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Hungary will veto any EU sanctions imposed on Russian nuclear energy organisations and enterprises, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the morning programme one Kossuth radio.

Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshungary-will-veto-any-eu-sanctions-against-russias-nuclear-sector-10558203

‘No technical arguments’ for shutting down nuclear plants after 40 years Unit 2 at the Tihange nuclear power station in Belgium is scheduled for permanent shutdown this week. Courtesy Electrabel. Belgium should repeal its 2003 nuclear exit law as it looks for ways to deal with the energy crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and resulting gas and electricity price increases, the Brussels-based Belgian Nuclear Forum said.

The underlying argument of the 2003 law is that a nuclear plant is obsolete after 40 years and should be decommissioned, the forum said.

“Nothing could be further from the truth: there are no technical arguments for definitively shutting down a nuclear power plant after 40 years of operation, but only political arguments,” it added.

The forum issued the statement as owner and operater Engie Electrabel prepares to permanently shut down the Tinhange-2 nuclear power plant on 31 January. The 1,008-MW pressurised water reactor unt began commercial operation on 1 June 1983 and has been online for 40 years.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the last couple of decades have witnessed increased interest in the extension of the operating life of nuclear power plants. Extending the life of a plant is more economical than building a new one, and where it makes business sense. The agency says about 90% of US plants have already renewed their licences to extend their operation to 60 years, with additional extensions for a total of 80 years being considered. In Europe, plants are regularly seeking lifetimes of 60 years.

Date: Tuesday, 31 January 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/as-tihange-2-approaches-closure-industry-group-calls-for-repeal-of-2003-nuclear-exit-law-1-1-2023

Slovenia's Environmental Protection & Spatial Planning has issued a permit to extend the operating life of the Krsko NPP until 2043. The Krsko plant is co-owned by Croatia’s Hrvatska elektroprivreda (HEP) and Slovenia's GEN Energija. Krsko NPP, located in Slovenia near the border with Croatia, generates some 40% of Slovenia's electricity output. The 696 MWe Westinghouse pressurised water reactor, which is some 100 kilometres from the Austrian border, is Slovenia's only NPP.

Date: Thursday, 26 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskrsko-npp-gets-environmental-permit-for-life-extension-10541271

Italy is a steadfast partner in the challenges facing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today with a long history of achievements in the nuclear field, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi commented, as he travelled to Rome. During his two-day visit, Grossi met with Italy’s President and Foreign Minister, as well as with Pope Francis. Discussions covered a variety of issues including nuclear safety and security in Ukraine, nuclear non-proliferation, and the role of nuclear science and technology in combating climate change.

Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgrossi-holds-talks-with-italian-leaders-and-pope-francis-10523617

Action plan for extension to be finalised this year The single-unit Krško nuclear power station could now remain operational until 2043. Courtesy NEK. Slovenia has given environmental approval for a proposed operating lifetime extension of the single-unit Krško nuclear power station from 40 to 60 years, a statement by the plant said.

A 20-year life extension means that the 688-MW pressurised water reactor could remain operational until 2043.

Slovenia and Croatia, which co-own Krško, agreed in 2016 to extend the plant’s lifespan by 20 years. Station operator NEK (Nuklearna Elektrarna Krško) submitted its application in October 2021.

Krško said the approval was granted by the country’s ministry of environment and spatial planning on 13 January.

The review process included several rounds of public consultations and cross-border assessments involving Croatia, Austria, Italy, Hungary, and Germany.

Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/ministry-gives-environmental-approval-for-operation-of-krsko-nuclear-station-for-60-years-1-2-2023

Slovenia's Ministry of the Environment says it has approved Krško's operations for a further 20 years, following the completion of an environmental impact assessment, a process which included input from neighbouring countries Croatia, Austria, Italy and Hungary, plus Germany.

Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Krsko-operation-extended,-after-environmental-impa

Germany's PreussenElektra has received the second and final permit for the dismantling of the single-unit Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant (KKG) from the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection.

Date: Friday, 06 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Permit-issued-for-final-Grafenrheinfeld-dismantlin

Iran’s capacity to enrich uranium has doubled since Iran began its nuclear development programme, the Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami has told a recent meeting of Iranian lawmakers. Eslami praised parliament for passing the “Strategic Action Plan to Lift Sanctions and Protect Iranian Nation’s Interests” in December 2020, saying the law had contributed to the development of Iran’s nuclear industry.

Date: Wednesday, 21 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-welcomes-increase-in-uranium-enrichment-capacity-10451635

Ukrainian nuclear power operator Energoatom has held talks with Urenco about "increasing the supply of enriched uranium to Westinghouse for the production of nuclear fuel" for its plants in 2024-25.

Date: Wednesday, 21 December 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Energoatom-and-Urenco-discuss-enriched-uranium-sup

Accelerated decommissioning of the boiling water reactor (BWR) at US Vermont Yankee NPP is continuing with dismantling and packaging of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) and internal components now completed. The Orano Group, part of the NorthStar decommissioning team, acquired the plant from Entergy in 2019, said segmentation of the irradiated reactor core was carried out remotely underwater to ensure the highest level of safety.

Date: Saturday, 17 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdismantling-continues-at-us-vermont-yankee-npp-10443331