Nuclear

Iran passes nuclear stockpiling threshold defined by the 2015 agreement

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Iran admitted on Monday that it has passed the 300 kilos threshold of low-enriched uranium stockpile allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal. The statement was confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United...

Fears emerge about the safety of Turkey’s Russian-built nuclear power plant

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Reports of cracks appearing in the foundations of Turkey’s €18 billion Russian-made Akkuyu nuclear power plant have caused major concerns about the overall safety of the facility, located near the Turkish Mediterranean coast. Construction of the...

Construction of Hungary’s Paks-2 nuclear plant base begins

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The building of the construction base of the Paks-2 Nuclear Power Plant begun on 20 June by the engineering division of Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom. “From the point of view of the long-term...

Kazakhstan, European Organization for Nuclear Research boost cooperation

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - The deputies of the Majilis of Kazakhstan, the Lower House of Parliament, on 19 June approved the ratification of the Agreement on International Cooperation between the Kazakh Government and the European Organization...

Time for commonsense regulation

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The need for much faster reduction in fossil fuel use is now almost universally accepted. This poses a challenge for electricity, almost two thirds of which is generated using carbon intensive fossil fuels. Despite the...

Tokayev pledges to deepen cooperation with Kazakhstan’s neighbours

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev told a press conference at the Ak Orda Presidential Palace on 10 June that the elections were "open and fair" and vowed to fulfil “a mandate of...

Rosatom launches nuclear icebreaker to open Arctic route

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Rosatom State Atomiс Energy Corporation launched in St Petersburg on 25 May the nuclear-powered arctic icebreaker Ural, aiming to ensure all-year round navigability of the Northern Sea Route (NSR). “The Ural together with its sisters...

A green new deal for Europe

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The Green New Deal launched recently by the Democrats is a welcome sign that some American politicians support urgent action to address climate change. The deal's aim of cutting carbon emissions by 60% by 2030 is...

Floating nuclear plant to begin commercial operations in Russia

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Russia’s floating nuclear power unit (FPU) Akademik Lomonosov is now ready to start commercial operations in Russia, Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation has said, following a series of successful and comprehensive tests, including on...

Rising calls for nuclear, renewables to work together in climate fight

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SOCHI, Russia – All low-carbon energy is needed in order to tackle climate change and meet the 2050 emission targets, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising told New Europe. “All the low-carbon options need...

France debates what to do with its nuclear waste

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France launched a national debate on how to treat its 1.6 million cubic meters of nuclear waste as part of the country's National Plan for the Management of Radioactive Waste takes place under the...

Finland to start constructing nuclear plant with Russian reactor in 2021

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SOCHI, Russia – Fennovoima is proceeding with plans to build the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant in the northern Finnish city of Pyhäjoki and expects to receive the construction license in 2021, Fennovoima CEO...

E.ON’s proposed acquisition of Innogy raises EU competition concerns

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Under the EU Merger Regulation, the European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Innogy by E.ON, the EU’s competition chief said. E.ON and RWE, which controls Innogy, are both...

RWE’s acquisition of E.ON electricity generation assets gets EU nod

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The acquisition by German energy company RWE of E.ON's renewable and nuclear electricity generation assets will raise no competition concerns in the European Economic Area, the European Commission said on February 27. RWE and E.ON...

Congress questions US role in Saudi nuclear programme

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White House officials have been pushing a plan to sell US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential defiance of legal restrictions, according to an investigation by congressional Democrats. The report makes a specific reference...

Initial fuel loading begins at Russia’s Novovoronezh II NPP

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In Russia’s Voronezh region, State Atomiс Energy Corporation Rosatom said on February 19 that fuel loading began on schedule at the Novovoronezh Nuclear Power Plant II, unit No. 2 equipped with the VVER-1200 reactor. The...

US to block Saudi Arabia’s nuclear bomb ambitions

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Following a contentious Munich Security Conference that saw the United States and its European Allies clash over a whole host of issues, the US Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette made clear that Washington will not...

Euratom Supply Agency head appointed by the EU Commission

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Following a College meeting, Agnieszka Kazmierczak was appointed by the European Commission on January 23 as the head of EU’s Euratom Supply Agency. European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC or Euratom) is an international organization, aiming...

