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RWM launches new venture to lead UK repository research

RWM launches new venture to lead UK repository research

The University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield will support the delivery of independent evidence-based research to underpin the development of a UK Geological Disposal Facility following a GBP2.5 million (USD3.3 million) grant secured from Radioactive Waste Management (RWM).

Waste & Recycling 05 August 2020


UK National Grid prepares for first T-pylon at Hinkley Point C

UK National Grid prepares for first T-pylon at Hinkley Point C

The first T-pylon on National Grid's Hinkley Connection is scheduled to be constructed at the end of July 2021. It will be one of 116 T-pylons along the 57km route, which will connect low-carbon energy from EDF Energy's Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant to six million UK homes and businesses. It will also allow for more capacity on the network for renewable energy from the South West peninsular.

New Nuclear 05 August 2020


EDF counts the cost of coronavirus to new build projects

EDF counts the cost of coronavirus to new build projects

EDF has said the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a slowdown in construction and maintenance of its nuclear power plant fleet in both France and the UK. It has warned of further delays to the schedules for completing both the Flamanville and Hinkley Point C projects.

Covid-19 30 July 2020


UK invites innovation in radwaste management

UK invites innovation in radwaste management

The UK has launched a GBP3.9 million (USD5.0 million) competition to find innovative ways to sort and segregate radioactive waste at some of its oldest nuclear sites. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - including Sellafield Ltd and Magnox Ltd - has teamed up with Innovate UK to call on companies to "come up with new ideas and innovative approaches to the challenge".

Waste & Recycling 28 July 2020


Speech: Cutting costs with the fleet approach

Speech: Cutting costs with the fleet approach

Replication is the key to reducing the cost of nuclear new-build projects and attracting investment in firm, low-carbon power and heat, Julia Pyke, director of Sizewell C financing & economic regulation at EDF Energy, said last week. The following is an abridged version of her presentation to participants in an OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency webinar on the Paris-based agency’s newly published Policy Brief, Unlocking financing for nuclear energy infrastructure in the COVID-19 economic recovery.

Perspectives 03 August 2020


UK premier reiterates support for nuclear

UK premier reiterates support for nuclear

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeated his support for new nuclear power. During Prime Minister's Question Time in the House of Commons yesterday, Johnson told a member of parliament representing a constituency in Cumbria, "We believe that nuclear power is a significant potential contributor to our Net Zero ambitions, and I look forward to working with my Honourable Friend to ensure that Cumbria continues its long historic tradition as a pioneer of new nuclear technologies."

Nuclear Policies 16 July 2020


Sizewell C Consortium urges decision on funding

Sizewell C Consortium urges decision on funding

A group of 32 companies and organisations from the UK nuclear supply chain have formed a consortium to encourage the government to support a state-guaranteed financing model for Sizewell C, the proposed new nuclear power plant on the Suffolk coast. The Sizewell C Consortium said today it intends to sign agreements that ensure 70% of the project's construction value would go to UK companies.

Corporate 14 July 2020


Viewpoint: The nuclear option in the UK’s clean energy transition

Viewpoint: The nuclear option in the UK’s clean energy transition

As the UK government dithers on how to approach its Net Zero emissions by 2050 target, Hugo Lidbetter, a partner in energy and natural resources at law firm Fieldfisher, considers the role of nuclear in achieving the country's low-carbon future.

"The Moorside and Wylfa Newydd projects, each of which received hundreds of millions of pounds of private sector development costs, were respectively abandoned and put on hold due to lack of government support. Aside from recognising the role nuclear has to play in a Net Zero energy mix, the most obvious gap is a decision on a new build funding model."

Perspectives 20 July 2020