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The owners of the Global Laser Enrichment (GLE) joint venture have agreed to double project expenditures in 2024 to accelerate demonstration of the SILEX laser enrichment technology at its Test Loop pilot facility in the USA this year.

Date: Wednesday, 21 February 2024
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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
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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
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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
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US-based NAC International has received approval from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for its patented OPTIMUS-L packaging and transport system for High-Assay Low-Enriched Uranium (HALEU) TRISO (TRI-structural ISOtropic) particle fuel, which will be used in advanced reactors. This is the first time NRC has licensed high-capacity packagings (more than 500 lb payload) for HALEU TRISO fuel in the US, paving the way for future licensing of NAC’s OPTIMUS systems to carry other HALEU contents.

Date: Thursday, 18 January 2024
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Washington State energy provider Energy Northwest has signed an agreement with Bellevue-based utility Puget Sound Energy to support its programme investigating the feasibility of developing and deploying a next-generation nuclear energy facility.

Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2024
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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
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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
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Review Service for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation (ARTEMIS) team of experts found that Belgium demonstrated commitment to the safe management of its radioactive waste and used fuel. The 11-day mission was carried out at the request of Belgium and hosted by ONDRAF/NIRAS, the Belgian National Agency for Radioactive Waste & Enriched Fissile Material management.

Date: Thursday, 21 December 2023
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US-based Holtec International has launched a programme to build two SMR-300 reactor units at the Palisades NPP site in Michigan. Holtec said it is encouraged by the state’s “commitment to expand in-state carbon-free generation as well as by the broad-based federal, state, and community support for repowering the Palisades NPP”.

Date: Friday, 08 December 2023
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