• Wed, Nov 3 2021

    NuScale SMR planned for Romania

    NuScale Power of the USA and Romanian national nuclear company Nuclearelectrica plan to construct a NuScale small modular reactor plant in Romania by 2028. The announcement came during a meeting yesterday between US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on the sidelines of the COP26 climate conference ...read more
    • Tue, Nov 2 2021

    Uranium producers feel impact of supply chain issues

    Kazatomprom has reduced its expected production figures for 2021 due to delays in exploration and wellfield development activity, citing pandemic-related supply chain issues which have had a material impact on production schedules. The Kazakh uranium producer's announcement comes days after Canadian company Cameco reduced its forecast for fuel services ...read more
    • Tue, Nov 2 2021

    Preliminary design of TRISO-X fuel plant completed

    The preliminary design of X-energy's TRISO-X Fuel Fabrication Facility to produce tri-structural isotropic fuel on a commercial scale has now been completed, X-energy and Centrus Energy Corp announced today. The companies have also signed a contract for nuclear fuel and services provider Centrus to continue its work as the project enters its next ...read more
    • Tue, Nov 2 2021

    India sets target for net-zero

    India has set a target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. This was the fifth - and last - in a list of Indian pledges made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his National Statement to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. ...read more
    • Tue, Nov 2 2021

    Long-term safety of Forsmark reviewed by IAEA

    An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts has completed a follow-up Safety Aspects of Long-Term Operation mission to units 1 and 2 of the Forsmark nuclear power plant in Sweden. The team reviewed the plant's response to recommendations and suggestions made during an initial IAEA Pre-SALTO mission in 2019. ...read more
    • Mon, Nov 1 2021

    International team notes improvements at Ostravets

    An expert team assembled by the International Atomic Energy Agency "observed significant improvements" in operational practices at Belarus' Ostravets nuclear power plant, the organisation said, noting that some areas remain for improvement. ...read more
    • Mon, Nov 1 2021

    Kursk-II receives its first steam generator

    The first of four steam generators has been delivered to the Kursk-II 1 construction project, Russia's first VVER-TOI reactor unit. The reactor is scheduled to begin operating in late 2022, with a second VVER-TOI unit at the site expected to start up the following year. ...read more
    • Mon, Nov 1 2021

    G20 leaders reaffirm commitment to Paris Agreement

    The leaders of the G20, who met in Rome on 30-31 October, said they are committed to tackling the "critical and urgent threat" of climate change and to work collectively to achieve a successful COP26 climate change conference, which is now under way in Glasgow. They reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and vowed ...read more
    • Sun, Oct 31 2021

    INL-developed device opens door for advanced fuel safety studies

    Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory have developed a new method of simulating what happens to a nuclear fuel pin when it overheats, using a newly developed detector which they plan to use in future tests of advanced light-water reactor fuel designs, beginning next year. ...read more
    • Fri, Oct 29 2021

    Companies outline net-zero actions ahead of COP26

    Nuclear technologies have a vital contribution to make in achieving net-zero but nuclear companies are working at the same time to address their own greenhouse gas emissions. Panellists at a World Nuclear Association Strategic eForum, Committing to Net Zero , this week discussed corporate emissions pledges and what nuclear technologies can offer as ...read more
    • Fri, Oct 29 2021

    Bulgaria enlists Fluor and NuScale

    Bulgarian Energy Holding has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with US engineering firm Fluor to look at the possibility of replacing coal boilers with NuScale small nuclear reactors, among other things. The country has committed to stop using coal for electricity generation by 2037 or 2040. ...read more
    • Fri, Oct 29 2021

    Construction licence issued for Akkuyu 4

    Construction of Turkey's fourth nuclear power reactor will start at the beginning of 2022, after the project was granted a construction licence by the country's Nuclear Regulatory Authority. Akkuyu will become the largest nuclear construction site in the world, Rosatom said. ...read more
    • Fri, Oct 29 2021

    High gas prices shift optimal hydrogen production to nuclear, says IAEA

    Nuclear energy will be the most cost-effective means of producing clean hydrogen when natural gas prices are high, according to a new study by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA said the study "underscored the importance of having a diverse mix of low-carbon sources for a successful clean energy transition." ...read more
    • Fri, Oct 29 2021

