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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts last week completed a nuclear security advisory mission in Belarus, which was carried out at the request of its government. The two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission reviewed the national security regime for nuclear material and associated facilities and activities.

Date: Tuesday, 13 July 2021
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A common misconception about advanced nuclear technologies is that they are largely conceptual and will not be commercialised in time to contribute to meeting near-term climate goals, but a comprehensive look at global efforts to develop advanced nuclear reveals rapid progress towards commercialisation and operation, write Clean Air Task Force, ClearPath, Nuclear Innovation Alliance, Pillsbury and Third Way.

Date: Saturday, 10 July 2021
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Optimisation work at unit 2 of the Zaporozhe nuclear power plant in Ukraine could lead to the addition of 1000 MW of generation capacity if it is also conducted at the country's other reactors, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE has been working with Argonne National Laboratory and Ukraine's NT-Engineering to help nuclear power plant operator Energoatom enhance its approach to maintenance.

Date: Thursday, 08 July 2021
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Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator Energoatom told ambassadors of the Group of Seven (G7) and the head of the EU mission in Ukraine that it has "made significant progress" with its strategy to diversify its sources of nuclear fuel. During their meeting on 2 June, the state-run company described the issues it faces related to its 'corporatisation', including 'discrimination' in the wholesale electricity market, as well as the safety and upgrade work at its reactor units.

Date: Saturday, 05 June 2021
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The ISF-2 interim storage facility at Chernobyl. Courtesy EBRD. Ukraine’s nuclear regulator SNRIU has issued a permit to SSE Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) for the retrieval of undamaged used nuclear fuel from the ISF-1 interim used fuel wet storage facility.

The fuel will be moved to the new €400m ISF-2 interim storage facility, which was given a licence by SNRIU for full operation earlier this year.

ISF-2 was built by an international consortium led by the US company Holtec and financed by the international community through the Nuclear Safety Account, managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Date: Friday, 28 May 2021
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Ukraine's nuclear regulator has issued a permit to SSE Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) for the retrieval of undamaged used nuclear fuel from the ISF-1 interim used fuel wet storage facility. The fuel will be moved into the new ISF-2 dry storage facility. The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) has also issued a licence for the operation of the Liquid Radioactive Waste Treatment Plant at the Chernobyl site.

Date: Thursday, 27 May 2021
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A new report by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Long-Term Management and Actions for a Severe Accident in a Nuclear Power Plant, reviewed knowledge and experience gained through long-term management of the accidents (LTMA) at Three Mile Island (USA, 1979), Chernobyl (Ukraine, 1986) and Fukushima Daiichi (Japan, 2011), by identifying and ranking main issues and knowledge gaps. The 212-page report also looked at the existing regulations and guidance, practices, technical bases and issues considered in NEA member countries of related to long-term management of a severely damaged nuclear site.

Date: Friday, 07 May 2021
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German Galushchenko, Vice President for development at Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom was appointed as Ukraine’s new energy minister on 29 April following approval by the Verkhovna Rada (parliament). He was supported by 305 lawmakers of the 450 members of parliament. His candidacy had already been endorsed by the parliamentary committee on energy and housing and communal services.

Date: Wednesday, 05 May 2021
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Herman Halushchenko, vice president of development at Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator Energoatom, has been appointed the country's new energy minister, following approval yesterday by the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament. Halushchenko received support from 305 lawmakers in the 450-seat chamber. The ministry had been under a caretaker minister since the collapse of the previous government in March 2020.

Date: Saturday, 01 May 2021
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NuScale small modular reactors could be an option for Ukraine. Courtesy NuScale. Ukraine is working to develop its nuclear energy sector, including the use of advanced nuclear technologies like small modular reactors, with the aim of ensuring its energy security, according to the East European country’s president Volodymyr Zelensky.

Mr Zelensky met yesterday in Kiev with Rafael Mariano Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

“Today I can confidently say that Ukraine is determined to develop its nuclear energy,” Mr Zelensky said.

According to Mr Zelensky, Ukraine plans “to switch” to the use of the latest nuclear reactor technology, including US-based NuScale’s SMR-160 design, “since it has the goal of localising technological production for SMR-160 in Ukraine”.

Date: Thursday, 29 April 2021
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