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The deployment of microreactors in the short-to-medium term could support energy markets not available to large nuclear plants, but some significant challenges must be overcome for them to capture new market shares. In the longer term, they will be able to contribute to decarbonisation efforts. These are amongst the findings of a recently published technical report from the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Idaho National Laboratory.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-study-sees-future-markets-for-microreactors

Nigeria’s Federal Government on 15 July inaugurated the reconstituted Russian-Nigerian Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on National Atomic Energy. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said the reconstitution of JCC was to resuscitate the relationship between the two countries in cooperation for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. However, he recalled that within the framework of Nigeria’s bilateral relation with the Russian Federation, a number of Inter-governmental Agreements (IGAs) had been signed between the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) and Russian State Nuclear Corporation Rosatom.

Date: Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnigeria-reactivates-russian-nigerian-joint-coordination-committee-8910594

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has completed a review of the long-term operational safety of units 5 and 6 of the Kozloduy nuclear power plant in Bulgaria. The team assessed the plant's preparedness, organisation and programmes related to long-term operation (LTO) against IAEA safety standards.

Date: Tuesday, 20 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-reviews-long-term-safety-of-Bulgarian-plant

Agency praises progress, but highlights need for further work Kozloduy is the only commercial nuclear power station in Bulgaria. Curtesy Kozloduy NPP. An International Atomic Energy Agency team has praised measures being introduced for long-term operation of the Kozloduy nuclear station in Bulgaria, but said the operator should complete implementation of an equipment qualification programme and complete an ageing management review for all of the station’s mechanical structures, systems and components.

Completion of these tasks would confirm safety levels and help manage ageing effects, the team said.

The Salto (safety aspects of long-term operation) team also called on the station to implement ageing management programmes to monitor the condition of low-voltage cables and to verify whether important cables are still reliable.

Date: Saturday, 17 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-team-completes-long-term-operation-review-at-kozloduy-7-5-2021

The USA and Ghana on 13 July signed a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Strategic Civil Nuclear Cooperation (NCMOU), “which improves our cooperation on nuclear energy and strengthens our diplomatic and economic relationship,” the US State Department said. It added that the USA and Ghana “have an enduring diplomatic relationship, which includes long-standing cooperation in the fields of security, energy and commerce”. Cooperation in nuclear energy, science and technology can lead to significant contributions to clean energy, agricultural improvements, clean water, advanced medical treatments, and more, the Department noted.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsghana-and-usa-sign-nuclear-co-operation-mou-8898283

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Japan on 9 July agreed on the scope of technical assistance the Agency will provide in monitoring and reviewing the planned discharge of treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station after the 2011 accident.

Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-to-monitor-safety-of-water-release-at-fukushima-8894006

Consultancy firm KPMG on 7 July released a report on nuclear energy market consultation, which discusses the conditions under which market parties are prepared to invest in NPPs in the Netherlands, what public support is required for this, and which regions are interested in establishing a nuclear plant. The 151-page report was compiled at the request of the House of Representatives in response to a motion by Klaas Dijkhoff put forward in September 2020. KPGM began work on the study on 8 February this year.

Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskpmg-looks-at-feasibility-of-newbuild-in-netherlands-8893831

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, on 12 July broke ground for a new facility that will help strengthen countries’ abilities to tackle nuclear terrorism in areas such as the illegal trafficking of nuclear material and the physical protection of facilities and major public events.

Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-begins-construction-of-training-centre-to-counter-nuclear-terrorism-8896130

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has begun construction at its Seibersdorf facility near Vienna of a new building that will house a nuclear security training centre. The IAEA Nuclear Security Training and Demonstration Centre - scheduled to be operational in 2023 - will help strengthen countries' abilities to tackle nuclear terrorism in areas such as the illegal trafficking of nuclear material and the physical protection of facilities and major public events.

Date: Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Work-starts-on-IAEA-nuclear-security-training-faci

Construction officially started today of the ACP100 small modular reactor demonstration project at the Changjiang nuclear power plant on China's island province of Hainan. China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said the project will be the world's first land-based commercial SMR. The multi-purpose 125 MWe pressurised water reactor (PWR) - also referred to as the Linglong One - is designed for electricity production, heating, steam production or seawater desalination.

Date: Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-starts-construction-of-demonstration-SMR