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UK on track with post-Euratom preparations

Nuclear Policies

11 June 2018

IAEA-UK  safeguards agreement - 48The UK last week completed two more milestones in its preparations to leave the European Atomic Energy Community. On 7 June, Parliament passed the Nuclear Safeguards Bill and government officials signed new international safeguards agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

UK starts talks on public investment in nuclear power

New Nuclear

05 June 2018

Wylfa Newydd CGI aerial - 48Japan's Hitachi and the UK government have decided to enter negotiations on the proposed Wylfa Newydd project. In a statement to Parliament yesterday, UK Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said actions the government is taking will support a "long-term pipeline" for new nuclear projects in the country.

ONR outlines compliance with Regulators' Code

Regulation and Safety

29 May 2018

The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation has provided an update on its compliance with the Regulators' Code, which came into effect in April 2014 and aims to provide a framework for how regulators should engage with those they regulate.

ST40 achieves 15-million-degree target

New Nuclear

06 June 2018

Tokamak Energy's ST40 fusion reactor - 48Tokamak Energy announced today that it has achieved plasma temperatures of over 15 million degrees Celsius, hotter than the centre of the Sun. The Oxford, England-based company turned on its ST40 reactor for the first time in April 2017.

Texo DSI completes drone inspection of Urenco plant

Regulation and Safety

01 June 2018

UAV used to inspect Urenco facility - 48Texo Drone Survey and Inspection has carried out an internal unmanned aerial vehicle inspection of a "live nuclear asset", which it says is a first for the global nuclear sector. Texo DSI was commissioned by Urenco UK to perform the inspection of one of its processing plants for fire compartmentation checks.

UK industry welcomes clarity on Euratom R&D

Nuclear Policies

23 May 2018

May at Jodrell Bank - 48The UK's Nuclear Industry Association has welcomed confirmation of the government's intention to seek associate status to Euratom R&D programmes. NIA chief executive Tom Greatrex stressed however that this is just one part of the current Euratom framework, and progress in replicating other vital areas is still needed before the UK leaves the treaty, as part of its exit from the European Union, in March 2019.