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Recently, a project using CO₂ (carbon dioxide) plus O₂ (oxygen) in-situ leaching for uranium mining, conducted by the Tongliao Uranium Company (attached to the China National Nuclear Corporation), was nominated for the 4th China Grand Award for Industry.

The UK’s National Grid on Monday unveiled a proposal to connect NuGen’s planned nuclear power station at Moorside in Cumbria to the electric grid using lines placed underground and below Morecambe Bay.

Lightbridge Corporation a U.S. nuclear energy company announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance for a key patent covering its metallic nuclear fuel rod design from the European Patent Office.

On 23 June, the French nuclear energy society (SFEN) presented its award for technological innovation to Onet Technologies and the French alternative energies and atomic energies commission (CEA). The distinction was given in recognition of the remotely operated laser-cutting technology developed at the CEA Saclay and Marcoule facilities and implemented by Onet Technologies in clean-up operations at CEA Marcoule. The innovation was also praised by the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE) and could be used for the removal of melted fuel debris from the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The remotely operated laser-cutting technology developed by CEA and implemented by Onet Technologies is especially suited to cutting very thick materials in a hazardous environment. It allows for easy remote operation while offering impressive position tolerance for cutting heterogeneous layers of materials; moreover, it generates fewer aerosols than most other available techniques.

Introduced by Onet Technologies as a world first in December 2015, the technology has demonstrated its full potential in the ongoing project to dismantle MAR200 dissolvers in the spent-fuel reprocessing facility at the CEA Marcoule site in France. The dismantling process was also nominated in the WNE Awards and received the SFEN award for technological innovation on 23 June this year.

Introduced by Onet Technologies as a world first in December 2015, the technology has demonstrated its full potential in the ongoing project to dismantle MAR200 dissolvers in the spent-fuel reprocessing facility at the CEA Marcoule site in France. The dismantling process was also nominated in the WNE Awards and received the SFEN award for technological innovation on 23 June this year.

A key challenge: adapting current technology to Fukushima Daiichi requirements
The award showcases promising technology that could be chosen as a solution to remove melted fuel debris from the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant—a project in which Onet Technologies and the CEA have been actively involved since 2014. The ongoing initiative involves adapting the existing, reliable technology to the highly specific requirements of the damaged reactors. Removing fuel debris from the reactor cores will be a vital step in the decommissioning programme.


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World Nuclear Exhibition held a special Awards Competition ceremony to reward the cutting edge nuclear technologies and innovation projects. “Multi-D-based Project Management System” of Rosatom ASE Group of Companies won the first prize in the Operation Excellence category.
Construction of major facilities often implies cost overruns and longer timelines, ranging from 10% to 50% on average. According to the developers of the system the situation can be remedied only by the effective management, combining IT tools and business processes. The use of Multi-D-based Project Management System technology specially designed by Russian specialists would facilitate essential optimization and control of deadlines/value for money during erection of capital construction facilities. Furthermore, this technology is universal and can be successfully applied not only at nuclear power plants building but also in any other complex infrastructure projects.
The development of these technologies was triggered by ASE Group of companies’ positive track record in project management and construction of facilities implementing Dassault Systemes’ commercial packages and its 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The company's experience has shown that the application approach to the construction and use of the technology allows carrying out the projects according to all the deadlines and strictly keep within budget.
ASE has proved that the use of adequate tools allows timely project implementation and withstanding budget pressure, for example, during construction of the Rostov NPP Units 3&4 and the Yuzhnouralsk GRES-2 (power units 1&2). This technology is being replicated in all Russian-designed NPP construction projects deployed both in Russia and abroad and provides the basis for the progress trend in consulting services (PMC) rendered as part of major non-nuclear projects.
Jury Nomination Chairman Jacques Regaldo, Chairman of the World Association of Nuclear Operators, noted that the diversity of projects presented by different industrial companies was motivating and challenging. “However the Jury draw attention to the projects that involve all levels of operation excellence”, - he added. The projects of Apave, EDF and Westinghouse were also presented at the shortlist of nominees.
The joint project "Tournament of Young Professionals ‘TeMP’" of Rosatom and Rosatom Corporate Academy was shortlisted in the Knowledge Management category along with EDF and Oxand projects.

TeMP is aimed at attraction and selection of talented young graduates for future employment at Rosatom enterprises. Its aim also to increase attractiveness of nuclear industry careers among young professionals in specialized universities. The tournament is held on crowd sourcing online platform with the live grand finale. The winners receive a job offer from the leading enterprises of Rosatom. Participants of the tournament have an opportunity to develop projects dealing with real production targets, working in close collaboration with Rosatom experts. The most interesting and promising ideas are selected by jury consisting of top representatives of Rosatom divisions. Best projects are chosen by Rosatom top management and its CEO. This year alone, the number of applications from participants exceeded 3,000 people, and only 100 got into the final.
118 projects were chosen for the WNE Award competition, 14 of them were shortlisted in 4 categories: Innovations, Operation Excellence, Nuclear Safety and Knowledge Management. The jury included top managers of leading international companies and organizations of the nuclear industry. Among them were Bernard Bigot, Director General ITER, Jacques Regaldo, Chairman of the World Association of Nuclear Operators, William D. Magwood, Director General NEA, and David Drury, Technical Head – Management and Human Resources, IAEA. According to the competition results, 4 winners and 8 nominees were announced. Another 2 projects received special attention of the jury.

ROSATOM  and the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia signed a memorandum on personnel training and education in nuclear energy and related sectors and a memorandum on cooperation in public acceptance of peaceful use of nuclear energy.
The Memoranda were signed by Kirill Komarov, First Deputy CEO for Corporate Development and International Business of ROSATOM, from the Russian side, and Luis Alberto Sanchez, Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, from the Bolivian Side. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Álvaro García Linera, Vice President of Bolivia.
The Memoranda represent the frame agreements on cooperation in two key areas of Bolivia’s nuclear energy program: public acceptance and personnel training. The Memoranda constitute the basis for the further development of the bilateral cooperation in the above areas.
In particular, within the framework of the Memorandum on public acceptance, the parties agreed on bilateral cooperation in preparation and implementation of public and media relations campaign as part of the Nuclear Research and Technology Center Project in Bolivia. 
In his comments on the Memorandum signing, K. Komarov noted that public acceptance is a crucial condition of the national atomic programs in the countries that take the path of atomic technology development. “This is certainly very important for Bolivia. The nation of the country will benefit from the Nuclear Research and Technology Center that is why the information about the project and atomic technology should be true, open and available. Rosatom has accumulated extensive experience in public relations in the regions of nuclear infrastructure construction both in Russia and abroad. We are ready to support Bolivia and share our best practices in promoting public awareness of the Project absolute safety for people and environment as well as its benefits that will be actually appreciated after the Center opening”, he said.
The Memorandum on personnel training and education in the use of the nuclear energy and related sectors envisages the cooperation of the parties in the following areas: personnel education and training as part of the nuclear infrastructure formation in Bolivia; making and further development of education and training program for the Center personnel; education of Bolivian students at Russian educational institutions; joint training programs for teachers; development of educational, methodological and scientific literature on peaceful uses of nuclear energy; organization of courses in fundamental sciences and nuclear education disciplines for students.

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