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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

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

The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has launched an initiative together with Poland's Ministry of Climate and Environment and the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC) to collaborate on issues of common interest related to innovative nuclear financing. The initiative began with a technical workshop on 14-15 January, which brought together experts from the public, private and academic sectors to discuss a number of fundamental issues pertaining to the financing of nuclear new build.

Date: Thursday, 28 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Webinar-examines-issues-in-financing-new-nuclear

Energy consumption from fossil fuels is expected to decrease due to a stated commitment to lower carbon dioxide emissions and address climate change. This reduction will inevitably increase demand for other energy sources, including nuclear – currently the fastest growing source of energy worldwide. Many countries have stated plans to build new nuclear reactors to cope with demand, including China, India, Russia, UK, and the USA. Others are investing heavily in upgrading existing facilities, including Canada and France.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdemand-increases-for-nuclear-metal-tubing-as-higher-energy-consumption-leads-to-plans-for-new-reactors-worldwide-8453732

"The US uranium mining industry has the personnel and yellowcake processing plants on standby, and is ready to expand into new areas with discoveries that will provide hundreds of years of available uranium resources from a variety of secure sources," says Michael D. Campbell, chairman of the Uranium (Nuclear & REE) Committee of the Energy Minerals Division of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). "So let the drilling and processing begin."

Date: Friday, 25 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-uranium-miners-ready-to-support-nuclear-power,

Belgian engineering firm Tractebel today unveiled its vision for small modular reactors (SMRs), in which it notes that Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Poland, the UK and the USA, among other countries, have "expressed a clear willingness to shape the future". Its White Paper, The rise of nuclear technology 2.0, is the result of three years of "deep-diving the promises" of this advanced nuclear technology, and investing thousands of engineering hours in technical due diligence and market studies.

Date: Saturday, 12 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Tractebel-outlines-its-vision-for-SMRs

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced that the first canister of used nuclear fuel had been loaded into the Interim Storage Facilty 2 (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-canister-of-used-fuel-loaded-at-chernobyl-storage-facility-8369174

The first canister of used nuclear fuel was yesterday loaded into the Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine. ISF-2 is the largest dry-type used fuel storage facility in the world and has an operating life of at least 100 years.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-assemblies-loaded-into-new-Chernobyl-used-fu

File photo of work at the Onkalo repository in Finland. Courtesy Posiva. Nuclear regulator Stuk has notified authorities in other countries that Finland intends to begin the final disposal of used nuclear fuel in the mid-2020s.

Stuk said it had notified countries that have supplied Finland with uranium for its nuclear power plants.

Stuk said normal verification inspections of nuclear materials cannot be performed once the materials have been finally disposed of, and so procedures related to inspections must be specified before final disposal begins.

Since Finland started up its first nuclear power reactors in the early 1970s, it has mainly sourced uranium from Russia, Australia, Canada and the US. Stuk maintains a national database of nuclear materials and oversees nuclear safeguards in Finland. The International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Commission control Finnish operations to ensure that they comply with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Date: Saturday, 07 November 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/regulator-notifies-fuel-supply-countries-of-final-disposal-plans-11-5-2020