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Project on schedule for completion in 2028 The shut-down Ignalina nuclear power station in Lithuania. Courtesy EBRD. Workers carrying out decommissioning a the Ignalina nuclear power station in Lithuania removed more than 4,200 tonnes of equipment and 3,500 tonnes of concrete waste in 2020, with more than 7,400 tonnes of radioactive waste processed.

INPP, the company operating the station, said that since decommissioning began in 2010, almost 64,0000 tonnes of equipment and concrete waste have been dismantled. By the end of decommissioning in 2038, a further 108,000 tonnes of equipment will need to be dismantled.

In 2020, extensive dismantling work was carried out in the turbine hall of Unit 2, where 97% of the equipment was dismantled. Most of the equipment, after checking for contamination, is sold at auctions as scrap metal, while the rest is temporarily stored until it can be sent for permanent storage in repositories.

Ignalina’s two Soviet-era RBMK units were shut down permanently in 2004 and 2009 in line with requirements for Lithuania’s membership of the EU.

Date: Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/lithuania-ignalina-announces-significant-progress-with-decommissioning-in-2020-1-1-2021

Energy consumption from fossil fuels is expected to decrease due to a stated commitment to lower carbon dioxide emissions and address climate change. This reduction will inevitably increase demand for other energy sources, including nuclear – currently the fastest growing source of energy worldwide. Many countries have stated plans to build new nuclear reactors to cope with demand, including China, India, Russia, UK, and the USA. Others are investing heavily in upgrading existing facilities, including Canada and France.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdemand-increases-for-nuclear-metal-tubing-as-higher-energy-consumption-leads-to-plans-for-new-reactors-worldwide-8453732

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-real-challenges-to-nuclear-are-external,-says

Atomenergomash (Rosatom’s engineering division) began acceptance of turbine room equipment for the first unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey.

Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussia-takes-delivery-from-ge-of-turbine-for-akkuyu-1-8453212

GE Steam Power has delivered the first Arabelle steam turbine module for the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Turkey. Manufactured at its factory in Belfort, France, the turbine module is the first equipment delivered by GE for the project and was delivered four months ahead of schedule.

Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-turbine-module-delivered-for-Akkuyu-plant

The ITER Organisation has selected the contractors to carry out assembly and installation activities inside the Tokamak Complex at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter), under construction in Cadarache, France. These contracts are the last major assembly and installation contracts planned for first-phase Iter assembly.

Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Final-major-contracts-signed-for-Iter-Tokamak-Comp

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 completion of the third and fourth power units at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant is "the future of Ukraine", Petro Kotin, acting president of Energoatom, said in an interview with Liga-Business at the end of last month. The project places Ukraine alongside other countries in Europe that are experiencing a "nuclear renaissance", since France, Poland, Slovakia and Romania are all now considering the further development of nuclear power, he said.

Date: Saturday, 09 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Khmelnitsky-expansion-part-of-European-renaissance

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

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