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The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) said on 22 September that the last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium (HEU) in Kazakhstan has been eliminated.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-and-kazakhstan-continue-with-heu-elimination-programme-8148549

File photo of the Akkuyu nuclear power station site in Turkey. Courtesy Rosatom. Concreting of the foundation plates of the reactor building and turbine building has been completed at the Akkuyu-2 nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey, Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom said.

About 2,400 tonnes of reinforcement were laid in the reactor building foundation and more than 17,000 cubic metres of concrete was poured. Rosatom said the weight of the finished reactor building will be about 470,000 tonnes, which means the the foundation will hold a mass equal to double weight of the world’s largest ocean cruise liner.

Work has also been completed on the foundation plate of the turbine building, with 3,200 tonnes of rebar laid. The turbine building will house systems and equipment related to power delivery including the turbine unit, a deaerator, feed pumps and auxiliary equipment.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/rosatom-announces-construction-milestones-at-akkuyu-9-4-2020

A project to remove the last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel from Kazakhstan has been completed in a joint effort by Kazakhstan and the USA, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced. The two nations have also signed a new joint statement reaffirming their intention to continue to work together to support the common goal of minimising nuclear proliferation, ensuring nuclear security and strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Project-to-downblend-Kazakh-HEU-fuel-completed

World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising said today that the changes needed to transition to a more sustainable future will not happen without the participation of a diverse workforce, and the greater inclusion of women. Speaking to participants in a side event to the International Atomic Energy Agency's 64th General Conference, Rising said the energy sector remains one of the most gender-imbalanced, and that the nuclear sector was no exception.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Diversity-is-at-the-heart-of-a-sustainable-future,

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has welcomed the nuclear industry into its debate on the policy responses required to address climate change and sustainable development. Today, UNECE's Expert Group on Resource Management (EGRM) held a session titled The role of nuclear energy resources in sustainable development as part of UNECE Energy Week 2020.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Door-opens-for-nuclear-to-enter-sustainability-deb

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation (SALTO) follow-up review mission on 18 September completed a review of long term operational safety of unit 3 at Sweden’s Ringhals nuclear power plant.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-concludes-long-term-operational-safety-review-at-ringhals-8146200

The IGR research reactor in Kazakhstan. The last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium (HEU) in Kazakhstan has been eliminated, the US Department of Energy said.

The DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration and Kazakhstan’s energy ministry worked together to remove 2.9 kg of unirradiated HEU from the IGR research reactor, transport it hundreds of miles to a secure facility for processing, and downblend it to low enriched uranium (LEU).

This activity fulfilled an agreement worked out between the two countries at the 2019 International Atomic Energy Agency general conference.

“The world is a little bit safer now that this material has been downblended into a less dangerous form,” said Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, NNSA administrator and under-secretary for nuclear security at the DOE.

After being removed from the IGR research reactor in Kurchatov, the unirradiated HEU fuel was transported by road in 25 special transportation casks more than 300 km to the Ulba Metallurgical Plant in Ust-Kamenogorsk.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-helps-eliminate-highly-enriched-uranium-from-research-reactor-9-3-2020

The United Arab Emirates' world records in the development of solar power do not distract from an ambition to expand its use of nuclear energy to help facilitate the transition to a clean economy, UAE Minister of Energy Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al Mazroui said yesterday. In his address to the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial, the minister explained the progress the UAE has made with its Energy Strategy 2050.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UAEs-clean-energy-goals-are-not-limited-to-solar-s

A group of regulators from countries with established nuclear power programmes is stepping up support for regulatory staff in the growing number of countries introducing or considering nuclear power.

The Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF), established 10 years ago with the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has launched a new plan to focus this support around overcoming six typical key challenges.

The 2020-2024 Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) Strategic Plan provides objectives to address the six common challenges in developing regulatory framework for countries introducing or expanding their nuclear power programmes. The challenges are: maintaining independence, securing adequate funding for regulators, human resource development for regulators, development of regulations and guides, effective management of technical support organisations, and the involvement of the public by the regulator.

The plan will be a topic of discussion at a virtual side event taking place during the 64th IAEA General Conference. The event will be livestreamed on 25 September between 13:00-15:00.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/support-stepped-up-for-staff-in-countries-considering-nuclear-9-2-2020

Engineering surveys for a nuclear station have begun in Jizzakh province, west of the capital Tashkent . Uzbekistan will soon approve a strategy for the management of spent nuclear fuel, radioactive waste and decommissioning of nuclear installations as it prepares to push ahead with construction of the first commercial nuclear power station in central Asia.

The country’s energy minister Alisher Sultanov also told the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 64th annual general conference that Uzbekistan is close to establishing procedures for licensing and issuing regulatory permits for nuclear energy.

This follows recent procedural progress for safety examinations of nuclear facilities by Uzbek regulatory bodies, Mr Sultanov said.

Draft decisions on Uzbekistan’s accession to four international conventions have also been prepared, for which adoption is expected by the end of 2020. These are:

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/country-to-approve-strategy-on-spent-nuclear-fuel-radioactive-waste-and-decommissioning-9-2-2020