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UK-based civil engineering firm Bilfinger said on 17 February that it had won a €68m ($73.5m) contract from EDF for the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset.  

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuks-bilfinger-wins-hinkley-contract-7782227

Industrial engineering firm Bilfinger has been awarded a balance of plant contract - worth about GBP58 million (USD76 million) - by EDF Energy. The contract involves the design, pre-fabrication and supply of around 56km of specialised piping systems that support the operation of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, under construction in Somerset, UK.

Date: Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Bilfinger-awarded-contract-for-Hinkley-Point-C-pip

South African state-owned power utility Eskom is seeking to dispose of the state-owned company behind the development of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor.

Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssouth-africa-seeks-to-revive-pbmr-project-7765057

The Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning (NND) agency has signed cooperation agreements with Finland's AINS Group and France's Orano on building a repository for the disposal of used fuel and waste from the decommissioning of Norway's two shutdown research reactors.

Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Norway-taps-overseas-expertise-for-waste-disposal

The reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel could become safer and more efficient in future after international researchers found a way to modify the structure of molecules to remove radioactive materials.

Date: Thursday, 30 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmolecule-modification-could-improve-reprocessing-7746199

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team said on 21 January that Japan had strengthened inspections as part of extensive efforts in recent years to improve its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety. Following an eight-day review, the experts noted that significant progress had been made since a previous IAEA mission in 2016 and also identified some areas for further improvement, recommending measures on occupational radiation protection and transport safety.

Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-mission-sees-strengthened-safety-inspections-in-japan-7653742

France's Framatome has been awarded a contract by the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) to support research that will inform the development of new materials to be used in the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC), a major upgrade to the existing Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Date: Thursday, 23 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Framatome-contracted-to-support-research-at-CERN

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has been selected as a subcontractor by Atkins Energy Germany, a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin, to participate in the decommissioning of RWE’s prototype boiling water reactor in Lingen, Germany.

Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscnl-to-assist-in-decommissioning-germanys-lingen-reactor-7609510

Austria failed to dent the Visegrád Group (V4) of countries' enthusiasm for nuclear power as a solution to climate change during their meeting in Prague yesterday. This was evident during a press conference held after the V4 and Austria summit by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak prime ministers, Andrej Babiš, Viktor Orbán, Mateusz Morawiecki and Peter Pellegrini, respectively.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Austria-fails-to-turn-neighbours-against-nuclear-p

New-build projects are making progress, but governments are still struggling with finding the right financing package for large reactors The delayed Flamanville-3 is one of three EPR units under construction in Europe. The others are at Olkiluoto in Finland and Hinkley Point in the UK. Photo courtesy EDF. Western Europe

The UK is facing a major challenge to replace its aging fleet of Generation I nuclear power plants, many of which are scheduled to shut down in 2023.

The project by French state utility EDF to build two Generation III EPR units at Hinkley Point C in Somerset is on track for connection to the grid by 2025. Once in commercial operation the two units will provide up to 7% of the total electricity demand. Two similar units are planned for the Sizewell site in Suffolk.

However, press reports have suggested EDF is in “a race against time” to secure a funding deal for Sizewell C as delays risk making the project prohibitively expensive.

According to The Times newspaper EDF has hired Rothschild as financial adviser for the project and says it wants a “definitive way forward” from the government this year so it can start construction in 2022.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/what-lies-in-store-in-2020-1-4-2020