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A year-long, CAD8.4 million (USD6.6 million) contract will see Canada's Candu Energy prepare the licensing basis for two new Candu pressurised heavy water reactors at Romania's Cernavoda nuclear power plant. The signing was celebrated by the governments of Romania and Canada, as well as the USA.

Date: Saturday, 27 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-contract-signed-for-Cernavoda-completion

US Holtec International and South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction (HDEC) announced that they have formalised an agreement for completion of the standard design of the SMR-160 plant and delivery of SMR-160 projects worldwide.

Date: Friday, 26 November 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsholtec-and-hyundai-to-co-operate-on-development-of-smr-160-9277766

US-based NuScale Power announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Prodigy Clean Energy and Kinectrics to explore and inform the development of a regulatory framework to address licensing and deployment of a Prodigy Marine Power Station (MPS).

Date: Saturday, 20 November 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnuscale-prodigy-and-kinectrics-to-propose-regulatory-framework-for-marine-deployed-smr-9261571

“The issue of energy transition is now at the heart of political, economic and societal debates to move towards carbon neutrality in 2050”, said Sylvie Bermann, president of the World Nuclear Exhibition. The fourth edition of the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE) starting on 30 November in Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris, will focus on the role of the nuclear industry as a key partner in the global energy transition, contributing to “a low-carbon society in a responsible future”, the event organisers said.

WNE 2021, organised by the French nuclear industry group Gifen, will be held between 30 November and 2 December and is expected to attract 18,000 participants from 65 countries. Among those more than 600 will be exhibitors – with about a third from overseas.

“The issue of energy transition is now at the heart of political, economic and societal debates to move towards carbon neutrality in 2050”, Sylvie Bermann, WNE’s president, told NucNet.

“By choosing ‘The nuclear industry, a key player for a low-carbon society and a responsible future’ as the theme for this year’s event, we wanted to highlight the major role that the nuclear industry is playing and must continue to play in the fight against climate change,” she said.

Date: Saturday, 20 November 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/focus-is-on-nuclear-industry-as-key-partner-in-energy-transition-11-5-2021

NuScale Power, Prodigy Clean Energy and Kinectrics have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore and inform the development of a regulatory framework to address licensing and deployment of a Prodigy Marine Power Station (MPS). The MPS would integrate up to 12 NuScale Power Modules into a marine-based nuclear power plant system.

Date: Friday, 19 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NuScale-teams-up-with-Prodigy-and-Kinectrics-for-M

The first of two community partnerships has been formed in Copeland, Cumbria, UK, to take forward discussions around siting a geological disposal facility (GDF) for high-level radioactive waste. The move comes a year after an initial Copeland Working Group was established. A second partnership is expected to be formed soon in neighbouring South Copeland.

Date: Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-Community-Partnership-established-in-Cumbria

People crying out for practical solutions to climate crisis, letter says Union leaders from across Europe have urged policymakers to choose nuclear power as they discuss how to accelerate the path to net zero at the UN Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

The leaders of 12 major unions representing workers in the nuclear sector said in an open letter that Cop26 is a chance for policymakers to choose emission-free energy, good jobs and sustainable prosperity – and that means choosing nuclear power as part of a balanced energy system.

They said too often, climate activism and discourse has ignored nuclear and muted the voice of the people who rely on it. “People are crying out for practical solutions to the climate crisis, ones that offer real hope in a green economy,” they wrote in the letter.

They said the nuclear issue is the subject of a political debate, but there is no scientific debate because every serious expert analysis confirms that the world needs nuclear to hit net zero.

Date: Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/union-leaders-urge-leaders-to-include-nuclear-in-clean-energy-mix-11-1-2021

White House says partnership will position US technology to lead global race for SMR deployment NuScale’s SMR design features a fully factory-fabricated module capable of generating 77 MW of electricity. Courtesy NuScale. US president Joe Biden and Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis announced at the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow that NuScale Power and Romania’s state-owned nuclear company Nuclearelectrica are planning to build a first-of-a-kind small modular reactor plant in Romania.

US-based NuScale, which has developed a modular, light-water SMR, said the “teaming agreement” builds upon an intergovernmental agreement signed by the US Department of Energy and the Romanian energy ministry. In 2019, NuScale and Nuclearelectrica signed a memorandum of understanding to evaluate the development, licensing and construction of a NuScale SMR in Romania.

The White House had said earlier in a fact sheet on president Joe Biden’s climate plans that the partnership will position US technology to lead in the global race for SMR deployment.

NuScale said the partnership comes at a pivotal time as senior government policymakers from around the world discuss the urgency of accelerating the clean energy transition. NuScale’s SMRs can support international climate goals to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change while strengthening global prosperity, the company said.

Date: Thursday, 04 November 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-and-romania-confirm-agreement-to-collaborate-on-nuscale-plant-11-3-2021

White House says partnership will position US technology to lead global race for SMR deployment NuScale’s SMR design features a fully factory-fabricated module capable of generating 77 MW of electricity. Courtesy NuScale. The US and Romania are to announce plans to build a first-of-a-kind small modular reactor plant in Romania in partnership with US NuScale Power, bringing the latest civil nuclear technology to what the White House called “a critical part of Europe”.

The White House said in a fact sheet on president Joe Biden’s climate plans, which he unveiled at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, that the partnership will position US technology to lead in the global race for SMR deployment.

The agreement will include a 12-module NuScale plant, initially creating over 6,000 US and Romanian jobs, with the potential to create 30,000 US and Romanian jobs as the project grows. Deployment of SMR technology will be an important contributor to a decarbonised power sector and net zero future.

The White House said the US is partnering with emerging economies to develop “deep decarbonisation strategies”, including strengthening the adoption of renewable and nuclear energy including SMRs.

Date: Wednesday, 03 November 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-and-romania-will-announce-plans-to-collaborate-on-nuscale-plant-11-2-2021

The preliminary design of X-energy's TRISO-X Fuel Fabrication Facility to produce tri-structural isotropic (TRISO) fuel on a commercial scale has now been completed, X-energy and Centrus Energy Corp announced today. The companies have also signed a contract for nuclear fuel and services provider Centrus to continue its work as the project enters its next phase.

Date: Wednesday, 03 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Preliminary-design-of-TRISO-X-fuel-plant-completed