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Bulgaria joins the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

Bulgaria became the newest member of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. Its membership will enrich the NEA’s work in areas such as nuclear safety and regulation, decommissioning and radioactive waste management.

Slovenia to restart Krško NPP shut down after deadly earthquake in Croatia

The Krško NPP automatically shut down following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Croatia, on 29 December. Preventive inspections showed that the safety systems had operated as expected.

Low-carbon electricity is becoming cost competitive

The levelised costs of electricity generation of low-carbon generation technologies are falling and are increasingly below the costs of conventional fossil fuel generation, according to the OECD NEA and the IEA.

New blocks of the Hungarian Paks NPP receive construction permit from regulator

The Hungarian Energy and Public Utilities Regulatory Authority issued the construction permit for the Paks II nuclear power plant which will play a key role in the country’s carbon-free energy production.

Rolls-Royce and ČEZ sign an MoU to explore the potential of small modular reactors

Rolls-Royce signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ČEZ to explore the potential for small modular reactors, to help to tackle climate change in the Czech Republic.

French Orano to join Romania’s Cernavoda NPP expansion project

French Prime Minister Jean Castex and his Romanian counterpart Ludovic Orban signed a declaration of intent on cooperation in the civil nuclear field, to build units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant and to upgrade unit 1.

Bulgaria signs nuclear cooperation MoU with the US

Bulgaria signed an MoU on strategic cooperation in civil nuclear power with the US. Bulgaria's goal is to use a safer, later-generation technology and to achieve nuclear fuel diversification.

Russia’s TVEL completes development of the new nuclear fuel modification for Hungary’s Paks NPP

TVEL has completed the project of development and validation of the new nuclear fuel modification for the VVER-440 reactors operated at the Paks NPP in Hungary. It will increase the efficiency of fuel usage and advance the economic performance of the power plant operation.

Romania to expand its Cernavoda NPP with US support

Romania signed a draft intergovernmental agreement with the United States to cooperate on the expansion and modernisation of Romania’s civil nuclear power program.

IAEA projects 500 GW of new nuclear capacity by 2050 to deliver on climate goals

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said that the decarbonisation of the energy sector by 2050 will be hardly achievable unless the world makes more use of nuclear power.

Russia’s TVEL provides nuclear fuel to Budapest research reactor

Russian nuclear fuel cycle company TVEL has supplied nuclear fuel for the Budapest research reactor in compliance with the contract signed last year with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Nuclear energy will be an opportunity for Poland’s economy

Clean nuclear energy is to play a major role in Poland to reduce GHG emissions and to open up new opportunities for the Polish labour market. 

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