Weekly News Roundup – Friday 21 October

We round up the recent news and updates from the world of Nuclear.

IAEA Releases Annual Report on Country Nuclear Power Profiles, by IAEA: “The IAEA has released the 2022 edition of Country Nuclear Power Profiles (CNPP), marking more than two decades since the launch of the Agency’s comprehensive guide on the status and development of national nuclear power programmes worldwide. As more and more countries look to nuclear power to meet their climate change and energy security needs, the CNPP’s role is taking on greater importance in supporting the effective planning, decision making and implementation of nuclear power programmes as part of the IAEA’s overall efforts to support the safe and economical operation of nuclear power plants.”

New Swedish government seeks expansion of nuclear energy, by World Nuclear News: “Sweden’s incoming centre-right coalition government has adopted a positive stance towards nuclear energy, calling for state-owned energy company Vattenfall to investigate the possible restart of Ringhals units 1 and 2, as well as to prepare for the construction of new reactors.”

TRISO-X breaks ground on commercial advanced nuclear fuel facility, by Nuclear Engineering International: “TRISO-X, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-energy, has begun construction of the first US commercial-scale advanced nuclear fuel facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The TRISO-X Fuel Fabrication Facility (TF3) will be the genesis of future commercial-scale advanced nuclear energy innovation and deployment, creating more than 400 jobs and attracting an investment of approximately $300 million, TRISO-X said. TF3 is set to be commissioned and operational by 2025.”

Services agreement paves way for Canadian-Polish SMR collaboration, by World Nuclear News: “A master services agreement signed by Laurentis Energy Partners and Synthos Green Energy will support the development and deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) in Poland. The agreement enables international collaboration between the two companies, beginning with early project planning.”

Finland eyes small reactor nuclear future, talks with US, by Euractiv: “Energy giant Fortum is updating its strategy with a return to Nordic roots after the investment fiasco with Germany’s Uniper. In line with developments elsewhere in Europe, alongside conventional reactors, the Finnish state-owned (51%) company will ”explore prerequisites” for small modular reactors (SMRs), a technology in which Washington is leading. In a two-year feasibility study announced on Monday, the company said it would look into the commercial, technological and societal, political, legal and regulatory conditions for a nuclear ramp-up in Finland and Sweden.”