French president confirms project to build eight new nuclear reactors

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed on Wednesday a project to build eight new nuclear reactors in France which he said were “essential” to the country’s energy transition. Macron made the comment during a speech addressing his decision to call a snap parliamentary election after the far-right pummeled his party in Sunday’s European Parliament election. Source: …

Microsoft’s Gates breaks ground on novel nuclear power plant in Wyoming

Nearly three years after TerraPower announced it would build its inaugural Natrium nuclear plant in Wyoming, the company’s founder — Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates — was on hand to celebrate the first major construction milestone for the project. Approximately 300 local and state officials, as well as business partners attended the groundbreaking ceremony. “This reactor …

UK’s Conservatives promise nuclear power expansion in election manifesto

Britain’s governing Conservatives promised to scale up nuclear power to bolster the country’s energy security, including through two new fleets of small modular reactors and a gigawatt power plant in North Wales, if they win the upcoming election. In a manifesto, outlining its policy plans ahead of the July 4 election, the Conservative Party said …

The first block of a small nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan is planned to be launched in 2029

The launch of the first block of a small nuclear power plant (SNPP) in Uzbekistan is planned for the end of 2029, according to the press service of Rosatom. Representatives of Rosatom noted that the introduction of SNPP blocks will occur gradually and modularly. According to information from the Russian company, the completion of all …

Burkina Faso signs fresh nuclear-focused MoUs with Russia

Memorandums of understanding (MoUs) covering education and training, infrastructure development and public opinion have been signed in the next stage of Burkina Faso and Russia’s cooperation on peaceful uses of nuclear technology. The MoUs were signed by Rosatom Director General Alexei Likhachev and Burkina Faso’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Quarries, Yacouba Zabre Guba, on …

Construction of Finnish pilot SMR plant to start in 2025

Steady Energy said it is set to start construction of its first LDR-50 district heating reactor pilot plant in Finland next year, with potential sites including the Finnish capital Helsinki and two other cities. The pilot plant will serve as a full-scale, operational model of the Finnish-designed small modular reactor (SMR). Unlike the actual power …

US Energy Secretary calls for more nuclear power while celebrating $35 billion Georgia reactors

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is calling for more nuclear reactors to be built in the United States and worldwide U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Friday called for more nuclear reactors to be built in the United States and worldwide. But the CEO of the Georgia utility that just finished the first two scratch-built …

NIA Welcomes Labour Promise to Back New Nuclear Projects

The Nuclear Industry Association has welcomed the Labour Party’s support for new nuclear projects as part of its Great British Energy plan, including getting Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C over the line, extending the lifetime of existing plants, and backing Small Modular Reactors. In response, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, …