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US-based Oklo has signed an Option & Right of First Refusal to Purchase Real Estate (land rights agreement) with the non-profit Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) for land including options for the siting of two powerhouses. This is an extension of Oklo and SODI’s May 2023 agreement for land to host two more of Oklo’s Aurora design fast neutron microreactors. Oklo received a site permit in December 2019 from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to build its first Aurora facility at Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

Date: Thursday, 08 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsoklo-firms-up-mmr-siting-agreement-and-receives-approval-for-fuel-fabrication-facility-11494087

US-based NANO Nuclear Energy has announced that Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has completed a pre-conceptual design review of its ODIN low-pressure coolant microreactor design. The review was requested by NANO Nuclear to provide an external audit of the technical work completed to date on the microreactor. Nano said the review served to ensure that it had “thoroughly considered the necessary aspects of its design and the applicable regulations for advancing the technology towards a commercial product”.

Date: Wednesday, 07 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnanos-odin-reactor-completes-pre-conceptual-design-review-11493738

A land rights agreement signed with the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) gives Oklo Inc the option and right of first refusal to purchase land in Southern Ohio where Oklo envisages deploying two of its Aurora 'powerhouses'. Meanwhile, the safety design strategy for a planned fuel facility in Idaho to support the deployment of its reactors has been approved by the US Department of Energy (DOE).

Date: Tuesday, 06 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Oklo-reports-progress-in-Idaho,-Ohio

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has received a shipment of used next-generation light water reactor LWR) fuel from a commercial NPP to support research and testing for the first time in two decades. INL said it had received 25 experimental fuel rods irradiated in the reactor core of a commercial reactor. The fuel rods were developed and manufactured by Westinghouse Electric Company with technical assistance from several US national laboratories, including INL.

Date: Wednesday, 31 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsinl-receives-irradiated-next-generation-fuel-for-testing-11473480

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for uranium enrichment services to help establish a reliable domestic supply of fuels using high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU). Currently, HALEU is not commercially available from US-based suppliers, and boosting domestic supply is seen as vital for the development and deployment of advanced reactors in the US.

Date: Friday, 12 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-presses-ahead-with-haleu-development-11429515

The UK government has announced it will invest GBP300 million (USD381 million) to launch a high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) programme, making the UK the first country in Europe to launch such a nuclear fuel programme.

Date: Tuesday, 09 January 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-to-launch-HALEU-production-programme

The federally funded vouchers aim to accelerate the innovation and application of advanced nuclear technologies by providing companies access to the extensive nuclear research capabilities and expertise of the US Department of Energy's national laboratory complex.

Date: Friday, 22 December 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-FY2024-recipients-of-GAIN-vouchers-announced

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

Recently, researchers at the US Idaho National Laboratory (INL) fabricated high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel for next generation nuclear reactors, as a step in the testing and qualification process. They fabricated roughly two dozen pellets of uranium dioxide (UO2) HALEU at the INL Material & Fuels Complex, the Department of Energy (DOE) reported.

Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsinl-fabricates-commercial-grade-uranium-dioxide-haleu-fuel-11331454