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Canada’s Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability (CCNS) announced an innovative collaboration agreement between Laurentis Energy Partners (LEP) and BWXT Canada Ltd (BWXT) to develop technology that will assist in the recycling of heavy water at OPG’s nuclear facilities.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanadian-companies-collaborate-on-heavy-water-recycling-8147956

US-based  X-energy continues to advance its Xe-100 small modular reactor (SMR) design for deployment in Canada, and on 21 September signed a collaboration agreement for engineering and project management with Hatch Ltd for projects in Canada and globally.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsx-energy-signs-agreement-with-hatch-to-promote-smr-development-8148478

Ontario Power Generation's (OPG's) Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability has announced a collaboration agreement between Laurentis Energy Partners and BWXT Canada to develop technology that will assist in the recycling of heavy water at OPG's nuclear facilities. Canada's Candu pressurised heavy water reactors use unenriched, or "natural", uranium oxide fuel and heavy water as both the moderator to slow down neutrons in the reactor's core and as the reactor coolant.

Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-project-to-focus-on-recycling-of-heavy-wa

The nuclear industry has merely scratched the surface of the flexible benefits of nuclear power, according to panellists in a conference held this week ahead of the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM11). The CEM11 side-event, Flexibility in Clean Energy Systems: The Enabling Roles of Nuclear Energy, included high-level speakers from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as well as government officials from Canada, the UK and the USA. Hosted by Saudi Arabia, CEM11 will take place on 22 September.

Date: Friday, 18 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclears-flexibility-is-the-magic-to-create-a-clea

Terrestrial Energy and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) are to collaborate on a programme of work evaluating safeguards related to the operation of Terrestrial's Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). The work will involve developing and testing techniques to track the behaviour of the proposed liquid fuel that would be used in Terrestrial's IMSR design.

Date: Thursday, 17 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/CNL-to-help-develop-IMSR-fuel-monitoring-technolog

Bruce Power and BWXT Canada Ltd have announced that they are collaborating on several projects to advance the made-in-Ontario economic recovery programme, including an estimated $55 million contract for BWXT to perform fuel channel maintenance on unit 3 at Bruce nuclear power plant. BWXT has also begun to ship steam generators to Bruce Power for unit 6.

Date: Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbruce-power-and-bwxt-collaborate-on-life-extension-projects-8131266

€400m plant, backed by international donors, will provide safe storage for a minimum of 100 years Hot testing has begun at the €400m ISF-2 facility at Chernobyl. Courtesy EBRD. Hot testing has started at the Interim Storage Facility 2 (ISF-2) in Chernobyl where spent nuclear fuel from reactors 1, 2 and 3 at the destroyed nuclear station will be processed and stored in the world’s largest nuclear dry storage once full operations have started.

The start of hot testing on 10 September was approved by the Ukrainian regulator following the successful completion of previous system-wide trials of the facility, constructed by an international consortium led by the US company Holtec and financed by the international community through the Nuclear Safety Account, managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The processing and storage of the spent nuclear fuel at Chernobyl is one of the key remaining tasks at the site. While the 1986 accident destroyed reactor 4, the more than 21,000 fuel assemblies used in the RMBK-type reactors 1, 2 and 3 were removed in the following years and provisionally stored in a wet pond facility.

The new ISF-2 will replace the current site storage arrangements, providing safe storage for a minimum of 100 years. A purpose-built special train will transport the spent nuclear fuel assemblies to the ISF-2 facility where they will be cut, dried and packaged into double-walled canisters in the specially designed processing facility and – finally – transferred to the newly constructed onsite storage modules.

Date: Saturday, 12 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/hot-testing-begins-at-isf-2-interim-spent-fuel-facility-9-5-2020

The Bruce-3 nuclear power plant in Ontario, Canada. Courtesy Bruce Power. Bruce Power and BWXT Canada are collaborating on several projects to advance Ontario’s post-Covid-19 economic recovery programme, including an estimated CAD55m (USD41m, €34m) contract for BWXT to perform fuel channel maintenance on Bruce Power’s Unit 3 nuclear reactor.

The Bruce-3 life extension project is scheduled to be carried out in 2021. Once complete, it will extend the life of Unit 3 to 2023, when Bruce Power is scheduled to start the unit’s major component replacement project. For BWXT, a key supplier in the nuclear energy industry of critical components, fuel, services and medical isotopes, the Bruce-3 life extension project is the fourth major project of its kind to have been carried out by the company in the past 12 years.

The two companies also announced that the first “Made in Ontario” steam generator, built by United Steel Workers, for the Bruce-6 major component replacement project has been shipped from BWXT’s plant in Cambridge to Bruce Power.

Date: Saturday, 12 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/bwxt-wins-contract-for-eur34m-bruce-3-fuel-channel-maintenance-project-9-5-2020

A newly announced CAD55 million (USD42 million) contract for fuel channel maintenance to extend operations at Bruce 3 is one of several joint projects between Bruce Power and BWXT the companies say will advance Ontario's post-COVID economic recovery programme. The companies also announced the shipment of the first "made-in-Ontario" steam generator for Major Component Replacement (MCR) project at Bruce unit 6.

Date: Friday, 11 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-companies-join-forces-for-Ontario-economi

The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) has issued a permit to SSE Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) to start commissioning work at the Chernobyl Interim Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility (ISF-2), which upon loading will be the world's largest dry storage installation.

Date: Thursday, 10 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Chernobyl-used-fuel-store-gains-permit-for-commiss