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Canada’s Terrestrial Energy said on 4 May that it had signed an engineering services contract with Hatch to support deployment of the Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). The scope of the agreement includes support for engineering, component procurement, project and construction management, and power plant cost estimation relating to the development and construction of an IMSR power plant. Services will be provided by a team of Hatch engineers based in Ontario.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsterrestrial-energy-signs-engineering-services-contract-with-hatch-8726005

US-based Westinghouse Electric Company said on 3 May that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Laveer Engineering, a specialised nuclear engineering firm in Ontario, Canada. The acquisition will further expand Westinghouse's Candu capabilities, enabling the company to deploy its expertise to Candu reactor operators worldwide. It also brings a unique combination of tooling and nuclear plant design to Westinghouse customers.

Date: Wednesday, 05 May 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-expands-candu-capabilities-8718864

The goals of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) - and the six reactor types that are its focus - remain as important today as they have always been, speakers at an international panel discussion held to mark the organisation's 20th anniversary agreed. Looking to the future, demonstration should become a focus to drive forwards to deployment of the technology.

Date: Wednesday, 05 May 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Generation-IV-Forum-marks-anniversary

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has designated Ontario Tech University as a Collaborating Centre to support IAEA activities on advanced nuclear power technology, including small modular reactors (SMRs), as well as the non‑electric applications of nuclear energy. The institution is the first in Canada to receive such a designation.

Date: Friday, 30 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-university-becomes-IAEA-Collaborating-Cen

Entergy Corporation's Indian Point unit 3 will be shut down tomorrow after nearly 60 years of nuclear power generation at the site in New York state. The closure will bring to an end a world record-breaking run for the pressurised water reactor (PWR).

Date: Friday, 30 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Indian-Point-celebrates-record-run-as-closure-appr

Innovation and energy have long been intertwined, and with recent advancements in clean technologies, there is an abundance of momentum towards a greener future, writes Steve Threlfall, general manager of U-Battery.

Date: Thursday, 29 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Advanced-nuclear-for-the-hydrogen-econom

UEX Corporation announced on 22 April that it had signed a definitive purchase agreement with Overseas Uranium Resources Development Co Ltd (OURD) to acquire 100% ownership of OURD’s wholly-owned subsidiary, JCU (Canada) Exploration Company, Limited (JCU). OURD is a private Japanese company with 29 shareholders comprised of some of the major companies in Japan. 

Date: Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuex-acquires-jcu-canada-exploration-8702962

Thirty-five years on from the Chernobyl accident, Ukraine and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have highlighted their commitment to cooperation in nuclear power. Meanwhile Ukraine’s nuclear regulator has launched the start of operations at a new storage facility for used nuclear fuel at the Chernobyl site.  

Date: Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Title

The US-led Leaders’ Summit on Climate, held on 22 and 23 April as a video conference, attracted 40 world leaders (presidents and prime ministers) including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Also taking part were some 24 other speakers at ministerial level (environment, defence, economy) in addition to Pope Francis and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, as well as almost 40 heads of environmental organisations, indigenous communities and leading businessmen, including Bill Gates. The event coincided with Earth Day, an annual event first held in 1970.

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsleaders-summit-on-climate-attracts-world-leaders-businessmen-and-environmentalists-8699323

The ISF-2 interim storage facility at Chernobyl. Courtesy EBRD. Ukraine’s nuclear regulator has issued a licence for full operation of the he €400m ISF-2 interim storage facility at the Chernobyl nuclear power station site in Ukraine, Chernobyl NPP announced.

The milestone represents the culmination of more than 20 years of work at the site, where spent nuclear fuel from reactors 1, 2 and 3 at the destroyed nuclear station will be processed and stored at ISF-2, the world’s largest nuclear dry storage facility.

ISF-2 has been 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.

Hot testing with the first full fuel load at ISF-2 began in September 2020 and at the time the EBRD said the full licence to operate was expected in early 2021. Chernobyl NPP said last week that hot testing had been completed and was successful.

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/regulator-issues-licence-for-full-operation-of-isf-2-interim-storage-facility-4-1-2021