    GIF calls for nuclear's inclusion in COP26 discussions

    All realistic options that might contribute to global net-zero must be considered, the Generation IV International Forum has said in an open letter to COP26 President Alok Sharma. Nuclear systems and advanced reactors - such as Generation IV systems - can contribute to a net-zero society alongside renewable energies, it says. ...read more
    • Thu, Oct 28 2021

    Nuclear profits sustain Bulgaria in gas crisis

    Profits from Bulgaria's Kozloduy nuclear power plant are being redirected to provide subsidies of BGN110 (USD65) per MWh to industry. Some 630,000 industrial consumers will receive the benefit to protect them from power prices driven by gas. ...read more
    • Thu, Oct 28 2021

    UK government earmarks funds for progressing nuclear project

    The UK government has announced up to GBP1.7 billion (USD2.3 billion) in funding for a large-scale nuclear power plant in its autumn budget and spending review. It said it is in "active negotiations" with EDF over the Sizewell C project in Suffolk. The announcement comes days after the government introduced legislation for funding future nuclear ...read more
    • Thu, Oct 28 2021

    Speech: Let's ditch ideology

    International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has said he will bring a simple message to the COP26 climate change conference: Nuclear is and will be part of the solution to our climate crisis. The conference, which begins next week in Glasgow, could be one of our last best opportunities to agree on concrete steps to ensure ...read more
    • Thu, Oct 28 2021

    Inner dome installed at first Zhangzhou Hualong One

    The inner safety dome was yesterday installed on the containment building of unit 1 of the Zhangzhou nuclear power plant in China's Fujian province, China National Nuclear Corporation has announced. Zhangzhou unit 1, the first of two Hualong One units at the site, is scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2024. ...read more
    • Wed, Oct 27 2021

    Chernobyl waste facility nears operation

    Final testing is underway at the facility which will receive, process and dispose of solid radioactive waste from the decommissioning of Chernobyl. "This is a very important event," said the acting director general of Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Valery Seyda. "The last 'long-term construction' at the site is finally moving ...read more
    • Wed, Oct 27 2021

    Net-zero easier and cheaper with nuclear, says French grid operator

    France can achieve its net-zero emissions target by 2050 through energy efficiency and electrification that would lead to a 35% increase in electricity demand, the French grid operator has said in a new report. Of the scenarios considered by Réseau de Transport d'Electricité, the cheapest implies constructing 14 large new nuclear power reactors ...read more
    • Wed, Oct 27 2021

    Yellow Cake to make additional uranium purchases

    London-based Yellow Cake plc has announced plans to buy a further 3 million pounds U3O8 (1154 tU), including 1 million pounds U3O8 from Kazatomprom in addition to that already covered in its option agreement with the Kazakh uranium producer. It also intends to buy some 2 million pounds of material sourced from CGN Global Uranium Limited. ...read more
    • Tue, Oct 26 2021

    Westinghouse micro-reactor feasible option for Canada, study finds

    The eVinci micro-reactor can provide necessary, clean and cost-competitive energy to decentralised, off-grid markets in Canada, a feasibility report prepared by Bruce Power and Westinghouse has found. ...read more
    • Tue, Oct 26 2021

    US Air Force confirms site for first microreactor

    The US Air Force has confirmed the Eielson base in Alaska as the facility planned to host its first small nuclear power plant. A microreactor of up to 5 MWe could be operational there as soon as 2027, according to Eielson. ...read more
    • Tue, Oct 26 2021

    UK government adopts new financing model for nuclear projects

    The Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill, which will use the Regulated Asset Base model to fund future nuclear power stations in the UK, has today been set out by the country's Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng. The new funding model is expected to attract a wider range of private investment into new nuclear power projects, cutting the cost of financing ...read more
    • Tue, Oct 26 2021

    Report highlights nuclear's contribution to SDGs

    Nuclear industry organisations from around the world have today published a report highlighting the contributions made by nuclear towards achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The report notes nuclear contributes to each of the 17 goals. ...read more