Weekly News Roundup – Friday 25 November

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

California’s last nuclear power plant gets $1bn funding to extend life, by The Guardian: “California’s last nuclear plant could get a new lease on life after the Biden administration announced the approval of up to $1.1bn in conditional funding on Monday. The grant funds may offer a path to keeping the ageing facility known as Diablo Canyon online beyond its scheduled shutdown in 2025.”

Russian attacks risked nuclear ‘catastrophe’ – Ukraine’s nuclear energy chief, by Reuters: “Russia risked causing a “nuclear and radioactive catastrophe” by launching attacks in which all Ukraine’s nuclear power plants were disconnected from the power grid for the first time in 40 years, Ukraine’s nuclear energy chief said on Thursday. Ukrainian officials said on Wednesday that three nuclear power plants on territory held by Ukrainian forces had been switched off after the latest wave of Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian energy facilities.”

COP27 Closes: IAEA Shows How Nuclear Science and Technology Can Tackle Climate Change, by IAEA: “From providing clean energy to protecting water resources and developing smarter agriculture, nuclear science and technology can make a significant contribution to mitigating, monitoring and adapting to the impacts of climate change. This is what the IAEA and partners demonstrated in a series of side events throughout the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.”

NuScale updates project partners on US SMR plant costs, by World Nuclear News: “The latest cost estimate for a project to build the first NuScale small modular reactor (SMR) power plant in the USA underscores the need for scalable advanced nuclear technology that can produce cleaner, safer and cost competitive energy, the CEO of NuScale Power has said.”

Doosan Škoda Power upgrades Slovakia’s Mochovce nuclear plant, by Power Engineering International: “Power plant supplier Doosan Škoda Power has completed the modernisation of the turbine set at the Mochovce nuclear power plant in Slovakia. The upgrade occurred during a scheduled shutdown and has helped raise the gross power output of both unit one and two to 500MW.”