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International Atomic Energy Agency provides updates on Ukraine’s nuclear facilities following Russian invasion 01 March 2022

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has provided several daily updates in recent days on the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear reactors following the Russian invasion of the country which began on February 24. Ukraine has four nuclear power sites with a total of 15 reactors and is also the location of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant....

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UK regulators complete assessment of Chinese reactor technology proposed for Bradwell B nuclear plant 08 February 2022

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and the Environment Agency have confirmed that the UK Hualong Pressurised Water Reactor (UK HPR1000) is suitable for construction in the UK, subject to the necessary licensing, planning permission and environmental permits, following completion of their in-depth assessment of the nuclear reactor design. The China General Nuclear Group (CGN) reactor design is set to be used at the proposed Bradwell B site in Essex....

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UK government backs Sizewell C nuclear project with £100 million 28 January 2022

The UK’s Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng announced £100 million of government funding on January 27 to support the continued development of the Sizewell C project in Suffolk. The funding will be invested by EDF into the project to help bring it to maturity, attract investors, and advance to the next phase in negotiations....

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EDF announces further cost increase and new delay to Flamanville 3 project 25 January 2022

EDF announced on January 11 that its long-delayed Flamanville 3 reactor project will be delayed by up to six months and will cost an extra €300 million euros (£251m) than previously estimated. The expected total cost of the project has increased from €12.4 billion (£10.3b) to €12.7 billion (£10.6b), four times the original estimate....

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EDF ends electricity generation at Hunterston B power station 11 January 2022

EDF announced on January 7 that electricity generation at the Hunterston B power station in North Ayrshire, UK had ended after 46 years. Reactor 4 was shutdown at midday on January 7 by Station Director, Paul Forrest, EDF said in its statement....

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Germany shuts down three of its last six nuclear plants 04 January 2022

As part of its move towards wind and solar power, Germany shut down three of its last six nuclear power plants on December 31. The three plants, operated by E.ON and RWE, were shut down after more than 30 years of service following the German government's decision to speed up the phasing out of nuclear power following Japan’s 2011 Fukushima meltdown....

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Rolls-Royce SMR is now fully funded after £85m backing from Qatar 04 January 2022

Rolls-Royce announced on December 20 that it had reached an agreement with Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) to invest £85 million in the company’s small modular reactors (SMR). The investment follows £210 million of new funding provided by the UK government in November and means that the Rolls-Royce SMR business is now fully funded, having secured £490 million....

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EDF finds faults at two French nuclear power stations 17 December 2021

French energy giant EDF has announced it is extending the closure of its Civaux nuclear power plant in the western region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine after detecting cracks on the pipes of a reactor. EDF has also closed its Chooz plant in eastern France which uses the same technology as Civaux....

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Office for Nuclear Regulation’s ageing facilities scrutiny nears completion 16 December 2021

Five nuclear sites have been subject to a ‘themed’ inspection carried out by the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) during the last 12 months focusing on the management of ageing facilities. One of ONR’s key aims was to check that Britain has sustainable programmes for managing ageing nuclear facilities and ensuring licensees plan and respond to these inevitable changes....

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Nuclear’s contribution to global climate change mitigation highlighted in new report 02 December 2021

The contribution nuclear generation makes to climate change mitigation is highlighted in a new edition of the World Nuclear Performance Report, which was produced by the World Nuclear Association ahead of COP26 in November....

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