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Kiev to invest $334m over next five years in mining and processing Ukraine has 15 commercial nuclear power plants including four at the Rovno nuclear station (pictured). Ukraine is aiming to increase its uranium production to cover fully the needs of its nuclear power units after 2026, the government said.

Under a national programme, Ukraine will invest 9.1 billion hryvnia ($334m) over the next five years to increase uranium mining and processing facilities.

The government said production at four Ukrainian uranium deposits would total 995 tonnes in 2022 and should rise to 1,265 tonnes in 2026.

It gave no uranium output figure for 2021 but said current production meets around 40% of Ukraine’s needs for nuclear fuel. The rest comes from imports from Russia and the US.

Ukraine’s 15 commercial nuclear power plants, which according to the International Atomic Energy Agency provided about 51% of the country’s electricity production in 2020, need 2,200 to 2,400 tonnes of uranium per year, the government said.

Date: Tuesday, 04 January 2022
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The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is awarding the Science and Technology Centre in Ukraine (STCU) a grant for US-based NuScale Power to conduct a SMR Licensing Gap Analysis.

Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
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Kazakhstan has begun to investigate the deployment of small reactors with a memorandum of cooperation signed between NuScale and Kazakhstan Nuclear Power Plants (KNPP), a branch of the government's Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund.

Date: Saturday, 18 December 2021
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Westinghouse Electric Company and Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom on 22 November signed a contract in Kiev outlining details of their agreement to bring Westinghouse AP1000 reactors to the Khmelnitskyi NPP.

Date: Friday, 26 November 2021
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Plant will save Kiev $200m a year in payments to Russia Dry runs have already begun to test the facility, which is in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Courtesy Energoatom. Ukraine’s state nuclear energy company Energoatom is poised to begin moving spent fuel from the nation’s operating reactors to its newly built consolidated interim storage (CIS) facility starting in 2022.

The facility, known in Ukraine as the centralised spent nuclear fuel storage facility (CSFSF), is inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone in the north of the country and will be used to store spent fuel from the Rovno, Khmelnitski and South Ukraine nuclear stations.

In May 2020, Energoatom said construction and installation work had been delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic and delays restoring railway access. However, dry runs have already begun to test the facility.

The main contractor for the facility is US-based Holtec International, which also built the separate ISF-2 facility at Chernobyl for the processing of more than 21,000 fuel assemblies from Chernobyl-1, -2 and -3.

Date: Friday, 19 November 2021
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Ukraine's nuclear power plant operator, Energoatom, is conducting the final pre-commissioning trials of the Central Spent Fuel Storage Facility (CSFSF) at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The company's acting president recently inspected simulation tests of the removal of nuclear fuel from unit 3 of the Rovno nuclear power plant using technology supplied by Holtec International of the USA. The transfer of fuel to the CSFSF is scheduled to begin next year.

Date: Friday, 19 November 2021
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US-based Westinghouse and Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom have begun work to complete unit 3 at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant using the AP1000 reactor technology, Energoatom said on 9 November. 

Date: Friday, 12 November 2021
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Work has already started to complete Ukraine's Khmelnitsky 3 using AP1000 technology. Engineers from Westinghouse are at the site, taking stock and considering how to complete the unique project, according to plant owner Energoatom.

Date: Wednesday, 10 November 2021
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NuScale Power and Romanian national nuclear company Nuclearelectrica yesterday signed a teaming agreement to advance the deployment of NuScale's small modular reactor (SMR) technology in Romania. The signing came a day after plans for the cooperation were announced on the sidelines of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

Date: Saturday, 06 November 2021
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The Belarusian nuclear station has one nuclear plant in operation and another nearing completions. Courtesy Belarusian NPP. The operator of the Belarusian nuclear power station has demonstrated a continued commitment to safety a year after the first unit was connected to the grid, but further operational safety improvement are needed ahead of the planned commercial operation of the second unit, an International Atomic Energy Agency team said.

The IAEA’s operational safety review team (Osart) on 29 October concluded a five-day follow up mission to the plant, carried out at the request of the government of Belarus, to evaluate progress made in addressing the findings of a pre-Osart mission conducted two years ago.

The Belarusian nuclear station, about 150 km northwest of the capital Minsk, consists of two 1,109 MW pressurised water reactors of the Russian VVER technology. One of them is operational while the other is under construction and scheduled for commercial operation in 2022.

Osart missions aim to review operational safety by assessing safety performance against IAEA safety standards. Teams of experts conduct the review and propose recommendations and suggestions for improvements. Pre-Osart reviews typically take place before first fuel loading.

Date: Tuesday, 02 November 2021
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