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In the run up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26 in November, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published a comprehensive report setting out how nuclear techniques can help the world adapt to a changing climate and become more resilient to extreme weather events.

Date: Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-releases-two-reports-in-run-up-to-cop26-9162429

Kazatomprom has announced it is to participate in a physical uranium fund, ANU Energy OEIC Limited, established on the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC). The fund will hold physical uranium as a long-term investment, with its initial USD50 million of purchases financed by its founders and plans to raise USD500 million for additional uranium purchases in a second development stage.

Date: Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kazatomprom-announces-physical-uranium-fund

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) plan to leverage data gathered through decades of experience of the storage of used Candu fuel to underpin cooperative research activities under a new Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations. They will engage in knowledge-sharing and other joint activities to advance storage, transportation and disposal practices for used fuel, and to explore opportunities to collaborate on nuclear decommissioning and waste management initiatives.

Date: Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canada-South-Korea-MoU-to-leverage-used-fuel-exper

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has made the full case for nuclear to be deployed rapidly to enable the phase out of coal in a new Nuclear Energy for a Net Zero World brochure. The organisation is taking it to next month's COP26 climate change meeting to argue for evidence-based policy and "ramped up" investment in nuclear.

Date: Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-takes-the-case-for-nuclear-to-COP26

Companies will also evaluate opportunities for fuel supply Illustration of an IMSR power plant in the configuration proposed for the Darlington site in Canada. The IMSR has the capacity to generate 390 MW (net) of electric power on a 7-hectare site. Courtesy Terrestrial Energy. Small modular reactor developer Terrestrial Energy and uranium company Cameco have signed a memorandum of understanding to examine potential partnership opportunities to deploy Terrestrial Energy’s integrated molten salt reactor (IMSR) Generation IV nuclear power plants in North America and worldwide, and to evaluate possible opportunities for the supply of uranium, fuel and other services.

The two Canadian companies said in a joint statement that they are investigating the potential of Cameco’s Port Hope uranium conversion facility in southern Ontario for IMSR fuel salt supply.

This MOU, which is non-binding and non-exclusive, follows Terrestrial Energy’s earlier agreements with Cameco to supply uranium products for its fuel testing programmes.

“Nuclear energy is a proven, reliable source of carbon-free power and a critical tool in achieving a net-zero emissions future in North America and worldwide,” said Tim Gitzel, Cameco’s president and chief executive officer. “Cameco plans to be a key fuel supplier for the emerging small modular reactor and advanced reactor market.”

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/terrestrial-energy-and-cameco-sign-mou-on-worldwide-smr-deployment-10-4-2021

Separate Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) supporting the future development and deployment of advanced small modular reactors (SMRs) in Canada will see Cameco and Terrestrial Energy investigate opportunities related to Terrestrial's Integrated Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR), while ARC Clean Energy Canada and Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC will work together to develop sustainable industrial projects using ARC's SMR technology. Meanwhile, Canada's nuclear regulator has granted a 10-year licence renewal for an Ontario Power Generation (OPG) site earmarked for possible SMR deployment.

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Agreements-support-Canadian-SMR-development-and-de

The national secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) has called for the nation to reconsider its ban on civil nuclear energy and to place small modular reactors (SMRs) at the heart of its decarbonisation plans.

Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Time-for-nuclear-Australian-union-says

President says Europe ‘will never have’ enough renewable energy capacity Mr Macron said France’s nuclear plants are a major asset for producing clean hydrogen. Courtesy Elysée Palace. French president Emmanuel Macron said that by 2030 France must be a leader in carbon-free power production with one small modular reactor in operation and nuclear plants used to produce clean hydrogen through electrolysis.

Mr Macron said Europe will never have enough renewable energy capacity to produce sufficient green hydrogen and that France’s nuclear plants are a major asset for producing green hydrogen.

Mr Macron made the comments as he unveiled a five-year investment plan on Tuesday aimed at fostering industrial champions and innovation.

“We must wage the battle of innovation and industrialisation at the same time,” the French president told a gathering of business leaders and young entrepreneurs, unveiling plans to invest €30bn to “re-industrialise” the country.

Date: Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/macron-announces-plans-for-first-smr-and-green-hydrogen-from-nuclear-plants-by-2030-10-2-2021

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) said the operator of France’s Paluel nuclear power plant demonstrated a commitment to safety. The team encouraged the operator to continue implementation of its operational safety improvement initiatives at the plant.

Date: Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-mission-reports-safety-commitment-by-frances-paluel-npp-9146025

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on 6 October released a new report, “Small Modular Reactors in the Australian Context”, which offers an overview of SMRs, their potential role in Australia and likely operating costs.

Date: Friday, 08 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsminerals-council-of-australia-looks-at-smrs-9138244