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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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Size of global nuclear fleet reaches 30-year low, new report shows 06 October 2020

A new report has said the number of operating reactors in the world has dropped by nine over the past year and is now below the level reached in 1988. The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2020 published on September 25 says that as of mid-2020, there are 408 reactors operating, 30 units lower than the historic peak of 438 in 2002....

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Hitachi confirms withdrawal from £20bn UK nuclear project 16 September 2020

Japanese engineering group Hitachi has officially confirmed to the Isle of Anglesey council that it is withdrawing from the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant project which was planned for Anglesey in north Wales. Activity at Wales’ largest ever energy project stopped in January 2019 after Hitachi failed to reach an agreement with the UK government on financing for the project....

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EDF to close UK nuclear power station two years early due to cracks in reactor 01 September 2020

EDF Energy announced on August 27 that the Hunterston B nuclear power station will be closed down in 2021, two years earlier than intended. The nuclear power station in Ayrshire, Scotland, has been closed since 2018 when 350 cracks were found in the graphite bricks that make up the reactor's core. EDF has spent around £200m trying to fix the reactor since it went offline in 2018....

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Machine learning reduces hazards in nuclear power plants 21 August 2020

A team of Virginia Tech researchers is using $800,000 of funding from the US Department of Energy to build new prediction models for hazards that could impact nuclear power plants. Nuclear researcher Juliana Pacheco Duarte, who is leading the team, says nuclear energy has the potential to rapidly expand the world's energy market, but advances in technology must come with new methods for risk management....

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Part of Sellafield site evacuated after discovery of potentially explosive chemicals 17 August 2020

On August 14, part of the Sellafield site was evacuated after a “small quantity” of organic peroxide was discovered during a routine inspection of the Magnox Reprocessing Plant. Organic peroxide can become explosive if not stored at the correct temperature....

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