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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has concluded a five-day mission to Uzbekistan to review safety processes for evaluating the site for its first NPP. The Site & External Events Design Review Service (SEED) mission was carried out at the request of the Uzbek government and hosted by the state agency for the development of nuclear energy, Uzatom.

Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-team-reviews-npp-site-evaluation-for-uzbekistan-10558479

Tashkent planning reactors in southeast of country IAEA safety review team members and Uzatom experts inspect the meteorological station near the nuclear power station site. Courtesy IAEA/Neil Harman/Jacobs. An International Atomic Energy Agency team has concluded a five-day mission to Uzbekistan to review the country’s safety processes for evaluating the site of its first commercial nuclear power station.

The IAEA site and external events design review service (Seed) team said the extent and quality of data collection and site monitoring were an excellent basis for site development.

The team said Uzatom, the state agency for the development of nuclear energy, should reorganise existing data and collect additional data according to IAEA guidelines. It should implement a management system that covers all aspects of site evaluation including work organisation, planning, independent verification and documentation.

Uzatom also needs to identify and select engineering measures to provide plant cooling and site protection from external events and finalise a preliminary safety analysis report. This would ensure “well-informed decision-making” related to construction licensing, investments and safety assessment phases.

Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-team-concludes-mission-to-site-of-first-nuclear-station-1-2-2023

‘No technical arguments’ for shutting down nuclear plants after 40 years Unit 2 at the Tihange nuclear power station in Belgium is scheduled for permanent shutdown this week. Courtesy Electrabel. Belgium should repeal its 2003 nuclear exit law as it looks for ways to deal with the energy crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and resulting gas and electricity price increases, the Brussels-based Belgian Nuclear Forum said.

The underlying argument of the 2003 law is that a nuclear plant is obsolete after 40 years and should be decommissioned, the forum said.

“Nothing could be further from the truth: there are no technical arguments for definitively shutting down a nuclear power plant after 40 years of operation, but only political arguments,” it added.

The forum issued the statement as owner and operater Engie Electrabel prepares to permanently shut down the Tinhange-2 nuclear power plant on 31 January. The 1,008-MW pressurised water reactor unt began commercial operation on 1 June 1983 and has been online for 40 years.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the last couple of decades have witnessed increased interest in the extension of the operating life of nuclear power plants. Extending the life of a plant is more economical than building a new one, and where it makes business sense. The agency says about 90% of US plants have already renewed their licences to extend their operation to 60 years, with additional extensions for a total of 80 years being considered. In Europe, plants are regularly seeking lifetimes of 60 years.

Date: Tuesday, 31 January 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/as-tihange-2-approaches-closure-industry-group-calls-for-repeal-of-2003-nuclear-exit-law-1-1-2023

An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts has concluded a five-day Site and External Events Design (SEED) mission to Uzbekistan, which plans to build its first nuclear power plant in the southeast of the country.

Date: Tuesday, 31 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-completes-siting-review-for-Uzbekistan

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has developed a new technology that could play a key role in safeguarding used nuclear fuels. The prototype Robotized Cherenkov Viewing Device (RCVD) is a small robot. In tests it navigated a used fuel pond and provided inspectors with real time data that could be used for safeguards verification. “The test demonstrates that autonomous robots could soon assist with field measurement and analysis of spent nuclear fuel, providing greater protection for human workers,” said Technical Programme Manager, Rosie Attwell.

Date: Saturday, 28 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsaustralian-technology-helping-safeguard-used-nuclear-fuel-10548131

The New Unit Assistance Industry Working Group's (NUA I-WG) updated Roadmap to Operational Readiness guide is a collection of industry guidance, lessons learned, success stories intended to help new nuclear projects worldwide "prepare for the challenge of safe and efficient nuclear power plant operation". 

Date: Thursday, 26 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-industry-produces-new-Roadmap-to-Operation

The International Atomic Energy (IAEA) Task Force established to monitor Japan’s plan to discharge treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi NPP has completed its second regulatory review. During a five-day visit to Japan, the Task Force met with officials from the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) to assess the regulatory framework for the discharge. This was IAEA’s second review of the plans.

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-task-force-reviews-fukushima-water-discharge-plan-10539790

A floating autonomous robot could soon play a key role in safeguarding used nuclear fuel around the world. The Robotised Cherenkov Viewing Device (RCVD) has been created through a collaboration between Australian national science agency CSIRO's data and digital specialist arm Data61, Hungarian robotics company Datastart and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Robot-developed-to-assist-verification-of-used-fue

Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi had held talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on the extension of IAEA activities in Ukraine.

Date: Tuesday, 24 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgrossi-spells-out-challenges-in-ukraine-10536254

The Cabinet of Ministers in Ukraine has given the go-ahead to begin work on project documentation for the construction of two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant.

Date: Tuesday, 24 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-begins-preparations-for-first-AP1000-react