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New nuclear needed for UK energy security, study says

New nuclear needed for UK energy security, study says

The UK government must continue to support nuclear power generation if the country is to meet an expected doubling of electricity demand by 2050 while meeting its Net Zero ambitions, according to a new report from the Centre for Policy Studies. The think tank recommends the government explore innovative financing methods for the construction of new nuclear power plants.

Nuclear Policies 21 January 2021


Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research

Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research

The UK and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration agreement to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production. The collaboration is expected to lead to new robotics and automation techniques used in Japan and the UK.

Nuclear Policies 20 January 2021


UK HPR1000 design opened for public comment

UK HPR1000 design opened for public comment

The UK's Environment Agency has published its assessment so far of the UK Hualong One pressurised water reactor (UK HPR1000) as it invites public comment on this proposed new reactor design. The UK HPR1000 is the Hualong One design that General Nuclear Services - a subsidiary of EDF and China General Nuclear - proposes to use at a prospective new nuclear power plant in Bradwell, England.

Regulation & Safety 11 January 2021


UK makes COP26 president a full-time role

UK makes COP26 president a full-time role

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Alok Sharma as full-time president of the UN COP26 climate conference, with Kwasi Kwarteng replacing Sharma as secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The COP26 president will be based in the Cabinet Office, continuing as a full member of Cabinet, and will chair the Climate Action Implementation Committee to coordinate government action towards net zero by 2050 in the run up to COP26, which will be held in Glasgow this November.

Energy & Environment 11 January 2021


Nuclear stands out as clean, dispatchable firm power, says Kwarteng

Nuclear stands out as clean, dispatchable firm power, says Kwarteng

UK Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said he looks forward to “a year of delivery” in 2021, following the publication of the Energy White Paper on 14 December. In an interview with Chris Lambert, director of the Westminster Energy Forum, Kwarteng explained some of the ministerial thinking behind the White Paper and provided further background on the government’s strategy for reaching net-zero by 2050.

Nuclear Policies 08 January 2021


UK agrees to further deferral of Wylfa planning decision

UK agrees to further deferral of Wylfa planning decision

A decision on planning consent for the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant project on Anglesey has been deferred for a second time, as requested by Horizon Nuclear Power, the UK project developer owned by Japan’s Hitachi.

Nuclear Policies 04 January 2021


UK parliament votes for Brexit deal

UK parliament votes for Brexit deal

The UK-EU post-Brexit deal has been signed into UK law. The EU (Future Relationship) Bill first moved through the House of Commons, where it was passed in a vote split 521 in favour and 73 against, was then moved to the House of Lords, where it was passed without a vote, and the Queen then gave the final approval, Royal Assent. The deal takes effect at 23:00 GMT on 31 December.

Nuclear Policies 30 December 2020


UK and Euratom sign Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

UK and Euratom sign Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

The UK and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) have signed a Nuclear Cooperation Agreement. This is separate from the wider UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement that was also announced on 24 December and which has since been approved by ambassadors from the 27 EU Member States, paving the way for it to take effect on 1 January. UK lawmakers will tomorrow return to the House of Commons, the lower chamber of parliament, to vote on the so-called post-Brexit trade deal.

Nuclear Policies 29 December 2020


Bradwell B granted electricity generating licence

Bradwell B granted electricity generating licence

Bradwell Power Generation Company Limited, which is proposing to construct the new Bradwell B nuclear power plant in Essex, has been granted an electricity generating licence by the UK's gas and electricity markets regulator Ofgem. A final decision has yet to be made to actually construct the plant, planned to feature a Chinese-designed Hualong One reactor.

New Nuclear 18 December 2020


UK regulator to merge leadership roles

UK regulator to merge leadership roles

The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation has announced plans to align its leadership structure to other nuclear regulators around the world with a new combined post of chief nuclear inspector and chief executive. CNI Mark Foy will take up the new combined post, subject to detailed government approvals. A new senior regulatory role, executive director of operations/deputy chief inspector, will also be established. The exact timescales have yet to be confirmed, but the changes will come into effect later in 2021.

Corporate 16 December 2020