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SK Inc and SK Innovation - both affiliates of SK Group, Korea's second-largest conglomerate - have invested USD250 million in US nuclear innovation company TerraPower. The investment by SK is part of the latest private capital fundraise, which has raised at least USD750 million of investment in TerraPower.

Date: Wednesday, 17 August 2022
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Text circulated to California lawmakers by Governor Gavin Newsom says continued operation of the state's only nuclear power plant for an additional five to ten years is critical to ensure energy system reliability and minimise greenhouse gas emissions. It would authorise a loan of up to USD1.4 billion to extend the plant's operating lifetime.

Date: Wednesday, 17 August 2022
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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) says it has removed 45 kilograms of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Japan and returned it to the USA. Fulfilling a commitment made at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, NNSA and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) have removed all HEU from the Kyoto University Critical Assembly (KUCA).

Date: Saturday, 13 August 2022
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A second campaign to repatriate high-enriched uranium (HEU) from a research reactor in Japan to the USA has been completed, bringing to an end a three-year joint effort to transfer 45 kg of the material as part of shared non-proliferation goals.

Date: Friday, 12 August 2022
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Materials science company Dow is to collaborate with X-energy to deploy Xe-100 high-temperature gas reactor technology to provide carbon-free process heat and power to one of Dow's US Gulf Coast sites. The reactor is expected to be operational around 2030.

Date: Thursday, 11 August 2022
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X-energy Canada and the Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the potential deployment of Xe-100 small modular reactors (SMRs). Under this agreement, the two parties will explore opportunities to build supply chain capacity in Saskatchewan, helping the province capitalise on the potential benefits of the Xe-100 Generation IV nuclear reactor technology.

Date: Thursday, 04 August 2022
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Texas-based Uranium Energy Corp (UEC) has submitted an offer to supply the US Department of Energy - National Nuclear Security Administration with uranium, in response to a government tender to launch a national reserve of domestically produced U3O8.

Date: Wednesday, 03 August 2022
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Facility a ‘critical tool’ for developing technologies The VTR could be the first fast nuclear test reactor to operate in the US in nearly three decades. Courtesy DOE. The US Department of Energy has chosen a design to build a multibillion-dollar test nuclear reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory that could help develop fuels and technologies for advanced nuclear reactors.

The Versatile Test Reactor, or VTR, was proposed in 2018 by the Trump administration, and if Congress provides funding, would be the first fast nuclear test reactor to operate in the US in nearly three decades.

The VTR project did not get any money from Congress during fiscal year 2022. The DOE has submitted a funding proposal for fiscal year 2023.

In May the DOE published a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the VTR, a 300-MW sodium-cooled, fast-neutron reactor will be the first new test reactor to be built in the US in decades.

At the time, the DOE said it had chosen INL as the preferred site but would make a final decision within months. An alternative site in the final environmental impact statement was Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Date: Saturday, 30 July 2022
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US company to supply test assemblies for French reactors A Westinghouse EnCore nuclear fuel assembly at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US. Courtesy ORNL. US-based nuclear company Westinghouse has announced a partnership with France’s state power company and nuclear operator EDF to explore EnCore accident tolerant fuel technology for potential deployment across the French nuclear fleet after 2030.

EnCore, developed by Westinghouse, is expected to improve safety and offer operational savings and efficiencies at nuclear power plants.

Westinghouse said it will supply EDF with lead test rod (LTR) assemblies from its fuel production facility in Västerås, Sweden, by 2023.

The initiative includes the licensing, qualification, manufacture, supply and operation of the LTRs one one of EDF’s 1,300-MW nuclear units in France. Westinghouse will carry out a post-irradiation study to verify the features of the fuel under operational conditions.

According to Westinghouse, this will be the largest research and development programme on the improved fuel that the company has carried out in Europe.

Date: Friday, 29 July 2022
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Following a year-long process, X-energy has selected Zachry Group and the combined team of Burns & McDonnell and Day & Zimmermann as constructors to collaborate and work with the company on the next phases of design and deployment of its Xe-100 advanced reactor fleet in the USA.

Date: Tuesday, 26 July 2022
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