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Darlington unit 3 ready for disassembly

Published: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 14:30:27 GMT

Darlington unit 3 is ready to begin the next stage of its refurbishment - disassembly - after successful separation of the reactor and its systems from the three remaining operating units at the station. Installation of the final 5-tonne section of steel bulkhead needed for the isolation was completed 10 days ahead of schedule.


Armenia plans to extend operations at Metsamor unit

Published: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 13:32:49 GMT

Armenia plans to extend the service life of its nuclear power unit in Metsamor beyond 2026 and has not abandoned plans to build a new unit, ARKA news agency reported on 14 January, following Cabinet approval of the government's new energy strategy to 2040.


Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research

Published: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 12:26:39 GMT

The UK and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration agreement to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production. The collaboration is expected to lead to new robotics and automation techniques used in Japan and the UK.


US government approves GLE restructure

Published: Tue, 19 Jan 2021 14:05:01 GMT

A proposed restructuring of GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC has received the final key approval from the US government. The restructure will see Australian research and development company Silex Systems and Canadian company Cameco Corporation increase their holdings in the company to 51% and 49%, respectively.


E3 dispute Tehran's justification for uranium enrichment

Published: Tue, 19 Jan 2021 12:37:29 GMT

Iran has no credible civilian use for uranium metal and must reverse its latest move towards increased enrichment, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK - the E3 countries - said on 16 January. In response, the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran said it wanted the International Atomic Energy Agency to "avoid mentioning unnecessary details".


Leningrad II-2 achieves 1 TWh milestone

Published: Mon, 18 Jan 2021 15:11:19 GMT

Unit 2 of the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in western Russia passed 1 terawatt hours of electricity production on 15 January, a milestone in its four months of pilot operation that started in November last year.


IAEA assists in securing Congolese disused radioactive sources

Published: Mon, 18 Jan 2021 14:43:08 GMT

Two disused radioactive sources, previously used in cancer treatment, have been transported to safe and secure storage locations in the Republic of the Congo. The relocation of the sources - which are expected to be exported outside the country next year - was supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency.


India produces first indigenous eye cancer treatment

Published: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 14:57:01 GMT

India's Bhabha Atomic Research Centre has developed a process to harvest medical-grade ruthenium-160, allowing the indigenous production of plaques of the material for use in eye cancer therapy. Ruthenium is a fission by-product of the nuclear reprocessing cycle.


Belarusian unit brought to 100% capacity

Published: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 15:27:11 GMT

Unit 1 of the nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus reached 100% of its capacity on 12 January, Russia's Rosatom said yesterday. The reactor, near Ostrovets in the Grodno region of Belarus, is of the AES-2006 design, which is the latest version of the VVER-1200 and the first of its kind built outside Russia.


US environmental cleanup mission shares 2020 scorecard

Published: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 14:59:46 GMT

The US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management has released a "scorecard" reflecting its accomplishment of the "vast majority" of its 2020 priorities amid the federal government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. EM said it is now positioned for a decade of "transformational progress" in its mission to clean up the environmental legacy from decades of US nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.