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Brazil’s nuclear utility, Eletronuclear, on 25 February published in the Official Gazette (Diário Oficial da Uniao), a tender for a company to resume the civil works at the partly completed unit 3 of the Angra NPP, and to carry out part of the electromechanical assembly. This aim is to accelerate the plant's progress and to press ahead with some construction activities before hiring a contractor to undertake work to complete the construction of the plant. The contract is expected to be signed by May. First concrete is now scheduled for October and hiring of the general contractor for the second half of 2022. Eletronuclear is a subsidiary of state-run electric utility Eletrobras, which the government plans to privatise, although the nuclear power unit will be spun off and remain under state control.

Date: Thursday, 04 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbrazil-to-resume-work-on-angra-3-8564296

Poland is moving towards a low carbon economy with wind farms and nuclear energy as its two pillars, Polish Minister of Climate and Environment Michal Kurtyka said in an interview with Polska Times on 26 February. Poland’s coal plants are ageing, he noted. “We are entering a natural cycle of renewal of production capacity.” He added:

Date: Wednesday, 03 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newspolish-minister-looks-to-nuclear-8561383

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

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

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 four nuclear power units under construction in Turkey will be commissioned one per year between 2023 and 2026, Anastasia Zoteeva, CEO of the Akkuyu Nükleer AS project company, said in a television interview with Bloomberg HT on 8 February. Zoteeva also said the Rosatom majority-owned company was open to talks with potential investors in the project, for which it has a power purchase agreement for the first 15 years of each unit's operation.

Date: Thursday, 11 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Akkuyu-fully-operational-by-2026,-says-project

Honeywell has said it intends to re-open the USA's only domestic uranium conversion facility, the Metropolis Works plant, in Metropolis, Illinois. Preparations for a 2023 restart will begin this year.

Date: Wednesday, 10 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Idled-US-conversion-plant-preparing-for-restart

China’s first Hualong One reactor at unit 5 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in Fujian Province began commercial operation on 30 January, China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) announced.

Date: Tuesday, 02 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschinas-first-hualong-one-begins-commercial-operation-8484462

Following a demonstration run lasting 168 hours, unit 5 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province entered commercial operation on 30 January, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has announced. The unit is the first of two demonstration Hualong One reactors at the site and is the world's first Hualong One to be commissioned. Unit 6 is scheduled to begin operation by the end of this year.

Date: Tuesday, 02 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-Hualong-One-begins-commercial-operation

Reactor at existing site could be completed within 10 years The existing Kozloduy nuclear station in Bulgaria. Courtesy Kozloduy NPP. The Bulgarian cabinet has approved a report on the possibility of building a new nuclear power unit at the existing Kozloduy nuclear power station in the northwest of the country, with completion possible within 10 years, the government’s press service said.

According to the report, prepared by the Bulgarian ministry of energy, a second site at Kozloduy has already received a positive environmental impact assessment from the regulator. The EIA included Russian VVER and US AP-1000 pressurised water reactor technology.

The report noted that construction of a seventh unit at Kozloduy, which has four shut-down units and two in operation, could use equipment from the Belene nuclear project.

In October 2020, the government gave permission to state-owned Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH), which owns Kozloduy, to negotiate with US nuclear companies about deploying a new reactor at Kozloduy.

Date: Friday, 22 January 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/uncertainty-over-belene-as-sofia-approves-ministry-report-on-new-kozloduy-unit-1-4-2021