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Following a "rigorous procurement process", US engineering firm Bechtel has been selected by uranium enrichment services provider Urenco to support the expansion of the Tails Management Facility (TMF) at its site in Capenhurst, UK.

Date: Friday, 03 November 2023
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The Roadmaps to New Nuclear conference, organised by the French Ministry for Energy Transition and the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in Paris, resulted in two communiques signed by energy ministers and industry representatives emphasising the need for nuclear energy.

Date: Tuesday, 03 October 2023
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Representatives of the nuclear industry in OECD nations, and representatives of the governments of 20 countries, have issued communiqués committing to work together to expand nuclear energy capacity, after the inaugural Roadmaps to New Nuclear conference organised by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the French government.

Date: Saturday, 30 September 2023
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Even oil-rich companies of Middle East are eying reactors, as more nations announce plans for SMRs Russian troops occupied the Zaporizhzhia nuclear station, which was damaged by shelling. File photo courtesy IAEA. 2022 was a year of mega milestones for nuclear energy.

Countries around the world turned to nuclear as a reliable low-carbon energy source as they looked for ways to wean themselves off Russian imports and lower carbon emissions.

New plants began operating, deals for small modular reactors were signed and countries announced ambitious plans for new-build.

On the political front, US president Joe Biden signed into law new legislation that will help to finance struggling nuclear reactors and could save dozens from being shut down early. In Europe, the nuclear industry celebrated when members of the European parliament decided to “follow the science” and support legislation which includes nuclear in the bloc’s sustainable finance taxonomy for green investment.

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2023
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The World Nuclear Association (WNA) on 8 September launched the 2021 edition of The Nuclear Fuel Report, concluding that the positive trend in nuclear generating capacity projections that began in the previous (2019) report continues.

Date: Friday, 10 September 2021
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Terrestrial Energy and Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) have started a graphite irradiation testing programme at the High Flux Reactor (HFR) in the Netherlands. This work is part of broader programme underway for confirmatory testing of components and systems in the Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR).

Date: Saturday, 14 November 2020
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The Petten HFR in North Holland. Photo courtesy NRG. Netherlands-based nuclear services provider NRG has completed an irradiation test on molten nuclear fuel salts inside the High Flux Reactor (HFR) at Petten.

NRG said this is the first irradiation of its kind since research carried out in the US in the 1960s.

Irradiation tests are a crucial step in the development of molten salt reactor technology, which NRG said is promising in terms of both safety and economy, while having the potential to avoid the release of long-living radioactive waste in severe accident scenarios.

NRG said completing the test means it can now examine the irradiated salt more closely in its labs. “This means we’ll really be able to see how the salt responds to irradiation in the reactor,” a statement said.

Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019
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Shine Medical Isotopes yesterday broke ground on its first medical isotope production facility in Janesville, Wisconsin. Commercial production of isotopes, including molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), is scheduled to begin in 2021.

Date: Friday, 10 May 2019
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Dutch Institute NRG in Petten began irradiation experiments in August to investigate the safe operation of molten salt reactors (MSRs). NRG said on its website that MSRs had the potential for increased passive safety and decreasing the production of long-living radioactive waste compared with existing NPPs, which use enriched uranium as the fuel and water at high pressure as the coolant. 

Date: Wednesday, 06 September 2017
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