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Wales must maintain nuclear industry, says parliamentary committee

Nuclear Policies

27 July 2016

The proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant can deliver value for money, a UK parliamentary committee looking into the future of nuclear power in Wales has concluded. Meanwhile, it says the Trawsfynydd site is a "standout candidate" for locating a first-of-its-kind small modular reactor.

EDF Energy seeks innovative solutions for AGR fleet

Corporate

19 July 2016

EDF Energy has launched a competition aimed at finding new ways of inspecting and monitoring its UK nuclear power plants, offering successful projects up to £10,000 ($13,000) of funding. The competition opened yesterday and the deadline for applications is 28 September. Successful projects are to start in January next year.

UK's new premier axes Department of Energy and Climate Change

Nuclear Policies

15 July 2016

The UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change has been scrapped and its brief folded into the newly created Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy department. The formation of BEIS, which was announced yesterday following Theresa May's appointment as the new British Prime Minister, adds energy-related matters to the remit of its predecessor the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Inauguration of GeoMelt system at Sellafield

Waste and Recycling

25 July 2016

Cold and active commissioning has been completed of the full-scale demonstration GeoMelt In-Container Vitrification plant at the UK's Sellafield site. The first commercial vitrification of radioactive waste was performed last week.

UK's nuclear clean-up cost estimate dips to $154 billion

Waste and Recycling

15 July 2016

The cost of cleaning up the UK's historic nuclear sites has decreased slightly from last year's estimate, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said in its Nuclear Provision corporate report, which it published on 13 July. Nuclear Provision is the best estimate of how much it will cost to clean up 17 of the country's earliest nuclear sites over a program lasting around 120 years.

UK Energy Minister underlines nuclear's role

Nuclear Policies

14 July 2016

The UK's decision to leave the European Union has not changed the country's commitment to investing in low-carbon energy, including new nuclear, nor its efforts to tackle climate change, Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom told members of parliament (MPs) today. Meanwhile, a report issued by the National Audit Office (NAO) says the UK "lacks a proven, skilled supply chain to support the construction of a new power station".