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Construction of worker camps and a new road to the site is under way for the Yakutia small modular reactor project, with Rosenergoatom officially designated as the operating organisation by parent company Rosatom.

Date: Saturday, 10 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Preparatory-work-stepped-up-for-Russia-s-first-lan

The Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is favourably positioned for the introduction of advanced micro and small modular reactors, according to an economic study conducted by Puerto Rican-led not-for-profit organisation the Nuclear Alternative Project (NAP).

Date: Friday, 09 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/SMRs-economically-feasible-in-Puerto-Rico,-study-f

The European Commission has launched an Industrial Alliance dedicated to small modular reactors (SMRs), aiming to facilitate the development of SMRs in Europe by the early 2030s. The announcement came as the commission presented its assessment for a 2040 climate target for the EU.

Date: Thursday, 08 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/European-SMR-Industrial-Alliance-launched

The International Energy Agency (IEA) in its latest report, Electricity 2024, dedicates a significant amount of space to nuclear power – a departure from its previous studies which treated it as peripheral. In its press release on the new report, IEA says the increase in electricity generation from renewables and nuclear "appears to be pushing the power sector's emissions into structural decline". Over the next three years, low-emissions generation is set to rise at twice the annual growth rate between 2018 and 2023. Global emissions from electricity generation are expected to decrease by 2.4% in 2024, followed by smaller declines in 2025 and 2026.

Date: Friday, 26 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-acknowledges-significance-of-nuclear-energy-in-new-report-11463539

UK-based nuclear technology company newcleo has announced a strategic and industrial partnership with France's NAAREA designed "to support all players in their industrial, technological, scientific and regulatory development" of Generation IV fast neutron reactors.

Date: Friday, 19 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnewcleo-and-naarea-partner-to-support-fast-reactor-development-11445892

The UK government has outlined plans for the biggest expansion of nuclear power for 70 years to reduce electricity bills, support thousands of jobs and improve UK energy security. This includes exploring building a major new power station and investing in advanced nuclear fuel production, according to the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ).

Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-nuclear-roadmap-envisaged-fourfold-increase-in-nuclear-generation-11439054

China’s FDS consortium is currently working on projects to develop a family of reactors that use heavy metal as a coolant, Dr Liu Chao of the International Academy of Neutron Sciences in Chongqing told the Sixth International Scientific & Technical Conference on Innovative Designs and Technologies of Nuclear Power (ISTC NIKIET – 2023). During the plenary session of the conference held at Russia’s NA Dollezhal Scientific Research & Design Institute of Power Engineering (NIKIET), Dr Liu explained that neutron sources are the important experimental platform for the R&D of advanced nuclear energy and nuclear technology applications.

Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschina-outlines-heavy-metal-coolant-reactor-projects-11439144

US-based NuScale is laying off 28% of its workforce in a decision taken at a virtual all-hands meeting. A NuScale statment confirmed the details of the layoffs. NuScale’s stock price subsequently fell by more than 8% as investors sold off shares.

Date: Wednesday, 10 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-lays-off-almost-half-its-workforce-11422870

The UK will be the first European country to launch a high-assay low enriched uranium (HALEU) programme with a £300m ($381m) investment, according to a statement from the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) and Claire Coutinho, Secretary of State for Energy Security & Net Zero.

Date: Wednesday, 10 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-launches-haleu-programme-11422877

Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, during a five-day visit to Russia, signed agreements with Russia for additional units of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The agreement was signed following a meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Ministry of Industry & Trade Denis Manturov.

Date: Thursday, 04 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsindia-and-russia-agree-to-expand-kudankulam-11408394