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Energy consumption from fossil fuels is expected to decrease due to a stated commitment to lower carbon dioxide emissions and address climate change. This reduction will inevitably increase demand for other energy sources, including nuclear – currently the fastest growing source of energy worldwide. Many countries have stated plans to build new nuclear reactors to cope with demand, including China, India, Russia, UK, and the USA. Others are investing heavily in upgrading existing facilities, including Canada and France.

Date: Friday, 15 January 2021
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Candu Energy Inc., a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been awarded one year extensions from Bruce Power on two existing contracts: to continue to provide fuel channel inspection, and tooling maintenance and refurbishment in support of their reactor inspection and maintenance.

Date: Monday, 11 January 2021
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Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited announced that it has won a “prestigious order” from the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) for the supply of 32 reactor header assemblies for India’s indigenously-developed 700MWe pressurised heavy water reactors (PHWRs) to be set up at four different locations.

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
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Iran intends to start enriching uranium at a purity level five times that which it agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). According to Fars news agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) said on 1 January: "Based on a new law passed by the Parliament, we are planning to start 20% uranium enrichment at the Fordow facility," adding that the AEOI had written to the International Atomic Energy Agency informing it of this intention.

Date: Tuesday, 05 January 2021
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The nuclear plant licensing system should be rationalised to promote the extensive deployment at competitive cost of new reactors, according to a report issued this month by the Cooperation in Reactor Design Evaluation and Licensing (CORDEL) Working Group of World Nuclear Association.

Date: Friday, 25 December 2020
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Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has announced it is resuming planning activities for building new nuclear generating capacity at its Darlington site in Ontario. However, it is now considering the construction of a small modular reactor (SMR) rather than a large conventional reactor, as previously envisaged.

Date: Tuesday, 17 November 2020
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The Iranian parliament yesterday approved a bill requiring the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) to produce at least 120 kg of 20% enriched uranium annually at the Fordow nuclear site, FARS news agency reports. AEOI is required to start this process within two months and store the enriched uranium inside the country.

Date: Saturday, 07 November 2020
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Iran’s parliament on 2 November approved a bill requiring the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) to produce at least 120kg of 20% enriched uranium a year at its Fordow nuclear facility.

Date: Friday, 06 November 2020
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Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has celebrated the official opening of its Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability (CCNS) located in Durham Region, Ontario’s nuclear capital.

Date: Friday, 30 October 2020
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The Cernavodă nuclear power station in Romania has two Candu reactor units. France and Romania signed a declaration of intent that includes plan to work with “strategic partners” to build Units 3 and 4 of the Cernavodă nuclear power station and to refurbish Unit 1.

The document was signed by French prime minister Jean Castex and his Romanian counterpart Ludovic Orban, who led a delegation of his ministers to Paris.

In a statement following the signing Mr Orban said an agreement had also been signed between Romana’s state nuclear corporation Nuclearelectrica, which operates the Cernavodă station, and French nuclear engineering company Orano, but he gave no further details.

Earlier this month Romania and the US signed a draft cooperation agreement for the construction of Cernavodă-3 and -4 and the refurbishment of Cernavodă-1.

Date: Thursday, 29 October 2020
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