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Westinghouse Electric Company said that it had signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with seven companies in the Czech Republic. The MOUs, signed at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, cover cooperation on the potential deployment of an AP1000 plant for the Dukovany 5 project as well as other potential AP1000 projects in Central Europe.

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-signs-partnerships-to-build-ap1000-reactors-at-dukovany-9406521

World’s top oil exporter wants to build around 17 GW of reactor capacity The kingdom wants to diversify its energy mix, adding nuclear power so it can free up more crude for export. Courtesy B.Alotaby/Wikipedia. Saudi Arabia aims to take advantage of its significant uranium resources to develop a commercial nuclear power programme, energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud said.

“We have a huge amount of uranium resource, which we would like to exploit and put in the most transparent way,” he was quoted as telling the International Mining Conference in Riyadh.

“We will bring partners and we will be exporting and manufacturing and developing it and we will be commercially monetising that resource.”

The minister said the world needed more flexibility because the transition to clean energy is complicated. “We should not forfeit energy security for the sake of a publicity stunt”, he said. “The transition needs to be a well-thought of transition.”

Press reports have said Saudi Arabia, the world’s top il exporter, could produce over 90,000 tonnes of uranium from three major deposits in the country, enough to provide fuel for nuclear plants the country seeks to build and to export uranium.

Date: Saturday, 15 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/kingdom-aims-to-take-advantage-of-uranium-resources-as-it-looks-to-nuclear-energy-1-5-2022

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

The start of operations for the Flamanville 3 EPR reactor in France has been put back, with EDF saying the Covid-19 pandemic had made preparations "more difficult".

Date: Thursday, 13 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Fresh-delay-to-Flamanville-blamed-on-impact-of-pan

Cyclife, the EDF subsidiary in charge of international dismantling and radioactive waste management services is pursuing its development in Europe by acquiring complementary engineering capabilities provided by Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd.

Date: Wednesday, 12 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscyclife-acquires-uks-aquila-nuclear-engineering-9395907

Brussels-based industry group responds to leaked draft of European commission proposals Nuclear power has been “clearly recognised” as a technology which contributes to climate mitigation objectives and it should be treated in the European Union’s planned taxonomy rules on an equal footing with renewable energy sources, the Brussels-based nuclear industry association Foratom has said.

According to a leaked draft of the bloc’s taxonomy proposals, nuclear will be treated differently to renewables, as a transitional activity, Foratom said. Furthermore, “sunset clauses”, so-called because they have time limits, have been introduced for existing plants and new build projects. Foratom said in a statement on Tuesday: “We do not believe this is the right approach.”

The sunset clauses say that to be taxonomy compliant, nuclear new build projects must receive a construction permit by 2045. For lifetime extensions, the extension must be authorised by the member state by 2040.

Renewables do not have to meet any similar clauses, nor do they have to meet other rules applied to “transitional” nuclear. Those rules include that nuclear does not hamper the development and deployment of low-carbon alternatives and does not lead to a “lock-in” of carbon-intensive assets. Lock-in occurs when carbon intensive systems perpetuate, delay or prevent the transition to low-carbon alternatives.

Date: Wednesday, 12 January 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/foratom-calls-for-nuclear-to-be-put-on-equal-footing-with-renewables-1-2-2022

The French government expects plans for new nuclear reactors should be submitted around 2023 with a target date of 2035-37 for the reactors to go online, Berangere Abba, Secretary of State to the Minister for the Ecological Transition, said during a parliamentary debate in the Senate on 6 January.

Date: Tuesday, 11 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfrance-expects-new-nuclear-reactors-to-begin-operation-in-2035-37-9388128

Investment in nuclear power totalling around EUR500 billion (USD565 billion) by 2050 will be needed if the European Union’s goal of carbon neutrality is to be hit, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton has said in an interview with France’s Le Journal du Dimanche.

Date: Tuesday, 11 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-needs-colossal-investment-in-nuclear-to-hit-net

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Framatome and Exelon Generation will see the two companies work towards the production of cobalt-60 (Co-60) in pressurised water reactors (PWRs) for medical and industrial uses.

Date: Thursday, 06 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Framatome-and-Exelon-to-explore-Co-60-production

Two companies will assess feasibility and economics The control room at Exelon Generation’s Byron nuclear power station in Illinois. Courtesy Exelon. French nuclear company Framatome and US nuclear operator Exelon Generation have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop solutions to produce Cobalt-60 in pressurised water reactors operated by Exelon.

Cobalt-60 is a radioisotope produced in nuclear reactors out of natural element Cobalt-59. It plays a critical role in healthcare applications such as sterilisation of medical devices and treatment of certain cancers.

Under the MOU, the two companies will cooperate on technology development and assess the feasibility and economics of Cobalt-60 production in PWR reactors for industrial and medical purposes as long-term demand continues to grow.

Exelon Generation operates the largest US fleet of nuclear plants with more than 18,700 MW from 21 reactors at 12 facilities in Illinois, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.

Date: Wednesday, 29 December 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/framatome-and-exelon-sign-mou-on-production-of-radioisotope-in-us-reactors-12-2-2021