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The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has begun the process to initiate the USA's strategic uranium reserve, issuing a solicitation to purchase up to an estimated one million pounds of domestically-produced U3O8.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-NNSA-initiates-process-to-purchase-strategic-ur

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kazakhstan Nuclear Power Plants (KNPP) - a branch of the government's Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund - to cooperate on the introduction of nuclear power in Kazakhstan.

Date: Thursday, 30 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kazakh,-Korean-companies-to-cooperate-in-nuclear-p

Orano has been awarded a contract by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) for the transport and treatment in France of 731 used fuel assemblies from the Fugen experimental Advanced Thermal Reactor (ATR) in Japan. In 2018, Orano was contracted to conduct preparatory work for the transport operations.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Orano-contracted-to-reprocess-Fugen-used-fuel

Utility SaskPower has selected GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's (GEH) small modular reactor (SMR) for potential deployment in the province in the mid-2030s after an assessment process in which it looked at several SMR technologies.

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/BWRX-300-SMR-selected-for-Saskatchewan

EU Foreign Policy Chief Josef Borrell said during a recent visit to Tehran that the Vienna talks will resume with the aim of reinstating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He made the comments at a joint press conference following talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian. Under the JCPOA between Iran the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) Iran agreed to limit its nuclear development in return for the lifting of sanctions. After former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions in 2018, Iran began to gradually roll back on the restrictions imposed by the JCPOA after the European parties to the agreement failed to put any measures in place to mitigate those sanctions.

Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-talks-set-to-resume-9802344

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) has said that the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative had awarded vouchers to Orano Federal Services and TerraPower to help advance their nuclear technologies. Both voucher recipients will gain access to the DOE’s national lab complex.

Date: Friday, 24 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-gain-vouchers-awarded-to-orano-and-terrapower-9797736

China leading in nuclear power investment IEA director-general Fatih Birol presenting the World Energy Investment 2022 report at an online event this week. Image courtesy IEA. Global energy investment is expected to increase by 8% in 2022, well above pre-pandemic levels in 2019, but a much higher growth pace is needed for clean technologies, including nuclear, to be on track for a 1.5°C stabilisation of the rise in global average temperatures, a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) found.

The IEA’s World Energy Investment report said global energy investment this year is projected to reach $2.4tn (€2.28tn), with the bulk going into renewables and grids.

However, almost half of the increase in capital spending is linked to higher costs due to supply chain pressures instead of bringing additional energy supply capacity or savings.

Date: Friday, 24 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/global-clean-energy-investment-beats-pre-pandemic-levels-but-growth-insufficient-to-meet-climate-goals-6-4-2022

Orano Federal Services and TerraPower will gain access to the US Department of Energy's (DOE) national laboratories to help advance their nuclear technologies under the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.

Date: Friday, 24 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Advanced-nuclear-tech-projects-selected-for-US-fed

A low-carbon future - anchored by the strength and resilience of the current nuclear fleet - is within our grasp if we make the right choices today, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) President and CEO Maria Korsnick said in her annual State of the Industry address to the US organisation's Nuclear Energy Assembly in Washington DC.

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Korsnick-charts-sea-change-for-nuclear

Unit granted operating licence by regulator Barakah, in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is one of the largest nuclear energy new-build projects in the world. Courtesy Enec. United Arab Emirates nuclear operator Nawah Energy Company has begun fuel loading at Unit 3 of the Barakah nuclear power station near Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, a statement by owner Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) said.

Last week, Barakah-3 received an operating licence from the UAE nuclear regulatory authority which also meant fuel loading was given the go-ahead.

Barakah, in the Al Dhafra region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is one of the largest nuclear energy new-build projects in the world, with four APR-1400 units supplied by South Korea. Construction began in 2012 and the project as a whole is now more than 96% complete.

Date: Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/operators-begin-fuel-loading-at-barakah-3-apr-1400-plant-6-1-2022