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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts on 19 February completed a Pre-SALTO (Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation) review of long term operational safety at the Cernavoda nuclear plant in Romania. 

Cernavoda comprises two 650MWe pressurised heavy-water reactors. 

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-pre-salto-team-reviews-romanias-cernavoda-nuclear-plant-7782494

The Cernavodă nuclear station on the Danube river in southeast Romania. Photo courtesy Nuclearelectrica. An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team has completed a review of long-term operational (LTO) safety at the Cernavodă nuclear power station in southeast Romania, a statement by the agency said.

Between 11 and 19 February, a pre-Salto (safety aspects of long-term operation) mission reviewed preparedness, organisation and programmes related to LTO at the site, focusing on Cernavoda-1, which is the older of two units in commercial operation.

The team of experts from Argentina, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the IAEA identified good practices to be shared with the nuclear industry globally and said staff at Cernavodă was professional, open, and receptive to suggestions for improvement.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-completes-lto-review-at-cernavoda-nuclear-station-2-4-2020

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has completed a review of long-term operational safety at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant in Romania. The Pre-SALTO (Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation) review mission was requested by the plant’s operator, Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica SA.

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Cernavoda-1-completes-Pre-SALTO-review

Fortum, the operator of the Loviisa nuclear power plant in Finland, has strengthened operational safety in many areas, an expert team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded. The team evaluated the plant's progress in addressing the findings of an IAEA review in 2018.

Date: Thursday, 20 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-finds-improved-operating-safety-at-Loviisa

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Hydro One have launched a new company, Ivy Charging Network, which plans to install a new network of fast-chargers for electric vehicles (EV) in Ontario by the end of 2021. The Canadian government is investing CAD8 million (USD6 million) in the project which it says will help the transition to a clean energy future.

Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-partnership-launches-electric-vehicle-cha

NuScale Power and Ukraine's State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SSTC NRS) have announced the signature of an agreement to start work on the evaluation of national regulatory and design processes related to the implementation of NuScale small modular reactor (SMR) technology in Ukraine.

Date: Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/MoU-starts-evaluation-of-NuScale-SMR-for-Ukraine

International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol on 12 February told the Agency’s Big Ideas speaker series that a "grand coalition" of all stakeholders is needed to address the challenge of climate change, including the energy sector, which it accounts for most of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.

Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-stresses-need-to-combat-climate-change-7773146

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

Agency 2019 data shows coal still strong in Asia, but on retreat in advanced economies IEA director Fatih Birol speaking at the IEA Ministerial Meeting; Paris, November 2017. Photo courtesy Andrew Wheeler/IEA. Newly released data by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has shown that global CO2 emissions from energy generation flattened in 2019 at about 33 gigatonnes (Gt) mainly thanks to gains in advanced economies* because of the expanding role of renewable sources, a fuel transition from coal to natural gas, and higher nuclear power output.

The IEA said CO2 emissions remained unchanged from their 2018 levels, although the global economy expanded by 2.9%. The data shows that emissions remained largely stable between 2013 and 2016 and then experienced two years of consecutive growth in 2017 and 2018. An IEA chart showing CO2 emissions since 1990 (orange for advanced economies, yellow of rest of the world). Image courtesy IEA.

According to the IEA, increased nuclear power generation in advanced economies, particularly in Japan and South Korea, avoided the release of over 50 megatonnes (Mt) of CO2 in 2019.

Date: Thursday, 13 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iea-report-says-global-co2-emissions-remained-stable-in-2019-2-3-2020

Regulators must explore the possibility of harmonising international requirements for advanced and small modular reactor design evaluation and licensing, Rumina Velshi, president and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), told delegates at the Advanced Reactors Summit VII held in Knoxville, Tennessee yesterday. In August last year, Velshi and US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Christine Svinicki signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to expand the agencies' cooperation on activities associated with advanced reactor and SMR technologies.

Date: Thursday, 13 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Regulatory-harmonisation-for-SMRs