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  • “Potential for serious personal injury” during steam leak at Heysham 1 nuclear reactor

    20 February 2024

    The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has served an improvement notice on EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd following an incident at Heysham 1 Power Station in Lancashire, UK. The incident occurred on 23 December 2023 while Reactor 1 was being returned to service when a valve controlling the flow of superheated steam from the reactor failed, resulting in a steam leak....

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  • Radioactive water leaks from Fukushima

    13 February 2024

    Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) operator, informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 7 February that water containing radioactive materials was found to have leaked from a caesium absorption tower at the plant. The estimated 5.5 cubic metres of water was assessed to have leaked from a valve left open during cleaning work....

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  • UK government in early stage talks to purchase Wylfa nuclear site in Wales

    12 February 2024

    According to a report in the Financial Times, the UK government has started talks to buy the Wylfa site on Anglesey in north Wales. The current owner of the site, Japanese engineering group Hitachi, abandoned its plans for a nuclear power plant on the site in 2020 after failing to reach an agreement with the UK government on financing for the project....

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  • Westinghouse announces plans for Small Modular Reactor in Teesside, UK

    09 February 2024

    Westinghouse Electric Company has announced that it has signed an agreement with Community Nuclear Power (CNP) to deploy the UK’s first privately-financed small modular reactor fleet, with the Westinghouse AP300 SMR....

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  • New international project launched to help protect critical infrastructure

    06 February 2024

    The Nuclear AMRC is leading a new international project to protect critical infrastructure such as power stations and water systems from cyber attack. Troci (Towards Resilient Operation of Critical Infrastructure) is supported by EPSRC, with funding from the international Chist-Era programme of IT-related research....

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IAEA mission highlights progress in nuclear and radiation safety in the UK 06 February 2024

The United Kingdom is committed to delivering the highest standards of nuclear and radiation safety, an international mission has found. The seven-day International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service’s (IRRS) follow-up mission, to evaluate the country’s regulatory infrastructure against required global safety standards, came to a close at the end of January....

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ONR begins new Small Modular Reactor assessment 30 January 2024

The Office for Nuclear Regulation, along with the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales, has started a two-step Generic Design Assessment (GDA) for GE Hitachi’s BWRX300 reactor. The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero made the request to the regulators following its readiness review of the GE Hitachi application....

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UK provides £1.3 billion to kickstart Sizewell C construction 23 January 2024

The UK government has made an additional £1.3 billion available to support the construction of Sizewell C. The largest funding package to date will allow early construction works to continue ahead of a final investment decision later this year....

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UK announces biggest expansion of nuclear power for 70 years 16 January 2024

The UK government has outlined plans for what it has called the biggest expansion of nuclear power for 70 years to reduce electricity bills, support thousands of jobs and improve UK energy security – including exploring building a major new power station and investing in advanced nuclear fuel production....

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EDF to extend lifetimes of four UK nuclear power stations 09 January 2024

EDF has announced that it plans to invest a further £1.3 billion in the UK’s five generating nuclear power stations over the 2024-26 period to help sustain output at current levels, boost energy security and cut carbon emissions. The energy company said it would make a final decision later this year on whether to extend the life of four UK plants with advanced gas-cooled reactors (AGR) – Torness, Heysham 1 and 2, and Hartlepool....

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