Archive for April, 2017

April Newsletter No223

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WHERE WILL IT ALL END?

Just as it seemed that things were going reasonably well for new build nuclear energy projects in the UK the Prime Minister called a snap general election and that put discussion on much needed investment by the State in nuclear power on hold.

To add to the uncertainty the French, Germans and South Koreans have important Presidential elections under way and candidates who plan to cut ...

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NIA UK | New British-Franco agreement to strengthen skills development for the nuclear industry

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The National Skills Academy Nuclear (NSAN) and the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires (INSTN) have signed an agreement to strengthen their joint working on the skills for nuclear agenda across UK and France.

The agreement was officially launched yesterday (25 April 2017) from the French Ambassador’s Residence in London.

Both organisations are committed to further developing a strong bilateral Franco-British cooperation on skills for nuclear, and are keen to demonstrate how the countries can work together through and beyond the ...

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NIA UK | EDF Energy sets out progress at Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station

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Six months after contracts were signed for Hinkley Point C in Somerset, EDF Energy has today set out the progress made at the site. This includes confirmation that concrete has been poured for the power station galleries. The galleries are a network of connected tunnels which will carry cabling and pipes. They will be some of the first permanent structures on the site.

The concrete pour is a great achievement for the project team and followed the first consent for construction ...

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NIA UK | James Fisher Nuclear Flying High with Sellafield Decommissioning

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James Fisher Nuclear (JFN), part of James Fisher and Sons PLC, alongside partners WYG, took to the skies recently and made history with the first ever external Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) high resolution structural survey of a chimney stack within Sellafield’s high security chemical separation (SEP)active area.

This innovative use of drone technology removed the need for time consuming scaffolding construction or bringing in special access vehicles, both of which are costly and require operators to be working at height. The ...

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NIA UK | UKAEA announces collaboration with ITER

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The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and the ITER Organization have entered into a technical collaboration which will see the UKAEA’s centre for Remote Applications in Challenging Environments, RACE, host the ITER Remote Handling Test Facility (IRTF) for a period of at least five years.

The UK Government is investing €5 million over this period, matched by the ITER Organization, to perform testing of critical remote handling operations necessary for the maintenance of components for ITER – the international fusion energy ...

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