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UK considers how to use small reactor opportunity

New Nuclear

18 October 2016

Small modular reactors offer significant benefits to the UK, experts have said, but government must clarify whether it wants near-term deployment or maximum value to domestic industry, while industry has to efficiently mass produce to realise economic savings.

UK completes return of Swiss reprocessing waste

Waste and Recycling

17 October 2016

HLW shipment from UK to Switzerland - 48The second and final shipment of high-level waste from the UK to Switzerland has been completed. The waste resulted from the reprocessing and recycling of used nuclear fuel from Swiss nuclear power plants at Sellafield.

'Keyhole surgery' for Sellafield waste retrieval

Waste and Recycling

05 October 2016

Pile_Fuel_Cladding_Silo_(Sellafield_Ltd)_65x48A complex remote cutting job is underway at Sellafield to enable the removal of cladding waste from an outdated silo. Engineers are using an innovative jet to remove plates of steel while maintaining an inert atmosphere important for safety.

UK marks 60th anniversary of Calder Hall

Other News

18 October 2016

QE II at Sellafield - 48Yesterday marked 60 years since the opening of the world's first commercial nuclear power plant at Calder Hall in west Cumbria in England. Opened on 17 October 1956 by Queen Elizabeth II, Calder Hall was in operation for 47 years.

Westinghouse expands SMR study team

New Nuclear

12 October 2016

Westinghouse will work with UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird as well as the country’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) on a study to explore potential design efficiencies to reduce the lead times of its small modular reactor.

Rolls-Royce all set to unveil British SMR consortium

New Nuclear

03 October 2016

Rolls-Royce will in the "coming weeks" announce the consortium it has formed to launch a small modular reactor in the UK, a spokesman for the British company told World Nuclear News today. The consortium could provide a £100 billion ($127 billion) boost to the UK economy because the companies involved are either UK-owned or have a strong UK presence, the spokesman added.