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Second major deal for Washington following reactor agreement with Romania Andrjez Duda and Donald Trump paved the way for the agreement when they met in Washington in June. Courtesy Office of the Polish President. Poland and the US concluded on Monday an “historic” cooperation agreement on the development of Warsaw’s nuclear energy programme, which could pave the way for using US technology and financing for the country’s first commercial nuclear power project.

In a virtual ceremony held in Warsaw and Washington, US energy secretary Dan Brouillette and Polish secretary of state for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski finalised the agreement, which had been in the making for a number of years.

It is the second major nuclear agreement the US has signed this month. Last week, Washington signed a draft cooperation agreement with Romania for the refurbishment of one nuclear power reactor and the construction of two more at the Cernavodă nuclear power station. The two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding for the financing of the Cernavodă project.

According to the US Department of Energy, the agreement with Poland stipulates that over the next 18 months, the US and Poland will work together on a report delivering “a design for implementing” Poland’s nuclear energy programme and “potential financing arrangements”.

Date: Thursday, 22 October 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/country-concludes-historic-agreement-with-us-for-developing-nuclear-energy-10-2-2020

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has approved a $1.355 billion cost-share award, allocated over 10 years to a new special purpose entity named the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP), wholly owned by Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS).

Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdoe-awards-funds-to-uamps-for-nuscale-reactor-construction-8191156

US Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) leaders last week to mark progress toward a next-generation fusion materials project.

Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsprogess-for-oakridge-mpex-fusion-project-8191161

The US Department of Energy has approved a cost-share award of more than USD1 billion for the construction of the first NuScale small modular reactor power plant in the USA. Meanwhile, the US International Development Finance Corporation has signed a Letter of Intent to support NuScale in the development of nuclear generating capacity in South Africa.

Date: Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-government-backs-NuScale-projects-at-home-and-a

The Canadian government is investing CAD20 million (USD15 million) of federal funds to accelerate development of Terrestrial Energy's Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) power plant. Small modular reactors (SMRs) are expected to play a key role in the country's efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and in providing economic benefits as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: Saturday, 17 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-government-invests-in-SMR-technology

The US Department of Energy (DOE) on 13 October announced it has selected two teams to receive $160 million in initial funding under the new Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP).

Date: Friday, 16 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-funding-for-terrapower-and-x-energy-8181875

Seattle-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) is proposing to partner with Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to deploy its 15MWe high-temperature, gas-cooled Micro Modular Reactors (MMR™) in the US by 2026.

Date: Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsultra-safe-nuclear-looks-to-deploy-microreactors-in-us-by-2026-8178464

Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) is proposing to deploy its Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) at sites in Idaho and Illinois by 2026 through partnerships with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Date: Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Micro-modular-reactors-proposed-for-Idaho-and-Illi

US-based TerraPower has named Bechtel as its plant design, licensing, procurement, and construction partner in a federal grant application to build a demonstration plant for the Natrium™ reactor and energy system architecture. Bechtel joins a team that also includes GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, PacifiCorp, Energy Northwest, and Duke Energy.

Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsterrapower-names-bechtel-as-construction-partner-for-natrium-reactor-8177026

TerraPower has selected Bechtel as its design, licensing, procurement and construction partner in a federal grant application to build a demonstration plant for the Natrium reactor and energy system architecture. TerraPower and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) launched the Natrium concept in August. It features a 345 MWe sodium fast reactor combined with a molten salt energy storage.

Date: Saturday, 10 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Terrapower-selects-Bechtel-as-Natrium-engineering