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UK nuclear fusion lab (Culham Centre) faces uncertain future

Posted on: 30 November 2016

A question mark hangs over a world-leading laboratory that has pioneered research into fusion for nearly 40 years. The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy near Oxford is largely funded by the EU and dozens of its scientists come from outside the UK. Since the vote for Brexit, many at the centre have become “extremely nervous” […]

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UK regulators may move GDA target date for AP1000

Posted on: 30 November 2016

UK regulators expect to complete the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process for Hitachi-GE’s UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) as scheduled, in December of 2017, but doubt the GDA for the Westinghouse AP1000 will be done by March as previously stated. In its quarterly GDA report for May to October 2016 issued recently, the […]

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Engineers enclose radioactive remains of Chernobyl 4

Posted on: 30 November 2016

The process of sliding the arched structure into place to shield the damaged unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been completed, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced. London-based EBRD said a ceremony in Chernobyl today marked the successful conclusion of the sliding operation, which it described […]

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Fukushima clean-up costs double

Posted on: 28 November 2016

Japan’s government estimates the cost of cleaning up radioactive contamination and compensating victims of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has more than doubled, reports say. The latest estimate from the trade ministry put the expected cost at some 20 trillion yen ($180bn, £142bn). The original estimate was for $50bn, which was increased to $100bn three […]

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Contract signed for Areva reactor business sale

Posted on: 17 November 2016

Areva and EDF yesterday signed a contract for the sale of Areva NP’s reactor business. EDF will take exclusive control of the new entity, referred to as ‘New NP’ and valued at €2.5 billion ($2.7 billion). EDF agreed in July 2015 to take a stake of at least 51% in Areva’s reactor unit in a government-backed […]

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First Horizon apprentices join Anglesey’s nuclear new build programme

Posted on: 19 October 2016

Horizon Nuclear Power’s first-ever intake of apprentices have now started as the company looks to develop local talent to support Wales’ most significant energy project in a generation. The 10-strong team of apprentices, including eight Welsh speakers, have all been recruited from the local area and will be based at a new Horizon-funded workshop at […]

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UK considers how to use small reactor opportunity

Posted on: 19 October 2016

Small modular reactors offer significant benefits to the UK, experts have said, but government must clarify whether it wants near-term deployment or maximum value to domestic industry, while industry has to efficiently mass produce to realise economic savings. “All SMRs share advantages over large nuclear in terms of siting flexibility, potential operational flexibility, grid stability, […]

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Five French units to undergo steam generator checks

Posted on: 19 October 2016

The French nuclear safety authority has requested five of EDF’s nuclear power units are taken offline for additional inspections on their steam generators within the next three months. The steel in parts of those components has been found to contain high concentrations of carbon. The upper and bottom heads of the reactor pressure vessel for […]

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Final contracts signed for Hinkley Point C project

Posted on: 30 September 2016

The final agreements enabling construction of two EPR units at Hinkley Point C to proceed were signed yesterday in London by the UK government, EDF and China General Nuclear. Hinkley Point C received a long-awaited and positive final investment decision (FID) from the EDF board on 28 July, only for the UK government to immediately […]

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Matom MD to speak at the Contamination Expo this October

Posted on: 14 September 2016

Matt Tuck, Managing Director of Matom Ltd will be speaking at the Contamination Expo this October at ExCeL London – 12-13th October 2016 Matt  is a chartered radiological protection professional with over 25 years of experience with hazardous materials in advisory, management, and operational capacities. He advises the Society for Radiological Protection on a specialist committee […]

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