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  • UK government announces further support for nuclear and hydrogen

    06 January 2023

    The UK government announced £102 million of backing for nuclear and hydrogen innovation in December. The funding includes £77 million to bolster nuclear fuel production and support the development of the next generation of advanced nuclear reactors, along with £25 million for technologies that can produce hydrogen from sustainable biomass and waste, while removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere....

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  • Two small modular reactor developers apply for UK approval

    03 January 2023

    GE Hitachi and Holtec Britain have submitted small modular reactor (SMR) designs to begin the UK’s generic design assessment (GDA) and gain approval from regulators. The GDA will enable the Office for Nuclear Regulation and Environment Agency to assess GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300 boiling water reactor and Holtec’s SMR-160 design....

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  • Rolls-Royce in talks with INEOS to build small modular reactor at Grangemouth refinery

    29 November 2022

    Rolls-Royce and INEOS have started talks on implementing small modular reactor (SMR) technology at the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland to supply planned hydrogen systems with low-carbon electricity. The Times newspaper reports that talks are in the early stages and that no commercial negotiations have taken place....

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  • Sizewell C nuclear plant confirmed with £700 million backing by UK government

    29 November 2022

    The UK government has confirmed the planned Sizewell C nuclear power plant and will back the development with £700 million, the first state backing of a UK nuclear project in over 30 years. First announced in the recent autumn statement, the confirmation on November 29 will see the UK become a 50% shareholder with EDF while buying out a Chinese state-owned nuclear group....

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  • UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation publishes Annual Report and Accounts 2021/22

    15 November 2022

    The Office for Nuclear Regulation has published its Annual Report and Accounts covering 2021/22. The regulator said the report shows how it delivered its mission to protect society by securing safe nuclear operations and achieved the five priorities it set out in its Corporate Plan 2021/22....

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Rolls-Royce SMR announces potential UK reactor sites 15 November 2022

Rolls-Royce SMR has identified four potential sites for deploying its power stations, which could deliver a total of 15GW of new low-carbon power. All four locations are current nuclear sites owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which supported the siting assessment review....

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Office for Nuclear Regulation publishes annual report on UK’s nuclear industry performance 13 October 2022

The UK’s Chief Nuclear Inspector Mark Foy published his annual report on October 12 detailing the performance of Great Britain’s nuclear industry during 2021/22....

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EDF could extend lifetime of two UK nuclear power plants 13 October 2022

On September 28, EDF said it is considering extending the life of two UK nuclear power plants due to the ongoing energy crisis. The energy company said the case to extend generation at Hartlepool and Heysham 1 power stations beyond their current end date of March 2024 would be reviewed in the coming months....

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Site of UK’s first fusion energy plant selected 04 October 2022

West Burton power station site in Nottinghamshire has been selected as the home for the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant. On October 3, the government announced that West Burton power station has been selected as the home for ‘STEP’ (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production), the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant which aims to be built by 2040....

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IAEA projections for nuclear power growth increase for second year amid climate, energy security concerns 30 September 2022

For a second successive year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has revised up its annual projections of the potential growth of nuclear power during the coming decades, reflecting a shift in the global debate over energy and the environment amid growing concerns over energy security and climate change....

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