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July Newsletter No225

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At the end of his newsletter last February, Harold Bolter wrote that he planned to retire as Secretary of SONE at the 2017 AGM in October. Members of SONE have much to thank him for. He has kept the SONE flag flying for the past three years and has kindly agreed to write the August newsletter as his final contribution. At the June Meeting of the Committee I was invited to draft and circulate a manifesto of ideas for the ...

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NIA UK | Innovation funding, unlocking the potential of small and medium size companies

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Eadon Consulting, a small company based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park near Sheffield, has won funding from the UK’s Innovation Agency to develop a new system for decommissioning ageing nuclear facilities. Eadon will lead a consortium of companies to pioneer a faster, cheaper, cleaner and safer approach to nuclear decommissioning.

Company Director, James Hill, says:

“As a small company of specialist engineers we are ideally ...

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NIA UK | Horizon announces operational training support partner for Wylfa Newydd

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Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced a partnership with Tecnatom, a global nuclear training services provider, as it looks to grow the future operational workforce for its lead project Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey, North Wales.

Tecnatom which provides training services to a range of nuclear power stations around the world, will lead a training support team comprising GEN II Engineering and Technology Training ...

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NIA UK | Nuvia secures prestigious RoSPA Engineering Services Sector Award 2017

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Nuclear engineering company Nuvia has scooped the prestigious Engineering Services Sector and Fleet Safety Gold Awards from Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for 2017.

This is the second consecutive year that Nuvia has received the Engineering Services Sector Award, following a competitive submission against companies from across the whole of the UK’s Engineering Services sector. The Gold Medal for Fleet Safety, a non-competitive award, is presented to organisations sustaining the highest safety standards for fleet vehicle and driver ...

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NIA UK | NuGen provides updates on Moorside progress – NIA UK

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NuGen met with technical stakeholders and elected members of local councils to discuss progress of the project to build Europe’s largest new nuclear power station at Moorside in West Cumbria.

The 2nd Stage of NuGen’s public consultation on plans for the Moorisde Project ended in July 2016 with more than 3,000 people visiting 34 public exhibition events over an 11-week period resulting in over 1,200 pieces of feedback.

This feedback is still being analysed, alongside extensive work to evaluate the design and ...

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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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