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The Governments of the Philippines and the USA signed an “Agreement for Cooperation Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy” also known as a Section 123 Agreement, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in San Francisco, California. The US insists that countries seeking to trade nuclear power goods and services must sign formal cooperation agreements. Such Section 123 Agreements relate to the relevant paragraph of the US 1954 Atomic Energy Act which requires them.

Date: Wednesday, 22 November 2023
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Czech power utility CEZ Group's Elektrárna Dukovany II (EDU II), a wholly owned subsidiary has received three final bids for the construction of a new unit at the Dukovany NPP. US-based Westinghouse, France’s EDF and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) submitted binding bids for Dukovany 5 and non-binding bids for the other three units. Westinghouse is proposing its AP1000, KHNP its APR1000 based in the APR1400 and EDF its EPR1200 (a smaller version of its standard EPR). These are all pressurised water reactors. Russia and China were excluded from the bidding in 2021.

Date: Friday, 03 November 2023
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ČEZ subsidiary Elektrárna Dukovany II (EDU II) has received final bids from the three potential suppliers for a new nuclear unit at Dukovany, as well as non-binding offers for three more future reactors.

Date: Wednesday, 01 November 2023
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With nuclear technology set to underpin new developments in space travel, NASA has awarded Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation a contract to manufacture and test fuel and develop the design of a nuclear thermal propulsion engine for near-term missions. Separately, Space Nuclear Power Corporation has partnered with Lockheed Martin Corporation and BWX Technologies for the US Space Force/Air Force's JETSON nuclear electric propulsion demonstration project, while Framatome has announced the creation of a new brand, Framatome Space.

Date: Saturday, 21 October 2023
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TRIGA International recently delivered 30 new fuel elements to Penn State University for its research reactor. The shipment is the first of its kind in more than a decade and restores an important fuel supply for the 35 TRIGA reactors operating around the world, including 17 in the United States.

Date: Saturday, 07 October 2023
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Framatome has been awarded a $1m contract award for phase two of the Digital Twin-based Diagnostics for Nuclear Auxiliary Systems project in North America. Funding is sponsored by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) office under the GEMINA (Generating Electricity Managed by Intelligent Nuclear Assets) programme. GEMINA aims to develop digital twin technology for advanced nuclear reactors and transform operations and maintenance systems in the next generation of NPPs.

Date: Friday, 06 October 2023
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The first shipment of research reactor fuel elements under a nine-year contract between the US Department of Energy (DOE) and TRIGA International has arrived at Pennsylvania State University. Meanwhile, the original developer of the TRIGA research reactor has been awarded a design development services contract in support of a conceptual research reactor design for a new facility at Sandia National Laboratory.

Date: Thursday, 05 October 2023
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Framatome has been awarded a USD1 million contract for the second phase of the digital twin-based Diagnostics for Nuclear Auxiliary Systems project to commercialise automated diagnostic technology for nuclear plant auxiliary systems, which it says will lead to savings in operation and maintenance (O&M) costs for the current light-water reactor fleet.

Date: Tuesday, 03 October 2023
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France’s Framatome says its Enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel (EATF) assembly has completed its first cycle of operation at unit 2 of the US Calvert Cliffs NPP in Maryland, marking significant progress and an important step toward market readiness of accident tolerant fuel (ATF) technology. Some 24 months of operation, testing and inspections “confirm the robust fuel characteristics safely withstood in-reactor conditions and performed as designed”, Framatome noted.

Date: Friday, 28 July 2023
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A lead assembly of Framatome's 100% Enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel (EATF) has successfully completed its first cycle of operation at a US nuclear power plant. The assembly was inserted into unit 2 of the Calvert Cliffs plant in Maryland during a refueling outage in early 2021.

Date: Thursday, 27 July 2023
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