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In the wake of Australia’s decision to purchase nuclear-powered submarines from the USA and UK, instead of diesel-powered vessels from France (the AUKUS defence pact), pressure is building up for Australia to consider developing nuclear power for energy production. 

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsaustralian-submarine-deal-sparks-debate-about-nuclear-energy-9156685

The national secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) has called for the nation to reconsider its ban on civil nuclear energy and to place small modular reactors (SMRs) at the heart of its decarbonisation plans.

Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Time-for-nuclear-Australian-union-says

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on 6 October released a new report, “Small Modular Reactors in the Australian Context”, which offers an overview of SMRs, their potential role in Australia and likely operating costs.

Date: Friday, 08 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsminerals-council-of-australia-looks-at-smrs-9138244

Plants can also be used to power regional settlements and off-grid mining operations Small modular reactors like Nuscale’s could be used to power regional settlements and off-grid mining operations. Courtesy NuScale. Small modular reactors could be Australia’s lowest cost 24/7 zero emission power source, underpinning reliable and secure electricity supplies and replacing generation at coal and gas plants that are scheduled to retire, according to a report by the Minerals Council of Australia.

The report considers three of the most advanced SMR designs undergoing regulatory approval – NuScale’s Power Module, GE-Hitachi’s BWRX-300 and Terrestrial Energy’s Integral Molten Salt Reactor – and their potential use in Australia.

It says large nuclear reactors could potentially be accommodated near several of Australia’s larger electricity demand centres, but it is clear that SMRs could replace retiring coal and gas capacity.

With 12,000 MW of coal and gas scheduled to retire between 2030-2040, flexible base, zero-carbon generating units in the form of SMRs make a strong case for direct replacement, and also offer the potential benefit for placement at the weaker ends of the electrical grid, to improve overall balance and system stability.

Date: Friday, 08 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/cost-effective-smrs-can-replace-coal-and-gas-generation-says-report-10-4-2021

With Australia moving to decarbonise, it is time to seriously consider a role for advanced nuclear technologies like small modular reactors (SMRs), the head of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) said today.

Date: Thursday, 07 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/SMRs-ideal-fit-for-Australian-market-report-finds

An existing nuclear medicine facility at Ansto in Australia. Courtesy Ansto. The Australian government has launched a AUD30m (€18.6m) project to design a new nuclear medicine manufacturing facility to be built at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (Ansto) site in Lucas Heights in Sydney.

Acting minister for industry, science and technology Angus Taylor said the new facility will help to improve health care in Australia and will support nearly 1,000 highly skilled jobs across the country.

“Nuclear medicine is an essential part of an advanced healthcare system and helps save lives – that’s why we’re acting to secure a reliable nuclear medicine supply for future generations,” Mr Taylor said.

With 10,000-12,000 potential patient doses of nuclear medicine made by Ansto each week, most Australians are estimated to benefit from these medicines at least once in their lifetime.

Date: Saturday, 02 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-launches-aud30-million-project-to-design-new-nuclear-medicine-manufacturing-facility-10-5-2021

The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has approved Vimy Resources' Mulga Rock Mining Proposal and associated Mine Closure Plan. This means Vimy can now begin "ground disturbing" activities at the project, with a view to first uranium production by 2025.

Date: Saturday, 02 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Vimy-secures-approval-to-begin-work-at-Mulga-Rock

A Task Force established by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to review the safety of a planned release of water now stored at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi NPP held its first meeting on 28 September, attended by prominent independent experts from around the world.

Date: Friday, 01 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsinternational-task-force-meets-to-review-safety-of-fukushima-water-release-9120813

A new nuclear medicine manufacturing facility will be built in Australia at Lucas Heights, the home of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). A ministerial announcement today launched the project, saying AUD30 million (USD12.8 million) would be spent on the facility's design.

Date: Friday, 01 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/New-nuclear-medicine-facilities-announced-for-Aust

With 44 days to go until the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, leaders from ten nations plus the European Commission, European Council and United Nations last week joined US President Joe Biden in a closed-door forum at which they underscored the urgency of strengthening climate ambition ahead of COP26 and beyond. The USA and the EU also announced a Global Methane Pledge to cut global methane pollution by at least 30% from 2020 levels by 2030 through collective action.

Date: Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Leaders-gather-for-pre-COP-climate-forum