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UK plasma exhaust research receives funding

New Nuclear

19 April 2017

MAST Upgrade - 48The UK's MAST Upgrade tokamak is to receive £21 million ($27 million) in funding to upgrade its plasma exhaust systems. The upgrades will allow fusion researchers to improve their understanding of plasma exhaust physics.

Exelon and JAPC form joint venture, Horizon welcomes move

Corporate

13 April 2017

Exelon Generation and Japan Atomic Power Company have formed a joint venture company "to leverage Exelon's expertise in operational excellence and safety among international operators using Japanese reactor technologies". The new company, JExel Nuclear, is expected to sign an "advisory services" contract with Horizon Nuclear Power.

UK ABWR clears last Regulatory Issue

Regulation and Safety

06 April 2017

The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation has closed the second and remaining Regulatory Issue for Hitachi-GE's UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor design. A spokesman for Horizon Nuclear Power - which Hitachi acquired in 2012 - said today the company "remains on track" to complete the Generic Design Assessment process by the end of this year.

Fusion energy and the UK's industrial strategy

Nuclear Policies

18 April 2017

Tokamak Energy has highlighted the contribution fusion energy can make to the UK's new industrial strategy and how government policy can support its rapid development and large-scale commercial deployment. In an 'open letter' sent to World Nuclear News, Tokamak Energy's chief executive, David Kingham, outlined his response to the government's Building our Industrial Strategy: Green Paper that sets out how it proposes to build a modern, research and development-led economy for a 'global Britain'.

UK sets out decommissioning plans to 2020

Waste and Recycling

10 April 2017

The UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has published its Business Plan for 1 April 2017 to 30 March 2020. Based on the third edition of NDA's Strategy, published in April 2016, the Business Plan sets out its objectives and expected progress for all 17 of its nuclear sites over the next three years, in line with the funding agreed with the Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Engie gives notice to sell NuGen stake

Corporate

05 April 2017

French utility Engie plans to transfer its 40% share in UK nuclear power plant developer NuGeneration to Japan's Toshiba. NuGen, which plans to build three Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at Moorside in West Cumbria is "facing some significant challenges", Engie said, that have led to the decision to exercise its contractual right to transfer its stake to Toshiba.