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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 US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy (ONE) said on 11 January that a new high-tech railcar developed by the US Navy and DOE) was en route from Oregon to a site near Pueblo, Colorado for multiple-car testing.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-tests-new-railcar-for-used-fuel-and-radwaste-transport-9400821

Canada’s General Fusion announced that it had achieved several aggressive performance goals of a prototype system for its Fusion Demonstration Plant (FDP).

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgeneral-fusion-achieves-technology-milestone-9401042

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 US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) has set out its key priorities for 2022 as it pursues its mission to achieve the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from decades of US nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-agency-sets-out-2022-cleanup-priorities

Ukraine's Energoatom would like to license Westinghouse's AP1000 technology after the initial five units that are already being planned, the company's CEO, Petro Kotin, said in an interview with EnergoBusiness magazine. Energoatom is currently weighing up its options for suppliers to its programme.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kotin-elaborates-Ukraine-s-AP1000-plans

Deep borehole disposal of nuclear waste is an "important alternative option for us to consider," Slovenia's radioactive waste management organisation’s Leon Kegel has said following a preliminary study into solutions for the disposing of used fuel from the TRIGA II research reactor.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Study-puts-case-for-deep-borehole-disposal-in-Slov

The two companies that will emerge from the approaching separation of Exelon Generation's regulated utility and competitive energy businesses have set out their respective plans at separate analyst events this week. Exelon will become the USA's largest transmission and distribution (T&D) utility serving some 10 million customers across seven different regulatory jurisdictions. Constellation will be the largest producer of carbon-free electricity in the country.

Date: Thursday, 13 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Exelon-and-Constellation-prepare-for-separation

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) has licensed a novel method to 3D print components for nuclear reactors, developed by the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which the Seattle-based company says is ideal for manufacturing components for its advanced nuclear reactor designs.

Date: Wednesday, 12 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/USNC-licenses-3D-printing-for-reactor-component-ma

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on 6 January issued a determination denying US-based Oklo Power's application to build and operate its Aurora compact fast reactor in Idaho. NRC said gaps in the information supplied by the company presented its review of the combined licence application from moving forward. Oklo can submit a "complete application" in the future and can request a hearing on the NRC decision.

Date: Tuesday, 11 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnrc-denies-oklo-licence-application--9388399