Wed, 22 Sep 2021 14:58:41 +0000: Uranium mining goes digital in Russia - World Nuclear News 'Digital' mining has started at the Khokhlovskoye uranium deposit in Russia, Rosatom subsidiaries announced. Operators have full information on the process and its environmental effects, as well as simulation of their options.
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 14:29:28 +0000: South Africa planning to start nuclear procurement - World Nuclear News South Africa plans to issue a Request for Proposal for 2500 MWe of new nuclear capacity at the end of March 2022 and complete the procurement process in 2024, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Nobuhle Pamela Nkabane told the International Atomic Energy Agency 65thGeneral Conference. The country is also finalising its ratification of the amended Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 14:06:13 +0000: EU, IAEA extend cooperation in nuclear safety - World Nuclear News The European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency have extended a 2013 agreement to cooperate on nuclear safety. Their cooperation has already led to over one hundred nuclear safety review missions, environmental remediation at former uranium sites in Central Asia and more effective radioactive waste management in Africa.
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 13:12:25 +0000: Abu Dhabi launches clean energy certificate scheme - World Nuclear News The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy has issued a regulatory policy for implementing a clean energy certificates scheme it says will cater to a growing appetite among businesses and consumers to contribute to the fight against climate change. The scheme provides an accreditation system based on internationally recognised standards and lays the foundations for a market for trading renewable and nuclear energy attributes.
Wed, 22 Sep 2021 11:30:29 +0000: More funding needed to complete Central Asian remediation - World Nuclear News A renewed call has been made for additional donor funding in order to tackle the most urgent problems caused by radioactive and toxic waste at legacy uranium sites in Central Asia, with the International Atomic Energy Agency estimating an additional EUR40 million (USD47 million) is required. The call came as all parties directly involved in the project signed a revised Strategic Master Plan.
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 14:59:29 +0000: Second Belarusian reactor nears operation - World Nuclear News Ostrovets 2 is at the hot test stage of commissioning and should begin generating electricity next year, Belarusian energy minister Viktor Karankevich said on the sidelines of the International Atomic Energy Agency's General Conference yesterday. "Nuclear and radiation safety is an unconditional priority for our country, and we strictly adhere to it, developing cooperation with our international partners on the principles of openness and transparency," Karankevich stressed in a speech at Belarus' exhibition stand.
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 14:43:34 +0000: Trial of advanced fuel begins at Rostov - World Nuclear News Advanced fuel assemblies have begun an operational trial at Russia's Rostov nuclear power plant. Fuel manufacturer TVEL said if successful they would provide a higher level of performance and safety. "Fuel irradiation in a commercial reactor is an important step for the further commercialisation of this product," said Natalia Nikipelova, president of TVEL, adding: "It is symbolic that this milestone is achieved when TVEL celebrates its 25th anniversary."
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:52:11 +0000: International event focuses on nuclear supply chain - World Nuclear News The nuclear industry will need to achieve even closer coordination among licensees, regulators and suppliers to ensure its supply chain can efficiently meet the needs of buyers, according to participants in an event held by Foratom and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Some of the changes instigated to deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, including remote working and the use of digital platforms, are here to stay.
Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:45:49 +0000: New Orano research centre inaugurated - World Nuclear News Orano's new Centre for Innovation in Extractive Metallurgy (Centre d'Innovation en Métallurgie Extractive, CIME) facility at its Bessines-sur-Gartempe site in the New Aquitaine region of France has been inaugurated by French Prime Minister Jean Castex. The new facility - one of the group's main R&D centres - will host industrial pilot tests for Orano projects under development, in particular for the recycling and recovery of radioactive and non-radioactive materials.
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 15:30:48 +0000: US DOD invites public comment on Project Pele draft EIS - World Nuclear News The US Department of Defense, acting through the Strategic Capabilities Office and with the Department of Energy as a cooperating agency, has released a draft environmental impact statement for the construction and demonstration phase of a prototype mobile microreactor. A public comment period on the draft EIS will begin on 24 September.