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Africa Looks To India For Nuclear Reactors

As part of India’s strategy to expand its footprint in Africa, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is exploring supply of small nuclear power reactors to the electricity-starved countries.  Interestingly, India’s civilian nuclear power programme has caught the fancy of African countries because climate change has impacted their conventional hydropower generation capacity, which was primarily dependent on the Nile, the ...

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Brazil To Join Nuclear Energy Agency

Brazil is considering joining the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), a specialized agency within the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which could serve as a stepping stone to joining the rich-nations club, its head said. NEA director general William Magwood said the membership of the agency, which groups 33 countries with 85% of the world’s nuclear power capacity, is ...

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Lessons From The Cyberattack On India’s Largest Nuclear Power Plant

Indian officials acknowledged towards the end of October that a cyberattack occurred at the country’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant. An Indian private cybersecurity researcher had tweeted about the breach three days earlier, prompting Indian authorities to initially deny that it had occurred before admitting that the intrusion had been discovered in early September and that efforts were underway to respond ...

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US Confirms Saudi Arabia Nuclear Energy Talks

A senior US official has confirmed that Washington is in talks with Riyadh about supporting Saudi Arabia’s planned nuclear programme. Speaking in Abu Dhabi in October, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry Perry confirmed that talks were ongoing. Perry told the forum that Saudi Arabia’s leadership in Riyadh wanted to sign a ‘123 Agreement’ with the United States. A 123 Agreement ...

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Erdogan’s Tough Signals On Nuclear Weapons

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan surprised many in the international community with his declaration that it was unacceptable for nuclear armed powers to prohibit Turkey from acquiring nuclear weapons. While many analysts dismissed Erdogan’s declaration as more rhetorical posturing designed to advance Turkey’s status in the regional security architecture, the president’s remarks reveal the country’s perception of its own deepening ...

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Uranium Traces Detected At Undeclared Site In Iran

The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has detected uranium particles at an undeclared site in Iran, it said in its report on the country’s nuclear programme. The report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), also confirmed that Iran has ramped up uranium enrichment, in breach of a landmark 2015 deal with international powers.  Britain, France, Germany and the EU said ...

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Iran Begins Pouring Concrete For 2nd Nuclear Power Reactor

Iran has begun pouring concrete for a second nuclear reactor at its Bushehr power plant, a facility Tehran points to as its reason to break the enrichment limit set by its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Bushehr is fueled by uranium produced in Russia, not Iran, and is monitored by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency. However, ...

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Flamanville Plant Deals With Serial Glitches

Engineers are struggling to fix eight faulty welds at Flamanville plant that’s supposed to showcase France’s savoir faire in nuclear power. As they consider sending in robots to access hard-to-get-to areas between two containment walls, for Electricite de France it’s just the latest setback in a project that’s running a decade late and almost four times over budget. The Flamanville ...

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India Explores Nuclear Energy Among Other Options To Fulfill Energy Needs

France derives about 75% of its electricity from nuclear energy due to a long-standing policy based on energy security. It is the world’s largest net exporter of electricity due to very low cost of generation, and gains over €3 billion per year. These are reasons enough for countries like India to follow France to increase its nuclear power capacity. There ...

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The Way Ahead – Nuclear Commerce

Commerce is the way ahead, particularly, nuclear commerce. Progress is partly trade and commerce. Trade and commerce requires connectivity, by road, rail, air and sea. Trade and commerce is a byproduct of demand and supply, and there is plenty of demand for clean energy. Traders in the guise of individuals, corporations, and governments indulge in commerce to expand their economies. That ...

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