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The European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (Ensreg) has approved the preliminary report on a peer review of the new Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets. Adopted by consensus on 3 March, the report follows a mission by Ensreg technical experts to the plant site on 9 and 10 February.

Date: Saturday, 06 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ensreg-approves-Ostrovets-peer-review-report

Decarbonising the power sector will not be enough on its own to reach climate goals, a joint high-level workshop held by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency heard yesterday. Applications of nuclear beyond power generation, including the production of low-carbon heat, hydrogen or other synthetic fuels, could significantly expand market opportunities for nuclear power and are especially relevant to achieving global net-zero emissions.

Date: Friday, 05 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Workshop-examines-nuclear-opportunities-beyond-ele

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

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, says "the time is not ripe" for an unofficial meeting proposed by Josep Borrell, EU foreign affairs chief and coordinator of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). His statement follows Iran's commencement last week of restrictions on some site inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Tuesday, 02 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-says-time-not-ripe-for-talks-on-nuclear-deal

Tehran says its programme is for peaceful purposes The International Atomic Energy Agency has struck a three-month deal with Iran giving it sufficient continued access to verify nuclear activity in the country, paving hte way for wider political and diplomatic talks between Tehran and the US.

The deal came ahead of a deadline set by Iran to stop intrusive checks of sites unless US sanctions are lifted.

Iran said it will go ahead with its threat to withdraw this week from the additional protocol, the agreement that gives inspectors from the IAEA powers of inspection.

However, following a weekend of talks with officials in Tehran, the IAEA’s director-general, Rafael Grossi, announced that he had struck what he described as “a temporary bilateral technical understanding” that will mitigate the impact of Iran’s withdrawal from the protocol, and give the IAEA confidence that it can continue to verify Iran’s nuclear activity.

Mr Grossi added that the move “salvages the situation” and avoids the position of the inspectors “flying blind”. He said the agreement, from which either side can withdraw, gave space for wider diplomatic discussions between the US and Iran to go ahead.

Date: Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-announces-three-month-deal-over-nuclear-inspections-2-1-2021

The E3 - France, Germany and the UK - has welcomed the prospect of a US and Iranian return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). The E3 foreign ministers and the US secretary of state held a virtual meeting yesterday to discuss Iran and other pressing issues. It was the second time in this format since Secretary Antony Blinken took office.

Date: Saturday, 20 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/E3,-USA-reopen-door-to-diplomacy-with-Iran

Low-carbon technologies are more competitive than the fossil fuel options for electricity generation, which is good news for governments wanting to move towards low-carbon systems. But electricity is not the end of the story, says Dr Henri Paillere, head of the Planning and Economics Studies Section of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Nuclear-beyond-electricity

Agency has called for improvements to legal and regulatory framework The Belarus nuclear power station has two plants approaching commercial operation. Courtesy Rosatom. The government of Belarus has approved plans to implement recommendations and proposals from an International Atomic Energy Agency mission to the Belarusian nuclear power station last year.

The IAEA’s Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission took place over 12 days in February and March 2020.

It concluded that Belarus was close to completing the required nuclear power infrastructure for beginning operation of its first nuclear power plant, but needed to improve the legal and regulatory framework to ensure a stable and predictable environment for the programme.

The mission said Belarus needed to improve “institutional arrangements” and finalise remaining arrangements needed for the sustainable operation of the facility.

It also identified good practices including the use of independent peer reviews, cooperation with regulators from other countries, engagement with international stakeholders and emergency preparedness.

Date: Saturday, 06 February 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-approves-implementation-of-iaea-review-recommendations-2-5-2021

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a press conference on 26 January that he had discussed with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif the construction of new units at the Bushehr NPP.

Date: Saturday, 30 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbushehr-nuclear-plantexpansion-continues-8481788

Nine Russian scientific institutes, centres and universities have united into a consortium for the development of new generation nuclear energy technologies, including closed nuclear fuel cycle technologies, fast neutron reactors (FBR), new materials for advanced energy technologies and innovative projects of nuclear power plants, the National Research University - Moscow Power Engineering Institute (NRUN-MEPhI) announced.

Date: Thursday, 21 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-academic-consortium-set-up-to-develop-new-generation-nuclear-technologies-8462309