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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

US fuel technology company Lightbridge Corporation says Texas A&M University (TAMU) has been awarded approximately $1m by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Nuclear Energy University Program R&D Awards to study the deployment of advanced nuclear fuels in small modular reactors (SMRs). The project will be conducted over three years and will be entirely funded by DOE. The aim is to bring together collaborative teams to solve complex problems.

Date: Thursday, 13 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-funds-study-of-lightbridge-fuel-performance-in-nuscale-smr-11000629

South Korean national financial institutions K-Sure (Korea Trade Insurance Corporation) and Kexim (Export-Import Bank of Korea) have both signed agreements with US-based Holtec International and Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction to provide financial support for SMR-160 projects around the world.

Date: Wednesday, 10 May 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsholtec-and-hyundai-win-korean-financial-support-for-smr-160-10831816

Two South Korean national financial institutions - Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-Sure) and the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) - have each entered into agreements with Holtec International and Hyundai Engineering & Construction to provide financial support for SMR-160 projects around the world.

Date: Thursday, 04 May 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Team-Holtec-signs-agreements-with-Korean-financial

Romainia’s nuclear utility SN Nuclearelectrica SA (SNN) says it put into operation its Feldioara Branch during January-March as part of its strategy for development of an integrated nuclear fuel cycle.

Date: Wednesday, 12 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsromania-launches-integrated-fuel-cycle-as-kazakhstan-delivers-uranium-10747766

The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has recently published a 73-page study, which tracks the progress of selected small modular reactor (SMR) designs towards deployment. NEA says the SMR designs are at various stages of development, from fundamental research on new concepts to commercial deployment and operation of mature designs.

Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssmr-development-tracked-by-nea-and-iaea-studies-10691068

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

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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-professor-thane-gustafson-russias-nuclear-industry-is-unique-10525064