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Recently, researchers at the US Idaho National Laboratory (INL) fabricated high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel for next generation nuclear reactors, as a step in the testing and qualification process. They fabricated roughly two dozen pellets of uranium dioxide (UO2) HALEU at the INL Material & Fuels Complex, the Department of Energy (DOE) reported.

Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsinl-fabricates-commercial-grade-uranium-dioxide-haleu-fuel-11331454

NorthStar Group Services has removed the Vallecitos boiling water reactor (VBWR) from the GEH Vallecitos Nuclear Centre in California and has delivered it for disposal to the Texas facility of its affiliate, Waste Control Specialists (WCS). The privately owned VBWR operated from 1957 to 1963 at the Vallecitos Nuclear Centre (VNC) in Alameda County some 48 km east of San Francisco. The VBWR was the first NPP to deliver significant quantities of electricity to a public utility grid and the first NPP to receive an operating licence issued by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).

Date: Friday, 17 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnorthstar-completes-removal-and-shipment-of-vallecitos-boiling-water-reactor-11304924

Nearly 60 years after shutting down for the last time, the reactor vessel of the prototype boiling water reactor in California has been removed from its containment and shipped for final disposal by NorthStar Group Services, Inc.

Date: Wednesday, 15 November 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Vallecitos-reactor-removal-complete

Cameco has announced that its joint acquisition of Westinghouse Electric Company with Brookfield Asset Management, alongside its publicly listed affiliate Brookfield Renewable Partners and institutional partners, has now received all required regulatory approvals. The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared the Cameco Corp and Brookfield Renewable Partners' $7.875bn deal to acquire Westinghouse Electric. CMA, which began considering the deal in August, said it will not refer the merger for further investigation.

Date: Thursday, 09 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscameco-and-brookfield-receive-regulatory-approval-to-acquire-westinghouse-11282477

Two projects to explore the feasibility of using nuclear energy in systems to remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere - one led by GE Vernova and one led by Northwestern University - are included in a list of 19 projects selected to receive US Department of Energy (DOE) support.

Date: Friday, 01 September 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-projects-to-look-at-nuclear-role-in-carbon-capt

South Korea and the USA have signed 23 business agreements to boost bilateral cooperation on advanced industries and energy during a business partnership event in Washington. Some 45 senior corporate officials from both countries attended the event on the sidelines of Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s state visit to Washington. The state visit, marking the 70th anniversary of the US-South Korean alliance, included two events hosted by the Federation of Korean Industries – the Korea-US Business Roundtable and the Korea-US Business Forum held at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington.

Date: Saturday, 29 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssouth-korea-and-usa-boost-in-high-tech-and-energy-cooperation-including-nuclear-10798261

Hungary will veto any EU sanctions imposed on Russian nuclear energy organisations and enterprises, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the morning programme one Kossuth radio.

Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshungary-will-veto-any-eu-sanctions-against-russias-nuclear-sector-10558203

Cameco Corporation and Brookfield Renewable Partners, together with its institutional partners (the consortium), are forming a strategic partnership to acquire Westinghouse Electric Company. Brookfield Renewable, with its institutional partners, will own a 51% interest in Westinghouse and Cameco will own 49%.

Date: Friday, 14 October 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscameco-and-brookfield-renewable-to-acquire-westinghouse-10084610

Firm running five test programmes in US and Europe Framatome deployed the world’s first full ATF assembly at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear station in the US state of Maryland. French nuclear company Framatome is running five test programmes for accident-tolerant fuel in the US and Europe and is confident that it will “only be a few years” before it is producing full reload quantities, Ala Alzaben, senior vice-president for the firm’s North America fuel business unit and commercial and customer centre told NucNet.

Last year, during a scheduled spring refuelling outage, Framatome deployed the world’s first full ATF assembly at the Calvert Cliffs nuclear station in the US state of Maryland.

This followed the launching in 2012 of the US Department of Energy ATF initiative in response to the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident in Japan. The DOE set three main objectives: to develop a fuel to allow nuclear operators additional coping time during accidents; to launch and deploy lead test assemblies by 2022; and to make sure improvements do not impact the operational performance of the fuel.

Mr Alzaben said Framatome had met the DOE’s schedule and has deployed lead test assemblies in five reactors, four in the US and one in Europe.

Date: Tuesday, 26 April 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/french-company-aiming-to-produce-full-reload-quantities-of-accident-tolerant-fuel-4-2-2022

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded USD36 million for 11 projects seeking to increase the use of nuclear power as a reliable source of clean energy and to limit the amount of radioactive waste produced from advanced reactors.

Date: Saturday, 12 March 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/DOE-funds-for-reducing-advanced-reactor-wastes