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The World’s Uranium Bank for Nuclear Reactors

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s Low Enriched Uranium Bank holds enough energy to power a large city for three years. It serves as a back-up fuel supply for countries that rely on nuclear power. This secure facility was set up by the International Atomic Energy Agency and stores 90 tonnes of low enriched uranium, in case a country is unable ...

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Sri Lanka’s Focus On Occupational Radiation Protection

Sri Lanka’s programme to monitor workers exposed to radiation through their jobs is well-established and would benefit from long-term planning, sustainable coordination and stronger cooperation and consultation among stakeholders. This was the conclusion of an IAEA Occupational Radiation Protection Appraisal Service (ORPAS) mission to the country conducted last month. Sri Lanka requested an ORPAS mission to help review measures in ...

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Sudan Looks to Nuclear Technology to Double Farmers’ Income, Grow Exports

Sudanese farmers in areas prone to drought now have a drought-tolerant peanut variety, which will improve their livelihoods and increase the country’s exports. This new variety has shown up to 27% improvement in yields while needing less water and has the potential to double farmers’ income. It was developed through nuclear techniques with the support of the IAEA, in cooperation ...

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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Completes Reactor Decommissioning Project in Sweden

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH)  has completed its work supporting the decommissioning of the Oskarshamn Nuclear Power Plant (OKG) in Oskarshamn Municipality in Sweden. GEH recently completed the segmentation of reactor internals at OKG Unit 1. The company’s work at the Oskarshamn site began in 2017 with the dismantling and segmentation of reactor internals of OKG Unit 2. The handling ...

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Switzerland Shuts Mühleberg Nuclear Power Plant

The 47-year-old Mühleberg nuclear power plant, near Bern, was permanently switched off. This is the first of five Swiss nuclear power reactor to be decommissioned. The Mühleberg nuclear power station was officially taken offline at 12.30pm, when the last control rod was removed from between the fuel elements. This stopped the chain reaction and deactivated the reactor. The process took ...

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Australia Should Consider Nuclear Power

Australia’s quest to decarbonise stepped forward this month with the release of a federal inquiry report looking to bin our ban on nuclear power introduced in the 1990s. The report recognised nuclear energy as a source of clean, low-carbon electricity, and the potential of new and emerging nuclear technologies in Australia if they are delivered alongside community consent and meet ...

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Turkey Aims To Go Nuclear By 2030

The Mersin Akkuyu project undertaken with Russia is Turkey’s sole concrete ‘nuclear energy game’ in town. This does not mean that the Akkuyu project will have a smooth path towards the 2023 target and beyond. The government presents nuclear energy as cheap, sustainable and environmentally friendly. It is also portrayed by many as a powerful way to diversify the country’s ...

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EU Leaders Include Nuclear Energy In Green Transition

European Union leaders agreed that nuclear energy will be part of the bloc’s solution to making its economy carbon-neutral by 2050, allowing them to win the support of two coal-dependent countries. The EU heads of state and government agreed that nuclear energy will be recognized as a way to fight climate change as part of a deal that endorsed the ...

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IAEA Approves Four Projects For Uzbekistan

Four projects aimed at building up Uzbekistan’s technical capacity, human resources, developing nuclear infrastructure, and strengthening nuclear and radiation safety have been approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) board of governors. The Central Asian country aims to have two nuclear power reactors in operation by 2030. The approvals were received under the framework of the technical cooperation programme ...

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Smolensk Unit 3 Gets Licence Extension

Russian regulator Rostechnadzor has issued a 15-year operating licence extension for unit 3 of the Smolensk nuclear power plant, the last of three RBMK-1000 reactors at the site in western Russia. The move means the whole plant has permission to operate for a total of 45 years. The Smolensk plant covers 75% of electricity supply to the region and 13% ...

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