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In the run up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26 in November, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published a comprehensive report setting out how nuclear techniques can help the world adapt to a changing climate and become more resilient to extreme weather events.

Date: Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-releases-two-reports-in-run-up-to-cop26-9162429

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has made the full case for nuclear to be deployed rapidly to enable the phase out of coal in a new Nuclear Energy for a Net Zero World brochure. The organisation is taking it to next month's COP26 climate change meeting to argue for evidence-based policy and "ramped up" investment in nuclear.

Date: Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-takes-the-case-for-nuclear-to-COP26

Germany's phase-out of nuclear energy will only lead to the country missing its 2030 carbon emissions target, 25 leading foreign and German environmentalists, journalists and academics have written in an open letter to the German public. They call on German politicians to be "brave enough" to change legislation to at least postpone the shutdown of the country's reactors.

Date: Saturday, 16 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Germans-asked-to-keep-reactors-in-operation

In the wake of Australia’s decision to purchase nuclear-powered submarines from the USA and UK, instead of diesel-powered vessels from France (the AUKUS defence pact), pressure is building up for Australia to consider developing nuclear power for energy production. 

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsaustralian-submarine-deal-sparks-debate-about-nuclear-energy-9156685

The International Energy Agency (IEA) in its latest World Energy Outlook (WEO), published on 13 October, says transition to a clean energy system is progressing too slowly for the world to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. However, the report provides analysis of how the world can still move towards a pathway that would have a good chance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C but sees no key role for nuclear power.

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-world-energy-outlook-intended-as-handbook-for-cop26-9156721

Companies will also evaluate opportunities for fuel supply Illustration of an IMSR power plant in the configuration proposed for the Darlington site in Canada. The IMSR has the capacity to generate 390 MW (net) of electric power on a 7-hectare site. Courtesy Terrestrial Energy. Small modular reactor developer Terrestrial Energy and uranium company Cameco have signed a memorandum of understanding to examine potential partnership opportunities to deploy Terrestrial Energy’s integrated molten salt reactor (IMSR) Generation IV nuclear power plants in North America and worldwide, and to evaluate possible opportunities for the supply of uranium, fuel and other services.

The two Canadian companies said in a joint statement that they are investigating the potential of Cameco’s Port Hope uranium conversion facility in southern Ontario for IMSR fuel salt supply.

This MOU, which is non-binding and non-exclusive, follows Terrestrial Energy’s earlier agreements with Cameco to supply uranium products for its fuel testing programmes.

“Nuclear energy is a proven, reliable source of carbon-free power and a critical tool in achieving a net-zero emissions future in North America and worldwide,” said Tim Gitzel, Cameco’s president and chief executive officer. “Cameco plans to be a key fuel supplier for the emerging small modular reactor and advanced reactor market.”

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/terrestrial-energy-and-cameco-sign-mou-on-worldwide-smr-deployment-10-4-2021

Mining of the eighth panel at the US Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico has been completed, seven years after work began. Emplacement of transuranic (TRU) waste in the newly mined panel is expected to begin in April 2022.

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Eighth-panel-completed-at-WIPP

Separate Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) supporting the future development and deployment of advanced small modular reactors (SMRs) in Canada will see Cameco and Terrestrial Energy investigate opportunities related to Terrestrial's Integrated Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR), while ARC Clean Energy Canada and Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC will work together to develop sustainable industrial projects using ARC's SMR technology. Meanwhile, Canada's nuclear regulator has granted a 10-year licence renewal for an Ontario Power Generation (OPG) site earmarked for possible SMR deployment.

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Agreements-support-Canadian-SMR-development-and-de

France's EDF has made an offer to the Polish government to build as many as six EPR units. A project of that size would decarbonise 40% of the country's electricity and avoid up to 55 million tons of CO2 per year, EDF said. The "non-binding preliminary offer" represents a range of options for Poland. It details the engineering, procurement and construction that would be needed for four to six EPR units, at either two or three sites. The EPR units would produce 1650 MWe each.

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/France-makes-nuclear-offer-to-Poland

The national secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) has called for the nation to reconsider its ban on civil nuclear energy and to place small modular reactors (SMRs) at the heart of its decarbonisation plans.

Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Time-for-nuclear-Australian-union-says