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  • Switzerland confirms proposed location for £18 billion nuclear waste storage site

    15 September 2022

    On September 12, Switzerland’s National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (NAGRA) announced the favoured location for an £18.1 billion (20 billion Swiss franc) underground nuclear waste storage site. The location, an area north of Zurich near the border with Germany, was chosen due to its geology that would enable it to store nuclear waste for the next 200,000 years....

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  • Pressure system shortfalls at two UK nuclear power stations

    09 September 2022

    The UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has served improvement notices on EDF for contraventions of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (2000) (PSSR) at Hartlepool and Heysham 1 power stations. The enforcement action follows a targeted ONR inspection at Hartlepool in late June....

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  • Boris Johnson pledges £700m to Sizewell C, calls on UK to ‘go nuclear and go large’

    01 September 2022

    The UK government has pledged £700 million in funding for the Sizewell C nuclear power plant project on the coast of Suffolk. In a speech on September 1, outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “confident” the plant would go ahead and called on the UK to “go nuclear and go large and go with Sizewell C”....

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  • Two Russian-built nuclear reactors given green light in Hungary

    30 August 2022

    Hungary has approved the construction of two new 1,200MW nuclear reactors as part of its plans to expand the Paks nuclear power plant which currently generates 40% of the country’s energy needs. The new reactors, which will be built by Russian nuclear company Rosatom, will double the plant’s capacity....

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  • UK Health & Safety Executive seeks contributions towards corrosion under insulation research

    23 August 2022

    The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is hosting a workshop to discuss the options for a Shared Research Project on the topic of Corrosion under insulation (CUI). The HSE is welcoming individuals to join the workshop to discuss the challenges and identify opportunities posed by CUI....

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International Atomic Energy Agency warns of "very real risk of a nuclear disaster" after Ukrainian nuclear power plant hit by shelling 08 August 2022

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has expressed grave concern after shelling hit the Zaporizhzya Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine on August 5. In a statement, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi stressed the crucial importance of the IAEA being able to send a mission of nuclear safety, security and safeguards experts to the site as soon as possible....

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Sizewell C nuclear plant given green light by UK government 20 July 2022

The Sizewell C nuclear plant project application was granted development consent by the UK government on July 20. The application involves the construction of a new nuclear power station producing reliable, low-carbon electricity to help Britain achieve Net Zero. It is intended that Sizewell C will generate enough low-carbon electricity to supply six million homes....

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Former Fukushima executives ordered to pay £80 billion in fines 19 July 2022

A Tokyo district court ordered former executives of Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) to pay 13 trillion yen (£80bn) in damages on July 13 for failing to prevent the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011. The court judged that the four defendants, including Tepco’s President at the time of the disaster, could have prevented the incident had they “exercised due care”....

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UK government opens £75 million fund to accelerate nuclear fuel supply 19 July 2022

The UK government opened a £75 million fund on July 19 to encourage investment and expansion in new nuclear infrastructure while protecting high skilled jobs. The Nuclear Fuel Fund will award grants to projects that can increase the domestic nuclear fuel sector, reducing the need for foreign imports and creating the material used in nuclear power stations to generate electricity – with funding going towards designing and developing new facilities....

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Rolls-Royce SMR announces shortlist of potential sites for its first factory 05 July 2022

On July 4, Rolls-Royce SMR announced a shortlist of potential locations for its first factory to create heavy pressure vessels for its small modular reactor power stations. The factory will be the largest and most complex of the company’s three proposed factories, and will create more than 200 jobs at the winning location....

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