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Bringing you the news from the worldwide nuclear energy sector, interviews with key players and easy-to-follow guides to the nuclear essentials each month. The World Nuclear News team has been reporting about nuclear power since 2007 at: https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/ WNN is supported by the World Nuclear Association and draws on its global network of contacts across the industry, academia and international agencies.

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Bringing you the news from the worldwide nuclear energy sector, interviews with key players and easy-to-follow guides to the nuclear essentials each month. The World Nuclear News team has been reporting about nuclear power since 2007 at: https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/ WNN is supported by the World Nuclear Association and draws on its global network of contacts across the industry, academia and international agencies.

    Newcleo's Andrew Murdoch, plus uranium market and Hinkley C's new schedule

    Newcleo's Andrew Murdoch, plus uranium market and Hinkley C's new schedule

    The UK operations managing director of Newcleo, Andrew Murdoch, joins host Alex Hunt to discuss the prospects for the company's lead-cooled fast reactor. It has Italian roots and expanding operations in France, but he says the company has the ambitious target  of having 20 reactors in the UK by 2050.

    January saw EDF revise the schedule and projected budget for the Hinkley Point C project in the UK. Hear how Hinkley Point C managing director Stuart Crooks explained the revision in a message to staff, and also stressed the benefits likely to flow at the replica project at Sizewell C.

    There is also a round-up from World Nuclear News's Claire Maden of the raft of encouraging news from the uranium sector, fuelled by soaring spot prices and a generally positive outlook for nuclear power.

    Key links to find out more:
    World Nuclear News
    Newcleo
    EDF announces Hinkley Point C delay and rise in project cost
    Mining to resume at McClean Lake
    IAEA's Grossi's UN press conference on Ukraine
    Email newsletter:
    Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-ups
    Contact info:
    alex.hunt@world-nuclear.org

    Episode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production 

    • 31 min
    Great British Nuclear's Simon Bowen on SMR contest, and UK's 24GW plans

    Great British Nuclear's Simon Bowen on SMR contest, and UK's 24GW plans

    The UK has plans to quadruple its nuclear energy capacity to 24GW by 2050. The government released its plan to get to that figure with its Civil Nuclear: Roadmap to 2050.  The arms-length delivery body established for new nuclear is Great British Nuclear, and in this episode, its Chairman Simon Bowen discusses the plans, and the changes proposed in how sites are chosen and in establishing other routes to market for new nuclear.

    Bowen also sets out the latest on the UK's on-going small modular reactor competition. At the moment there are six shortlisted - EDF, GE Hitachi, Holtec, NuScale, Rolls-Royce SMR and Westinghouse. The aim is to get the invitation to tender documents out very soon, he said, with contracts agreed later this year with up to four of them, which would take them through to a financial investment decision by 2029.

    Key links to find out more:
    World Nuclear News
    Great British Nuclear
    Consultation on siting new nuclear
    Consultation on alternative routes to market
    UK SMR selection contest: Six companies into next stage
    Email newsletter:
    Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-ups
    Contact info:
    alex.hunt@world-nuclear.org

    Episode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production 

    • 26 min
    Nuclear's landmark moments at COP28 - and Sama Bilbao y León's hopes for 2024

    Nuclear's landmark moments at COP28 - and Sama Bilbao y León's hopes for 2024

    A special report on nuclear's role at the 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, better known as COP28, in Dubai. It was the first time nuclear energy has been formally specified as one of the solutions to climate change in a COP agreement.

    Jonathan Cobb, senior communication manager at World Nuclear Association, was in the UAE for the event and he reports on declarations by governments, and by industry, backing a tripling of nuclear capacity by 2050 as part of the Net Zero Nuclear intiative, as well as the inclusion of nuclear in the final  text of the Global Stocktake. Henry Preston, external communication manager for the association, reports on the many side events featuring nuclear, including a focus on potential newcomer countries such as the Philippines and Australia.

    As the new year gets under way Sama Bilbao y León, director general of World Nuclear Association, considers the significance of COP28  for nuclear and looks back at the sector's main achievements of 2023 as well as looking ahead to the coming year's main goals and key moments to watch out for.

    Key links to find out more:
    World Nuclear News
    Net Zero Nuclear
    COP28 agreement recognises nuclear's role
    Net Zero Nuclear Industry Pledge backed by 120 companies
    Ministerial declaration puts nuclear at heart of climate action
    COP28

    Email newsletter:
    Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-ups
    Contact info:
    alex.hunt@world-nuclear.org

    Episode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production 

    • 43 min
    Making nuclear plants look great, plus Sweden and NuScale

    Making nuclear plants look great, plus Sweden and NuScale

    Technology and function, ensuring their reliable and safe operation have long been the priorities when designing nuclear power plants. But why can't they look beautiful too?  Dutch architect and designer Erick van Egeraat says that part of the way to continue to build public support for nuclear energy is to make nuclear power plants look good, "to make people feel good" when they see them.

    The award-winning professor and director of Design Erick van Egeraat outlined his thinking at World Nuclear Symposium, explaining the background to the work he is doing at Akkuyu nuclear power plant, which is being built in Turkey.

