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NDA lays out plans for years ahead


27 March 2015

The UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has published its latest business plan, setting out its anticipated income and expenditure during the next financial year. It also includes a high-level 20-year overview of objectives it is working towards, and takes a more detailed look at key activities over the next three years.

Bespoke equipment trial completed at Dounreay

Waste and Recycling

25 March 2015

DFR-Breeder-Top-Plate - 48A trial of bespoke equipment to lift off the top plate of the Dounreay Fast Reactor in Scotland in order to remove trapped fuel elements has been completed successfully, the Nuclear Decommissioing Authority said on 19 March. The authority said decommissioning the 50-year-old experimental reactor is one of the most technically challenging projects in its estate.

BAE Systems gets funding to complete submarine design

New Nuclear

13 March 2015

Successor submarine 48The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems - the British defence, aerospace and security company - the funding needed to complete the design of a successor to the Royal Navy's Vanguard class submarines.

Nuclear's share of UK's power production dips to 19%

Nuclear Policies

26 March 2015

Nuclear's share of UK electricity generation decreased last year by 0.6 percentage points on 2013 to 19.0% - or 63.8 TWh - owing to outages in the second half of the year, new data released today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change showed.

First radioactive waste removed from Magnox storage pond

Waste and Recycling

24 March 2015

First sludge retrieval 48The very first radioactive sludge has been removed from the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond (FGMSP) at Sellafield in north-west England. The FGMSP is one of the site's four Legacy Pond and Silo facilities.

UK assessment of AP1000 design advances

Regulation and Safety

12 March 2015

The UK's generic design assessment (GDA) of the AP1000 reactor has entered the "closeout phase", Westinghouse announced today. The GDA process is scheduled to be completed in January 2017.