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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Aspects of Long-Term Operation (Salto) team of experts has completed a review of long-term operational safety at the Laguna Verde NPP in Mexico. The Salto follow-up review mission was requested by plant operator Comisión Federal de Electricidad of Mexico (CFE).

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslto-safety-review-completed-at-mexicos-laguna-verde-npp-9817596

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again lost the remote connection to its safeguards surveillance systems installed at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant (ZNPP), further underlining the need for the IAEA to go there very soon, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 29 June.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-loses-safeguards-connections-with-zaporizhzhya-npp-and-chernobyl-9819101

Agency warns of project delays and cost overruns Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions report says nuclear will need government support to play larger role in the future energy system. Logo courtesy IEA. Nuclear power is building ‘momentum’ in many countries as soaring fuel and energy prices are pushing governments to reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels and boost energy security, a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) found.

The report “Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions” said nuclear can help reduce CO2 emissions and allow energy systems to integrate higher shares of intermittent solar and wind power. Building these “clean energy systems” will be harder without nuclear power, the report said.

“In today’s context of the global energy crisis, skyrocketing fossil fuel prices, energy security challenges and ambitious climate commitments, I believe nuclear power has a unique opportunity to stage a comeback,” said IEA director Fatih Birol.

Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-energy-set-for-comeback-but-more-policy-support-needed-says-report-6-4-2022

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is increasingly concerned about the difficult conditions facing staff at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant (ZNPP) and it must go there as soon as possible to address this and other urgent issues, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has said.

Date: Thursday, 30 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-director-general-stresses-need-to-visit-zaporizhzhya-npp-9807909

Reactor is domestic version of the Westinghouse AP1000 PWR First concrete was poured for Unit 3 on 28 June 2022 during an inaugural ceremony at the Sanmen site. Image courtesy CNEA. First concrete has been poured for a new third unit at the Sanmen nuclear power station in Zhejiang province, eastern China, according to the China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA).

The Sanmen station is home to two commercially operational Westinghouse AP1000 units – Sanmen-1 and -2. They achieved commercial status in 2018.

The new unit at the site, Sanmen-3, will be of the CAP1000 design – the Chinese version of the AP-1000.

Date: Thursday, 30 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/first-concrete-poured-for-sanmen-3-cap-1000-plant-6-3-2022

Country needs fossil-free sources to meet growing power demand Vattenfall is majority owner of two commercial reactors at Ringhals (pictured) and three at Forsmark. Image courtesy Vattenfall. Swedish utility Vattenfall announced today it will be starting work on a pilot study on the feasibility of deployment of at least two small modular reactor (SMR) units at the site of the Ringhals nuclear power station.

Vattenfall said the study is focusing on Ringhals in southern Sweden because more electricity generation is expected to be needed in those areas. Two reactor units are currently in commercial operation at Ringhals-3 and -4.

Anna Borg, chief executive of Vattenfall, said fossil-free energy sources will be necessary to meet increasing demand for electric power in Sweden while SMRs are such a technology that has “come a long way in recent times” and therefore the company wants to look at the conditions for building SMRs near Ringhals.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/vattenfall-to-begin-study-on-potential-smr-deployment-at-ringhals-6-2-2022

Ongoing war motivates move The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) has announced that it is terminating international agreements with Russia in the field of nuclear safety.

The decision is related to Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine, which has been ongoing since 24 February 2022 and has taken effect since 24 June 2022, the SNRIU said.

The first agreement cancelled is between the ministry of environmental protection and nuclear safety of Ukraine and the Federal Supervision of Nuclear and Radiation Safety of Russia, which was signed in 1996.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/regulator-terminates-international-nuclear-agreements-with-russia-6-2-2022

EU Foreign Policy Chief Josef Borrell said during a recent visit to Tehran that the Vienna talks will resume with the aim of reinstating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He made the comments at a joint press conference following talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian. Under the JCPOA between Iran the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) Iran agreed to limit its nuclear development in return for the lifting of sanctions. After former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions in 2018, Iran began to gradually roll back on the restrictions imposed by the JCPOA after the European parties to the agreement failed to put any measures in place to mitigate those sanctions.

Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-talks-set-to-resume-9802344

Russian troops still in control of Europe’s largest nuclear station IAEA director-general Rafael Grossi during a visit to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine in late March 2022. Image courtesy IAEA. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must send a mission to Ukraine’s occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station as soon as possible to address concerns about staff conditions and “other urgent issues”, said the agency’s director-general Rafael Grossi.

The six-units Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, the largest in Europe, was taken by Russian troops after an armed assault on 4 March 2022 and has since remained occupied but operational in a reduced state.

The IAEA is aware of recent reports in the media and elsewhere warning of a deteriorating situation for Ukrainian staff at Zaporizhzhia, Mr Grossi said.

Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/grossi-calls-for-urgent-iaea-mission-to-occupied-zaporizhzhia-6-1-2022

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has completed a follow-up Safety Aspects of Long-Term Operation (SALTO) mission to units 1 and 2 of the Laguna Verde nuclear power plant in Mexico. The team reviewed the plant's response to recommendations and suggestions made during a SALTO mission in 2019.

Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Long-term-safety-of-Mexican-plant-reviewed-by-IAEA