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UK designates radwaste disposal policy

UK designates radwaste disposal policy

The UK government has designated its National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure, following its completion of 21 parliamentary sitting days on 2 October, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy said today. BEIS has also published the Appraisal of Sustainability Post Adoption Statement and the Final Habitats and Regulation Assessment report.

Waste & Recycling 17 October 2019


UK introduces low-carbon plans

UK introduces low-carbon plans

The UK government has today set out how it will go "further and faster" to tackle climate change - four months after the country became the first major economy to legislate for net-zero emissions by 2050. It has also introduced its new Environment Bill to Parliament, which it says signals "a historic step change in the way we protect and enhance our precious natural environment".

Energy & Environment 15 October 2019


Half way point reached in Dounreay reactor fuel removal

Half way point reached in Dounreay reactor fuel removal

Half of the last remaining radioactive fuel elements inside the Dounreay Fast Reactor have now been removed, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has announced. The elements had been jammed inside the reactor, and their removal has been a top priority for its decommissioning.

Waste & Recycling 11 October 2019


UK chief nuclear inspector issues performance report

UK chief nuclear inspector issues performance report

While the UK nuclear industry met the required safety and security standards last year, there remains room for improvement, the country's Chief Nuclear Inspector Mark Foy said today in his first annual report on the sector's performance. He said three key areas of focus are the management of ageing facilities, conventional health and safety, and delivering a holistic approach to nuclear security.

Regulation & Safety 11 October 2019


UK invests in domestic fusion plant

UK invests in domestic fusion plant

The UK government has committed GBP220 million (USD270 million) over four years for the conceptual design of the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP). The STEP programme aims to construct a fusion power plant based on the design by 2040.

New Nuclear 03 October 2019


Westinghouse to buy Rolls-Royce services units

Westinghouse to buy Rolls-Royce services units

Westinghouse Electric Company is to acquire Rolls-Royce's civil nuclear services businesses in the USA and Canada along with sites at Mondragon, France, and Gateshead, UK, which are currently part of the British engineering company's power systems business unit.

Corporate 27 September 2019


Hinkley Point C cost rises by nearly 15%

Hinkley Point C cost rises by nearly 15%

EDF Energy announced today that the projected cost of its Hinkley Point C project has increased by up to GBP2.9 billion (USD3.6 billion) compared to the previous estimate. Both the utility and the UK government stressed that, under the terms of the contract-for-difference, there is no impact from the increase for UK consumers or taxpayers.

Corporate 25 September 2019


Japan's Tepco to use UK alloy seals technology

Japan's Tepco to use UK alloy seals technology

The UK's National Nuclear Laboratory announced today that Rawwater Engineering Company, whose specialist alloy seals for the oil and gas sector are being adapted to support Sellafield decommissioning challenges, has signed a contract that will take the company into the Japanese nuclear sector.

Corporate 24 September 2019


Fuel removal completed at Wylfa

Fuel removal completed at Wylfa

The final used nuclear fuel has been shipped from the Wylfa site on Anglesey, in Wales, the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said today. The milestone marks the end of a programme to defuel all of the country's Magnox sites.

Waste & Recycling 19 September 2019


Hinkley Point C receives world's biggest crane

Hinkley Point C receives world's biggest crane

The world's largest crane is ready to start work at the site of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant under construction in Somerset, England, EDF Energy has announced. Able to stand up to 250 metres high, 'Big Carl' can reach higher than the tallest tower at London’s Canary Wharf and can carry 5000 tonnes in a single lift, the company said.

New Nuclear 16 September 2019