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It is neither sensible nor safe to replace the Russian nuclear fuel used in the VVER-440 reactors at Hungary’s Paks NPP with fuel from another supplier, Hungarian nuclear engineer Zsolt Hárfás said in an interview with Magyar Nemzet. “An often asked question is whether fresh Russian nuclear fuel used in the VVER-440 reactors at the Paks NPP can be quickly replaced by fuel from alternative producers. The short answere is ‘no’ because currently none of the Western manufacturers has an officially approved fuel assembly suitable for VVER-440 units,” he said.

Date: Thursday, 18 January 2024
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The Roadmaps to New Nuclear conference, organised by the French Ministry for Energy Transition and the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in Paris, resulted in two communiques signed by energy ministers and industry representatives emphasising the need for nuclear energy.

Date: Tuesday, 03 October 2023
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Representatives of the nuclear industry in OECD nations, and representatives of the governments of 20 countries, have issued communiqués committing to work together to expand nuclear energy capacity, after the inaugural Roadmaps to New Nuclear conference organised by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the French government.

Date: Saturday, 30 September 2023
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The first VVER-440 fuel produced by US-based Westinghouse at its Swedish facility has been loaded into one of the reactors at Ukraine’s Rivne NPP. It was not clear which of the units – 1 or 2 – received the fuel, which reportedly will initially be mixed with the existing fuel supplied by Russia’s TVEL. Ukraine’s target, however, is to end the use of Russian-supplied fuel as soon as possible.

Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2023
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Slovak Nuclear & Decommissioning Company (JAVYS - Jadrová a Vyradovacia Spolocnost) and US-based Westinghouse Electric Company have signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) “to create a space for cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and in the implementation of projects aimed at the development of small modular reactors (SMRS)”.

Date: Thursday, 20 July 2023
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The European Union (EU) has selected a consortium led by Westinghouse to develop and deliver a secure, fully European nuclear fuel supply for Russian-designed pressurised water reactors (VVERs). Westinghouse says “diversifying the sources of VVER fuel will be fully achieved by strengthening European capabilities in design, manufacturing, and supply while accelerating the capacity-building process”.

Date: Thursday, 13 July 2023
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US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a contract with Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom to design, manufacture and deliver Long-Term Containment Cooling Systems (LCCSs) as part of the modernisation of units 1&2 at the Rivne NPP. The cooling systems will improve safety by ensuring stable heat removal and effective containment depressurisation in the case of an accident.

Date: Friday, 16 June 2023
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Agreement heralds significant move away from Russian supplies ČEZ chief executive officer Daniel Beneš (left) and Westinghouse chief executive officer and president Patrick Fragman at the signing of the contract. US -based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a contract with Czech utility ČEZ for the supply of nuclear fuel for VVER-440 pressurised water reactor units (PWR) at the Dukovany nuclear power station.

Westinghouse said in a statement that fuel deliveries are expected to begin in 2024 while the contract is anticipated to be valid for seven years.

The contract will replace supplies by Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer Tvel, a subsidiary of state-owned nuclear group Rosatom.

ČEZ said in a separate statement that Dukovany has stored nuclear fuel to cover about three years of operation. The station is obliged to maintain these reserves even after signing the new fuel contract, the statement said.

Daniel Beneš, chief executive officer of ČEZ, said the signing of the new “western supplier” contract for Dukovany means “a further significant strengthening of energy security” for the company and the Czech Republic.

Date: Saturday, 01 April 2023
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