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Two disused radioactive sources, previously used in cancer treatment, have been transported to safe and secure storage locations in the Republic of the Congo. The relocation of the sources - which are expected to be exported outside the country next year - was supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-assists-in-securing-Congolese-disused-radioac

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cannot judge whether Iran will choose to become only the second country, after North Korea, ever to deny its inspectors access to nuclear sites, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today. Grossi was speaking in an interview with Francois Murphy, chief correspondent of Reuters in Austria, where the IAEA is headquartered. The interview was held on the first day of the Reuters Next virtual summit that is taking place until 14 January.

Date: Tuesday, 12 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-confined-to-piecemeal-updates-from-Iran-says

The Leningrad 2 nuclear power station on the Gulf of Finland in western Russia. Courtesy Rosatom. The Leningrad 2-2 nuclear power plant in Sosnovy Bor, western Russia, has reached 100% of its design power level as testing continues ahead of commercial operation, state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

Rosatom said the VVER-1200 Generation III+ pressurised water reactor reached maximum power levels on 3 January 2020 at 14:10 local time.

Leningrad 2-2 has a gross electrical capacity of 1,150 MW, according to data by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The unit was connected to Russia’s power grid on 22 October 2020 and started to deliver electrical energy for the first time. Construction began in April 2010.

Leningrad 2-2, north of St Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland, will replace Leningrad-2, a 925-MW Soviet-designed light-water graphite reactor, or RBMK, which was permanently shut down in November 2020.

Date: Saturday, 09 January 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/leningrad-2-2-reaches-nominal-power-on-path-to-commercial-operation-1-5-2021

Iran's latest move to increase uranium enrichment poses a nuclear proliferation risk, say the foreign ministers of the UK, France and Germany - the E3 countries. Meanwhile Iran’s ambassador to international organisations in Vienna has written to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), stressing the need for Israel's "prompt and unconditional" joining of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/E3-warn-of-risk-from-Tehran-s-latest-violation-of

A new infrared system is helping the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to speed up the sorting of male from female tsetse flies as the agency controls the breeding of the insect using irradiation. The tsetse is a bloodsucking insect found in sub-Saharan Africa which transmits a parasite that can be fatal to both animals and humans.

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-announces-innovation-in-tsetse-fly-control

Ten locations have been identified as most promising The Caorso nuclear power station was one of four in Italy, but all have been permanently shut down. Italy’s state-owned nuclear waste management company Sogin has published a list of 67 potential sites for a national radwaste storage facility.

The list includes potential sites in the northwest, central Italy, the south, and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

Sogin said the list identifies areas whose characteristics meet localisation criteria defined by the National Inspectorate for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (ISIN) and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Ten sites have been identified as “A1”, which means they are the most promising. Two of these sites are near Turin in Piedmont, northwest Italy, five are near Alessandria, also in Piedmont, and three are in the province of Viterbo, north of Rome in central Italy.

Sogin said last year it had estimated €1.5bn for the siting, construction, and testing phase of the repository, which is for the disposal of very low-level and low-level waste. It might also temporarily store high-level radioactive waste (HLW), including that from the reprocessing abroad of spent nuclear fuel.

Date: Wednesday, 06 January 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/sogin-publishes-list-of-67-potential-radwaste-repository-sites-1-2-2021

Two remaining plants at site will operate until 2040s The Ringhals nuclear power station, where two reactors remain in operation Courtesy Vattenfall. After 44 years of commercial operation, the Ringhals-1 nuclear power reactor near Varberg in southwestern Sweden has been shut down for good.

The 881-MW boiling water reactor unit reactor began commercial operation on 1 January 1976 and according to principal owner Vattenfall is estimated to have delivered 220 terawatt hours of electricity, which corresponds to the entire electricity consumption of Gothenburg since the reactor was started.

In December 2019, the Ringhals-2 nuclear power reactor was permanently shut down after more than 43 years of commercial operation.

Vattenfall said in 2015 that it would close the two Ringhals plants as a result of falling demand, the falling price of electricity and the units being in need of costly maintenance.

Vattenfall had planned to operate Ringhals-1 and the 807-MW Ringhals-2 until about 2025. But in September 2015 the company said all investment in the units would stop in 2017, with savings of about €180m. The decision meant the two reactors could not be operated after 2020, because they would not be upgraded to meet new safety requirements.

Date: Tuesday, 05 January 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/after-44-years-of-operation-ringhals-1-shuts-down-for-good-1-1-2021

The Olkiluoto nuclear power station in Finland. Courtesy TVO. The Olkiluoto nuclear power station in southwest Finland produced 14.6 TWh of electricity in 2020, meeting about one-sixth of the country’ total electricity consumption but representing a slight fall from the 14.75 TWh produced in 2019.

Operator Teollisuuden Voima Oyj said Olkiluoto-1 produced 7.31 TWh of electricity with a load factor of 93.7% and Olkiluoto-2 produced 7.28 TWh with a load factor of 93.3%. The combined load factor of both units was 93.5%.

TVO said production at Unit 2 was affected by an incident in December caused by a fault in the purification system for the reactor’s cooling water. The incident led to the plant being taken offline, although it has since been restarted.

Non-scheduled maintenance work was carried out during the year at both units and this is also reflected in the electricity production volumes, TVO said.

Date: Tuesday, 05 January 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/electricity-production-at-finland-nuclear-station-down-slightly-on-2019-1-1-2021

Iran intends to start enriching uranium at a purity level five times that which it agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). According to Fars news agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) said on 1 January: "Based on a new law passed by the Parliament, we are planning to start 20% uranium enrichment at the Fordow facility," adding that the AEOI had written to the International Atomic Energy Agency informing it of this intention.

Date: Tuesday, 05 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-plans-to-enrich-uranium-to-20percent