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11/23/2021

Westinghouse and Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom have signed an initial agreement for engineering and procurement services for the first of several planned reactors in Ukraine that will use Westinghouse AP1000 technology. "This contract to build the first AP1000 plant at the Khmelnitsky site brings the country one step closer to reaching its decarbonization and energy security objectives," said Westinghouse President and CEO Patrick Fragman.

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11/23/2021

Armenia's only operating nuclear reactor could have its service life extended from 2026 to 2036, said Gnel Sanosyan, the country's minister of territorial administration and infrastructure. The reactor was reconnected to the grid last month after Russian state nuclear company Rosatom wrapped up a six-year modernization project.

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11/22/2021

Dominion Energy has received permission from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to boost the generation capacity of Unit 3 of the Millstone Power Station in Connecticut by 1.6%. The increase amounts to roughly 20 megawatts of electricity and is expected to go into effect by next spring.

11/22/2021

NASA and the Energy Department's Idaho National Laboratory are accepting initial design proposals until Feb. 19 for a plan to deploy a nuclear reactor to the moon by 2030 to support future space exploration. "I expect fission surface power systems to greatly benefit our plans for power architectures for the moon and Mars and even drive innovation for uses here on Earth," said Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate.

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11/22/2021

Talen Energy has awarded a contract to GSE Solutions to build the infrastructure necessary to deliver power from its Susquehanna nuclear power station in Pennsylvania to a bitcoin mining data center under construction by Talen subsidiary Cumulus Digital. "Nuclear energy provides highly reliable, 24/7 carbon free power and is a natural fit for these essential data centers," said GSE Solutions President and CEO Kyle Loudermilk.

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11/22/2021

US Reps. Mike Levin, D-Calif., and Rodney Davis, R-Ill., launched the bipartisan House Spent Nuclear Fuel Solutions Caucus earlier this year to address the nation's spent nuclear fuel problem and chart a path to a permanent disposal solution. "The caucus is ultimately a forum for members who care about solving commercial spent fuel issues to come together and to make progress regardless of their party affiliation, and we are going to be inviting experts to come and speak before the group," Levin said.

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Rodney Davis
11/22/2021

Officials in Kemmerer, Wyo., are "absolutely ecstatic" about TerraPower's decision to build a demonstration nuclear reactor at the town's Naughton Power Plant, said Mayor Bill Thek, noting that most residents support the plan despite some safety concerns. Meanwhile, Ellen Potter, chairman of the Kemmerer/Diamondville Community Area Chamber of Commerce, expects "a positive upward swing in our business community's success and increased economic development for Lincoln County as a whole."

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11/22/2021

Southern Company announced it will build a molten chloride fast reactor using TerraPower technology at Idaho National Laboratory. The $170 million demonstration project will put a less-than-1-megawatt reactor into operation within five years, said Lauren Lathem, a principal research engineer at Southern.

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11/22/2021

Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which form the Visegrad Group, have issued a joint statement calling on the European Commission to include nuclear energy in its sustainable finance taxonomy. Both nuclear power and renewables are needed to achieve decarbonization goals, ensure energy independence and supply security, and provide affordable energy, the four countries assert.

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NucNet (Belgium)
11/22/2021

Kenya's Nuclear Power and Energy Agency has announced that a $5 billion project to build the country's first nuclear power plant will be postponed by a decade, citing supply and demand factors. Under the revised timeline, the 1,000-megawatt plant will start sending power to the grid in 2036.