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US company Energy Fuels Inc will become a commercial rare earths supplier in 2021, having entered into a three-year supply agreement to acquire a minimum of 2500 tons per year of natural monazite sands from which it will also recover uranium at its White Mesa mill in Utah. Separately, Vancouver-based International Consolidated Uranium Inc said it had been attracted to its newly announced acquisition of the Laguna Salada uranium project in Argentina by the by-product vanadium.

Date: Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Uranium-companies-attracted-by-REE-and-vanadium

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the transfer of the licence for the Three Mile Island Generating Station (TMI) unit 2, from FirstEnergy Companies to TMI-2 Solutions.

Date: Tuesday, 08 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-nrc-transfers-licence-for-tmi-2-to-energysolutions-for-decommissioning-8397212

US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT) announced that its BWXT Nuclear Operations Group subsidiary has completed its TRIstructural-ISOtropic (TRISO) nuclear fuel line restart project and is producing fuel at its Lynchburg facility in Virginia.

Date: Friday, 13 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwxt-restarts-triso-fuel-line-8359001

US-based NuScale Power said on 10 November that it had re-assessed its existing reference plant design and would announce variations that offer increased per module power generating capacity and smaller scale plant options.

Date: Thursday, 12 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-power-announces-25-increase-in-capacity-of-its-smr-modules-8356708

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

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

USA-based Jacobs Engineering Group has been selected by Moltex Energy to support its development of the Stable Salt Reactor (SSR), a 300 MWe small modular reactor design. Jacobs will build a bespoke experimental facility for thermal transfer testing at its Birchwood Park research and development facility near Warrington, UK.

Date: Friday, 07 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Jacobs-to-assist-Moltex-in-development-of-SSR

A campaign to move used highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel from Canada to the USA, which began in 2015, has been completed a year ahead of schedule, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) have announced.

Date: Friday, 14 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canada,-USA-complete-used-fuel-return

The DOE is hoping the new unit will be completed as early as 2026  GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and the Bill Gates-backed nuclear developer TerraPower have announced plans to establish a partnership to design and build the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) for the US Department of Energy.

The two companies recently submitted a joint response to an expression of interest issued by the Battelle Energy Alliance on behalf of the DOE which seeks stakeholders interested in forming a partnership for a cost sharing arrangement to design and construct the VTR.

The VTR, which uses sodium fast reactor technology, will use high energy neutrons to test and develop advanced reactor fuels and materials. The DOE has said it could be completed as early as 2026 at the site of one of the country’s national laboratories.

US energy secretary Dan Brouillette said in March that there is a growing interest in advanced nuclear energy and private companies have already invested more than $1bn in new reactor designs that will be smaller, more affordable, highly flexible and extremely safe.

Date: Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/geh-and-terrapower-announce-design-and-build-partnership-for-vtr-1-2-2020

Innovation has always been at the heart of the nuclear power industry and its future depends on this commitment to technological advancement in both large and small reactor designs. This was the message of the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC) General Ministerial Conference held in Washington DC last week.

Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Conference-Advancing-the-rebirth-of-nuclear-power