• Fri, Sep 25 2020

    Canadian firms make progress with radioisotope production

    Ontario Power Generation, its subsidiary Laurentis Energy Partners, BWXT ITG Canada Inc and its affiliates yesterday said they are making "significant progress" towards the production of molydbenum-99 at OPG's Darlington plant. Darlington will be the first large-scale nuclear power station to produce the medical radioisotope, they said ...read more
    • Fri, Sep 25 2020

    Panellists address SMR supply chain challenges

    The commercial deployment of small modular reactors will bring new supply chain opportunities as well as challenges, panellists at an event to launch a World Nuclear Association report said this week. The World Nuclear Supply Chain: Outlook 2040 analyses the economic value of the nuclear power industry and provides a market-oriented review of the opportunities ...read more
    • Fri, Sep 25 2020

    COP presidents call for enhanced NDCs by December

    Carolina Schmidt and Alok Sharma - respectively, COP25 president and COP26 president-designate - yesterday issued a joint plea for new and enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions and net-zero targets ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of ...read more
    • Thu, Sep 24 2020

    US test reactor programme moves ahead

    The US Department of Energy has approved Critical Decision 1 for the Versatile Test Reactor, meaning the project can now move to the engineering design phase. DOE has requested USD295 million for FY 2021 for the one-of-a-kind facility that would support research and development of innovative nuclear energy and other technologies. ...read more
    • Thu, Sep 24 2020

    Door opens for nuclear to enter sustainability debate

    The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has welcomed the nuclear industry into its debate on the policy responses required to address climate change and sustainable development. Today, UNECE's Expert Group on Resource Management held a session titled The role of nuclear energy resources in sustainable development as part of UNECE Energy ...read more
    • Thu, Sep 24 2020

    A sustainable future has diversity at its heart

    World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising said today that the changes needed to transition to a more sustainable future will not happen without the participation of a diverse workforce, and the greater inclusion of women. Speaking to participants in a side event to the International Atomic Energy Agency's 64th General Conference ...read more
    • Thu, Sep 24 2020

    Project to downblend Kazakh HEU fuel completed

    A project to remove the last remaining batch of unirradiated highly enriched uranium fuel from Kazakhstan has been completed in a joint effort by Kazakhstan and the USA, the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has announced. The two nations have also signed a new joint statement reaffirming their intention to continue ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 23 2020

    Report sees opportunities for nuclear supply chain

    The 2020s are likely to be a time of uncertainty for global energy systems with the growing recognition that business-as-usual is unsustainable and represents a threat to humanity, but the global transition to low-carbon energy and the post-COVID recovery will be a time of opportunity for the nuclear energy sector and its supply chain, according to ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 23 2020

    UAE's clean energy goals are not limited to solar, says energy minister

    The United Arab Emirates' world records in the development of solar power do not distract from its ambition to expand its use of nuclear energy to help facilitate the transition to a clean economy, UAE Minister of Energy Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al Mazroui said yesterday. In his address to the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial , the minister explained ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 23 2020

    Project launched to digitally clone all French reactors

    Digital twins of every unit in France's fleet of nuclear power reactors are to be developed under a four-year project involving partners from academia and industry. These cloned reactors will serve as a training simulator for the new generation of operators and a simulation environment for engineering studies. ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 23 2020

    Foundation slabs completed at Akkuyu 2 reactor and turbine buildings

    JSC Akkuyu Nuklear has announced the completion of concrete pouring of the reactor and turbine buildings' foundation slabs at unit 2 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant under construction in Mersin province, in southern Turkey. The 4800 MWe plant will comprise four VVER1200 reactors and is expected to meet about 10% of Turkey's electricity needs ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 23 2020

    Nuclear is environmentally friendly energy, says Russian minister

    Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak yesterday highlighted the contribution of the country's nuclear power sector, which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary, to the transition to low-carbon energy. During his address to the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial , Novak said the climate agenda was becoming an increasingly significant factor in ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 23 2020

