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The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) said on 22 September that the last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium (HEU) in Kazakhstan has been eliminated.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-and-kazakhstan-continue-with-heu-elimination-programme-8148549

A project to remove the last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel from Kazakhstan has been completed in a joint effort by Kazakhstan and the USA, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced. The two nations have also signed a new joint statement reaffirming their intention to continue to work together to support the common goal of minimising nuclear proliferation, ensuring nuclear security and strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Project-to-downblend-Kazakh-HEU-fuel-completed

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has welcomed the nuclear industry into its debate on the policy responses required to address climate change and sustainable development. Today, UNECE's Expert Group on Resource Management (EGRM) held a session titled The role of nuclear energy resources in sustainable development as part of UNECE Energy Week 2020.

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Door-opens-for-nuclear-to-enter-sustainability-deb

The IGR research reactor in Kazakhstan. The last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium (HEU) in Kazakhstan has been eliminated, the US Department of Energy said.

The DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration and Kazakhstan’s energy ministry worked together to remove 2.9 kg of unirradiated HEU from the IGR research reactor, transport it hundreds of miles to a secure facility for processing, and downblend it to low enriched uranium (LEU).

This activity fulfilled an agreement worked out between the two countries at the 2019 International Atomic Energy Agency general conference.

“The world is a little bit safer now that this material has been downblended into a less dangerous form,” said Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, NNSA administrator and under-secretary for nuclear security at the DOE.

After being removed from the IGR research reactor in Kurchatov, the unirradiated HEU fuel was transported by road in 25 special transportation casks more than 300 km to the Ulba Metallurgical Plant in Ust-Kamenogorsk.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-helps-eliminate-highly-enriched-uranium-from-research-reactor-9-3-2020

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 fight against the coronavirus pandemic has underscored the important role the International Atomic Energy Agency plays in the major crises the world faces, its director general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of the IAEA General Conference. These remarks were in addition to his formal statement published by the agency while he was speaking to the conference's participants, both those present at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna and those watching via livestreaming of the event.

Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-works-to-help-every-global-challenge-says-Gro

US-based TerraPower announced on 15 September that its plans to team up with Centrus Energy Corp to establish commercial-scale, domestic production capabilities for high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU), which will be needed to fuel many next-generation reactor designs, including the Natrium Power Storage System designed by TerraPower and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy.

Date: Friday, 18 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsterrapower-and-centrus-to-co-operate-on-haleu-fuel-8138229

A design concept for a nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) reactor to power future astronaut missions to Mars has exceeded key performance parameters and optimised the reactor for manufacturability, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has announced. The reactor's features include a compact core thanks to the use of high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel.

Date: Friday, 18 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GA-delivers-HALEU-fuelled-reactor-concept-for-Mars

TerraPower announced plans to team up with Centrus Energy to establish commercial-scale, domestic production capabilities for high-assay, low-enriched uranium (Haleu), which will be needed to fuel many next-generation reactor designs including the recently announced Natrium power storage system designed by TerraPower and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy.

The proposed investment is part of the TerraPower-led proposal for the US Department of Energy’s advanced reactor demonstration programme, which is intended to support the deployment of two first-of-a-kind advanced reactor designs in the next five to seven years.

The programme requires applicants to “establish a plan by which they would obtain the fuel/special nuclear material needed for their projects”.

The TerraPower application proposes that, if selected for the programme, the company would work with Centrus to build commercial-scale capacity to produce Haleu and fabricate it into metal fuel assemblies. Haleu, which is not commercially available today, offers improved reactor economics, greater fuel efficiency, enhanced safety and proliferation resistance, lower volumes of waste and other advantages.

Date: Thursday, 17 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/company-announces-plans-for-commercial-haleu-production-9-3-2020

TerraPower has announced plans to team with nuclear fuel and services provider Centrus Energy to establish commercial-scale, domestic production capabilities for high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU). This, it says, will be needed to fuel many next-generation reactor designs, including the recently announced Natrium Power Storage System designed by TerraPower and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy.

Date: Thursday, 17 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/TerraPower-and-Centrus-team-up-for-HALEU-productio