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A Community Partnership has formed in Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire, in eastern England to consider whether the UK's Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) could be safely located and built deep underground beyond the coastline there. It is the fourth such partnership in the UK, following three that were established in west Cumbria in north-west England over the last year.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Fourth-location-joins-search-for-UK-repository-sit

The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has begun the process to initiate the USA's strategic uranium reserve, issuing a solicitation to purchase up to an estimated one million pounds of domestically-produced U3O8.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-NNSA-initiates-process-to-purchase-strategic-ur

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has amended eligibility criteria for the current award cycle under its USD6 billion programme to support the continued operation of US nuclear reactors under threat of premature closure, and extended the deadline for submissions. The revision was one of those requested by California Governor Gavin Newsom as the state considers delaying the planned closure of its only nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/DOE-amends-Civil-Nuclear-Credit-programme-criteria

Kazakhstan Nuclear Power Plants (KNPP) and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) promising comprehensive cooperation for the introduction of new NPPs in Kazakhstan during a visit to Seoul by a Kazakh delegation headed by Deputy Energy Minister Zhandos Nurmaganbetov. The MOU will "help strengthen the strategic partnership between Kazakhstan and South Korea in the field of nuclear energy development," the Kazakh Energy Ministry said.

Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskazakhstan-signs-mou-with-khnp-9815921

US President Joe Biden has said at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Germany that the USA is committing $14 million toward a Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study to provide the basis for the deployment of a small modular reactor (SMR) power plant in Romania. “This action is the next step in fulfilling the pledge made by Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Romania President Klaus Iohannis at the 2021 UN Conference on Climate Change in Glasgow (COP26), where they announced their intent to deploy an SMR in Romania in partnership with US firm NuScale Power,” the State Department noted in a statement. 

Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-commits-funding-for-romanian-smr-9815948

Agency warns of project delays and cost overruns Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions report says nuclear will need government support to play larger role in the future energy system. Logo courtesy IEA. Nuclear power is building ‘momentum’ in many countries as soaring fuel and energy prices are pushing governments to reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels and boost energy security, a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) found.

The report “Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions” said nuclear can help reduce CO2 emissions and allow energy systems to integrate higher shares of intermittent solar and wind power. Building these “clean energy systems” will be harder without nuclear power, the report said.

“In today’s context of the global energy crisis, skyrocketing fossil fuel prices, energy security challenges and ambitious climate commitments, I believe nuclear power has a unique opportunity to stage a comeback,” said IEA director Fatih Birol.

Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-energy-set-for-comeback-but-more-policy-support-needed-says-report-6-4-2022

The USD500 million programme, which is part of President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will place clean energy demonstration projects on current or former mine sites. Advanced nuclear is one of the technologies under consideration.

Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-launches-programme-to-transform-mine-sites-to-c

ARC Clean Energy Canada is teaming up with engineering, procurement, and construction management and strategic services firm Hatch for the deployment of ARC Canada's advanced small modular reactor (SMR) technology which is planned for deployment in New Brunswick before the end of the decade.

Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ARC-teams-up-with-Hatch-for-New-Brunswick-SMR-depl

France’s EDF has signed five cooperation agreements with Polish companies in the nuclear energy sector during the 5th Polish-French nuclear industry day. Agreements were signed by EDF with Uniserv, Telefonika Kable, Polimex Mostostal, Sefako and ZRE Katowice. In addition, Budimex signed an agreement with Bouygues TP. 

Date: Thursday, 30 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsedf-signs-co-operation-deals-with-nuclear-sector-polish-companies-9807902

NuScale aiming to deploy a Voygr plant at Doicesti The G7 summit took place in Schloss Elmau, south Germany on 26 June - 28 June 2022. Image courtesy European Council. The US government has decided to provide $14m (€13.2m) worth of funding for a front-end engineering and design study which is to provide the basis for the deployment of a small modular reactor (SMR) power plant in Romania.

US President Joe Biden made the announcement at this weekend’s G7 leaders’ summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany, where he presented US initiatives to form part of a newly set up Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII).

The PGII aims to reduce global infrastructure gaps, strengthen economies and supply chains and will mobilise $600bn for investment by 2027, about a third of which will be provided by the US.

Date: Thursday, 30 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-pledges-funding-for-smr-development-in-romania-6-3-2022