Weekly News Roundup – Tuesday 15th February

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

EDF to buy part of GE Steam Power’s nuclear activities, from Energy Live News: “EDF has confirmed it would buy part of GE Steam Power’s nuclear energy activities, including its nuclear turbine unit in France. The proposed deal includes the latter company’s conventional island equipment for new nuclear power plants, including the Arabelle turbine, claimed to be the world’s most powerful steam turbine in operation, as well as maintenance and upgrades for existing nuclear power plants.”

NuScale, KGHM agree to deploy SMRs in Poland, from World Nuclear News: “NuScale Power and Polish copper and silver producer KGHM Polska Miedź SA have signed a definitive agreement to initiate work towards deploying a first NuScale VOYGR small modular reactor (SMR) power plant in Poland as early as 2029.”

Are thorium reactors the future of nuclear power?, from Interesting Engineering: “Molten salt reactors (MSRs) that employ thorium as a fuel, in addition to small modular reactors, are regarded as cheaper, cleaner, and safer alternatives to typical reactors fueled with highly radioactive elements and can benefit nuclear energy expansion.”

TVA announces new nuclear programme, from World Nuclear News: “The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has announced a new nuclear programme to explore advanced nuclear technology as part of its decarbonisation goals. One of its first tasks will be to pursue a construction licence application for a light-water, small modular reactor (SMR) at the Clinch River site, and the authority is in discussions with GE Hitachi to support their BWRX-300 light-water SMR design.”