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Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Eric Wiebes has said that more nuclear power may join solar and wind in the Dutch energy mix after 2030, in particular small modular reactors (SMR) with a capacity of up to 400MW.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnetherlands-pushes-for-more-nuclear-8153490

An extensive EU-funded research project has been launched to investigate the effects of chronic exposure to low doses of radon and other naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) on humans and the environment. The EUR22 million (USD26 million), five-year RadoNorm project involves 56 partners from 22 European countries.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-research-project-focuses-on-radon-and-NORM

The commercial deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) will bring new supply chain opportunities as well as challenges, panellists at an event to launch a World Nuclear Association report said this week. The World Nuclear Supply Chain: Outlook 2040 analyses the economic value of the nuclear power industry and provides a market-oriented review of the opportunities and challenges for nuclear power plants and their supply chain over the next two decades.

Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Panellists-address-SMR-supply-chain-challenges

The European Court of Justice on 22 September rejected Austria's appeal against the European Commission's (EC’s) 2014 decision to approve UK government aid for the construction of two EPR reactors at Hinkley Point C, in Somerset, England. 

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseu-court-of-justice-rejects-austrian-appeal-against-hinkley-point-c-8148318

Company reiterates plans to push ahead with Sizewell C EDF wants to enable £50bn of investment in the generation of low-carbon electricity from nuclear, wind and solar in the UK, with the Hinkley Point C project providing a vivid illustration of the “huge economic benefits” that new nuclear investment brings.

In a report outlining the company’s plans to support the UK’s 2050 net zero ambitions, France’s state-owned utility said its focus in power generation is on new nuclear and renewables. It said these are the most proven and cost-effective forms of producing electricity with zero emissions at the point of generation.

“With economic recovery from Covid-19 in mind, our Hinkley Point C project in Somerset provides a vivid illustration of the huge economic benefits that new nuclear investment brings,” EDF said. “Recent figures show the project has spent £1.7bn with more than 1,100 companies across the southwest, and more than 10,000 jobs have been created.”

EDF Energy, the UK arm of EDF, is building two Generation III 1,600-MW EPR units at Hinkley Point C. The units are expected to meet 7% of UK demand. Work onsite has been underway since a final agreement on the project was signed in September 2016 by EDF, China’s CGN and the UK government.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/edf-wants-to-enable-gbp50bn-of-low-carbon-investment-including-nuclear-9-4-2020

China continues to expand its nuclear power sector, albeit at a much slower pace than the renewable sector, the report concluded. Courtesy CNEA. The number of operating nuclear power reactors in the world dropped by nine over the past year to 408 as of mid-2020, below the level already reached in 1988 and 30 units below the historic peak of 438 in 2002, according to an independent report.

One more reactor has begun operation since the report was written, bringing the total as of September to 409.

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2020 said the “big five” nuclear generating countries – the US, France, China, Russia and South Korea – again generated 70% of all nuclear electricity in 2019.

It said two countries, the US and France, accounted for 45% of 2019 global nuclear production. This was two percentage points lower than in 2018 as France’s output shrank by 3.5%.

China continues to expand its nuclear power sector, albeit at a much slower pace than the nation’s renewable sector, the report concluded. As of mid-2020, China had 47 reactors in operation, with a total generating capacity of 45.5 GW.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/number-of-operating-reactors-has-fallen-but-sector-expands-in-china-9-4-2020

Digital twins of every unit in France's fleet of nuclear power reactors are to be developed under a four-year project involving partners from academia and industry. These cloned reactors will serve as a training simulator for the new generation of operators and a simulation environment for engineering studies.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Project-launched-to-digitally-clone-all-French-rea

The IAEA continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement, and evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities continue, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of IAEA General Conference. 

Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-is-fair-and-firm-with-Iran-says-Grossi

An International Atomic Energy Agency team has been in Beirut this week to support emergency response efforts in the Lebanese capital following last month’s explosion in its port area.

Lebanese authorities have reported to the IAEA that they did not detect any elevated radiation levels after the blast on 4 August, but asked the agency to confirm their measurements and to give advice on nuclear safety and security matters.

Earlier, the IAEA acted to help Lebanon in other ways, including in the areas of health, as many hospitals were damaged in the explosion.

During the week-long mission, which started on 14 September, the IAEA team will measure radiation levels at a number of locations in Beirut. They will also assess the impact of the explosion on the safety and security of radioactive material and sources in hospitals, scrapyards and the port. The IAEA will donate handheld radiation detection equipment to the authorities and training will also be carried out.

Date: Saturday, 19 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/team-supports-emergency-response-following-beirut-explosion-9-5-2020