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New UK high-temperature research facility planned

New Nuclear

08 October 2015

Amec Foster Wheeler has been selected to lead a project to set up a new high-temperature facility in the UK for testing materials used in current and future nuclear reactors. It will be funded by a government research grant.

Success for Kvanefjeld refinery pilot plant

Uranium and Fuel

25 September 2015

Kvanefjeld_refinery_pilot_plant_(GMEL)_48The first phase of a refinery pilot plant to extract uranium and rare earth metals from the Kvanefjeld deposit in Greenland has met or exceeded its targets during a 250-hour test run.

UK research on intermediate-level waste reduction

Waste and Recycling

14 August 2015

Trials have been completed by UK companies Costain and Tetronics International of new technology for the vitrification of intermediate-level radioactive waste. The partners claim the technology could reduce the volume of such waste from the nuclear industry by up to 90%.

China, UK to fund nuclear research centre

New Nuclear

25 September 2015

China and the UK will work together to co-fund a £50 million ($78 million) nuclear research centre, to be headquartered in the UK. Chinese vice premier Ma Kai and British chancellor George Osborne announced the plan on 21 September during the 7th UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue summit in Beijing.

Funding cuts to American Centrifuge

Uranium and Fuel

14 September 2015

A funding cut of some 60% will allow continued development of the American Centrifuge uranium enrichment technology at Oak Ridge, but will not support ongoing centrifuge operations in Piketon, Centrus Energy announced on 11 September.

UK invests in advanced nuclear fuel research

Uranium and Fuel

07 August 2015

Grants totalling £2.5 million ($3.9 million) have been awarded by the UK government to the National Nuclear Laboratory and the University of Manchester for the development of accident tolerant nuclear fuels.