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April Newsletter No233

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Sir William McAlpine, Bt

We were all extremely saddened to learn of the passing on the 4th March of our Chairman, Sir William McAlpine. Neville Chamberlain has written a short obituary of him, that you can read on the last page of this newsletter.

There is also an invitation to attend Sir William’s fairwell memorial service, and members should communicate directly with the Sir William’s office if they wish to attend. The contact details are included.


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NIA UK | NIA comments on government response to BEIS Committee report on civil nuclear

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The NIA has welcomed the government’s response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee report into the impact of Brexit on the civil nuclear sector.

Commenting on the Government’s response to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee report into the impact of Brexit on the UK’s civil nuclear sector, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“The ...

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March Newsletter No232

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I can strongly recommend the following well written article about carbon-free energy and its distribution Decarbonizing cities with advanced nuclear finalAlthough written for Helsinki it discusses important general ideas. Some of these are evident in the excerpt below, reproduced with permission.

Wade Allison, Hon. Sec.
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NIA UK | Sellafield Ltd signs Technical Services Agreement with National Nuclear Laboratory

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Sellafield Ltd has signed an agreement that will introduce a significant change in the way it works with its major partner, the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

Both have a long and proud history of working together – and the new Technical Services Agreement (TSA) is designed to strengthen that history and set the direction for years to come.

The 2 organisations signed a collaboration ...

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NIA UK | NAMRC seeks industry views on new nuclear research hubs

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The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is seeking views from manufacturers on new regional R&D hubs to provides additional support in key areas of nuclear technology.

The Nuclear AMRC, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, has launched the consultation to gauge demand from companies working in the nuclear industry and other advanced manufacturing sectors.

The consultation seeks views on what additional capabilities will ...

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February Newsletter No231

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Adrian Bull of the National Nuclear Laboratory was awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list for his work on the development of public understanding in nuclear research. Adrian is a member of the SONE committee.

A summary of UK nuclear power reactors

(More details can be found at with regular updates at

Currently the UK has 15 nuclear reactors delivering 8.883 GWe. Their contribution to the national grid is steady but the large fluctuations in the ...

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NIA UK | NIA welcomes House of Lords EU Energy & Environment committee report

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The NIA has welcomed the recommendations set out in the House of Lord’s EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee in its report: Brexit: Energy Security.

Commenting on the House of Lords EU Energy & Environment committee’s report, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“The UK’s civil nuclear industry welcomes the conclusions of the committee’s report. They recognise the scale of ...

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January Newsletter No230

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New Year Resolutions

The year 2017 has seen some real progress in plans to build new nuclear power stations in the UK. That this progress has been slow is the fault of finance, regulation and public opinion. Each of these has been weighed down by a lack of understanding and confidence. For 2018 these letters promise to disseminate and expand on news of prospects for nuclear power in the UK.

Financial markets seem unwilling to support investments with long pay-back times, generally. ...

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