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The ETRR-2 research reactor in Egypt. Photo courtesy Rosatom. Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP) and the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority have signed a 10-year contract for Russia to supply low-enriched uranium (LEU) for the ETRR-2 research reactor.

Russia’s Tvel nuclear fuel company, of which NCCP is a subsidiary, said the contract is a logical follow-up to a number of contracts for the shipment of fuel components to Egypt in recent years.

The Argentinian-designed multipurpose ETRR-2, Egypt’s only reactor, uses uranium fuel with an enrichment of 19.75%. The reactor is used for research in particle physics, materials engineering, and the production of stable isotopes.

Tvel, a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, said it considers Egypt an important and promising market. The company already has a contract for nuclear fuel supplies to the future El Dabaa nuclear station in the north of the African country. The contract covers supplies to all four power units of El Dabaa during the facility’s entire operational lifetime.

Date: Tuesday, 07 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/russia-to-supply-leu-for-etrr-2-research-reactor-4-1-2020

Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant (NCCP) has signed a 10-year contract with the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority for the supply of low-enriched nuclear fuel components, such as uranium and aluminium items, for the ETRR-2 research reactor. NCCP is a subsidiary of Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer TVEL.

Date: Tuesday, 07 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Russian-facility-to-supply-fuel-components-for-Egy

US-based BWX Technologies (BWXT) announced on 31 March that the US Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programme exercised contract options in Q1 2020 with BWXT’s subsidiary Nuclear Fuel Services (NFS) totalling approximately $128 million for fuel manufacturing work in support of US nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. Work under this 12-month contract is expected to begin later this year.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbwxt-subsidiary-wins-us-navy-contract-7853060

A long-scheduled repair and maintenance outage at Russia’s Balakovo 3 (a 950MWe VVER) ended on 31 March.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussias-balakovo-nuclear-plant-tests-remix-fuel-7853050

Canada-based Global Atomic Corporation said yesterday it is in discussions with Orano Mining to deliver uranium-bearing rock from its Dasa project in Niger to Orano's Somaïr facility for processing. The company has changed its plans for the mine which it now intends to develop as an underground-only operation, and expects to release a preliminary economic assessment for the project within the second quarter of this year.

Date: Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Global-Atomic-discusses-plans-for-Niger-uranium-pr

CNNC Rössing Uranium has announced the suspension of normal mining operations at the Rössing uranium mine in Namibia from 28 March because of a partial lockdown of the Erongo region in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Elsewhere, uranium miners continue to address issues arising from the global pandemic.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rossing-operations-suspended-in-Namibian-lockdown

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has renewed the operating license for Honeywell International's uranium conversion facility in Metropolis, Illinois, for an additional 40 years.

Date: Saturday, 28 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnrc-renews-operating-licence-for-honeywell-uranium-conversion-plant-7840156

The Honeywell uranium conversion plant in Illinois. Photo courtesy Honeywell. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed the operating licence of Honeywell International’s uranium conversion plant in Metropolis, Illinois, for an additional 40 years until 24 March 2060.

Honeywell submitted its licence renewal application in February 2017. In its review, the NRC staff focused on Honeywell’s decommissioning funding, the environmental effects of the facility for the duration of the licence, facility changes and safety basis, and the controls to monitor material degradation and aging for the duration of a licence term.

The staff concluded that renewing the licence would not pose an undue risk to public health and safety and would not significantly affect the quality of the environment.

Date: Friday, 27 March 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nrc-renews-licence-for-honeywell-s-illinois-uranium-conversion-plant-3-4-2020

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom is hoping to start construction of a small-scale land-based nuclear power plant in 2024, for commissioning in 2027.

Date: Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-looks-to-smaller-reactors-7835816

Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, Sellafield Ltd says it has taken some precautionary actions at its site in north-west England, including the controlled shutdown of the Magnox Reprocessing Plant. The reprocessing plant is approaching its 60th year and is a complex chemical facility designed to process and separate plutonium and uranium.

Date: Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Sellafield-starts-controlled-shutdown-of-Magnox-fa