Thorium-fuelled prototype molten salt reactor in China gets approval for start up 

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The Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment has last month approved the commissioning of a prototype thorium-fuelled molten-salt reactor (MSR) built by the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP), the construction of which started in September 2018.

Northern Sea Route Participants Council formed; work progressing on new nuclear icebreaker 

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Russia is working on mission mode to make year-round navigation a reality along the entire stretch of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in the Arctic Ocean by December 2024.

Indian team wins international fishing tournament held near Leningrad nuclear plant

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An Indian team has won an international fishing competition organised by the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom which brought together game fishers from 10 countries for the tournament held at the Gulf of Finland earlier this month.

Welding of steam generator heads completed for unit 5 of India’s Kudankulam nuclear plant  

The welding of the steam generator heads for the fifth unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) located in India’s Tamil Nadu state has been completed in Russia, the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom announced earlier this week.

Akkuyu nuclear power plant authorities in Turkey partner in project to save sea turtles 

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In yet another initiative guided by its policy of environment and biodiversity protection, the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom is partnering with Turkish authorities in a project to monitor and protect the loggerhead sea turtle, the green sea turtle and the Nile softshell sea turtle in the Göksu River Delta Conservation Area in Turkey.

Hungary issues license to build the first VVER-1200 reactors in European Union 

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Signalling a first for the European Union, the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (OAH) last week issued the license for the construction of two power units with the Russian-designed state-of-the art Generation 3+ VVER-1200 reactors at the Paks II nuclear power plant (NPP) in Hungary.

Over 7,000 students in India take part in science Olympiad titled “Precise Energy”

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More than 7,000 students from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and the adjacent union territory of Puducherry took part in the Olympiad competition in mathematics, chemistry and physics titled “Precise Energy 2022” organised last week by the Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom.

Companies from various countries take part in construction of Egypt’s first nuclear plant

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In a significant instance of cooperation involving multiple countries, Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom has signed a contract with the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company Ltd (KHNP) for the construction of turbine islands for Egypt’s first nuclear power plant (NPP) coming up at El-Dabaa.

IAEA International Ministerial Conference to focus on nuclear power for clean energy transition 

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The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) next International Ministerial Conference will focus on how nuclear power can help reduce reliance on fossil fuels, ensure energy security and contribute to the clean energy transition, the Vienna-based IAEA announced earlier this month.

Indian scientists extract sizeable uranium from seawater

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Scientists from India announced last week that they have successfully extracted uranium from natural seawater.