    In the World Nuclear News monthly round-up Warwick Pipe reports on Sweden's plans for a "massive" expansion of nuclear energy and Claire Maden covers the end of NuScale and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems'  Carbon Free Power Project.

    And David Hess looks at how the conversation about nuclear has evolved and changed  during his 14 years at World Nuclear Association, most recently as ESG programme lead.
    Key links to find out more:
    World Nuclear News
    Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant
    Design Erick van Egeraat
    NuScale CEO remains upbeat after CFPP cancellation
    Sweden plans 'massive' expansion of nuclear energy

    Email newsletter:
    Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-ups
    Contact info:
    alex.hunt@world-nuclear.org

    Episode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production 

    • 34 min
    Can world's nuclear supply chain meet scale of new-build plans?

    Can world's nuclear supply chain meet scale of new-build plans?

    With the projected growth of nuclear projects over the coming decades, how will the supply chain in different parts of the world cope? EDF's Laurent-Olivier Coudeyre is chairman of World Nuclear Association's Supply Chain and Long-Term Operation Working Group, he joins us to outline how the supply chain works, the focus on quality, localisation and how it can develop in the future. We also hear from Nathan Paterson, the staff director of the association's working group, about some of the key themes from the recently published World Nuclear Supply Chain Report.

    Also in this edition, Claire Maden joins host Alex Hunt to report on developments in Canada where Bruce Power is getting the ball rolling for a potential Bruce C plant and Alberta is looking into the possible use of small modular reactors in its oil sands industry.

    Key links to find out more:
    World Nuclear News
    Supply Chain and Long-Term Operation Working Group
    Supply chain must expand to meet new build plans, report warns

    Email newsletter:
    Sign up to the World Nuclear News daily or weekly news round-ups
    Contact info:
    alex.hunt@world-nuclear.org

    Episode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production

    • 46 min
    Nuclear fuel, financing, recruitment, net zero - World Nuclear Symposium 2023 special report

    Nuclear fuel, financing, recruitment, net zero - World Nuclear Symposium 2023 special report

    World Nuclear Symposium, held in London, brought together key figures from across the global industry, who took part in a variety of panel discussions on many of the current big issues in the sector. In this special edition of the podcast, World Nuclear News reports on those sessions:

    The topics covered, in order:
    The launch of the Net Zero Nuclear campaignPublication of World Nuclear Association's Nuclear Fuel ReportRecruitment and expanding the nuclear workforceHow nuclear can decarbonise different industriesOptimising plant life performanceInvesting in and financing of nuclearWe hear from, in order of appearance:
    Sama Bilbao y León, Director General of World Nuclear AssociationRafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, International Atomic Energy AgencyMohamed Al Hammadi, CEO, Emirates Nuclear Energy CorporationKaajal Desai, Senior Programme Lead for Fuel Cycle, World Nuclear AssociationMalcolm Critchley, President and CEO ConverDynChris Frankland, Director of Sales and Marketing, Nuclear Fuels CorporationJeanne Tortorelli, Director of Nuclear Fuel Supply at Constellation Energy GenerationTamer Albishawi, Chief Nuclear Officer at Hinkley Point CCallum Thomas, Chairman of Thomas ThorGrace Stanke, Nuclear Engineering Student, Nuclear Advocate and Miss AmericaCharlotte Griffiths, Sustainable Energy Division of the UN Economic Commission for EuropeTodd Noe, Director of Nuclear Technologies Strategy at MicrosoftMikal Bøe, Chairman and CEO Core PowerNaoki Chigusa, CEO of World Association of Nuclear OperatorsVinod Kumar, Station Director of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited's Kaiga 3 and 4Catherine Cornand, Senior Executive Vice President FramatomeChris Cunningham, Vice President Nuclear Projects at Ontario Power GenerationWolfgang Denk, Managing Director, SwissnuclearKeisuke Sadamori, Director Energy Markets and Security, International Energy AgencyIain Smedley, Global Chairman of Banking, BarclaysKevin Kelly, CFO Bruce PowerJulien Bocobza, Partner, White & Case LLCSophie Macfarlane-Smith, Head of Customer Engagement Rolls-Royce SMRThomas Branche, Senior Vice President for Engineering, AssystemRumina Velshi, President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Safety CommissionErick van Egeraat, ArchitectTim Gitzel, President and CEO CamecoKey links to find out more:
    World Nuclear Symposium 2023
    Nuclear Fuel Report 2023
    Nuclear industry urged 'take advantage of window of opportunity'
    Net Zero Nuclear campaign launched, seeking to triple capacity by 2050
    The challenge of recruiting a rapidly growing nuclear workforce
    Positive trends continue for global nuclear fuel cycle
    Successful nuclear projects key for future investments
    Contact info:
    alex.hunt@world-nuclear.org

    Episode credit:  Presenter Alex Hunt. Reports from Claire Maden and Warwick Pipe. Co-produced and mixed by Pixelkisser Production.

    • 42 min

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