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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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France Extends Nuclear Reactors Outage After Earthquake

French utility EDF had extended outages at three nuclear reactors at its Cruas plant until Nov. 15 following a 5.1 magnitude earthquake in southeast France that forced it to temporarily suspend electricity generation at the site. A sensor at the plant was activated during the earthquake in the region, requiring the state-controlled utility to carry out further checks for potential ...

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Africa Signs Nuclear Deal With Russia To Meet Energy Requirements

18 African countries sign nuclear agreement with Rosatom, Russian nuclear power Corporation amidst concerns about the environmental impact of nuclear energy. The Director General of Rosatom, Alexey Likhachev, has assured the Ethiopian Minister of Innovation and Technology, Getahun Mekuria Kuma about peaceful use of nuclear energy at the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi held at Black Sea. Rwanda is the latest ...

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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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Nuclear Regulatory Issues In India And The UAE

Two major international trade missions to India and the United Arab Emirates this month were opportunities for NEI and nuclear industry representatives to learn about trade-related regulatory issues, observe construction activity and pursue potential new opportunities. Led by NEI and consortia of business leaders, these missions play an important role for U.S. suppliers of commercial nuclear technology and services seeking ...

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