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India and the USA have extended their Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) by 10 years. The centre - officially opened in 2017 - supports international cooperation in nuclear energy applications.

Date: Thursday, 26 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/India-USA-extend-nuclear-cooperation-partnership

The European Commission should include nuclear among the clean energy technologies that will be financed under the Green Deal low-carbon policy, EDF chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy said today in an online chat with International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol. Several European countries, he noted, are relying on nuclear generation to help them meet their energy and climate goals.

Date: Thursday, 26 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Head-of-EDF-calls-for-Europe-to-include-nuclear-in

The Council of the ITER Organisation said on 19 November that it had reviewed in a videoconference the performance of the ITER Project toward first plasma in view of the COVID-19 restrictions.

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiter-says-schedule-maintained-despite-covid-19-8376161

The Iranian foreign ministry’s spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on 22 November that a statement by France, Germany, and the UK (the E3) was “irresponsible”. He called on the E3 to fulfil their commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) under which Iran had agreed to limit its nuclear development programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-rejects-criticism-of-its-nuclear-activities-following-iaea-report-8376346

New additive manufacturing technologies for the design and manufacture of reactor components made from high-temperature alloys and refractory metals have been developed by BWX Technologies (BWXT) in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Such components could find applications in current and advanced reactors, as well as in accident-tolerant fuels.

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/BWXT-announces-advances-in-3D-printing-of-reactor

Iran has begun a new stage of uranium enrichment activities, the country’s permanent representative to international organisations in Vienna said in an interview with IRNA on 22 November. Kazem Gharibabadi said that, during the discussion of Iran at the recent meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Directors, France, Germany and the UK - the E3 countries - "had expressed regret" over the USA's withdrawal in May 2018 from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) and the reimposition of economic sanctions against Iran.

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-enters-new-phase-of-uranium-enrichment-ambass

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) is inviting public comment on the government's plans for the procurement of 2500 MW of new nuclear generation capacity. The regulator has published a 21-page consultation paper on which the public has until 5 February to comment. It will then hold public hearings through online platforms.

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Regulator-opens-South-African-nuclear-proposals-fo

The US government has said Idaho is its preferred choice rather than Tennessee for construction of its Versatile Test Reactor (VTR), The Associated Press (AP) reported on 19 November.

Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdoe-said-to-prefer-inl-for-versatile-test-reactor-8374329

Effective leadership has always been the key differentiator between marginal and exceptional performance. Now more than ever, those in management roles from first line to senior managers across every key function at nuclear plants and facilities worldwide, need to provide strong, inspirational leadership and a clear direction for their workforce, writes Ingemar Engkvist, CEO of the World Association of Nuclear Operators.

Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Leadership-during-the-pandemic

Building nuclear power plants based on existing designs actually costs more, rather than less, than building plants based on new designs, according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Rethinking engineering from the outset can help to avoid increased indirect costs.

Date: Saturday, 21 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/MIT-study-focuses-on-reasons-behind-new-build-cost