Weekly News Roundup – Friday 28 October

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

Europe faces tough decisions over nuclear power, by BBC News: “Decisions around the future of nuclear energy are urgently needed in Europe. Russian supplies of natural gas have been disrupted amidst the war in Ukraine, energy prices have soared to emergency levels. Meanwhile, some countries are suffering a lingering hangover from the Covid-19 pandemic. In France, half of the country’s nuclear power plants are currently not operating.”

Poland ‘closer to decision’ on nuclear partner after US talks, by World Nuclear News: “Poland aims to build six nuclear plants in the coming years and has had offers from the USA’s Westinghouse, South Korea’s KHNP and France’s EDF. As the country’s deadline for making a decision approaches, Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin and Climate Minister Anna Moskwa held talks in Washington with US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.”

IAEA’s Grossi Sees ‘Great Hopes’ for Nuclear Power as Ministerial Conference Opens in Washington, by IAEA: “IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi expressed high hopes for using nuclear energy to tackle major challenges from climate change to sustainable development as he joined U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm for the opening of the IAEA International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century today.”

New design of marine-deployed nuclear power station unveiled, by Offshore Energy: “American small modular reactor provider NuScale Power (NuScale) and Canadian firm Prodigy Clean Energy (Prodigy) have revealed a new conceptual design for a transportable and marine-based small modular reactor (SMR) power-generating facility. The companies have been collaborating since 2018 under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the joint goal of bringing a North American SMR marine facility to market.”

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $150 Million To Improve Nuclear Research and Development Infrastructure at Idaho National Laboratory, by “The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), today announced $150 million in funding provided by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act for infrastructure improvements at DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to enhance nuclear energy research and development.”