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Greenland plans to reimpose ban on uranium mining
22 July, 2021
The new Greenland government (Naalakkersuisut) is preparing to outlaw...
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Fuel loading begins at South Korea’s Shin Hanul NPP
Thursday, July 15, 2021 by Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) on 14 July began loading fuel assemblies into the core of unit 1 at its Shin Hanul NPP, five days after being granted an operating licence for...

US NPP sees first reload of Framatome’s GAIA fuel
Thursday, July 15, 2021 by France’s Framatome said on 12 July that the first reload of its GAIA Enhanced Accident Tolerant Fuel (EATF) had been installed in a US pressurised water reactor (PWR). The 64...

Dominion to supply services and equipment to South Korean NPPs
Thursday, July 15, 2021 by US-based Dominion Engineering Inc (DEI) said on 12 July that it has been awarded a contract to supply vacuum canister fuel sipping equipment and services at nuclear reactors in...

CNL to develop ‘finned’ Candu fuel
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) said on 9 July that the use of 3-D printing had opened a new range of possibilities for fuel, with new geometries, new materials, new fuel blends,...

Orano secures contracts with utilities
Tuesday, July 06, 2021 by France’s Orano said on 5 July that it has secured more than €380 million worth of orders with its electricity utility customers, in particular in the USA, Europe and Asia, for its...

Cameco to resume production at Cigar Lake
Monday, July 05, 2021 by Canada’s Cameco said on 4 July that it is returning its regular workforce to the Cigar Lake uranium mine in northern Saskatchewan and planning to restart production in the following week.

New generation centrifuges installed at Russia’s Electro-Chemical Plant
Thursday, July 01, 2021 by Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL said on 28 June that a second line of new generation gas centrifuges (GCs) had been launched at the uranium enrichment shop of the Electrochemical Plant...

Oklo receives DOE funding for advanced fuel recycling
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 by California-based Oklo on 25 June announced a $2 million cost-share award from the US Department of Energy (DOE) supported by the Technology Commercialisation Fund (TCF). Oklo is...

NNL looks at advanced nuclear fuel cycle roadmaps for a clean energy future
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 by UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) has released a document, “Fuelling Net Zero: Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycle Roadmaps for a Clean Energy Future”. NNL notes that, at the end of 2020,...

USNC to test its fuel in NRG’s Petten reactor
Thursday, June 24, 2021 by Seattle-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) announced on 22 June that it has begun working with the Nuclear Research & Consultancy Group (NRG) from the Netherlands. NRG...

Centrus becomes first US licensed HALEU production facility
Thursday, June 24, 2021 by The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) said on 23 June that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had approved Centrus Energy’s request to make...

IAEA explains fuel cladding failures
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 by In the wake of the furore over inaccurately reported “leaks” at China’s Taishan NPP, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security on 17...

Belarus NPP receives fresh fuel for the first refuelling of unit 1
Monday, June 21, 2021 by Belarusian nuclear power plant has received fresh nuclear fuel for the first refuelling of unit 1, Rosatom’s Fuel Company TVEL said on 18 June. The acceptance inspection has...

US NRC approves licence amendment for Centrus to produce HALEU
Thursday, June 17, 2021 by US-based Centrus Energy Corp announced on 14 June that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had approved the Company’s licence amendment request to produce High-Assay,...

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...

Russia begins pilot production of Remix fuel assemblies
Tuesday, June 08, 2021 by Russia’s Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC) in Seversk, part of Rosatom’s TVEL Fuel Company on 3 June began pilot production of uranium-plutonium Remix fuel assemblies (TVS) for...

Iran accelerates its nuclear development as talks continue
Thursday, June 03, 2021 by As talks continue in Vienna on reactivation of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China...

UK to take unused nuclear fuel from Norway
Tuesday, June 01, 2021 by The Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Norway said on 27 May that it had signed an agreement with Springfields Fuels Limited (SFL) in UK under which SFL will receive 3 tonnes...

Rosatom modifies nuclear fuel for Loviisa NPP
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 by Rosatom’s fuel company TVEL said on 24 May that it had completed development of a new modification of nuclear fuel for VVER-440 reactors at Finland’s Loviisa NPP. The modification of...

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