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A pilot trial of a nuclear technique in a neighbourhood of the Cuban capital Havana reduced mosquito numbers by up to 90% last year. Early reports show that cases of mosquito-borne diseases were completely eliminated in the last two months of the trial.

Date: Saturday, 15 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-technique-cuts-mosquito-numbers-in-Cuban-t

The application and interpretation of the same safety objectives into specific national regulatory requirements and guidance result in significant differences between the same reactor design when deployed in different countries, writes Claude Mayoral. A more harmonised approach to regulation will be needed to enable the widespread deployment of small modular and advanced reactor designs.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Collaboration-the-key-to-streamlining-nu

Nuclear power can play a key part in addressing African energy poverty while mitigating against climate change and helping to solve the triple threats of poverty, inequality and unemployment, but policymakers, decision takers and the general public need to be educated on its benefits, says Princy Mthombeni.

Date: Friday, 07 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Nuclear-energy-is-critical-to-Africas-ag

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published its first "guide level" publication to support national efforts to engage with stakeholders throughout the life cycle of all nuclear facilities. To succeed, nuclear projects need to engage with all relevant stakeholders, including the public, and explaining nuclear energy, strengthening relationships and building trust with stakeholders is key to this, the Agency said.

Date: Friday, 07 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-releases-guide-to-stakeholder-engagement

The European Commission has released to member states for consultation a draft of the complementary Delegated Act of the EU Taxonomy Regulation covering certain gas and nuclear activities. The Commission notes that in light of respective assessments "it is necessary to recognise that the fossil gas and nuclear energy sectors can contribute to the decarbonisation of the Union's economy."

Date: Friday, 07 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-and-gas-criteria-set-for-inclusion-in-EU-t

Two units of same design already operate in China and Pakistan The Fuqing-6 nuclear power plant in China has been connected to the grid. Courtesy CNNC Unit 6 of the Fuqing nuclear power station in Fujian province, southeastern China, was connected to the national grid on 1 January 2022, state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation said.

In December 2021, Fuqing-6 became the second of two demonstration Generation-III Hualong One units at the site to be started up after achieving first criticality.

In January 2021, Fuqing-5, a twin unit, became the first reactor unit of the Hualong One design to begin commercial operation.

The Hualong One, or HPR1000, is an indigenous 1,100 MW, three-loop pressurised water reactor. It incorporates elements of China National Nuclear Corporation’s ACP1000 and China General Nuclear’s ACPR1000+ reactor designs.

Date: Wednesday, 05 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/fuqing-6-becomes-second-domestic-hualong-one-connected-to-grid-1-2-2022

Kiev to invest $334m over next five years in mining and processing Ukraine has 15 commercial nuclear power plants including four at the Rovno nuclear station (pictured). Ukraine is aiming to increase its uranium production to cover fully the needs of its nuclear power units after 2026, the government said.

Under a national programme, Ukraine will invest 9.1 billion hryvnia ($334m) over the next five years to increase uranium mining and processing facilities.

The government said production at four Ukrainian uranium deposits would total 995 tonnes in 2022 and should rise to 1,265 tonnes in 2026.

It gave no uranium output figure for 2021 but said current production meets around 40% of Ukraine’s needs for nuclear fuel. The rest comes from imports from Russia and the US.

Ukraine’s 15 commercial nuclear power plants, which according to the International Atomic Energy Agency provided about 51% of the country’s electricity production in 2020, need 2,200 to 2,400 tonnes of uranium per year, the government said.

Date: Tuesday, 04 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/gov-t-aims-to-increase-uranium-production-to-fully-cover-nuclear-needs-1-1-2022

Two new units are under construction at the site Unit 1 at the Kursk nuclear power station has been permanently shut down, with Unit 2 to follow. Courtesy Rosenergoatom. The Kursk-1 nuclear power plant, which was connected to the grid in December 1976 and began full commercial operation in October 1977, has been permanently shut down, Russia’s state nuclear power operator Rosenergoatom said.

The 925-MW RBMK-1000 light water graphite reactor was taken offline at 00:24 Moscow time on 19 December, Rosenergoatom said.

Alexander Uvakin, Kursk NPP’s acting director, said that during its operation, the the unit has generated more than 251TWh of electricity – enough to provide for the energy consumption of the Kursk region for about 30 years.

An identical plant, Kursk-2, which began commercial operation in August 1979, is also scheduled to retire.

Date: Friday, 24 December 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/kursk-1-nuclear-plant-permanently-shut-down-after-45-years-of-operation-12-4-2021

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is awarding the Science and Technology Centre in Ukraine (STCU) a grant for US-based NuScale Power to conduct a SMR Licensing Gap Analysis.

Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-wins-work-in-ukraine-and-signs-mou-with-kazakhstan-9336957

Specialists at Russia’s AA Bochvar Research Institute of Inorganic Materials (VNIINM, part of Rosatom’s TVEL fuel company)  have developed an algorithm for the probabilistic-statistical calculation of criterion characteristics of the behaviour of fuel elements for light-water reactors (LWRs) in design basis accidents, TVEL said on 17 December.

Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsvniinm-develops-software-to-calculate-behaviour-of-lwr-fuel-9336985