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TerraPower of the USA and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsubishi FBR Systems (MFBR) have agreed to expand their existing memorandum of understanding, signed in January 2022, on the development of sodium-cooled fast reactors.

Date: Thursday, 02 November 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/TerraPower-expands-cooperation-with-Japan-on-fast

The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has published a 60-page supplement to “The NEA Small Modular Reactor Dashboard”, which it published in March. The Dashboard tracks the progress of selected small modular reactor (SMR) designs towards deployment.

Date: Thursday, 27 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnea-issues-supplement-to-its-smr-dashboard-11030329

TerraPower and Centrus Energy Corp have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to significantly expand their collaboration aimed at establishing commercial-scale, US production capabilities for high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU) to supply TerraPower's first-of-a-kind Natrium reactor and energy storage system.

Date: Wednesday, 19 July 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Agreement-ensures-demo-Natrium-plant-s-HALEU-needs

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been selected by the Japanese government to lead the conceptual design of a demonstration sodium-cooled fast reactor that is to enter operation in the 2040s.

Date: Thursday, 13 July 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/MHI-to-develop-Japanese-fast-reactor

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has transferred all of the used nuclear fuel from the closed Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) from wet to dry storage. The target was achieved almost nine months ahead of schedule.

Date: Saturday, 01 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsused-fuel-from-us-ebr-ii-reactor-transferred-to-dry-storage-10722440

US Centrus Energy Corp has completed construction of a demonstration cascade of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges and major supporting systems in Piketon, Ohio. This is a step towards US first-of-a-kind production of High-Assay, Low-Enriched Uranium (HALEU) planned for the end of 2023, assuming it completes the remaining support systems and obtains final approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This will be the first new US technology enrichment plant to begin production in 70 years.

Date: Wednesday, 15 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscentrus-tests-demonstration-cascade-for-haleu-production-10593245

US Terrapower’s advanced Natrium nuclear reactor proposed for southwestern Wyoming is expected to be delayed by at least two years, Jeff Navin, TerraPower’s director of external affairs has told the Caspar Star-Tribune. Following Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, the supply of high assay low enriched uranium (HALEU) needed to fuel the reactor is now in doubt. “We had a plan. It was a very aggressive timeline; we felt pretty confident that we could meet it. But it was all predicated on having our first coreload of fuel come from Russia,” Navin said.

Date: Saturday, 17 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsterrapowers-natrium-reactor-project-delayed-by-lack-of-haleu-10443311

TerraPower has said it expects operation of the Natrium demonstration reactor to be delayed by at least two years because there will not be sufficient commercial capacity to manufacture high-assay low-enriched uranium fuel in time to meet the proposed 2028 in-service date.

Date: Friday, 16 December 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/HALEU-fuel-availability-delays-Natrium-reactor-pro

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has established a high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) consortium. The Consortium will help to inform DOE activities to secure a domestic supply of HALEU, which is considered crucial for the development and deployment of advanced reactors in the USA. Membership is free and open to any US entity, association, and government organisation involved in the nuclear fuel cycle. It also may include organisations whose facilities are in ally or partner nations designated by DOE.

Date: Friday, 09 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-department-of-energy-establishes-haleu-consortium-10422125