Weekly News Roundup – Tuesday 30th November

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

First contract signed for Cernavoda completion, from World Nuclear News: “A year-long, CAD8.4 million (USD6.6 million) contract will see Canada’s Candu Energy prepare the licensing basis for two new Candu pressurised heavy water reactors at Romania’s Cernavoda nuclear power plant. The signing was celebrated by the governments of Romania and Canada, as well as the USA.”

Are We At The Dawn Of A Nuclear Energy Renaissance?, from Huffington Post: “The flurry of new policies and announcements raises the question: Are we at the dawn of a nuclear renaissance? It’s a question that’s been posed before, most recently in the mid 2000s. Though they are among the least deadly and most reliable sources of electricity, new reactors remain extremely expensive, slow to build and unpopular. But advocates and market analysts see the dual crises of rapidly worsening climate change and growing demand for dependable electricity driving a shift toward nuclear power.”

How Well Do You Know Nuclear Law? A New IAEA Webinar Series will Help You, from IAEA: “Last year, the IAEA organized its first series of webinars on nuclear law for officials from around the world, attracting more than 2500 viewers from over 100 countries. Given the strong demand, the IAEA launched a webinar for the public last December. A new series was launched last month, targeting nuclear professionals and lawyers interested in this specialized field. This series is divided into eight topics and is scheduled to run until May 2022.”

The nuclear renaissance: Taking on the skills shortage and net zero, from New Civil Engineer: “With growing Parliamentary support for the Nuclear Energy Bill, which will help with financing new power stations in Britain, now is the time for nuclear. However, with numerous major infrastructure projects running in parallel, the pressing question remains: how do we create the pipeline of talent needed to regenerate our country’s nuclear capabilities in line with net zero aspirations?”

Eni ready to spend more on nuclear fusion in green drive, from Reuters: “Italian energy company Eni (ENI.MI) is ready to invest more in a nuclear fusion project it feels could be a game-changer in the race to produce limitless clean electricity to power cities and industry, the head of the project at Eni said. In 2018 Eni injected $50 million, as starting investment, to become the single biggest shareholder in Commonwealth Fusion System (CFS), a firm set up by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to produce energy by fusing atoms at temperatures as hot as the sun.”