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US-based BWX Technologies on 6 April announced a contract extension from the Department of Energy (DOE), valued at up to $690 million including options, for environmental management work at Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The agreement, which took effect on 29 March, includes a one-year extension with two additional six-month options. Clean-up work at the site has been conducted by joint venture Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth (FBP) since the contract was awarded in 2010.

Date: Friday, 09 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwxt-wins-contract-extension-for-portsmouth-gaseous-diffusion-plant-clean-up-8657489

Following the announcement earlier in March that US-based Lightbridge Corporation and France’s Framatome ghad agreed to terminate their Enfission joint venture, Lightbridge on 24 March announced their financial results for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2020 and provided an update on the company's progress.

Date: Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newslightbridge-and-framatome-go-their-separate-ways-8633278

US-based Centrus Energy Corp on 23 March provided an update on construction of the USA’s first production facility for High-Assay, Low-Enriched Uranium (HALEU) in Piketon, Ohio, saying it hoped to begin production next year. “Despite the impact of the pandemic and the extraordinary steps we have taken to protect our workforce – including limiting the number of people who can be on the construction site at any one time – we have kept construction on track and expect to begin producing HALEU by next year,” said Centrus President and CEO Daniel B Poneman. “We believe this first-of-a-kind facility can play a critical role in meeting both government and commercial requirements for HALEU, powering America’s nuclear leadership as the world turns to a new generation of advanced reactors and advanced nuclear fuels.”

Date: Friday, 26 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscentrus-expects-to-begin-haleu-production-in-2022-8625820

Framatome is to supply PROtect enhanced accident tolerant fuel (EATF) technology and ATRIUM 11 fuel for the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant in Monticello, Minnesota under a contract signed with Xcel Energy. This will be the first delivery of prototype EATF rods under the PROtect programme to a boiling water reactor (BWR), Framatome says.

Date: Friday, 26 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-BWR-to-receive-Framatome-accident-tolerant-fuel

The US Department of Defense's (DOD) project to develop a mobile reactor - Project Pele - is on track for full power testing of a mobile reactor in 2023, with outdoor mobile testing at a Department of Energy (DOE) installation in 2024, DOD's Jeff Waksman told the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's 33rd Regulatory Information Conference last week.

Date: Saturday, 20 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-Defense-Department-eyes-2022-for-microreactor-b

US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT) announced on 11 March that its BWXT Nuclear Operations Group (BWXT NOG) subsidiary had been awarded $35 million in contracts under two separate programmes – uranium recovery and conversion as well as construction of a new research reactor fuel line.

Date: Tuesday, 16 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwxt-wins-us-contracts-for-uranium-conversion-and-haleu-fuel-line-8601285

The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) said on 1 March that, as part of efforts to modernise capabilities and facilities at the Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12), it had awarded a $57.5 million Phase 1 contract to Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) for the design and pilot demonstration of highly enriched uranium (HEU) conversion and purification services. NFS is a subsidiary of US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT).

Date: Friday, 05 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwxt-subsidiary-awarded-contract-for-us-conversion-services-8566808

Tim Gitzel: Silex technology ‘has excellent potential to expand Cameco’s reach in the nuclear fuel cycle’. Courtesy Cameco. Cameco has increased its interest in Global Laser Enrichment from 24% to 49%, with Silex acquiring the remaining 51% after a restructuring of ownership that saw GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy sell its 76% share.

The Canada-based uranium company has an option to attain a majority interest of up to 75% ownership in GLE. GLE is the exclusive licensee of the proprietary Silex laser enrichment technology, third-generation uranium enrichment technology that is in the development phase.

Cameco president and chief executive officer Tim Gitzel said there are still a number of development milestones before the Silex technology can be commercialised, but “we believe it has excellent potential to expand Cameco’s reach in the nuclear fuel cycle in the future”.

Date: Tuesday, 02 February 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/cameco-and-silex-complete-restructuring-of-ownership-2-1-2021

The Biden Administration opposes the use of Yucca Mountain for the storage of used nuclear fuel and is committed to developing "safe and workable" alternatives, US President Joe Biden's nominee for the position of energy secretary has said. Jennifer Granholm made her remarks at a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing to consider her nomination, which was held on 27 January.

Date: Saturday, 30 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Biden-nominee-confirms-opposition-to-Yucca-Mountai

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announced yesterday that it has completed all shipments of highly enriched uranium target residue material (HEU TRM) from Canada to the USA, bringing its TRM Repatriation Project to "a safe and successful conclusion". The culmination of nearly a decade of work and planning removes "a major nuclear liability" from the Chalk River Laboratories campus, CNL said.

Date: Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/CNL-completes-HEU-target-residue-material-repatria