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  • UK government backs Sizewell C nuclear project with £100 million

    28 January 2022

    The UK’s Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng announced £100 million of government funding on January 27 to support the continued development of the Sizewell C project in Suffolk. The funding will be invested by EDF into the project to help bring it to maturity, attract investors, and advance to the next phase in negotiations....

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  • EDF announces further cost increase and new delay to Flamanville 3 project

    25 January 2022

    EDF announced on January 11 that its long-delayed Flamanville 3 reactor project will be delayed by up to six months and will cost an extra €300 million euros (£251m) than previously estimated. The expected total cost of the project has increased from €12.4 billion (£10.3b) to €12.7 billion (£10.6b), four times the original estimate....

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  • EDF ends electricity generation at Hunterston B power station

    11 January 2022

    EDF announced on January 7 that electricity generation at the Hunterston B power station in North Ayrshire, UK had ended after 46 years. Reactor 4 was shutdown at midday on January 7 by Station Director, Paul Forrest, EDF said in its statement....

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  • Germany shuts down three of its last six nuclear plants

    04 January 2022

    As part of its move towards wind and solar power, Germany shut down three of its last six nuclear power plants on December 31. The three plants, operated by E.ON and RWE, were shut down after more than 30 years of service following the German government's decision to speed up the phasing out of nuclear power following Japan’s 2011 Fukushima meltdown....

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  • Rolls-Royce SMR is now fully funded after £85m backing from Qatar

    04 January 2022

    Rolls-Royce announced on December 20 that it had reached an agreement with Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) to invest £85 million in the company’s small modular reactors (SMR). The investment follows £210 million of new funding provided by the UK government in November and means that the Rolls-Royce SMR business is now fully funded, having secured £490 million....

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EDF finds faults at two French nuclear power stations 17 December 2021

French energy giant EDF has announced it is extending the closure of its Civaux nuclear power plant in the western region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine after detecting cracks on the pipes of a reactor. EDF has also closed its Chooz plant in eastern France which uses the same technology as Civaux....

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Office for Nuclear Regulation’s ageing facilities scrutiny nears completion 16 December 2021

Five nuclear sites have been subject to a ‘themed’ inspection carried out by the UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) during the last 12 months focusing on the management of ageing facilities. One of ONR’s key aims was to check that Britain has sustainable programmes for managing ageing nuclear facilities and ensuring licensees plan and respond to these inevitable changes....

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Nuclear’s contribution to global climate change mitigation highlighted in new report 02 December 2021

The contribution nuclear generation makes to climate change mitigation is highlighted in a new edition of the World Nuclear Performance Report, which was produced by the World Nuclear Association ahead of COP26 in November....

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Carbon dioxide leak kills one, injures three at Spanish nuclear plant 25 November 2021

One person died and three were rushed to hospital after a carbon dioxide leak at the Ascó nuclear power plant in Catalonia, Spain on November 24. Emergency services said that the incident was not linked to radiological activity but was likely caused by a fault in the plant’s fire prevention system....

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UK government backs new small nuclear technology with £210 million 09 November 2021

The UK government announced £210 million of new funding on November 9 to go towards the next steps in designing Rolls-Royce’s small modular reactors (SMR). The funding has been matched by private sector funding of over £250 million which will take the low-cost nuclear project into phase 2 of the design phase and through the regulatory processes to assess suitability of potential deployment in the UK....

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