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German energy company EnBW said the coronavirus outbreak has impacted plans to dismantle its Philippsburg nuclear power plant in Baden-Wurttemberg, southwest Germany.

Date: Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscoronavirus-impacts-dismantling-of-germanys-philippsburg-nuclear-plant-7847463

The Ignalina nuclear power station in Lithuania. Photo courtesy EBRD. The Ignalina nuclear power station in Lithuania has announced a €73m tender to choose a contractor for the construction of a repository for solid radioactive waste.

According to press reports in Lithuania, citing information on the government’s central procurement portal, the competition was announced on 28 March and proposals will be accepted until 30 June.

INPP, the company operating the station, will use the repository for waste generated by the decommissioning of Ignalina’s two Soviet-era RBMK units, which were shut down permanently in line with requirements for Lithuania’s membership of the EU.

Ignalina-1 was shut down in December 2004 and Ignalina-2 in December 2009.

Date: Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/lithuania-announces-eur73m-tender-for-waste-repository-3-2-2020

The coronavirus outbreak has impacted German utility EnBW’s deconstruction plans for its Philippsburg nuclear power plant, which is in the federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg. The controlled detonation of the plant's cooling towers will take place on 14 May at the earliest as the date may be subject to change, it said.

Date: Friday, 27 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EnBW-sets-provisional-date-for-cooling-tower-demol

Swedish utility Vattenfall said on 18 March that it was joining the Estonian pilot study on small modular reactors (SMRs).

Date: Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsvattenfall-joins-estonian-smr-study-7833460

Expansion of the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator fusion device at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald is entering a new stage with the final delivery of components for the divertor.

Date: Friday, 20 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsexpansion-of-the-wendelstein-7-x-stellarator-underway-7830324

The Wendelstein 7-X stellarator-type fusion device at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics. PHoto courtesy IPP. The next stage has begun of work to upgrade of the world’s largest stellarator-type fusion device at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald, Germany.

IPP said installation of new water-cooled inner cladding of the plasma vessel will make the Wendelstein 7-X facility suitable for higher heating power and longer plasma pulses.

The new cladding’s centrepiece, the so-called divertor, was manufactured by the institute’s Garching branch. It was delivered to Greifswald on 17 March and installation work will last until well into next year.

Fusion systems of the stellarator type promise high-performance plasmas in continuous operation. Accordingly, 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: Thursday, 19 March 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/upgrade-work-enters-new-phase-for-germany-s-wendelstein-7-x-3-3-2020

The upgrade of the world's largest stellarator-type fusion device - Germany's Wendelstein 7-X - is set to enter a new stage with the final delivery of components for the so-called divertor. Preparations for installation of the water-cooled inner cladding components have been completed, with installation work expected to continue well into next year.

Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Upgrade-of-Wendelstein-7-X-continues

The European Commission has published the rules for sustainable finance, also known as "EU taxonomy" intended to help investors and consumers identify economic activities that can be considered environmentally green.

Date: Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseu-green-investment-rules-ignore-nuclear-7823389

Shutting down the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in eastern France will lead to additional emissions of around 10 million tonnes of CO2 per year and the loss of thousands of jobs, writes Valérie Faudon, general delegate of the French Nuclear Energy Society (SFEN).

Date: Thursday, 05 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Fessenheim-closure-subverts-modern-envir

Iran has tripled its stockpile of enriched uranium to 1,020.9 kg over the past three months and failed to provide International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors access to two undeclared sites, various news agencies reported yesterday.

Date: Thursday, 05 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Macron-reiterates-support-for-IAEA-amid-Iran-repor