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World Nuclear News

Bringing you the news from the worldwide nuclear energy sector, interviews with key players and easy-to-follow guides to the nuclear essentials each month. The World Nuclear News team has been reporting about nuclear power since 2007 at: https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/ WNN is supported by the World Nuclear Association and draws on its global network of contacts across the industry, academia and international agencies. read less
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World Nuclear Fuel Cycle in Kazakhstan - a special report
May 1 2024
World Nuclear Fuel Cycle in Kazakhstan - a special report
A special report on the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle 2024 international forum, co-organised by the Nuclear Energy Institute and World Nuclear Association. The two day event included discussions from leading industry figures on all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, including uranium mining, conversion, and enrichment companies, utilities, fuel suppliers and waste management specialists. One key question was the challenge of being able to supply the fuel which would be required for the tripling of nuclear energy capacity which many countries have pledged to aim for as part of their climate change goals. Also in Claire Maden's special report, hear about the use of innovative technologies in the nuclear fuel sector - including machine learning and neural network techniques and laser enrichment.The fuel cycle event was held alongside the World Nuclear Spotlight event, focused on Kazakhstan and its plans for a nuclear power programme.The news round-up includes BWXT announcing expansion plans, and International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi outlining why the agency is not pointing the finger of blame over the drone attacks on or near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.Key links to find out more:World Nuclear NewsFuel cycle players explore opportunities and challengesWorld Nuclear Fuel Cycle 2024BWXT announces expansion of Ontario manufacturing plantIAEA's Grossi explains why blame is not being attributed for Zaporizhzhia attacksWNN Email newsletter:Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-upsContact info:alex.hunt@world-nuclear.orgEpisode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production
How nuclear 'waste' could save your life, plus Nuclear Energy Summit 2024
Apr 1 2024
How nuclear 'waste' could save your life, plus Nuclear Energy Summit 2024
Professor Tim Tinsley prefers not to use the label of nuclear waste, instead referring to "legacy material". And it's not hard to see why, given the projects currently taking place to extract radionuclides from the material for use in pioneering treatments for cancer. It is also providing a new source of power and heat for spacecraft.Tinsley, Professor of Space Nuclear Power at the University of Leicester and Account Director for Space and Radioisotopes at the National Nuclear Laboratory in the UK, joins host Alex Hunt to give details on the life-saving and space-exploring projects and  explains what value there is hidden within what has long just been seen as a problem.With the promising early stage clinical trials, and the plans to provide power for a mission to Mars in 2028,  the newly discovered value in the legacy material is one of the factors which may be taken into account in plans for the safe longterm disposal of the material. There could yet be future discoveries that more of the material could become valuable in the years ahead, so, suggests Tinsley, being able to dispose of the material in a form that it is retrievable at minimal cost might be a good idea.Also this month, there is a report on the gathering of leaders and senior government representatives at the first-of-its-kind Nuclear Energy Summit in Brussels, including snippets of what the IAEA's Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and co-host Belgian PM Alexander de Croo had to say. Plus Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, French President Emmanuel Macron and COP29 host Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov. Key links to find out more:World Nuclear NewsLeaders commit to 'unlock potential' of nuclearNuclear Energy Summit DeclarationNational Nuclear LaboratoryUniversity of LeicesterNuclear Energy SummitWNN Email newsletter:Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-upsContact info:alex.hunt@world-nuclear.orgEpisode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production
NexGen Energy's Leigh Curyer on uranium mine's huge potential
Mar 1 2024
NexGen Energy's Leigh Curyer on uranium mine's huge potential
The ambitious aim for NexGen Energy, is to be supplying 25% of the world's mined supply of uranium - and about 50% of the western world's mined supply - when its Rook 1 project in Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada starts production, says its CEO, President and founder, Leigh Curyer.He joins host Alex Hunt and Claire Maden to outline how he got into the industry and the decision to set up NexGen - and the good news that interrupted a Valentine's Day meal in 2014.As well as outlining the plans and likely timeline for the Rook 1 project - and further exploration in the area - Leigh also gives his thoughts on the global uranium market, and prospects more broadly for the nuclear energy sector in the coming years, including signs of a change of mood in his native Australia. The World Nuclear News reports this month are from Claire Maden, on India's growing nuclear energy plans, and Warwick Pipe, who covers the recent International Energy Agency's ministerial meeting communique recognising nuclear as one technology for achieving nergy security and decarbonisation.Key links to find out more:World Nuclear NewsNexGen EnergyIEA Ministerial Meeting recognises role of nuclear India to seek nuclear investors as Kakrapar units inaugurated Ministerial approval for NexGen uranium project mail newsletter:Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-upsContact info:alex.hunt@world-nuclear.orgEpisode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production
