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Consolidated Uranium Inc has agreed to buy Virginia Energy Resources, which owns Coles Hill - the largest undeveloped uranium project in the USA - in a transaction worth around USD32.2 million. The company is hopeful Virginia's 40-year moratorium on uranium mining may be overcome.

Date: Saturday, 19 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Consolidated-Uranium-buys-Virginia-uranium-project

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission said Singapore is committed to maintaining and strengthening its regulatory framework for radiation safety and noted areas which would benefit from further enhancements.

Date: Saturday, 22 October 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-reviews-singapores-regulatory-framework-for-radiation-safety-10106669

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) says construction has been completed and processing equipment is now being installed in the Synroc facility which is due to begin operations in 2025.

Date: Friday, 21 October 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Equipment-being-installed-in-ANSTO-s-Synroc-radioa

Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) has announced that its chairman and two independent non-executive directors are to step down. The announcement came after majority owner Rio Tinto questioned the content of a newly released valuation report to address material cost and schedule overruns on the rehabilitation of the Ranger project.

Date: Wednesday, 05 October 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ranger-valuation-report-prompts-ERA-board-changes

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Rafael Mariano Grossi says that climate change and the energy crisis has led to more countries seeing nuclear power as a solution, as the IAEA increases its forecast for future nuclear capacity.

Date: Tuesday, 27 September 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-increases-projection-of-nuclear-power-growth

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission said Slovakia is committed to maintaining and strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety, as the it prepares to start up a third reactor unit at the Mochovce NPP.  The team also noted areas where it could be further enhanced, for example by increasing coordination between different national authorities involved in regulatory oversight.

Date: Saturday, 24 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-says-slovakia-is-committed-to-a-high-level-of-safety-10031124

Energy Resources of Australia says cleanup costs have increased ERA ended production at its Ranger uranium mine in January last year after 40 years of operation. Courtesy OECD NEA. The federal government of Australia has introduced a bill to allow a mining operator more time to clean up environmental damage left from a decommissioned uranium mine near Kakadu National Park, southeast of Darwin in the Northern Territory.

Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) – a subsidiary of mining giant Rio Tinto – shut down production at its Ranger uranium mine in January last year after 40 years of operation.

It has since been working to return the mine site to its original state, but the cleanup effort has become increasingly expensive and drawn out. In February ERA said the rehabilitation could cost up to AUD1.2bn (€816m $824m) more than expected and take two years longer than initially planned.

The rehabilitation was originally estimated at AUD973m, but in a statement to the Australian stock exchange in February, ERA revised costs to be approximately between AUD1.6bn and AUD2.2bn.

Date: Saturday, 10 September 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/legislation-will-grant-more-time-for-rehabilitation-of-ranger-mine-9-5-2022

Paducah facility in Kentucky could be operational in late 2020s Australia-based Silex says its laser enrichment technology is the future of uranium enrichment. Australia-based technology company Silex Systems has completed a “rigorous” eight-month test programme of the first module of full-scale laser enrichment technology required for US-based Global Laser Enrichment’s (GLE) commercial pilot demonstration project in Wilmington, North Carolina.

GLE is the exclusive worldwide licensee of the laser enrichment Silex technology, which Silex says is “the future of uranium enrichment”.

The technology is a unique laser-based process that has a number of advantages over other uranium enrichment processes including higher efficiency, lower costs and greater flexibility in producing advanced fuels for advanced small modular reactors.

GLE is commercialising the technology to produce nuclear fuel for commercial nuclear power plants. The company has exclusive rights to enrich a significant portion of the US Department of Energy’s depleted uranium “tails” at a proposed facility in Paducah, Kentucky.

Date: Thursday, 08 September 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/silex-completes-rigorous-testing-of-technology-for-us-demonstration-project-9-3-2022

Governments must invest and break down roadblocks to the deployment of emerging and existing technologies if the world is to move to net-zero by mid-century - including legislative change to allow countries that currently prohibit the use of nuclear energy to consider using it as part of their energy mix, according to a new report by Princeton University and Worley.

Date: Wednesday, 07 September 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Research-paper-calls-for-infrastructure-rethink-to

The first full-scale laser system module developed by Silex Systems Ltd for deployment in Global Laser Enrichment's (GLE) commercial pilot demonstration facility has successfully completed eight months of testing in Australia. The module will now be shipped to the USA for installation at GLE's facility.

Date: Tuesday, 06 September 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Testing-complete-for-laser-enrichment-module