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March Newsletter No222

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THINKING AHEAD

This is a Newsletter with a difference. In part it is concerned with the future of SONE itself rather than the future of nuclear energy or a particular form of it. However, it also describes discussions we have been having with another organisation which supports nuclear energy from an independent standpoint, Weinberg Next Nuclear. We are trying to determine whether some form of collaboration would be ...

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February Newsletter No221

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WE TOLD YOU SO

Around the time of last year’s annual meeting, some four months ago, a SONE committee member, Gerald Clark, made what was regarded by some (but not me) as an outrageous suggestion. He argued that the UK Government should consider investing directly in the nuclear energy industry. This month we learned that the Government is now thinking of doing just that, even though some of the ...

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NIA UK | Horizon and Exelon partner to advance Wylfa Newydd project – NIA UK

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Horizon Nuclear Power and Exelon Generation today announced a partnership to advance Horizon’s progress towards becoming a world class nuclear operator. Exelon Generation, a leader in nuclear safety and operational excellence, operates the largest fleet of nuclear plants in the United States. This new operating partnership brings Exelon’s experience to Horizon as it grows its own expertise and capability to operate a next generation nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey, North Wales.

A team of four Exelon specialists, with ...

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NIA UK | NIA comment on EU Withdrawal Bill – NIA UK

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Commenting on the EU Withdrawal Bill and Clause 18 which suggests the UK will no longer be a member of Euratom after the UK leaves the EU, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“The UK nuclear industry has made it crystal clear to the Government that our preferred position is to maintain membership of Euratom. The nuclear industry is global, so the ease of movement of nuclear goods, people and services enables new build, decommissioning, R&D and ...

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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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