• Fri, Jan 27 2023

    Kazakhstan continues discussions with EDF

    Kazakhstan is continuing discussions with French company EDF including proposals for an EPR-1200 reactor, the Kazakh Ministry of Energy has confirmed. EDF is one of four potential nuclear suppliers the country is now considering. ...read more
    • Fri, Jan 27 2023

    Companies pool resources to manufacture TRISO fuel

    A joint venture between Framatome and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation plans to manufacture commercial quantities of TRISO fuel particles and fuel for advanced reactor designs. ...read more
    • Fri, Jan 27 2023

    UK minister joins Rolls-Royce SMR for Czech visit

    UK trade minister Greg Hands said he hoped discussions held during his visit with senior Rolls-Royce SMR executives could "lead to exciting opportunities". The Czech Republic has plans for small modular reactors, with a number of different firms in talks over options. ...read more
    • Fri, Jan 27 2023

    NA-SA creates investment opportunity for Atucha I

    A financial trust has been opened in Argentina to support sustainable investment in two nuclear energy projects. Investments made in the new Solidarity Financial Trust of Public Infrastructure NA-SA IV will go to enable the licence extension for Atucha I as well as the construction of a dry storage facility for used fuel. ...read more
    • Thu, Jan 26 2023

    CEZ recruits for its new build plans

    New build in the Czech Republic will lead the utility ČEZ to almost double its nuclear workforce. The company said its nuclear teams will grow by 2600 over the next ten years. ...read more
    • Thu, Jan 26 2023

    Components ready for fifth Kudankulam unit

    Major equipment for India's Kudankulam 5 is complete at the factory of the Russian supplier, Atommash. The reactor pressure vessel was assembled in a trial and the pressuriser passed crucial tests. ...read more
    • Thu, Jan 26 2023

    MoU strengthens Canadian nuclear research

    The memorandum of understanding between Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and the TRIUMF particle accelerator centre aims to foster closer ties between the two nuclear research organisations and leverage their complementary activities as they explore and pursue collaboration opportunities in nuclear and materials science and technology. ...read more
    • Thu, Jan 26 2023

    French market watchdog puts EDF takeover on hold

    The French Financial Markets Authority has suspended the state's full takeover of EDF until the Paris Court of Appeal rules on a lawsuit brought by minority shareholders in EDF challenging the deal. ...read more
    • Thu, Jan 26 2023

    Regulator endorses continued operation of Loviisa plant

    Fortum is capable of continuing to safely operate the Loviisa nuclear power plant until 2050, Finland's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority has told the country's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The government is expected to issue a decision on extending the two-unit plant's operating licence in the coming months. ...read more
    • Wed, Jan 25 2023

    Nuclear industry produces updated roadmap guide for new projects

    The New Unit Assistance Industry Working Group's updated Roadmap to Operational Readiness guide is a collection of industry guidance, lessons learned, success stories intended to help new nuclear projects worldwide "prepare for the challenge of safe and efficient nuclear power plant operation". ...read more
    • Wed, Jan 25 2023

    Oklo sets out plans for licensing of fuel recycling plant

    California-based Oklo Inc has submitted a Licensing Project Plan to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, outlining its plans for pre-application engagement activities that support the future licensing of a commercial-scale nuclear fuel recycling facility. ...read more
    • Wed, Jan 25 2023

    New application required for Diablo Canyon licence renewal

    Pacific Gas & Electric Company plans to submit a new licence renewal application for its Diablo Canyon Power Plant - California's last nuclear power plant - to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission after the regulator said it will not resume its review of the previously submitted and subsequently withdrawn application. ...read more
    • Wed, Jan 25 2023

    First Light Fusion demonstration plant site agreement, targets 2024 construction start

    The UK Atomic Energy Authority and First Light Fusion have signed an agreement for the design and construction of a facility to house the company's new net energy gain demonstrator, Machine 4, at the authority's Culham Campus in Oxfordshire. ...read more
    • Wed, Jan 25 2023

    French Senate adopts bill on accelerating nuclear new build

    The French Senate has overwhelmingly approved a draft bill aimed at accelerating procedures related to the construction of new nuclear facilities near existing nuclear sites and to the operation of existing facilities. The bill was adopted in its first reading in the Senate, with 239 votes in favour and 16 against. ...read more
    • Wed, Jan 25 2023

    NASA and DARPA target 2027 nuclear rocket engine test in space

    The USA's National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are to collaborate on developing and demonstrating a nuclear thermal rocket engine in space by 2027. ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 24 2023

    Company reveals plans for new US uranium plant

    Western Uranium & Vanadium has already acquired a site in Utah and begun work on designing and permitting the facility to process uranium, vanadium and cobalt. The new plant will process feed from Western's restarted Sunday Mine Complex. ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 24 2023

    Construction starts for Russian medical isotopes plant

    The aim is to have production lines operating at the plant in Obninsk by 2025, supplying products for the diagnosis and treatment of patients, including a wide range of cancers. Rosatom says it will ensure Russia's sovereignty in the production of radiopharmaceuticals. ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 24 2023

    Robot developed to assist verification of used fuel

    A floating autonomous robot could soon play a key role in safeguarding used nuclear fuel around the world. The Robotised Cherenkov Viewing Device has been created through a collaboration between Australian national science agency CSIRO's data and digital specialist arm Data61, Hungarian robotics company Datastart and the International Atomic Energy ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 24 2023

    Containment building completed at Zhangzhou 1

    Construction has been completed of the outer dome of the containment building of unit 1 of the Zhangzhou nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province, China National Nuclear Corporation announced. Zhangzhou 1 is the first of two Hualong One units being built at the site, scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2024 and 2025, respectively. ...read more
    • Mon, Jan 23 2023

    US regulator completes first SMR design certification rulemaking

    The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued the final rule certifying NuScale Power's small modular reactor, making it the seventh reactor design - and the first SMR - to be cleared by the regulator for use in the USA. ...read more
    • Mon, Jan 23 2023

    Discussions due on proposed Swiss repository site

    Swiss nuclear trade organisation, swissnuclear, will later this year begin discussions with local communities and cantons on possible payments and compensation for hosting a deep geological repository for radioactive waste. In September, Nördlich Lägern in northern Switzerland was proposed as the site of a repository. ...read more
    • Mon, Jan 23 2023

    Ukraine steps up preparations for first AP1000 reactors

    The Cabinet of Ministers in Ukraine has given the go-ahead to begin work on project documentation for the construction of two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant. ...read more
    • Fri, Jan 20 2023

    MBIR gets its reactor vessel

    The reactor vessel for the MBIR multipurpose sodium-cooled fast neutron research reactor under construction in Dmitrovgrad in Russia was set in place on 18 January, Rosatom announced. ...read more
    • Fri, Jan 20 2023

    WR-1 decommissioning draft EIS complete, says regulator

    Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' draft environmental impact statement for the proposed in-situ decommissioning of the Whiteshell Reactor 1 has now passed the regulator's completeness check and entered the final technical review stage. ...read more
    • Fri, Jan 20 2023

    NIA report urges DOE focus on commercialisation of advanced nuclear tech

    The Nuclear Innovation Alliance has set out its proposals for ways the US Department of Energy can do more to help to commercialise advanced nuclear technologies. ...read more