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Washington State energy provider Energy Northwest has signed an agreement with Bellevue-based utility Puget Sound Energy to support its programme investigating the feasibility of developing and deploying a next-generation nuclear energy facility.

Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-utility-invests-in-advanced-reactor-development-11439310

UK-based Sheffield Forgemasters has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with US X-energy and Cavendish Nuclear (a UK subsidiary of Babcock International) to explore opportunities around the deployment of a fleet of Xe-100 high temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) in the UK.

Date: Thursday, 19 October 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssheffield-forgemasters-to-support-deployment-of-xe-100-htgrs-11228383

According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Saudi Arabia is considering a Chinese proposal to build a NPP. Citing Saudi sources acquainted with the situation, WSJ said China National Nuclear Corp (SNNS) had submitted a bid to construct a nuclear plant in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, close to the border with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Date: Wednesday, 30 August 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssaudi-arabia-reportedly-considers-chinese-bid-for-npp-11105735

US utility Energy Northwest and X-Energy Reactor Company, which is developing advanced small modular reactors (SMRs) and fuel technology have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) for up to 12 of X-Energy’s Xe-100 SMRs in central Washington capable. Together, they would generate up to 960 MWe and Energy Northwest expects to bring the module online by 2030.

Date: Friday, 21 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsenergy-northwest-and-x-energy-sign-joint-development-agreement-11019889

US-based X-energy Reactor Company has selected UK-based Howden, a subsidiary of Chart Industries, as its preferred strategic supplier of the helium circulator system for its Xe-100 high temperature gas cooled advanced modular reactor intended for the UK market.

Date: Thursday, 20 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshowden-to-supply-helium-circulator-system-for-xe-100-11018219

Iran has resolved two outstanding inquiries from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) related to the presence of highly enriched uranium (HEU) particles at several sites. The confidential quarterly report by the IAEA, which is routinely leaked to the press, said inspectors no longer had questions on uranium particles found to be enriched to 83.7% at its underground Fordow facility. This had resulted in tension for the past several months although some resolution was achieved in March following a visit to Tehran by IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi. Iran had insisted at that time that those particles were a by-product of its current enrichment as particles can reach higher enrichment levels in fluctuations. “The agency informed Iran that, following its evaluation of the data, the agency had assessed that the information provided was not inconsistent with Iran’s explanation ... and that the agency had no further questions on this matter at this stage,” the report said.

Date: Wednesday, 07 June 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-resolves-some-outstanding-issues-with-iran-10918237

US-based X-Energy Reactor has joined forces with Kinectrics - engineering, testing and certification services company - to design, construct and operate a commercial-scale helium test facility (HTF).

Date: Friday, 07 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsx-energy-and-kinectrics-collaborate-on-design-of-helium-test-facility-10738743

The World Nuclear Association (WNA) on 8 September launched the 2021 edition of The Nuclear Fuel Report, concluding that the positive trend in nuclear generating capacity projections that began in the previous (2019) report continues.

Date: Friday, 10 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswna-nuclear-fuel-report-urges-uranium-development-9067794

Of the 220 research reactors in operation today, only seven are on the African continent. In other words, with 17.2% of the world population and the strongest expected growth in the coming years, Africans have access to only 3% of the world's nuclear research reactor capacity. Marguerite Leonardi, senior advisor at NPC Consulting & Engineering, and Professor Vincent Lukanda Mwamba, Commissaire Général of the Commissariat Général à l’Energie Atomique, explain why that is a concern and why the research reactor in Kinshasa should be restarted urgently.

Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Why-research-reactors-are-so-important-f