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Japan, the UK, Canada, the US and France have agreed to co-operate to reduce dependence on Russia as a supplier of nuclear materials and technology. Their statement was issued at the Nuclear Energy Forum being held in Japan’s Sapporo alongside the meeting of Group of Seven (G7) ministers on climate, energy and environment. It was published on the UK government website.

Date: Thursday, 20 April 2023
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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
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As the Western nuclear industry flounders, Russia’s Rosatom is building nuclear power plants (NPPs) on time and under budget around the world, while selling uranium to the US, according to Professor Thane Gustafson. His article, on “The Devil’s Dance” substack blog, says Russia has world-beating nuclear power technology that is flourishing thanks to booming exports. The article, originally released in May, has now been reproduced in several other publications and a link provided on Gustafson’s Twitter page.

Date: Thursday, 19 January 2023
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After leading the 14-member Support and Assistance Mission to Zaporizhzia (ISAMZ), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi summarised the situation at the NPP sayng that the physical integrity of the plant had been violated.

Date: Tuesday, 06 September 2022
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Prague wants to build new nuclear plants to replace polluting coal facilities The tender for new units at the Dukovany site (pictured) could include the option of new reactors at Temelín. Courtesy ČEZ. The tender for new reactors at the Dukovany plant in the Czech Republic will include a non-binding option for more units at the Temelín plant, the Czech minister of trade and industry, Karel Havlicek, said in an interview with the Právo newspaper.

Mr Havlicek said the government could issue a tender to build another reactor at the Dukovany nuclear power station after the mid-October elections.

He added that if his populist ANO party wins the election “We will also start preparing for Temelín” He said including the possibility of new units at Temelín in the tender Is “a greater motivation for suppliers, and thus we are pushing even harder on the price”.

Czech state power company ČEZ has said it is planning to build one Generation III+ reactor at the Dukovany site, with a maximum installed capacity of 1,200 MW. However, the company filed for permission to build up to two new units. In 2014, ČEZ cancelled the tender for construction of two new Temelín units after it failed to get state guarantees for the project.

Date: Wednesday, 06 October 2021
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Rosatom presented its latest projects in the field of nuclear technology at the European Conference on Research Reactors (RRFM), which was held from 24 to 30 September.

Date: Tuesday, 05 October 2021
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Nuclear energy, as an asset class, has the potential to report well against a wide range of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data collection and accounting metrics, according to a new report from the Generation IV International Forum (GIF). This should allow nuclear energy to be considered as an investable asset class, thereby allowing nuclear companies and projects to access climate finance.

Date: Wednesday, 08 September 2021
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Russia supplying two reactors for Liaoning province site A computer-generated image of the Xudabao nuclear power station in China. Courtesy Rosatom. The pouring of first concrete has begun for the Xudabao-3 nuclear power plant being built with Russian technology in Liaoning province in northeast China, China National Nuclear Corporation said in a note to the Shanghai stock exchange.

Xudabao-3 will be a conventional pressurised water reactor unit using Russian-made VVER-1200 technology. There are also plans for a fourth unit at the site.

In May, Chinese president Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin watched the launch ceremony by video link of a nuclear energy project to build four new Russia-supplied reactors in China.

The ceremony marked official groundbreaking for the construction of Xudabao-3 and Xudabao-4 (also known as Xudapu) and Tianwan-7 and Tianwan-8 in Jiangsu province, eastern China. Tianwan-7 and Tianwan-8 will also be Russia supplied VVER-1200 plants.

Date: Thursday, 05 August 2021
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts last week completed a nuclear security advisory mission in Belarus, which was carried out at the request of its government. The two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission reviewed the national security regime for nuclear material and associated facilities and activities.

Date: Tuesday, 13 July 2021
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