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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

At the 28th Conference of the Parties to the original 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), 22 countries signed a declaration supporting tripling nuclear energy capacity by 2050. The document was signed by the heads of state, or senior officials, from Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ghana, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the USA. China and Russia did not sign, although they have the world’s fastest growing and most ambitious nuclear power programmes.

Date: Wednesday, 06 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscop28-22-countries-target-tripling-global-nuclear-energy-capacity-by-2050-11347824

The Hungarian Parliament has reportedly supported an amendment to the country's nuclear energy policy that would allow alternative sources to be used for fuel for the Paks nuclear power plant, which has until now relied on Russian-supplied fuel.

Date: Saturday, 25 November 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Hungary-to-consider-alternative-sources-for-nuclea

Workers at the Paks II NPP under construction in Hungary have begun to strengthen the soil in pits under Paks units 5&6 (also known as Paks II units 1&2), Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade Péter Szijjártó told a hearing of the Hungarian National Assembly’s Committee on Sustainable Development. "About 1.7m cubic metres of land were removed from the boiler houses to enable soil strengthening , which is considered a key stage in preparing for the start of plant construction to ensure stability and mitigate any possible seismic effects. The Hungarian regulator has issued all the necessary permits for the work.

Date: Saturday, 11 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmore-progress-at-paks-ii-11287190

The first VVER-440 fuel produced by US-based Westinghouse at its Swedish facility has been loaded into one of the reactors at Ukraine’s Rivne NPP. It was not clear which of the units – 1 or 2 – received the fuel, which reportedly will initially be mixed with the existing fuel supplied by Russia’s TVEL. Ukraine’s target, however, is to end the use of Russian-supplied fuel as soon as possible.

Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-vver-440-fuel-loaded-at-ukraines-rivne-npp-11140465

Westinghouse fuel has been loaded into a VVER-440 reactor for the first time, at Ukraine's Rivne nuclear power plant.

Date: Tuesday, 12 September 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Westinghouse-VVER-440-fuel-loaded-into-reactor

Slovak power utility Slovenské Elektrárne (SE) has signed a contract with US-based Westinghouse to supply of nuclear fuel Slovakia’s NPPs. This followed an international tender for the supply of nuclear fuel and related services throughout the supply chain for the production of nuclear fuel. SE says the aim of the agreement is to diversify the supply of nuclear fuel for VVER 440 power plants in Slovakia.

Date: Thursday, 31 August 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsslovensk-elektrrne-signs-fuel-supply-agreement-with-westinghouse-11109411

Bulgaria’s Nuclear Regulatory Agency (BNRA) says the management of the Kozloduy NPP has failed to provide all the required documents needed to justify replacing Russian nuclear fuel with fuel from US-based Westinghouse.

Date: Saturday, 19 August 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbulgarias-regulator-requires-further-documents-on-westinghouse-nuclear-fuel-11083316

The European Union (EU) has selected a consortium led by Westinghouse to develop and deliver a secure, fully European nuclear fuel supply for Russian-designed pressurised water reactors (VVERs). Westinghouse says “diversifying the sources of VVER fuel will be fully achieved by strengthening European capabilities in design, manufacturing, and supply while accelerating the capacity-building process”.

Date: Thursday, 13 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseurope-looks-to-develop-vver-fuel-11000692