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The International Energy Agency (IEA), in its Netherlands 2020 Energy Policy Review said The Netherlands “is aiming for a rapid transition to a low-carbon economy and has placed ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets at the centre of energy and climate policy.”

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-netherlands-energy-review-focuses-on-renewables-and-hydrogen-8148588

The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) said on 22 September that the last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium (HEU) in Kazakhstan has been eliminated.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-and-kazakhstan-continue-with-heu-elimination-programme-8148549

US-based  X-energy continues to advance its Xe-100 small modular reactor (SMR) design for deployment in Canada, and on 21 September signed a collaboration agreement for engineering and project management with Hatch Ltd for projects in Canada and globally.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsx-energy-signs-agreement-with-hatch-to-promote-smr-development-8148478

A project to remove the last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel from Kazakhstan has been completed in a joint effort by Kazakhstan and the USA, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced. The two nations have also signed a new joint statement reaffirming their intention to continue to work together to support the common goal of minimising nuclear proliferation, ensuring nuclear security and strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Project-to-downblend-Kazakh-HEU-fuel-completed

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has approved Critical Decision 1 for the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR), meaning the project can now move to the engineering design phase. DOE has requested USD295 million for FY 2021 for the one-of-a-kind facility that would support research and development of innovative nuclear energy and other technologies.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-test-reactor-programme-moves-ahead

US company Amentum announced that the US DOE had provided the Amentum-led joint venture with Fluor and Atkins, Central Plateau Cleanup Company, the Notice to Proceed to start transition on 5 October on the Central Plateau Clean-up Contract at the Hanford Site near Richland, Washington.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-contract-for-hanford-cleanup-to-start-in-october-8146238

The IGR research reactor in Kazakhstan. The last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium (HEU) in Kazakhstan has been eliminated, the US Department of Energy said.

The DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration and Kazakhstan’s energy ministry worked together to remove 2.9 kg of unirradiated HEU from the IGR research reactor, transport it hundreds of miles to a secure facility for processing, and downblend it to low enriched uranium (LEU).

This activity fulfilled an agreement worked out between the two countries at the 2019 International Atomic Energy Agency general conference.

“The world is a little bit safer now that this material has been downblended into a less dangerous form,” said Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, NNSA administrator and under-secretary for nuclear security at the DOE.

After being removed from the IGR research reactor in Kurchatov, the unirradiated HEU fuel was transported by road in 25 special transportation casks more than 300 km to the Ulba Metallurgical Plant in Ust-Kamenogorsk.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-helps-eliminate-highly-enriched-uranium-from-research-reactor-9-3-2020

As Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gather in Vienna this week for the annual General Conference, they should consider making universal the appointment of a National Focal Point on denials of shipment of radioactive materials to boost security of supply of medical isotopes, write Natanael Bruno and Serge Gorlin, co-chairs of the Transport Facilitation Working Group.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Time-to-appoint-a-National-Focal-Point-o

Nuclear innovation is driving improvement in all parts of the industry, enhancing reliability, efficiency, economics and flexibility, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising told the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA's) Scientific Forum 2020 today. She said innovation is accelerating the development and commercialisation of small modular reactors opening up additional applications for nuclear energy.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Innovation-is-key-to-nuclears-future,-says-Rising

The International Atomic Energy Agency has released its latest projections for energy, electricity and nuclear power trends up to 2050. Compared with the previous year, the 2020 projections are largely unchanged. Under the high case scenario, IAEA analysts expect an increase of global nuclear electrical generating capacity by 82% to 715GW. Under the low case scenario, it will fall by 7% to 392GW.

Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-sees-continued-role-for-nuclear-8141484