Putin and Vucic reconfirm strategic cooperation

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Russian president Vladimir Putin visited Serbia on January 17, vowing to deepen economic ties, including increasing cooperation in civil nuclear energy, natural gas and railways. During Putin’s visit, a package of agreements was signed in...

Czech plan to build new nuclear units could boost Russian leverage

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Russia is reportedly hoping to construct new nuclear power plant units in the Czech Republic, but the possibility of a no-bid intergovernmental deal to help build the units in the country could increase the...

As climate policies ramble, nuclear offers carbon-free solution

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Against the backdrop of three damning reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN, and the World Meteorological Organisation which warned the current trajectory will increase global warming by 3℃ and...

Russia’s Rosatom, Argentina to improve cooperation in nuclear energy

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On December 22, Russia and Argentina signed a “strategic document” confirming their partnership in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, including floating nuclear power plants, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina...

EU to defend Iran deal despite sanctions exemptions to certain member states

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BRUSSELS - The granting of authorisations by the US to certain EU Member States regarding the temporary purchase of oil from Iran does not put EU’s commitment to defend the Iran nuclear deal, in...

Europe in the crosshairs

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The decision by US President Donald J. Trump to withdraw the United States’ participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is potentially bad for Europe but would have no short-term effect on the...

Russia blocks UN report detailing North Korea’s sanctions violations

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Russia has blocked the publication of a report by the United Nations on the implementation of sanctions against North Korea because it disagrees with some of the findings, AFP quoted Moscow's UN Ambassador Vasily...

The West Must Face Reality in Turkey

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Now that Turkey is at loggerheads with its erstwhile ally, the United States, the country’s currency crisis has morphed into a political problem of the first order. The immediate issue is Turkey’s refusal to...

Oil prices likely to rise as US plans to officially pull out of Iran...

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US President Donald J. Trump has said the United States will pull out of a nuclear agreement with Iran and any company dealing with the Islamic republic from November will be denied access to...

EU welcomes completion of Belarus NPP risk and safety assessments

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The European Commission welcomed on July 3 the completion of the Peer Review Report of the EU Stress Test in Belarus, which was carried out by the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG). The Commission...

Six arrested in Europe for alleged bomb plot against Iranian opposition in France 

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Belgium authorities announced an Iranian diplomat was arrested, as well two other people, on suspicion of plotting a bomb attack on a meeting of exiled Iranian opposition groups in France. Amir S., 38, and Nasimeh...

15 Swedish private companies account for 8 % of Sweden’s decrease in GHG emissions since...

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15 companies in the Swedish climate business network Haga Initiative have contributed with a decrease of emissions equivalent to approximately eight percent of Sweden’s total decrease between 2010 and 2017. Nine of the member companies have...

Trade and Iran nuclear deal highlight EU-China strategic dialogue

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The EU-China Strategic Dialogue in Brussels last week showed that both parties share views on multiple economic and security issues as international security, energy, and climate change were among the topics discussed by the...

Floating nuclear plant to power up Russia’s Arctic

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SOCHI, Russia – Born near the northern city of Arkhangelsk, close to the Arctic Circle, Mikhail Lomonosov was an 18th-century Russian renaissance man. An intellectual giant, who was equally a philosopher and writer that...

From Russia: Reactor will drive Finnish nuclear power plant

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SOCHI, Russia –Finnish nuclear power company Fennovoima is expected to begin constructing the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant in the northern part of Finland by the end of 2020. Supplied by Russian state corporation Rosatom,...

Iranian FM Zarif calls talks with Mogherini on nuclear deal ‘highly constructive’

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif hailed a meeting with the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini as being ‘highly constructive’ as the two discussed ways to salvage a landmark...

EU moves to safeguard interests in Iran after threat of US sanctions

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Days after US President Donald J. Trump announced that he would buck international protocol and unilaterally pull the United States out of a landmark deal that helped curb Iran's nuclear weapons programme, the European...

Strange bedfellows: Iran sanctions, EU posturing and volatile oil markets

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Oil prices remained near three and a half year highs on May 11 as the United States plans to reintroduce sanctions against Iran after the Administration of US President Donald J. Trump abandoned a...

What now for Iran?

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Two years after candidate Donald J. Trump vowed to undo one of his predecessor’s main foreign policy achievements, few were surprised when word came from the Oval Office that he would stick to his...