which it will enter commercial operation.

Date: Friday, 31 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Tianwan-5-achieves-criticality

Supplier of Generation III+ reactor could be chosen in 2024 with construction to start in 2029 The existing Dukovany nuclear station, where the Czech Republic is planning to build a new unit. The Czech government signed agreements with ČEZ on Tuesday for a planned expansion of the majority state-owned utility’s Dukovany nuclear power station.

The agreements cover the overall general framework of the project and its initial phase, including a tender in which ČEZ will have a preferred list of reactor technology suppliers by 2022. The signing of a contract with a supplier is expected in 2024. Construction of the new plant could begin in 2029 and trial operation in 2036.

The state, which holds a 70% stake in ČEZ, last week approved plans to give an interest-free loan for the new plant.

It has also approved a model to buy electricity from the new unit at a determined price, with consumers making up the difference if that price is higher than wholesale market prices.

The plans need approval from the European Commission to ensure they meet EU state aid rules.

Date: Thursday, 30 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-and-cez-sign-agreements-for-planned-new-unit-at-dukovany-7-3-2020

File photo of the Aktau fast breeder reactor. Courtesy Argonne National Laboratory. Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom will help Kazakhstan decommission the BN-350 fast neutron reactor at the shutdown Aktau nuclear site on the eastern shores of the Caspian Sea, according to state news agency Ria Novosti.

Ria Novosti said decommissioning of the 350-MW Soviet-era liquid metal fast breeder reactor, also known as Shevchenko and Mangystau, will happen in three stages. The first will involve transferring the reactor installation to safe storage for 10 years. The second and third stages will ensure long-term safe storage for 50 years followed by the dismantling of equipment, buildings and structures, and final management of radioactive waste.

The BN-350 was among the world’s first fast neutron reactors when it began commercial operation in 1973. It was permanently shut down in 1999 and spent fuel removed.

Date: Thursday, 30 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/rosatom-to-help-with-bn-350-fast-neutron-reactor-decommissioning-7-3-2020

The sheer size of nuclear projects might be a barrier in some markets where private investors are looking for short‑term paybacks. However, during a period of economic recovery, large‑scale and long‑term energy infrastructure projects, such as nuclear power plants, can galvanise the social cohesion and economic spill‑overs required to re-launch general economic activity.

Date: Thursday, 30 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Invest-in-nuclear-to-galvanise-growth-says-OECD-NE

A ceremony was held yesterday within the ITER Assembly Hall to mark the official start of the assembly of the tokamak fusion device of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) at Cadarache in south-eastern France. Assembly of the tokamak is expected to take five years to complete.

Date: Thursday, 30 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Assembly-of-ITER-tokamak-officially-under-way

The first complete reloading of mixed oxide (mox) fuel for Russia’s BN-800 fast reactor at unit 4 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant has been manufactured at the Mining and Chemical Combine (MCC) in Zheleznogorsk.

Date: Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmox-plant-at-russias-mcc-manufactures-first-full-mox-core-for-bn-800-8047443

Plan is to generate first ultra-hot plasma at €20bn facility in 2025 The €20bn project will replicate the reactions that power the sun and is intended to demonstrate fusion power can be generated on a commercial scale. Photo courtesy Iter. The world’s largest nuclear fusion project began its five-year assembly phase on Tuesday in southern France, with the first ultra-hot plasma expected to be generated in late 2025.

The €20bn Iter (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) project will replicate the reactions that power the sun and is intended to demonstrate fusion power can be generated on a commercial scale.

The steel and concrete superstructures nestled in the hills of southern France will house a 23,000-tonne machine, known as a tokamak, capable of creating what is essentially an earthbound star.

Millions of components will be used to assemble the giant reactor, which will weigh 23,000 tonnes and the project is the most complex engineering endeavour in history. Almost 3,000 tonnes of superconducting magnets, some heavier than a jumbo jet, will be connected by 200km of superconducting cables, all kept at -269C by the world’s largest cryogenic plant.

Date: Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/world-s-largest-nuclear-fusion-project-under-assembly-in-france-7-2-2020