Global Energy News Roundup: November 9

The Forum on Energy weekly news roundup brings together a mix of global energy stories from around the web. It is published every Thursday and is available on Twitter via  @forumonenergy

Canada’s Government Lays Out Development Plan for Small Modular Reactors

Canada’s Department of Natural Resources recently released a report titled “A Call to Action: A Canadian Roadmap for Small Modular Reactors” at the Generation IV and Small Reactor (G4SR) Conference in Ottawa. The report promotes a road-map for small modular reactor development in Canada. The country’s Minister of Natural Resources, Amarjeet Sohi, stated that “small modular reactors represent a promising area of energy innovation in Canada…The Road-map includes recommendations that will help inform ongoing collaboration among federal, provincial and territorial governments – as well as other stakeholders and indigenous communities – to ensure Canada becomes a global leader in the development of this new technology.” The report lays out four pillars where action can be taken. These are: 1) Demonstration and Deployment; 2) Policy, Legislation and Regulation; 3) Capacity, Engagement, and Public Confidence; and 4) International Partnerships and Markets. The report concludes that small modular reactor technology responds to market forces for smaller and cheaper technology and if successful, there will be a large global market for this technology…”driven not just by climate change and clean energy policies but also by the imperatives of energy security and access.” This report marks an important step for small modular reactors, showing that there is a path forward for development when countries embrace the technology.

Source: World Nuclear News

United States and Poland Sign Joint Declaration of Energy Security

Poland and the United States have signed a Joint Declaration of Energy Security in an effort to address both of the country’s growing energy needs and encourage energy diversification and energy security. The Declaration between the two countries states that the participants intend to cooperate on various energy topics, which includes civil nuclear energy. Below are clauses included in the agreement which aim to promote civil nuclear energy:

  • Facilitate cooperation between their countries’ respective nuclear industries on the construction of nuclear power plants, the provision of related supporting infrastructures and services, the development of supply chains, and the provision of maintenance of supplies and services for their existing nuclear fleets;
  • Foster the importance of scientific and regulatory cooperation and collaboration to make nuclear solutions to future energy supply challenges safe, effective, economical, and friendly for the environment;
  • Encourage cooperation of nuclear industry entities from both countries to seek opportunities in nuclear new build and the provision of related supporting infrastructures and services, and the provision of maintenance of supplies and services for the countries of the region;
  • Promote best practices in procurement for the construction of nuclear power plants, and the provision of related parts and services for either new or existing nuclear power plants;
  • Explore the application of terms for financing nuclear power plants or programs;
  • Promote international arrangements that would help future civil reactors, including advanced reactors, deployed in the Republic of Poland obtain access to reliable nuclear fuel supply and services, notwithstanding the role and prerogatives of the Euratom Supply Agency;
  • Encourage the development of civil nuclear energy infrastructure, including training and human resource development, as well as appropriate application of civil nuclear energy and related energy technology, in accordance with evolving IAEA guidance and standards on infrastructure development and Euratom regulations;
  • and — establish a working group to implement the above provisions on cooperation in civil nuclear energy, under the strategic dialogue between the United States and Poland on energy.

Source: The US Department of Energy

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