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The Ikata nuclear power station in Japan. Spent mixed oxide (MOX) fuel has been removed from a reactor at a nuclear power plant in southwest Japan in the first such operation in the country, the plant operator said.

Shikoku Electric Power Company said it removed one of the 16 MOX fuel rods from the Ikata-3 in Ehime Prefecture at 11:57 local timeon Monday as part of maintenance work.

MOX fuel is made of plutonium and uranium extracted while reprocessing spent fuel and is a key component of Japan’s nuclear fuel recycling programme. Using such fuel is also important for the country to reduce its stockpile of plutonium, which can be used to make nuclear weapons.

MOX is widely used in Europe and in Japan. About bout 40 reactors in Europe are licensed to use MOX and over 30 are doing so. In Japan about 10 reactors are licensed to use it.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/first-mox-fuel-removed-from-ikata-3-reactor-1-4-2020

China Energy Engineering Corporation (CEEC) and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) have entered into a cooperation agreement, which CEEC said would significantly improve its ability to develop and explore new markets.

The agreement includes the planning of nuclear power projects in China, nuclear plants design, cooperation in overseas markets and research, development and manufacturing of nuclear equipment.

CNNC controls most of China’s nuclear business including R&D, engineering design, uranium exploration and mining, enrichment, fuel fabrication, reprocessing and waste disposal, and is the major investor in China’s nuclear plants.

Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/firms-agree-on-framework-for-cooperation-1-3-2020

China Energy Engineering Corporation (CEEC) and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) have entered into a strategic cooperation framework agreement, which CEEC said would significantly enhance its ability to develop and further explore new markets.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newschinese-firms-agree-on-strategic-cooperation-framework-7598125

US company to build a proposed medical isotope facility in Janesville, WI The US nuclear regulator has published in the Federal Register a notice of opportunity for submissions regarding a “first of a kind” application by Shine Medical Technologies to operate a proposed medical isotope production facility that does not require a nuclear reactor.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said submissions must be filed by 10 March 2020 by anyone who wishes to participate in the hearing process for the application.

Shine has proposed to construct and operate a facility in Janesville, Wisconsin for the production of the radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) through the irradiation and processing of a uranyl sulfate solution. The company said this patented process replaces a nuclear reactor with a low-energy, accelerator-based neutron source. 

This source functions by colliding deuterium ions with tritium gas to cause fusion. The fusion reaction results in high energy neutrons and helium-4. In other words, the accelerator takes a radioactive by-product created by nuclear power plants (tritium) and turns it into the same clean, harmless gas used to make balloons float.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nrc-calls-for-submissions-on-first-of-a-kind-production-facility-1-2-2020

The foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK have triggered a dispute resolution mechanism over the nuclear deal with Iran - the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - following the Middle Eastern country's further step away from its commitments. Josep Borrell, EU foreign affairs chief and coordinator of the JCPOA joint commission, said he had received today a letter from the three ministers for resolution through the mechanism, as set out in paragraph 36 of the agreement.

Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/European-leaders-trigger-dispute-mechanism-of-Iran

The first Russian-made nuclear fuel assemblies with experimental accident-tolerant fuel (ATF) rods for commercial reactors have been manufactured and passed acceptance inspection at Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant, a fabrication facility of Rosatom’s fuel manufacturer subsidiary TVEL. The ATF rods are to be loaded into one of the VVER-1000 units at the Rostov nuclear power plant in western Russia in the first quarter of 2020, TVEL said yesterday.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rosatom-plans-accident-tolerant-fuel-loading

A ceremony was held on 15 December at the Xiangshan uranium deposit near Fuzhou city in China's Jiangxi province to mark the start of the country's deepest drilling project related to the exploration of uranium resources. China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said a 3000-metre-deep bore hole will be drilled.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-drills-deep-in-search-for-uranium

Iran said yesterday it will ignore the limit on the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), thus withdrawing from the last operational restriction imposed by the 2015 deal. The statement, reported by the Mehr news agency, followed the US assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last week.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-scraps-limit-on-uranium-enrichment

Uzbekistan has signed contracts worth more than USD1 billion for the supply of uranium to Japan, Kun.uz reported yesterday, without stating its source. The contracts were signed as part of the December visit of the president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, to Japan.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Uzbekistan-signs-U-supply-deals-with-Japanese-firm

Canada and the USA have finalised an agreement to collaborate on improving the security of supply chains and ensure the future competitiveness of their critical minerals industries. The announcement follows a June 2019 commitment by the countries' leaders.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canada-and-USA-to-collaborate-on-critical-minerals