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  • Nuclear regulator hails “landmark moment” in the clean-up of Sellafield

    13 June 2022

    The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has announced what it has called a “landmark moment” in the long-term clean-up of the Sellafield site after Sellafield Ltd safely removed the first batch of waste from one of the most hazardous buildings on the site, the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo (MSSS)....

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  • Robotic snake solves fusion energy pipework challenge

    31 May 2022

    A new laser-welding ‘robotic snake’ developed by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has demonstrated its capability to operate inside of fusion energy powerplant pipework and is now patented technology....

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  • UK nuclear security warnings reached a 12-year high in 2021

    30 May 2022

    The number of reported security incidents at UK nuclear facilities reached a 12-year high in 2021, according to The Guardian. A total of 456 reports were submitted to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) during the year, raising concerns about the regulator’s ability to cope with the rise in incidents at a time of planned sector expansion....

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  • UK nuclear decommissioning cost rises to £23.5 billion, new report says

    24 May 2022

    The UK’s Public Accounts Committee released a report on May 20 that says the cost of decommissioning the UK’s seven ageing nuclear power stations has doubled since 2004, rising to £23.5 billion, with the cost set to rise even further....

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  • Fund launched to develop new nuclear energy projects across the UK

    23 May 2022

    The UK government launched a new £120 million government fund on May 13 designed to unlock and accelerate new nuclear technologies while encouraging new players into the market. The Future Nuclear Enabling Fund (FNEF) will help to realise the government’s ambition to approve eight new reactors by 2030, as committed to in the British Energy Security Strategy in April....

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Finnish nuclear power company cancels contract with Rosatom to build nuclear power plant 06 May 2022

Finnish nuclear power company Fennovoima has terminated a contract with Russia’s state nuclear company Rosatom for the delivery of a nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki, western Finland. In a statement, Fennovoima said it terminated the delivery of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant due to significant delays and the inability of Rosatom to deliver the project....

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IAEA releases first report on safety of planned water discharge from Fukushima Daiichi site 03 May 2022

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Task Force, which is reviewing Japan’s policy to discharge treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station against relevant international safety standards, released its first report on April 29....

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Ukraine’s nuclear regulator restores communications with Chernobyl 21 April 2022

Ukraine informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on April 19 that direct communications between the national regulator and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant had been restored, more than a month after contact was lost when Russian forces seized control of the site....

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Rolls-Royce expects small modular nuclear reactor approval by mid-2024, Reuters reports 20 April 2022

Rolls-Royce is expecting its small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) design to receive regulatory approval in the UK by mid-2024. Paul Stein, Chairman of Rolls-Royce SMR, told Reuters news agency that after receiving regulatory approval in 2024, the reactors would be able to produce power for the national grid by 2029....

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EDF looking at extending Sizewell B nuclear power plant’s operating life by 20 years 12 April 2022

EDF Energy has announced that the operating life of the Sizewell B nuclear power plant in Suffolk, UK could be extended by at least 20 years, from 2035 to 2055 or beyond. A final investment decision is anticipated by 2024, which would then be followed by the required capital investment in the plant, safety enhancements and obtaining the necessary approvals....

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