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The company responsible for implementing the UAE's civil nuclear power programme has signed separate agreements with several small modular reactor (SMR) developers on the sidelines of the COP28 climate conference in Dubai.

Date: Tuesday, 12 December 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ENEC-signs-multiple-SMR-MoUs

US-based TerraPower has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the UAE’s Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) on the sidelines of COP28 to explore opportunities for the commercialisation and global deployment of Terrapower’s Natrium technology. “Bringing advanced nuclear technologies to market is critical to meeting global decarbonisation targets,” said TerraPower President & CEO Chris Levesque. “TerraPower and ENEC are leading the way in deploying nuclear plants, and this agreement allows us to share our expertise and design experience, and explore the opportunity for deployment of Natrium reactors around the world including additional locations in the United States.”

Date: Thursday, 07 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsterrapower-signs-mous-with-enec-and-uranium-energy-corp-11351984

A recent statement from Fitch Ratings casts doubt on any new nuclear construction in the US in the immediate future. Similar concerns were voiced during discussions at a full committee hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources to Examine Opportunities and Challenges Associated with Advanced Nuclear Reactor Commercialisation.

Date: Wednesday, 06 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgrowing-uncertainty-in-us-regarding-economics-of-new-nuclear-11347683

Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory have used the lab's Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) Facility to perform the first test of its kind to be carried out in the USA for more than 35 years.

Date: Wednesday, 11 October 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-restores-loss-of-coolant-safety-testing-capabil

US power utility Southern Company, TerraPower and Core Power have started pumped-salt operations in the Integrated Effects Test (IET), as a step towards development of Generation-IV molten salt reactor technology, namely TerraPower’s first-of-a-kind Molten Chloride Fast Reactor (MCFR).

Date: Saturday, 07 October 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsterrapower-begins-testing-molten-salt-technology-11199243

Southern Company, TerraPower and Core Power have started pumped-salt operations in the Integrated Effects Test (IET) facility at TerraPower's laboratory in Everett, Washington. The IET will be used in the development of the Molten Chloride Fast Reactor.

Date: Thursday, 05 October 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Operations-begin-at-US-chloride-salt-test-system

US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT) has signed a two-phase, two-year contract with the US Wyoming Energy Authority (WEA) to assess the viability of deploying small-scale nuclear reactors in the state. BWXT said it will execute the contract in close consultation with the State of Wyoming and other Wyoming organisations and companies.

Date: Friday, 15 September 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwxt-to-evaluate-microreactor-deployment-in-wyoming-11146865

BWX Technologies Inc has been contracted by the Wyoming Energy Authority (WEA) to assess the viability of deploying microreactors in the state. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Date: Thursday, 14 September 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/BWXT-to-evaluate-microreactor-deployment-in-Wyomin

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is working to recycle used fuel from the closed EBR-II reactor to make high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) which is required by most advanced reactors designs. HALEU, enriched between 5% and 19.75% with uranium-235, is not currently available from domestic suppliers

Date: Wednesday, 06 September 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-seeks-to-make-haleu-from-ebr-ii-used-fuel-11121968

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released the final environmental assessment and a proposed “finding of no significant impact” (FONSI) for the design, construction, and operation of the Molten Chloride Reactor Experiment (MCRE) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

Date: Thursday, 17 August 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdoes-final-environmental-assessment-for-molten-chloride-reactor-experiment-11077024