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January Newsletter No220

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SMRs GET A BOOST AS HINKLEY FACES A CHALLENGE

This month has been notable for the considerable boost given to the development of the small modular reactor (SMR). Much of this has come from positive announcements in the United States and the United Kingdom but the SMR “small is beautiful” cause has also been helped by further questioning of the financial aspects of the large-scale Hinkley Point C project and question marks over the Moorside scheme.

January has been something of a ...

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Horizon cleared to buy reactor components for Wylfa Newydd

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Horizon Nuclear Power has been cleared to begin purchasing major equipment for its proposed new reactor at Wylfa Newydd. The independent assessment organisation, Bureau Veritas, issued Horizon with a Licensee Certificate confirming that its internal arrangements are suitable for the procurement of Long Lead Items.

Long Lead Items (LLIs) have long manufacturing times and are required early in the construction of the power station therefore they need to be ordered in advance of the main build on site. The Licensee Certificate, ...

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NuGen joins UK nuclear industry delegation on trade mission to Japan

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The UK-Japan Nuclear Industry Forum 2017 was held at the British Embassy in Tokyo this week, with companies from Japan and the UK meeting to discuss opportunities for working together more closely.

Representatives from the UK nuclear industry – including NuGen and Toshiba, Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster and the Nuclear Industry Association – attended the event which was arranged by the UK Government’s Department for International Trade.

NuGen CEO, Tom Samson, welcomed the opportunity for nuclear new build and decommissioning companies ...

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Partnering to Build Wylfa Newydd

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The supply chains of three countries came together this week to discuss how they can work in partnership to deliver Horizon Nuclear Power’s Wylfa Newydd project.

At a two day event at the British Embassy in Tokyo, companies from the UK, Wales and Japan gathered alongside government officials, trade associations, and wider stakeholders to hear about the progress made on the transformative project on Anglesey, North Wales and build on the long history of civil nuclear cooperation between the countries.

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First U.S. SMR regulatory application builds case for future NuScale deployment in UK

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In a major step toward the deployment of the next generation of advanced nuclear technology, NuScale Power asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on December 31st, 2016 to approve the company’s small modular reactor (SMR) commercial power plant design.

This is the first-ever SMR design certification application (DCA) to be submitted to the NRC and marks a significant milestone for NuScale and the power generation industry. NuScale SMRs will supply affordable, clean, reliable power in scalable plants whose facility output ...

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December Newsletter No219

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DELIVERING THE NUCLEAR RENAISSANCE

Welcome evidence that the Government is pressing ahead with plans to help secure a nuclear renaissance in the UK came this month with the announcement of a £20 million spend on the first phase of a new nuclear research and innovation programme. At the same time work began on the National Nuclear College project it announced earlier this year, at a potential cost of £15 million.

If the nuclear renaissance is to happen other actions are also essential. ...

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November Newsletter No218

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DELIVERING THE NUCLEAR RENAISSANCE

Welcome evidence that the Government is pressing ahead with plans to help secure a nuclear renaissance in the UK came this month with the announcement of a £20 million spend on the first phase of a new nuclear research and innovation programme. At the same time work began on the National Nuclear College project it announced earlier this year, at a potential cost of £15 million.

If the nuclear renaissance is to happen other actions are also essential. ...

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October Newsletter No217

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ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2015-2016
EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION

Strange as it may seem, the central theme of this year’s annual general meeting in London this month is best described by Tony Blair’s pre-election rallying cry from 15 years ago: “Our top priority was, is and always will be education, education, education.” That is the direction which members appear to want to take.

I had expected proceedings to be dominated by the long-awaited financial approval for Hinkley Point C, but not a ...

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