    UK launches Energy Transition Council for COP26

    The UK government has launched a COP26 Energy Transition Council to bring together leaders of the global power sector, to accelerate the transition from coal to clean power. Announcing the initiative at a Clean Energy Ministerial side event, Martin Callanan said this new partnership would "speed progress" for the next round of UN climate talks ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 23 2020

    Pandemic has 'humanised' energy, says World Energy Council CEO

    The world has entered a new era of energy transition - energy for people, planet and prosperity - and the big question facing us all is how it can emerge faster from crisis as stronger, connected energy societies, World Energy Council Secretary General and CEO Angela Wilkinson said in her address to the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial yesterday. Hosted ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Innovation is key to nuclear's future, says Rising

    Nuclear innovation is driving improvement in all parts of the industry, enhancing reliability, efficiency, economics and flexibility, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising told the International Atomic Energy Agency's Scientific Forum 2020 today. She said innovation is accelerating the development and commercialisation of small ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Viewpoint: Time to appoint a National Focal Point on denial of shipments

    As Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency gather in Vienna this week for the annual General Conference , they should consider making universal the appointment of a National Focal Point on denials of shipment of radioactive materials to boost security of supply of medical isotopes, write Natanael Bruno and Serge Gorlin, co-chairs of ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 22 2020

    World needs large and small reactors, Association says

    World Nuclear Association has called on policymakers to accelerate the development and commercialisation of small modular reactors as well as fast-tracking the deployment of large-scale reactors in a policy paper released today. The message is clear that to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius, global carbon emissions must decrease rapidly ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 22 2020

    IAEA head calls for nuclear to have a place in all debates

    Nuclear power must be included in all debates about the clean energy transition and tackling climate change, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today at the opening session of the Agency's Scientific Forum 2020 . Panellists in the first session agreed there were issues that the industry must address ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Austria fails in attempt to block Hinkley Point C

    The European Court of Justice has rejected Austria's appeal against the European Commission's 2014 decision to approve the UK's support for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, which is under construction in Somerset, England. The Court of Justice, the supreme court of the European Union in matters of EU law, agreed with the Commission ...read more
    • Tue, Sep 22 2020

    Uzbekistan on track for IAEA mission this year, says energy minister

    Uzbekistan is "making great strides" in developing its nuclear and regulatory infrastructure in strong partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Uzbek Minister of Energy Alisher Sultanov told participants in the 64th IAEA General Conference yesterday. Speaking via video-link to the annual event in Vienna, Sultanov provided an ...read more
    • Mon, Sep 21 2020

    SKB found to be fit for safe operation of waste facilities

    Sweden's radioactive waste management company generally meets the legal requirements for ensuring the safe operation of the central interim storage facility for used nuclear fuel (Clab) at Oskarshamn and the SFR repository for low and intermediate-level waste at Forsmark, the regulator said. The Radiation Safety Authority said Svensk Kärnbränslehantering ...read more
    • Mon, Sep 21 2020

    IAEA is 'fair and firm' with Iran, says Grossi

    The IAEA continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement, and evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities continue, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of IAEA General Conference . ...read more
    • Mon, Sep 21 2020

    IAEA is there help with every global challenge, says Grossi

    The fight against the coronavirus pandemic has underscored the important role the International Atomic Energy Agency plays in the major crises the world faces, its director general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of IAEA General Conference . These remarks were in addition to a formal statement published ...read more
    • Mon, Sep 21 2020

    IAEA is there to help with every global challenge, says Grossi

    The fight against the coronavirus pandemic has underscored the important role the International Atomic Energy Agency plays in the major crises the world faces, its director general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of the IAEA General Conference . These remarks were in addition to his formal statement ...read more
    • Mon, Sep 21 2020

    Canadian project to focus on recycling of heavy water

    Ontario Power Generation's Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability has announced a collaboration agreement between Laurentis Energy Partners and BWXT Canada to develop technology that will assist in the recycling of heavy water at OPG's nuclear facilities. Canada's Candu pressurised heavy water reactors use unenriched, or "natural" ...read more