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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has said he hopes to "reinforce" the agency's team of experts at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to reflect its expanded role which includes monitoring compliance with the five safety and security principles outlined at the United Nations last week.

Date: Tuesday, 06 June 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-preparing-to-expand-team-at-Zaporizhzhia

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and other IAEA officials have signed several agreements at the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA), during Grossi’s first official visit to China. Grossi met with several high-level officials and visited nuclear facilities and institutions in Beijing, Shanghai and Shandong.

Date: Friday, 26 May 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsagreements-signed-during-first-official-visit-to-china-by-iaeas-grossi-10884614

Boss Energy Limited said it is "well on track to be Australia's next uranium producer, with strong progress on all fronts" at its Honeymoon in-situ leach (ISL) uranium project in South Australia. Production is scheduled to start at the mine during the final quarter of 2023.

Date: Tuesday, 25 April 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Boss-confident-of-Honeymoon-restart-by-year-end

The dependence of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) on a single still functioning power line for the external electricity it needs poses a major risk to nuclear safety and security, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in his latest update. This comes amid signs of continued military activity in the region.

Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmilitary-activity-continues-near-zaporizhia-npp-10770020

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi says that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant's reliance on a single functioning external power line, and two landmine explosions near the plant, mean it is "more important than ever to agree" safety measures for the site. 

Date: Saturday, 15 April 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Landmine-explosions-underline-need-for-Zaporizhzhi

Four potential locations across Estonia, which could accommodate a nuclear power plant, have been identified by a finance ministry analysis. 

Date: Friday, 14 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsestonias-finance-ministry-identifies-four-possible-npp-sites-10756091

Advances in emerging field of ‘theranostics’ are a game-changer Millions of patients around the globe rely on the regular and timely production of diagnostic and therapeutic isotopes produced in research reactors and accelerator facilities. Image courtesy IAEA. Advances in medical isotope diagnostics and therapy are holding promise for cancer patients, despite challenges facing the nuclear medical field in recent years related to radionuclide production and supply, rising costs, and stricter regulation.

Medical isotopes are radioactive substances used in various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to treat various types of cancers and other conditions. They are essential for modern medicine, allowing physicians to visualise and target specific organs, tissues and cells in a patient’s body.

Over more than a decade, personalised medicine using nuclear techniques has been gaining pace, allowing doctors to tailor therapies and treatments to the specific needs and physiology of a patient, and to avoid harm to healthy organs or tissues.

According to Sven Van den Berghe, chief executive of Belgium-based isotope producer PanTera, one technique that has seen significant advances is known as theranostics – the term used to describe the combination of using one radioactive drug to diagnose and a second to deliver therapy to treat the main tumour and any metastatic tumours.

Date: Friday, 14 April 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/sector-aims-to-tackle-isotope-supply-problems-as-excitement-grows-over-targeted-therapies-4-4-2023

“Uranium 2022: Resources, Production and Demand”, widely known as the Red Book, is the 29th edition of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and International Atomic Energy Agency's biennial report. The 568-page report presents the most recent review of world uranium market fundamentals and offers a statistical profile of the uranium industry. It includes 54 country reports on uranium exploration, resources, production and reactor-related requirements, 36 of which were prepared from officially reported government data and narratives, and 18 that were prepared by the NEA and IAEA secretariats.

Date: Saturday, 08 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsred-book-sees-modest-decrease-in-uranium-resources-but-expects-nuclear-capacity-to-increase-10741481

Annual capacity of idled mines stands at almost 30,000 tonnes Kazakhstan has limited output in recent years in response to a depressed uranium market, but is still the largest producer. Courtesy Kazatomprom. Global uranium mine production decreased by nearly 12% from 2018 to 2020 with major producing countries including Canada and Kazakhstan limiting total production in recent years in response to a depressed uranium market, according to the Nuclear Energy Agency.

In the latest edition of Uranium Resources, Production and Demand, known as the Red Book, the NEA says uranium production cuts deepened suddenly with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020.

Overall, world uranium production decreased from 53,501 tonnes of uranium (tU) in 2018 to 47,342 tU in2020 as producers instituted production cuts, followed by a slight increase to 47,472 tU in 2021. These planned reductions were greatest in Canada and Kazakhstan.

As of 1 January 2021, the annual production capacity of idled mines amounted to over 29,400 tU. These operations, which have all the necessary licences, permits and agreements for operation and have produced commercially in the past, could potentially be brought back into production relatively rapidly given appropriate market conditions.

Date: Friday, 07 April 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/global-production-down-12-with-kazakhstan-by-far-world-s-largest-producer-4-4-2023

​In a wide-ranging interview for the World Nuclear News podcast, Bannerman Energy’s CEO Brandon Munro outlined the major changes in the global uranium and wider nuclear fuel sector as a result of the Russia-Ukraine war - and gives his advice on winning people over to nuclear energy.

Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/In-Quotes-Bannermans-Brandon-Munro-on-war-s-impa