Weekly News Roundup – Monday 29th March

We round up the past week’s news and updates from the world of Nuclear.

TVO cleared for fuel loading at Finnish EPR, by World Nuclear News: “Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) has been granted a permit by the country’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) to load fuel into the reactor of the Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) EPR. The unit, construction of which began in 2005, is scheduled to enter commercial operation early next year.”

EU experts to say nuclear power qualifies for green investment label: document, by “Brussels’ expert advisors last year split over whether nuclear power deserved a green label, recognising that while it produces very low planet-warming CO2 emissions, more analysis was needed on the environmental impact of radioactive waste disposal.”

Nuclear Power Continues To Break Records In Safety And Generation, by Forbes: “Energy Northwest in Richland, WA, which operates the only nuclear power plant in the region, the Columbia Generating Station, has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2020. The agency earned first place in the category for utilities with 1 million to 3.9 million worker-hours.”

Does nuclear power have a chance in Indonesia?, by Modern Diplomacy: “ Nuclear power has been stated as the final “resort” of Indonesia’s energy sources. Nevertheless, Indonesia should bring up this energy to diversify the national energy mix and strengthen energy security. The latest report from the World Energy Council (WEC) explains that Indonesia has enhanced its energy mix diversification. However, the reliance on fossil fuels is still dominant.”

Smaller uranium companies buy up material atop global hype for nuclear power, by S&P Global: “U.K.-based uranium purchaser Yellow Cake PLC elected March 15 to fully exercise its $100 million uranium purchase option for 2021 with JSC National Atomic Co. Kazatomprom and agreed to purchase another 440,000 pounds from the Kazakh uranium major. The move may prompt Kazatomprom, which is the largest uranium producer in the world, to purchase material on the spot market to fulfill outstanding contracts.”