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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

Czech power company CEZ expects to invest more than CZK2.3bn ($104m) in the Dukovany NPP in 2023, almost CZK500m more than last year. The investments are primarily aimed at ensuring the plant can continue to operate until at least 2047. Dukovany is also switching to 16-month fuel campaigns for all four units and plans to recruit about 100 new employees.

Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsez-invests-in-dukovany-upgrades-10558463

​Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Rosatom Director General Alexei Likhachev have discussed goals for the future after the company claimed "record results in almost all areas" in 2022.

Date: Wednesday, 01 February 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rosatom-outlines-future-plans-at-meeting-with-Russ

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The underlying argument of the 2003 law is that a nuclear plant is obsolete after 40 years and should be decommissioned, the forum said.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

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has given the green light for work to begin to develop project documentation for the construction of two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at the Khmelnitsky NPP. Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said Ukraine was starting to develop technical documentation for the new type of reactor. “In other words, we have ended the era of the creation of nuclear energy based on Soviet technology." The target date to complete construction and start-up of units is 2030-2032, subject to the impact of the military hostilities. The estimated cost of each unit at about $5bn. He said work can now start on a technical and economic feasibility study.

Date: Saturday, 28 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsukrainian-cabinet-approves-start-of-work-on-new-khmelnitsky-reactors-10548142

Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi had held talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on the extension of IAEA activities in Ukraine.

Date: Tuesday, 24 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgrossi-spells-out-challenges-in-ukraine-10536254

The Cabinet of Ministers in Ukraine has given the go-ahead to begin work on project documentation for the construction of two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant.

Date: Tuesday, 24 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-begins-preparations-for-first-AP1000-react

Teams of nuclear safety and security experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are being stationed at Ukraine’s NPPs and the Chornobyl site this week. Following his visit to the South Ukraine NPP (SUNPP), IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi visited the Rivne NPP, the Chornobyl site and will go on to the Khmelnitsky NPP.

Date: Friday, 20 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmore-iaea-flags-raised-at-ukrainian-npps-10529763

Companies aim to offer western-made alternative to existing Russian supplies The Czech Republic operates four VVER-440 plants at the Dukovany nuclear station. Courtesy CEZ. US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has formalised an agreement, first announced in September 2022, to expand cooperation with Spain’s nuclear fuel company Enusa on the manufacturing of nuclear fuel for Russia-made VVER-440 pressurised water reactor designs.

Westinghouse already manufactures VVER-1000 fuel at its facility in Västerås, Sweden, but has been looking to restart its production capabilities for the smaller VVER-440 units.

The company used to supply VVER-440 fuel for Finland’s two-unit Loviisa nuclear power station, but ceased production in 2009. In 2014, it began examining the option of restarting VVER-440 production to potentially supply customers which operate the technology in central and eastern Europe.

Nuclear fuel manufacturer Enusa has been part of a consortium with other European partners from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, and Ukraine, which in 2018 developed a conceptual VVER-440 fuel design with Westinghouse.

The agreement, which entered into force on 1 December, establishes that, exclusively, Westinghouse and Enusa will collaborate in the manufacture of VVER-440 fuel for the countries that currently operate this type of reactor.

Date: Friday, 20 January 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/westinghouse-and-enusa-formalise-agreement-for-vver-440-reactor-designs-1-4-2023

Construction will slip and zero carbon goal become harder TerraPower said its Natrium reactor could be delayed at least two years because of a lack of advanced fuel sources outside Russia. Courtesyy TerraPower. If the US does not work out how to prepare uranium fuel for advanced reactors, the startup of first-of-a-kind plants on which spent billions of dollars have been spent will be delayed, the Breakthrough Institute research centre said.

Construction of subsequent plants will slip into the future, and the goal of a zero-carbon energy system by mid-century, already hard, will become harder.

Breakthrough said fuel was needed for reactors designed to work well with wind and solar on the grid, to replace coal plants, and to do other kinds of work besides making electricity – all in the quest for a zero-carbon economy.

“Construction of subsequent plants will slip into the future, and the goal of a zero-carbon energy system by mid-century, already hard, will become harder,” Breakthrough said.

Some advanced reactors need high assay low-enriched uranium, or Haleu, fuel. Without it “we are likely to have the first few advanced reactors waiting to start up, with no fuel for them in sight,” Breakthrough said.

Date: Friday, 20 January 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/us-research-centre-warns-of-delays-over-lack-of-haleu-1-4-2023