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US assesses Chinese nuclear plant after reports of leak, China says no radiation release or environmental concern 17 June 2021

The US government has been assessing reports of a leak at the Taishan nuclear power plant in China after a French company that helped design the plant’s reactor warned of an "imminent radiological threat". The company, which is also involved in the plant’s operations, also accused the Chinese safety authority of raising the acceptable limits for radiation detection outside the plant in order to avoid having to shut it down....

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University of Manchester launches Advanced Nuclear Energy roadmap 15 June 2021

Nuclear experts at The University of Manchester have developed a roadmap detailing the eight key actions required to assess the role of nuclear energy in the UK’s net zero future objectively. The 41-page position paper entitled Nuclear energy for net zero: a strategy for action, sets out the steps needed to examine the possible roles for nuclear energy using an objective, well-developed economic assessment system....

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EDF to move Dungeness B into defuelling phase 09 June 2021

EDF confirmed on June 7 that it would be moving its Dungeness B nuclear power station in Kent, southeast England into the defuelling phase with immediate effect. Since September 2018 the station has been in an extended outage in which EDF has been managing a range of unique, significant and ongoing technical challenges that are not found at the other six AGR power stations, the company said in a statement....

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Rolls-Royce reveals updated small modular reactor design, aims to be assessed by regulators in late 2021 21 May 2021

The consortium, led by Rolls-Royce, which is creating a compact nuclear power station known as a small modular reactor (SMR), has revealed its latest design and an increase in power as it completes its first phase. It has also announced that it aims to be the first design to be assessed by regulators in the second half of 2021 in the newly-opened assessment window....

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£3 million nuclear robotics contract is first tranche in LongOps UK-Japan deal 20 April 2021

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has awarded Veolia Nuclear Solutions (UK) and Wälischmiller Engineering GmbH separate contracts totalling £3 million to supply robotic manipulator arms to its RACE research facility. The £3M contract stems from the £12M UK-Japanese robotics deal for fusion energy and nuclear decommissioning research, called "LongOps", announced in January this year....

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EDF Energy could bring Dungeness B nuclear plant’s decommissioning date forward 09 April 2021

EDF Energy announced on April 8 that it was exploring a range of options in relation to its Dungeness B nuclear plant in Kent, south east England. One of the options is to bring forward the plant’s decommissioning date of 2028 as it continues to suffer from technical challenges that continue to make its future both difficult and uncertain, EDF said....

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£12M UK-Japan robotics deal for fusion energy and nuclear decommissioning research 20 January 2021

Britain and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production. The alliance will see new robotics and automation techniques applied to both fusion research and to decommissioning nuclear facilities in Japan and the UK....

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Chinese nuclear developer told to resolve safety issues before moving ahead with UK plant 12 January 2021

The UK’s Environment Agency has told Chinese nuclear developer China General Nuclear Group (CGN) that it must resolve six safety issues before it can move ahead with its plans to build a new reactor in Essex, UK. Among the issues is concerns over how the group will dispose of radioactive waste at the planned facility in Bradwell....

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Belarusian nuclear plant reopens after transformer explosions halt production 23 November 2020

Belarus’s new Astravets nuclear power plant has resumed operations after a series of transformer explosions halted production on November 8, just one day after President Alexander Lukashenko officially opened the country’s only nuclear power plant....

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