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Hinkley Point: Surprise delay for nuclear plant deal

Posted July 29th, 2016 In News

Plans to build the first new UK nuclear plant in 20 years have suffered an unexpected delay after the government postponed a final decision until the early autumn. French firm EDF, which is financing most of the £18bn Hinkley Point project in Somerset, approved the funding at a board meeting on Thursday. However, the government […]

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Nuclear power plants must be value for money, say MPs

Posted July 26th, 2016 In News

Future nuclear power projects in Wales must be value for money and create jobs where they are built, MPs have said. The Welsh Affairs Committee said it was satisfied with safety, but wanted clarity on costs. It said Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey should only be built if its electricity costs no more than that from […]

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Capenhurst chosen to store nuclear submarine radioactive waste

Posted July 12th, 2016 In News

Radioactive waste from decommissioned Royal Navy nuclear submarines will be stored in Cheshire, the Ministry of Defence has announced. A site in Capenhurst, near Ellesmere Port, has been selected to store steel containers from 19 redundant vessels. The components, described as having “intermediate” radioactivity, were used to house the submarines’ core reactors but no longer […]

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AWE Aldermaston remains under scrutiny despite ‘safety improvements’

Posted July 8th, 2016 In News

The company responsible for a nuclear weapons factory in Berkshire has made improvements following safety concerns, the nuclear watchdog has found. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) said the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston would nevertheless remain under an “enhanced” level of regulation for a fourth year running. Its annual report said safety improvements […]

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Chapelcross site ruled out for nuclear submarine waste

Posted July 8th, 2016 In News

The Ministry of Defence has ruled out a Scottish site as a possible location to store waste from nuclear submarines. Chapelcross near Annan was on a shortlist of five potential locations. Capenhurst in Cheshire has been selected to store the nuclear components, with Aldermaston in Berkshire as a “fall back” option. The Scottish site was […]

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Japan Atomic Power Company to assist UK new build project

Posted July 8th, 2016 In News

Horizon Nuclear Power, the Japan Atomic Power Company (JAPC) and Hitachi have signed a technical services contract for the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant in North Wales. JAPC is to support Horizon in areas including construction costing, licensing, and planning for commissioning. Horizon plans to deploy the UK ABWR (Advanced Boiling Water Reactor) at […]

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UK energy minister underscores importance of nuclear power

Posted July 8th, 2016 In News

Andrea Leadsom, minister of state at the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), has reiterated the important role of nuclear power in the country’s current and future electricity mix. In a speech at the Utility Week Energy Summit about the Future of Energy in the UK, Leadsom said “energy security is non-negotiable, and […]

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Seabed investigations under way at Wylfa Newydd

Posted July 8th, 2016 In News

Detailed offshore ground investigation works are under way to gain a better understanding of the geological conditions offshore from the site of the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant on the Isle of Anglesey, UK. Construction of the plant – featuring two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors – is expected to begin around 2019. “This work is […]

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