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Bulgarian cabinet approves plan for new unit at Kozloduy

Published: Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:25:59 GMT

The Bulgarian Council of Ministers, at a meeting on 20 January, approved plans presented by the Minister of Energy to construct a seventh unit at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant using Russian-supplied equipment purchased for the Belene project. The minister noted discussions have been held with Westinghouse of the USA to construct the unit.


Westinghouse doped fuel pellets move towards commercialisation

Published: Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:34:18 GMT

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review a topical report on Westinghouse Advanced Doped Pellet Technology Fuel, which the company has said is a major achievement for the advanced fuel portfolio it is developing as part of its EnCore fuel programme.


Biden Administration prioritises climate on first day

Published: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 12:40:32 GMT

Following his inauguration yesterday, US President Joseph Biden has formally signed an executive order to re-enter the Paris Climate Change Agreement and directed US departments and federal agencies to "immediately commence work to confront the climate crisis". The USA's re-entry will come into force in 30 days.


New nuclear needed for UK energy security, study says

Published: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:21:24 GMT

The UK government must continue to support nuclear power generation if the country is to meet an expected doubling of electricity demand by 2050 while meeting its Net Zero ambitions, according to a new report from the Centre for Policy Studies. The think tank recommends the government explore innovative financing methods for the construction of new nuclear power plants.


Darlington unit 3 ready for disassembly

Published: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 14:30:27 GMT

Darlington unit 3 is ready to begin the next stage of its refurbishment - disassembly - after successful separation of the reactor and its systems from the three remaining operating units at the station. Installation of the final 5-tonne section of steel bulkhead needed for the isolation was completed 10 days ahead of schedule.


Armenia plans to extend operations at Metsamor unit

Published: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 13:32:49 GMT

Armenia plans to extend the service life of its nuclear power unit in Metsamor beyond 2026 and has not abandoned plans to build a new unit, ARKA news agency reported on 14 January, following Cabinet approval of the government's new energy strategy to 2040.


Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research

Published: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 12:26:39 GMT

The UK and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration agreement to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production. The collaboration is expected to lead to new robotics and automation techniques used in Japan and the UK.


US government approves GLE restructure

Published: Tue, 19 Jan 2021 14:05:01 GMT

A proposed restructuring of GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC has received the final key approval from the US government. The restructure will see Australian research and development company Silex Systems and Canadian company Cameco Corporation increase their holdings in the company to 51% and 49%, respectively.


E3 dispute Tehran's justification for uranium enrichment

Published: Tue, 19 Jan 2021 12:37:29 GMT

Iran has no credible civilian use for uranium metal and must reverse its latest move towards increased enrichment, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK - the E3 countries - said on 16 January. In response, the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran said it wanted the International Atomic Energy Agency to "avoid mentioning unnecessary details".


Leningrad II-2 achieves 1 TWh milestone

Published: Mon, 18 Jan 2021 15:11:19 GMT

Unit 2 of the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in western Russia passed 1 terawatt hours of electricity production on 15 January, a milestone in its four months of pilot operation that started in November last year.