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Even oil-rich companies of Middle East are eying reactors, as more nations announce plans for SMRs Russian troops occupied the Zaporizhzhia nuclear station, which was damaged by shelling. File photo courtesy IAEA. 2022 was a year of mega milestones for nuclear energy.

Countries around the world turned to nuclear as a reliable low-carbon energy source as they looked for ways to wean themselves off Russian imports and lower carbon emissions.

New plants began operating, deals for small modular reactors were signed and countries announced ambitious plans for new-build.

On the political front, US president Joe Biden signed into law new legislation that will help to finance struggling nuclear reactors and could save dozens from being shut down early. In Europe, the nuclear industry celebrated when members of the European parliament decided to “follow the science” and support legislation which includes nuclear in the bloc’s sustainable finance taxonomy for green investment.

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2023
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is working on a "broad uranium strategy" to ensure a steady supply of uranium to meet national requirements, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The strategy work is being led by Kathryn Huff, whose appointment as Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy has now been confirmed by the Senate.

Date: Saturday, 07 May 2022
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The global uranium market has not yet been impacted by recent geopolitical events, speakers from uranium suppliers said during a session of the World Nuclear Fuel Conference 2022 in London. However, they agreed that the longer-term future is uncertain but the industry can bring capacity online to avoid any shortages.

Date: Thursday, 28 April 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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Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom in 2016 will contribute RUB24.6m ($300,000) from its state budget allocation to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA's) International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO project), according to a Russian government directive published on the official legal information portal. The directive says Rosatom and the Russian Foreign Ministry will monitor the use of the Russian contribution.

Date: Thursday, 28 January 2016
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Russia has removed highly-enriched irradiated liquid nuclear fuel from Uzbekistan's IIN-3M research reactor. Moscow-based Sosny, which develops technologies for the preparation of used nuclear fuel for reprocessing or storage, said the shipment was completed on 24 September.

Date: Wednesday, 30 September 2015
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