Nuclear's landmark moments at COP28 - and Sama Bilbao y León's hopes for 2024
Jan 1 2024
Nuclear's landmark moments at COP28 - and Sama Bilbao y León's hopes for 2024
A special report on nuclear's role at the 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, better known as COP28, in Dubai. It was the first time nuclear energy has been formally specified as one of the solutions to climate change in a COP agreement.Jonathan Cobb, senior communication manager at World Nuclear Association, was in the UAE for the event and he reports on declarations by governments, and by industry, backing a tripling of nuclear capacity by 2050 as part of the Net Zero Nuclear intiative, as well as the inclusion of nuclear in the final  text of the Global Stocktake. Henry Preston, external communication manager for the association, reports on the many side events featuring nuclear, including a focus on potential newcomer countries such as the Philippines and Australia.As the new year gets under way Sama Bilbao y León, director general of World Nuclear Association, considers the significance of COP28  for nuclear and looks back at the sector's main achievements of 2023 as well as looking ahead to the coming year's main goals and key moments to watch out for.Key links to find out more:World Nuclear NewsNet Zero NuclearCOP28 agreement recognises nuclear's roleNet Zero Nuclear Industry Pledge backed by 120 companiesMinisterial declaration puts nuclear at heart of climate actionCOP28Email newsletter:Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-upsContact info:alex.hunt@world-nuclear.orgEpisode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production
Making nuclear plants look great, plus Sweden and NuScale
Dec 1 2023
Making nuclear plants look great, plus Sweden and NuScale
Technology and function, ensuring their reliable and safe operation have long been the priorities when designing nuclear power plants. But why can't they look beautiful too?  Dutch architect and designer Erick van Egeraat says that part of the way to continue to build public support for nuclear energy is to make nuclear power plants look good, "to make people feel good" when they see them. The award-winning professor and director of Design Erick van Egeraat outlined his thinking at World Nuclear Symposium, explaining the background to the work he is doing at Akkuyu nuclear power plant, which is being built in Turkey. In the World Nuclear News monthly round-up Warwick Pipe reports on Sweden's plans for a "massive" expansion of nuclear energy and Claire Maden covers the end of NuScale and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems'  Carbon Free Power Project. And David Hess looks at how the conversation about nuclear has evolved and changed  during his 14 years at World Nuclear Association, most recently as ESG programme lead.Key links to find out more:World Nuclear NewsAkkuyu Nuclear Power PlantDesign Erick van EgeraatNuScale CEO remains upbeat after CFPP cancellationSweden plans 'massive' expansion of nuclear energyEmail newsletter:Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-upsContact info:alex.hunt@world-nuclear.orgEpisode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production
Nuclear fuel, financing, recruitment, net zero - World Nuclear Symposium 2023 special report
Oct 1 2023
Nuclear fuel, financing, recruitment, net zero - World Nuclear Symposium 2023 special report
World Nuclear Symposium, held in London, brought together key figures from across the global industry, who took part in a variety of panel discussions on many of the current big issues in the sector. In this special edition of the podcast, World Nuclear News reports on those sessions:The topics covered, in order:The launch of the Net Zero Nuclear campaignPublication of World Nuclear Association's Nuclear Fuel ReportRecruitment and expanding the nuclear workforceHow nuclear can decarbonise different industriesOptimising plant life performanceInvesting in and financing of nuclearWe hear from, in order of appearance:Sama Bilbao y León, Director General of World Nuclear AssociationRafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy AgencyMohamed Al Hammadi, CEO, Emirates Nuclear Energy CorporationKaajal Desai, Senior Programme Lead for Fuel Cycle, World Nuclear AssociationMalcolm Critchley, President and CEO ConverDynChris Frankland, Director of Sales and Marketing, Nuclear Fuels CorporationJeanne Tortorelli, Director of Nuclear Fuel Supply at Constellation Energy GenerationTamer Albishawi, Chief Nuclear Officer at Hinkley Point CCallum Thomas, Chairman of Thomas ThorGrace Stanke, Nuclear Engineering Student, Nuclear Advocate and Miss AmericaCharlotte Griffiths, Sustainable Energy Division of the UN Economic Commission for EuropeTodd Noe, Director of Nuclear Technologies Strategy at MicrosoftMikal Bøe, Chairman and CEO Core PowerNaoki Chigusa, CEO of World Association of Nuclear OperatorsVinod Kumar, Station Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited's Kaiga 3 and 4Catherine Cornand, Senior Executive Vice President FramatomeChris Cunningham, Vice President Nuclear Projects at Ontario Power GenerationWolfgang Denk, Managing Director, SwissnuclearKeisuke Sadamori, Director Energy Markets and Security, International Energy AgencyIain Smedley, Global Chairman of Banking, BarclaysKevin Kelly, CFO Bruce PowerJulien Bocobza, Partner, White & Case LLCSophie Macfarlane-Smith, Head of Customer Engagement Rolls-Royce SMRThomas Branche, Senior Vice President for Engineering, AssystemRumina Velshi, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Safety CommissionErick van Egeraat, ArchitectTim Gitzel, President and CEO CamecoKey links to find out more:World Nuclear Symposium 2023Nuclear Fuel Report 2023Nuclear industry urged 'take advantage of window of opportunity'Net Zero Nuclear campaign launched, seeking to triple capacity by 2050The challenge of recruiting a rapidly growing nuclear workforcePositive trends continue for global nuclear fuel cycleSuccessful nuclear projects key for future investmentsContact info:alex.hunt@world-nuclear.orgEpisode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Reports from Claire Maden and Warwick Pipe. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production.
