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Fuel removal completed at Wylfa

Fuel removal completed at Wylfa

The final used nuclear fuel has been shipped from the Wylfa site on Anglesey, in Wales, the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said today. The milestone marks the end of a programme to defuel all of the country's Magnox sites.

Waste & Recycling 19 September 2019


Hinkley Point C receives world's biggest crane

Hinkley Point C receives world's biggest crane

The world's largest crane is ready to start work at the site of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant under construction in Somerset, England, EDF Energy has announced. Able to stand up to 250 metres high, 'Big Carl' can reach higher than the tallest tower at London’s Canary Wharf and can carry 5000 tonnes in a single lift, the company said.

New Nuclear 16 September 2019


UK to host United Nations climate change summit

UK to host United Nations climate change summit

The UK has won the bid to host the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26). It will host the main COP summit while Italy will host preparatory events. Up to 30,000 delegates are expected to attend the summit, which will be held at Glasgow's Scottish Events Campus in December next year.

Energy & Environment 11 September 2019


Sellafield completes defueling of Calder Hall

Sellafield completes defueling of Calder Hall

Work has been completed to remove fuel from the world's first commercial nuclear power plant at Calder Hall in west Cumbria, in northwest England. Opened on 17 October 1956, Calder Hall was in operation for 47 years, until 2003, and the defueling operation began in 2011.

Waste & Recycling 03 September 2019


UK needs policy action to meet net-zero target, reports says

UK needs policy action to meet net-zero target, reports says

The UK government's legally binding target for 'net-zero' emissions by 2050 is "undeliverable" unless clean growth policies are introduced, according to a parliamentary report published today by the cross-party science and technology committee.

Energy & Environment 22 August 2019


Sellafield launches repackaging of plutonium canisters

Sellafield launches repackaging of plutonium canisters

Work has started on a five-year GBP1 billion (USD1.21 billion) programme to address an identified degradation risk in a small proportion of plutonium canisters stored at Sellafield in northwest England and dating from about 50 years ago. The start has been announced with the opening and repackaging of one such can for the first time.

Waste & Recycling 15 August 2019


UK blackout proved need for diverse energy mix, says business secretary

UK blackout proved need for diverse energy mix, says business secretary

UK Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has set out the scope of the government's investigation into the power cut that affected a million homes and caused travel disruption across England and Wales on 9 August as generators cut off unexpectedly around 5.00pm. The National Grid said disconnections at the Bedfordshire-based Little Barford gas-fired power station and Hornsea offshore wind farm in Yorkshire had caused the blackout.

Energy & Environment 14 August 2019


UK to abolish visa caps for leading scientists

UK to abolish visa caps for leading scientists

The UK plans to make it easier for scientists from overseas to work and live in the country following its departure from the European Union. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the "fast-track visa route" during his visit yesterday to the Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, England.

Nuclear Policies 09 August 2019


UK’s new premier promises boost for nuclear power

UK’s new premier promises boost for nuclear power

Boris Johnson expressed his "passionate" support for nuclear power when he addressed the House of Commons for the first time as UK prime minister yesterday. Seven of the country’s eight existing nuclear plants are set to be retired by 2030, while new-build projects have faced financial uncertainty over the last two years.

Nuclear Policies 26 July 2019


Atkins contracted for Sizewell C preparatory work

Atkins contracted for Sizewell C preparatory work

UK-based engineering company Atkins, a member of SNC-Lavalin Group, has been awarded a GBP5.0 million (USD6.2 million) contract for the enabling works basic design at the Sizewell C site. It will be the first programme of construction work to start at the proposed twin-EPR nuclear power plant in Suffolk, England.

New Nuclear 25 July 2019