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Nuclear waste: Firm refusal needed, Rhun ap Iorwerth AM says

Posted on: 10 January 2017

The Welsh Government should give a firm refusal to any plans to create a site to bury nuclear waste in Wales, an assembly member has said. Anglesey AM Rhun ap Iorwerth’s comments came as a meeting was being held on Friday to discuss a Welsh Government response to a UK government consultation on the issue. […]

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Japan cancels failed $9bn Monju nuclear reactor

Posted on: 22 December 2016

Japan is a scrapping an experimental reactor which has worked for just 250 days of its 22-year lifespan and cost $9bn (£7.2bn). The Monju reactor, in western Japan’s Fukui city, was designed to burn most of its own spent fuel, eliminating the need to deal with the nuclear waste. But it suffered its first problems […]

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Radioactive sludge removed from UK’s Pile Fuel Storage Pond

Posted on: 22 December 2016

Radioactive sludge has been transferred out of the world’s oldest nuclear fuel pond for the first time, the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Sellafield Ltd announced yesterday. The project is being delivered ten years ahead of schedule and for half the expected cost, they said in a joint statement. Sludge – formed from decaying […]

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Matom are recruiting

Posted on: 5 December 2016

Matom are recruiting various roles including Health Physics Technicians (Monitors), some starting in Jan 17. See our recruitment page here for details of vacancies. Agencies need not apply – thanks.

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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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