Nuclear energy in Africa - with Lassina Zerbo
Jul 1 2023
Nuclear energy in Africa - with Lassina Zerbo
What is the current position with nuclear energy in the continent of Africa and what are the prospects for the future? Lassina Zerbo is the former head of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization and current chairman of the Rwanda Atomic Energy Board - he joins us to discuss the situation at the moment and look ahead to the future.He talks about the history and considers why there is only one country in the continent with an operating nuclear power plant, and how changes in public opinion and nuclear technology are helping to drive a wide range of planned developments. Director of World Nuclear Association's Harmony programme, King Lee, also outlines some of the many initiatives taking place which could transform the nuclear energy picture in Africa in the years to come.June has been another busy month for World Nuclear News and Warwick Pipe reports on developments with China's molten salt reactor, while Claire Maden sets out the USA's efforts to tackle the issue of HALEU fuel supplies for the next generation of nuclear reactors.Key links to find out more:World Nuclear NewsEmerging Nuclear Energy CountriesNuclear 'gaining traction' as option in many African countries, says IAEAViewpoint: Nuclear energy is critical to Africa's agenda for sustainable developmentEmail newsletter:Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-upsContact info:alex.hunt@world-nuclear.orgEpisode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production
Nuward SMR's Renaud Crassous ... plus farewell Germany, hello Turkey
May 1 2023
Nuward SMR's Renaud Crassous ... plus farewell Germany, hello Turkey
The French nuclear giant EDF and its partners have been working on their Nuward small nuclear reactor and have now spun the operation into a subsidiary company.  Renaud Crassous, president of Nuward joins us to discuss its plans and timelines, and explains why the decision to set up a subsidiary company was taken.During a wide-ranging interview Crassous talks about the pioneering early design regulatory review being jointly carried out by regulators in three countries, and explains why the aim is for Nuward to be 'Europe's SMR' rather than just a French one.April has been a busy month for World Nuclear News's Warwick Pipe and Claire Maden who join host Alex Hunt to report on Germany exiting the nuclear energy scene as its last three nuclear reactors were shut down in the middle of the month. Plus, on a brighter note, they also explain the significance just a few days later of a ceremony held to inaugurate the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, as Turkey officially joined the league of nations with nuclear energy capacity. And there's time too for some positive news from Finland and its Olkiluoto 3 EPR.Key links to find out more:World Nuclear NewsNuwardA guide: The end of Germany’s nuclear powerPresidents address ceremony inaugurating Turkey's first nuclear plantTVO accepts Olkiluoto EPR ahead of commercial operationEmail newsletter:Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-upsContact info:alex.hunt@world-nuclear.orgEpisode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production
Gender balance in nuclear, and the EU's Net Zero Industry Act
Apr 1 2023
Gender balance in nuclear, and the EU's Net Zero Industry Act
The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency released a report in March which it described as the first publicly available international data on gender balance in the nuclear sector. Claire Maden reports on the report's key findings (that there's still a long way to go to boost female representation in the sector) and also on what NEA Director General William D Magwood IV and Fiona Rayment, chair of the NEA's Gender Balance Task Group had to say about the situation. The need to encourage more women into the nuclear sector is an issue returned to in an interview with Corhyn Parr, CEO of Nuclear Waste Services, who says her own experience has shown it is a great career choice. She also tells host Alex Hunt that with the expansion of nuclear in the coming years and the need to hit net zero targets, the sector needs to be able to attract and welcome the most talented people from across society.Parr also discusses progress made on the UK's plans for a Geological Disposal Facility. The aim is to narrow the current shortlisted areas down to two options by 2026, with the longer-term timescale looking at an operating start in 2050. The European Union's member states have been split over the position of nuclear energy within its sustainability framework and green taxonomy. Those differences are continuing with the EU's Net Zero Industry Act - Andrei Goicea, policy director for Nucleareurope, explains what the act is, what place nuclear has in it at the moment, and what happens next.  In the news round-up World Nuclear News's Warwick Pipe reports on the contrasting nuclear energy developments taking place in Taiwan and South Korea.Key links to find out more:World Nuclear NewsNEA: Gender Balance in the Nuclear SectorNucleareuropeNuclear Waste ServicesEmail newsletter:Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-upsContact info:alex.hunt@world-nuclear.orgEpisode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production
GE Hitachi Nuclear's Jay Wileman and the hopes for greater regulatory harmonisation
Feb 1 2023
GE Hitachi Nuclear's Jay Wileman and the hopes for greater regulatory harmonisation
