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Discussions with ministers from several African countries have been held at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference about nuclear power's potential role in helping economic development and water supply while also mitigating climate change as it provides clean and reliable energy.

Date: Friday, 30 September 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-power-s-potential-for-Africa,-highlighted

An IAEA proposal to establish a nuclear safety and security protection zone around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) is receiving strong international support and detailed talks have now begun with Ukraine and Russia aimed at agreeing and implementing it as soon as possible, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has revealed after a series of high-level meetings in New York.

Date: Thursday, 29 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-proposal-for-zaporozhzhia-safety-and-security-protection-zone-wins-support-10041911

The German government has reached an agreement with the operators of Isar 2 and Neckarwestheim 2 on keeping the nuclear power plants on standby to supply power over the coming winter if needed.

Date: Thursday, 29 September 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Accord-reached-on-keeping-two-German-reactors-in-r

Upgrades include fitting of new water-cooled divertor A view into the plasma vessel of the W7-X stellarator. Courtesy IPP. The Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) stellarator at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald, northeast Germany, has been significantly improved and will resume scientific experiments in autumn 2022.

Work on the W7-X has resulted in a doubling in heating power and 40 new diagnostics. IPP said that within a few years the upgraded fusion facility should enable plasma operations lasting for up to 30 minutes.

One of the key improvements is the fitting of a new water-cooled divertor, or high-heat flux divertor, a component that helps prevent the contamination of the plasma.

Fusion systems of the stellarator type promise high-performance plasmas in continuous operation. However, heat and particles from the hot plasma permanently stress the vessel walls. It is the task of the divertor – a system of specially equipped baffle plates to which the particles from the edge of the plasma are magnetically directed – to regulate the interaction between plasma and wall.

Date: Saturday, 24 September 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/germany-s-improved-w7-x-stellarator-to-resume-experiments-this-autumn-9-5-2022

Framatome has completed installation of the first 3D-printed, stainless steel fuel component at the Forsmark NPP, operated by Vattenfall in Sweden. The ATRIUM 11 upper tie plate grids were designed, manufactured, and installed in Forsmark unit 3 for a multi-year irradiation programme in collaboration with KSB SE & Co KgaA.

Date: Friday, 23 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsframatome-installs-first-3d-printed-stainless-steel-fuel-component-at-forsmark-npp-10026030

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has concluded a safety review of Romania’s process for selecting the site for a planned small modular reactor (SMR), which could become the first SMR built in Europe.

Date: Thursday, 22 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-concludes-first-ever-site-review-for-smr-10022015

Framatome has completed the installation of the first 3D-printed, stainless steel fuel component at Vattenfall's Forsmark nuclear power plant in Sweden. In collaboration with German pump and valve manufacturer KSB, the Atrium 11 upper tie plate grids were designed, manufactured, and installed in Forsmark unit 3 for a multi-year irradiation programme.

Date: Thursday, 22 September 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/3D-printed-fuel-component-installed-at-Swedish-rea

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has conducted its first ever Site and External Events Design (SEED) mission to look into site selection for a small modular reactor (SMR). The three-day mission to Romania was conducted last month at the request of Nuclearelectrica.

Date: Saturday, 17 September 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-assesses-Romania-s-SMR-site-selection-process

An Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded a 13-day mission to Argentina. The IRRS team reviewed all regulatory functions and responsibilities of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (ARN) against international safety standards and concluded that the regulator had demonstrated a long-standing commitment to enhancing and promoting nuclear safety. The team also recommended areas where improvements can be made. The mission was conducted at the request of the Government of Argentina and hosted by ARN.

Date: Friday, 16 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-mission-reviews-nuclear-regulation-in-argentina-10009986

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz - BMWK) has announced that it will extend the possible operation of two of its three remaining nuclear power plants until mid-April 2023 to provide an "emergency reserve" this winter in face of the current energy crisis resulting from sanctions on Russian oil and gas. The plants are scheduled for closure in December in line with Germany’s nuclear phase-out plan.

Date: Friday, 09 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstemporary-reprieve-for-two-german-npps-9988470