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China will have the world's largest nuclear power fleet within a decade, while most of the units in longstanding nuclear regions - Japan, the European Union and the USA - are facing the end of their original 40-year design lifetime, Brent Wanner, lead of World Energy Outlook Power Sector Modelling & Analysis at the International Energy Agency (IEA), said yesterday. Without policy support for the long-term operation of the existing fleet, this trend is certain to continue, he told delegates at the High-Level Workshop on Nuclear Power in Clean Energy Transitions, which the IEA held jointly with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Thursday, 04 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-on-course-to-lead-in-nuclear-by-2030-says-IE

The UK, as host of the next round of UN climate talks, must take the opportunity to show how nuclear energy is essential to decarbonisation, Tim Stone, chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, said at a Westminster Energy Forum conference last week. "In fact, I would go as far as to say: No nuclear? No net zero."

Date: Friday, 19 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Finance-need-not-be-harder-than-physics,-says-NIA

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-real-challenges-to-nuclear-are-external,-says

The ITER Organisation has selected the contractors to carry out assembly and installation activities inside the Tokamak Complex at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter), under construction in Cadarache, France. These contracts are the last major assembly and installation contracts planned for first-phase Iter assembly.

Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Final-major-contracts-signed-for-Iter-Tokamak-Comp

The UK-based New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI), an industry supported think-tank, has published a 28-page report “On the Role of Nuclear Power in the Development of a European Hydrogen Economy”.

Date: Friday, 18 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnnwi-report-looks-at-nuclears-role-in-hydrogen-production-8415416

Global electricity demand is set to decline 2% in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA's) first ever Electricity Market Report, which was published today. Nuclear power generation is set to fall by about 4% this year, it says. Global electricity demand is forecast to grow by around 3% next year.

Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IEA-charts-COVID-s-impact-on-electricity-market

The recently published joint publication by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), “Projected Costs of Generating Electricity – 2020” is the ninth edition of this report, which is produced every five years. 

Date: Monday, 14 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newselectricity-generation-costs-examined-in-new-ieanea-report-8407206

China's first ship for the transport of used nuclear fuel has been delivered to China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). The independently produced double-hulled vessel meets the INF-3 (Irradiated Nuclear Fuel class 3) standards set by the International Maritime Organisation.

Date: Friday, 11 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-commissions-first-used-fuel-transport-ship

China’s HL-2M tokamak fusion reactor in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, was commissioned on 4 December and achieved its first plasma discharge, according to China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).

Date: Tuesday, 08 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschina-commissions-hl-2m-tokamak-8396171