What can be done to improve the process of getting approval for new nuclear in different countries? If a reactor, for example a small modular reactor, is approved in one country, can that help to speed up the process in a different country? Jay Wileman is president and CEO of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy so is well placed to outline what the issues are for companies such as his, which is currently in the process of  getting approvals from multiple countries for the BWRX-300 SMR. Wileman is a key figure in World Nuclear Association's Cooperation in Reactor Design Evaluation and Licencing Group, better known as the CORDEL working group, which focuses on the benefits and means of achieving a worldwide convergence of reactor safety standards and approaches to licensing reactor designs. Doing so would have big cost savings and allow much faster adoption of nuclear energy in different countries. Joint CORDEL programme leader, Ronan Tanguy, joins us to explain how the group works, and sets out some specific goals.  It has been a busy start to the year and World Nuclear News's Warwick Pipe and Claire Maden join host Alex Hunt to discuss the positive nuclear policy changes in countries stretching from Sweden to South Korea, and also outline expectations of as many as 10 reactor start-ups scheduled for 2023. There is also an update on the US strategic reserve of domestically produced uranium.Key links to find out more:World Nuclear NewsCORDEL: Different Interpretations of Regulatory RequirementsGE Hitachi Nuclear EnergyEmail newsletter:Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-upsContact info:alex.hunt@world-nuclear.orgEpisode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production
Ingemar Engkvist on WANO's key nuclear industry role, plus Nuclear at COP27
Dec 1 2022
Ingemar Engkvist on WANO's key nuclear industry role, plus Nuclear at COP27
The World Association of Nuclear Operators generally keeps a low public profile, but its CEO Ingemar Engkvist joins us to explain why that low public profile is deliberate, and outlines how the organisation works and how its members support each other.  He also discusses the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war.Watch out for Engkvist's very unusual story about how he first became involved in the nuclear field, and as he comes to the end of his three-year term he talks about the exciting prospects for nuclear energy in the decades ahead.In the news round-up for November, the focus is on the role nuclear played at COP27. World Nuclear Association's Jonathan Cobb and Henry Preston report on the event and from some of the expert sessions staged at the #Atoms4Climate pavilion at the event in Egypt - the first time there has been such a platform at a COP.  Speakers featured included: Pat Dalzell from Bruce PowerOntario's environment minister David PacinniElina Teplinsky from Pillsbury LawKirsty Gogan from TerraPraxisEdward Stones from DowAlice Cunha da Silva, nuclear engineerDaniel Liu from Japan Atomic Industrial ForumTyson Culver, director of Juice: How Electricity Explains the World  Key links to find out more:World Nuclear NewsWorld Association of Nuclear OperatorsWorld Nuclear Association COP27 in-depth reportEmail newsletter:Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-upsContact info:alex.hunt@world-nuclear.orgEpisode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production
Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel on Westinghouse deal - and nuclear's crucial climate role
Nov 1 2022
Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel on Westinghouse deal - and nuclear's crucial climate role
October saw the big news that a strategic partnership of Cameco Corporation and Brookfield Renewable Partners is to acquire Westinghouse Electric Company for a total enterprise value of approximately USD8 billion.  Brookfield Renewable, together with its institutional partners, will own a 51% interest in Westinghouse and Cameco will own 49%. Closing of the transaction is expected in the second half of 2023, subject to certain conditions, including approval from Brookfield Business Partners unit holders and regulatory approvals. So who better to explain the thinking behind the deal than Cameco President and CEO Tim Gitzel, who says why he thinks the timing is right for the deal and how it fits into what he sees as the future growth of the global nuclear energy sector.   He also outlines the current state and outlook for the uranium/fuel business,  reflects on the impact of the Russian war with Ukraine on the global nuclear industry and says that with new technological developments nuclear has an increasingly crucial role to play in efforts to combat climate change. In the news round-up for the month Claire Maden covers the start of fuel loading at Vogtle 3, the USA's first completely new nuclear unit for more than three decades, while Warwick Pipe outlines the latest state of play in Germany and the decision to rethink the end of year shutdown plans for its final nuclear power plants. We also hear what Greta Thunberg and Bill Gates have been saying about nuclear energy.Key links to find out more:World Nuclear NewsCamecoClosing nuclear in Germany while increasing coal 'a mistake', says Greta ThunbergIAEA interview with Bill GatesPandora's Promise, official websiteEmail newsletter:Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-upsContact info:alex.hunt@world-nuclear.orgEpisode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production