Weekly News Roundup – Wednesday 15th December

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

Report reinforces nuclear’s role in EU low-carbon energy system, from World Nuclear News: “A future low-carbon energy system based on variable renewables will require the backup of additional flexible capacity, according to an updated report commissioned by European nuclear trade body Foratom. It says nuclear provides a key competitive advantage as it is the only dispatchable, low-carbon and non-weather dependent technology which can support the energy system transition under secure conditions.”

Fluor’s nuclear energy unit NuScale to go public via $1.9 bln SPAC deal, from Reuters: “Fluor Corporation (FLR.N) said on Tuesday its nuclear energy unit NuScale Power plans to go public by merging with a blank-check firm in a deal that values the combined entity at $1.9 billion, including debt. NuScale, which offers nuclear technology solutions for the production of electricity, heat and clean water, is the latest firm looking to cash in on the spurt in clean energy demand amid a rising awareness about climate change.”

Romania’s president reiterates support for nuclear energy, natural gas, from Euractiv: “In discussion with European Council President Charles Michel, President Klaus Iohannis reiterated his country’s support for nuclear energy and natural gas, as options for an affordable energy transition, as the European Commission prepares new legislative proposals.”

Finland to reform Nuclear Energy Act, from Nuclear Engineering International: “Finland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy (MEE) said on 8 December that a climate-neutral future requires appropriate and up-to-date legislation and it is, therefore, “launching legislative preparations aimed at a comprehensive reform of the Nuclear Energy Act”. This aims to ensure that the production of nuclear energy “will continue to be in the general interest of society, safe and economically viable”.”

Nuclear fusion reactor experiment to produce clean energy, from BBC News: “On an industrial estate just outside Didcot in the south of England, an experiment is taking place that will create temperatures hotter than the Sun.”