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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved GE Vernova's nuclear fuel business to manufacture, ship and analyse the performance of nuclear fuel with uranium-235 enrichments of up to 8%.

Date: Friday, 16 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GNF-gets-approval-to-manufacture-higher-enrichment

UK-based nuclear technology company newcleo has announced a strategic and industrial partnership with France's NAAREA designed "to support all players in their industrial, technological, scientific and regulatory development" of Generation IV fast neutron reactors.

Date: Friday, 19 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnewcleo-and-naarea-partner-to-support-fast-reactor-development-11445892

French company Framatome is planning the construction of a nuclear fuel fabrication facility in the UK as part of its plans to scale-up its operations in the country. In a separate development it also announced it was setting up a joint venture with Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation.

Date: Thursday, 30 November 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Framatome-seeking-site-for-UK-nuclear-fuel-facilit

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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsphilippines-and-us-sign-nuclear-co-operation-agreement-11315263

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-companies-sign-up-for-space-technology-mis

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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsframatomes-accident-tolerant-fuel-completes-test-cycle-in-us-reactor-11032449

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) has delivered uranium nitride coated uranium oxycarbide tristructural isotropic (TRISO) fuel to NASA's Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion programme. The company says this demonstrates the "flexibility, precision and value" of its Pilot Fuel Manufacturing Facility (PFM).

Date: Thursday, 15 June 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/USNC-delivers-TRISO-particle-fuel-to-NASA

Urenco USA (UUSA) has signed an enrichment services supply agreement with Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) as part of the fuel supply programme for USNC’s Micro-Modular Reactor (MMR). UUSA is operated by Louisiana Energy Services, the only US commercial producer supplying uranium enrichment services.

Date: Thursday, 09 March 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsurenco-supplies-enriched-uranium-for-advanced-reactor-project-10657788

Companies say commercial agreement is first of kind Ultra Safe said its USNC MMR will deliver cost-effective electricity and process heat to users anywhere. Courtesy Ultra Safe. Urenco USA will supply enriched uranium to Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation to manufacture fuel for its micro-modular reactor (MMR).

Ultra Safe said the agreement marks the first commercial supply of enriched uranium product (EUP) for use in an advanced nuclear reactor in the world.

Ultra Safe said it will buy enriched EUP from Urenco USA for use in the manufacture of tri-structural isotropic (Triso) particles and fully ceramic micro-encapsulated (FCM) fuel via Ultra Safe’s planned joint venture with Framatome in the US.

The EUP will be produced and supplied by the Urenco USA uranium enrichment facility in New Mexico.

Kurt Terrani, executive vice-president at Ultra Safe said the company has been working hard to manage and de-risk the front end of our fuel cycle.

Date: Saturday, 04 March 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/urenco-to-provide-enriched-uranium-for-ultra-safe-s-mmr-3-5-2023

US nuclear fuel developer Lightbridge Corporation has completed work in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to support the development of Lightbridge Fuel. The work was carried out under the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) voucher programme.

Date: Friday, 03 March 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-pacific-northwest-national-laboratory-supports-development-of-lightbridge-fuel-10644641