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  • Members of the International Nuclear Regulators' Association have released a joint statement affirming their commitment to work together on generic design assessment and licensing of small modular reactor technologies.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the USD2.8 trillion set to be invested globally in energy this year is expected to go to clean technologies including nuclear – but the impressive increase in clean energy investments is concentrated in a handful of countries, according to a newly released report from the International Energy Agency.
  • The Baltic Shipyard (Baltiysky Zavod) has signed a contract with Atomflot for the construction of a multifunctional nuclear technology service vessel which can load and unload nuclear fuel from reactor units of nuclear icebreakers and floating power units.
  • An agreement setting a plan for the delivery of Poland's first nuclear power plant has been signed by Westinghouse Electric Company, Bechtel and Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe.
  • The Centre for Robotic Autonomy in Demanding and Long-lasting Environments will research new technologies for sectors including nuclear decommissioning, energy generation and space.
  • Fuel loading has been completed at Bruce 6, keeping the project on track to resume operation later this year. Meanwhile, Canada's nuclear regulator has given the go-ahead for Ontario Power Generation to restart Darlington 3.
  • The European Commission has approved the amendment of contracts "to speed up the investment" for the new Russian-built Paks 2 nuclear power project, Hungary's foreign minister Peter Szijjarto has said.
  • Czech nuclear power plant operator ČEZ has launched what it calls one of its largest nuclear tenders in the past 20 years – for two new generators for the Temelín nuclear power plant. They are expected to increase output from 1125 MWe to 1150 MWe and will have an anticipated lifespan of 40 years.
  • There is high market potential for microreactors in US states with energy-intensive industries, nuclear-friendly laws and widespread social acceptance, according to a new report by Idaho National Laboratory examining opportunities and barriers for microreactors.
  • More than a dozen Japanese companies have invested a combined total of about USD80 million in the UK-based Core Power, which is helping develop a floating molten salt reactor nuclear power plant and other maritime applications, according to Nikkei Asia.