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G7 communique makes only a passing reference to nuclear
15 June, 2021
The final communique of the Group of Seven (G7) leaders who met in...
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US DOE announces funding for stellarator research
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 by The US Department of Energy (DOE) on 8 June announced $6.4 million in funding for US scientists to carry out seven research projects at two major fusion energy facilities located...

General Atomics prepares to ship first module of ITER’s Central Solenoid
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 by After a decade of design and fabrication, US-based General Atomics said on 15 June that it is ready to ship the first module of the Central Solenoid to the International...

Iraq looks to revive its nuclear programme
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 by Iraq is working on a plan to build nuclear reactors in face of widespread blackouts that have sparked social unrest, Bloomberg reported on 8 June. Despite being OPEC’s second biggest...

IAEA Reviews Kenya’s Nuclear Infrastructure Development
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 by Kenya has made progress in implementing the recommendations of an earlier International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear infrastructure review mission, follow-up Integrated...

IAEA calls for company support through the Nuclear Saves Partnerships
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 by The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) Nuclear Saves Partnerships will enable the IAEA to accelerate the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the Agency said on 9 June. The...

Energoatom signs contract with Westinghouse for licensing of fuel for Rovno NPP
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 by Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom on 10 June signed a contract with Westinghouse Electric Sweden for the development and delivery of licensing documentation for VVER-440...

Belarus 1 begins commercial operation
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 by The Belarus acceptance committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Nazarov on 10 June approved unit 1 of the Belarus NPP for commercial operation. The commissions said tis...

WNA report says regulatory harmonisation needed to speed SMR deployment
Thursday, June 10, 2021 by A new report published on 8 June by the World Nuclear Association says that, for small modular reactors (SMRs) to play their part in the clean energy transition, it is crucial...

Third tier of inner containment installed at Akkuyu 1
Thursday, June 10, 2021 by The third tier of the internal containment shell has been installed at unit 1 of the Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkey, project company Akkuyu Nuclear said on 7 June....

IEA sees no place for nuclear in financing clean energy transitions in emerging economies
Thursday, June 10, 2021 by The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest flagship report, “Financing clean energy transitions in emerging and developing economies,” barely mentions nuclear, except in passing,...

Rosatom to supply Brazil with key medical isotopes
Thursday, June 10, 2021 by Isotop JSC (part of Rusatom Healthcare, Rosatom’s radiation technologies integrator) on 9 June signed a five-year contract with Brazil’s Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN,...

US DOE launches Energy Earthshots with hydrogen initiative
Thursday, June 10, 2021 by US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M Granholm on 7 June launched the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Earthshots Initiative, to accelerate breakthroughs of more abundant,...

Vogtle 4 equipment “energised” but delays to unit 3 still expected
Thursday, June 10, 2021 by US Georgia Power announced on 7 June that plant equipment for unit 4 of the Vogtle NPP expansion project is now energised, or permanently powered, ready for subsequent testing....

Toshiba manufactures toroidal field coils for ITER
Thursday, June 10, 2021 by Japan’s Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions (Toshiba ESS) announced on 8 June that it had manufactured the first of four toroidal field coils for the International...

Kinetrics to establish campus for clean energy innovation
Thursday, June 10, 2021 by Canada’s Kinectrics said on 7 June that it proposes to design, build and operate a world-class campus for innovation in clean energy, known as Helius. The focus of this campus will be...

UK’s Dungeness B to begin defueling
Thursday, June 10, 2021 by UK-based EDF Energy said on 7 June it had decided to move Dungeness B nuclear power station in Kent into the defueling phase with immediate effect. Since September 2018 the station...

NNL launches strategic plan on nuclear science benefits
Thursday, June 10, 2021 by The UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) said on 8 June that it was proud to launch its Strategic Plan, which sets out how NNL is benefiting society through nuclear science. The...

EPRI paper looks at non-electricity markets for advanced reactors
Thursday, June 10, 2021 by The US-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on 2 June published a White Paper, “Rethinking Deployment Scenarios to Enable Large-Scale, Demand-Driven Non-Electricity Markets...

Rosatom begins construction of lead-cooled BREST fast reactor
Thursday, June 10, 2021 by The construction of a 300 MW nuclear power unit with an innovative lead coolant began on 8 June at the site of Russia’s Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC - part of Rosatom’s TVEL...

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