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The UK will be the first European country to launch a high-assay low enriched uranium (HALEU) programme with a £300m ($381m) investment, according to a statement from the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) and Claire Coutinho, Secretary of State for Energy Security & Net Zero.

Date: Wednesday, 10 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-launches-haleu-programme-11422877

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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfrance-and-nea-host-conference-to-promote-nuclear-energy-11186484

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-groups-and-ministers-pledge-to-back-new-nu

Ukraine’s nuclear utility Energoatom and Holtec International have signed a Cooperation Agreement aimed at deploying the first SMR-160 Pilot Project in Ukraine with the aim of achieving minimum controlled reactor power and connection to the grid by March 2029. Holtec’s SMR-160 advanced small modular reactor (SMR) is a pressurised light-water reactor, generating 160MWe (525MWt) using low-enriched uranium fuel, with flexibility to produce process heat for industrial applications and hydrogen production.

Date: Thursday, 27 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsukraine-agrees-to-deploy-holtec-smrs-10790438

Up to 20 Holtec SMR-160 plants will be built in Ukraine under a cooperation agreement signed between Holtec International and Ukrainian national nuclear operator Energoatom. The agreement calls for the first plant to begin supplying power by March 2029.

Date: Tuesday, 25 April 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Accord-sees-mass-deployment-of-Holtec-SMRs-in-Ukra

2023 promises to be the start of a new era for nuclear power in the European Union, after a July EU parliament vote to include nuclear power in the union’s sustainable development taxonomy as a “green” energy source. Here’s our quick rundown of what that decision means for the future of nuclear power technology and implementation.

Date: Thursday, 02 March 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsreuter-stokes-smr-technology-poised-to-leverage-the-eus-green-nuclear-decision-10641799

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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/five-major-developments-that-are-setting-the-stage-for-2023-and-beyond-1-1-2023

In a wide ranging interview for the World Nuclear News podcast, Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel explained: Why the time was right for the Westinghouse deal How Russia's war with Ukraine has led to 'bifurcation' of the nuclear sector Explained Cameco's long-term strategy Looks ahead at the impact of new technologies, including SMRs How nuclear will need to play a key role in getting to net-zero

Date: Wednesday, 09 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/In-Quotes-Cameco-s-Tim-Gitzel-WNN-podcast-on-nucle

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kazakhstan-looks-to-small-nuclear-reactors

Memoranda of understanding have been signed between US companies, including Westinghouse and NuScale Power, after a Ukrainian delegation visited the United States in early September.

Date: Wednesday, 08 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmous-signed-as-ukrainian-delegation-visits-usa-9061874