Weekly News Roundup – Tuesday 22nd February

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

Nuclear power in space is focus of IAEA and UN events, from World Nuclear News: “Future space missions could have new options opened up by nuclear technology, experts attending an International Atomic Energy Agency event have said. “Nuclear technology has long played a vital role in prominent space missions, but future missions could rely on nuclear-powered systems for a much broader spectrum of applications – our pathway to the stars runs through the atom,” said Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA deputy director general.”

Iran’s parliament sets conditions for return to nuclear deal, from Al Jazeera: “An overwhelming majority of Iranian legislators have set to define strict conditions for a return to the country’s 2015 nuclear deal as an agreement with world powers in Vienna appears close. In a statement read out on Sunday, 250 legislators in the 290-member parliament – in control of conservatives and hardliners since 2020 – called on President Ebrahim Raisi to adhere to their conditions in restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”

Rosatom establishes Rusatom Energy Projects, from Nuclear Engineering International: “Rosatom has registered a new company – JSC Rusatom Energy Projects — that will promote and contract on the world market the entire product line of the state corporation: from high-capacity nuclear power plants (NPPs) to microreactors. “Taking into account the large-scale plans for the construction of new carbon-free generation facilities in the world as part of the global energy transition, additional concentration of Rosatom’s efforts in the market for the construction of nuclear power plants abroad is necessary,” Rosatom said.”

Poland Secures NuScale SMR as Urgency for Nuclear Energy Ramps Up Across Central, Eastern Europe, from Power Magazine: “NuScale Power has signed a definitive commercial agreement with mining and processing firm KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. to deploy a VOYGR power plant of up to 924 MWe as early as 2029 to support KGHM’s copper and silver production in Poland.”