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January Newsletter No230

The year 2017 has seen some real progress in plans to build new nuclear power stations in the UK. That this progress has been slow is the fault of finance, regulation and public opinion.


NIA UK | MW Hargreaves completes Chernobyl project

MW Hargreaves, a world-leading provider of complete ventilation solutions, has concluded a £10 million, two-year project at the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement (NSC) in Ukraine, one of the world’s largest engineering feats in recent history. MW Hargreaves supplied over 6,000 metres of specialist ductwork to the site.


NIA UK | D-day as evaporator starts its mission

Sellafield’s newest plant is up and running, supporting the site’s clean-up mission. Evaporator D has been set to work reducing the volume of Sellafield’s most radioactive waste product – highly active liquor. The £750m plant is the only evaporator on the site able to process high-level liquid waste.


NIA UK | Nuclear and renewables combined give low carbon power boost in Scotland

Official statistics published by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) show the vital role nuclear power plays in providing low carbon electricity in Scotland, with more than 80% of the electricity generated coming from nuclear and renewable sources.


NIA UK | NIA welcomes design approval for the UK ABWR

The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) has welcomed confirmation from the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency that they have approved Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe’s UK ABWR reactor design. Horizon Nuclear Power plan to use the technology at its first site at Wylfa Newydd.


NIA UK | Civil nuclear’s £6.4 billion contribution to UK economy – new Oxford Economics study

A new study released today shows that the UK’s civil nuclear sector contributed £6.4 billion to the UK economy last year – equivalent to the aerospace manufacturing industry; and its 65,000 employees are part of one of the most productive workforces in the country. The study, compiled ...


November Newsletter No229

An international view of nuclear energy issues for 2018 by Dan Yurman.


NIA UK | Winfrith Reactor Decommissioning Reaches Important Milestone

James Fisher Nuclear, a subsidiary of James Fisher and Sons PLC, has reached the first important milestone in a project to decommission one of the UK earliest experimental reactors. The project has reached the ‘Design Detail’ stage, when the client, Magnox and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority authorises the move towards implementation


NIA UK | Community digs deep to unearth Anglesey’s secret history

Anglesey’s hidden history has been uncovered by budding archaeologists taking part in a community dig and open days around the Wylfa Newydd site. As part of its ongoing archaeological investigations for the Wylfa Newydd Project, Horizon Nuclear Power invited local people from across Anglesey and North Wales.


NIA UK | Nuvia set for Sellafield BEP Grout Plant contract

Nuvia, the international nuclear engineering, project management and services contractor, has secured a multi-million pound contract to support the completion of the Box Encapsulation Plant (BEP) for Sellafield Limited’s Seascale site in Cumbria. The BEP will process nuclear waste retrieved from Sellafield’s historical Storage Silos/Ponds and prepare ...


NIA UK | Sellafield decommissioning reaches new heights

The demolition of one of Sellafield’s tallest hazards has started. A chimney on top of the oldest reprocessing plant on the nuclear site will be crunched away at a rate of one metre a week. The tower will be gone by 2020, resulting in a permanent change to the Sellafield skyline.


NIA UK | New nuclear power vital to the UK’s electricity mix, says new report

The UK should invest in new nuclear as part of the wider electricity mix to secure a sustainable and low carbon future and to forge new trading relationships post-Brexit, according to a new report launched by leading think tank ResPublica. The UK’s 15 existing nuclear reactors churned out 65TWh of power in 2016.


NIA UK | Rolls-Royce Signs Collaboration Agreement with Jordan for Small Modular Reactor Technology

Rolls-Royce has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with state-owned Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) to conduct a technical feasibility study for the construction of a Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactor (SMR) in Jordan, highlighting the growing international interest in small modular nuclear technology. The signing took place ...


October Newsletter No228

Minutes of AGM, Oct 2017. Plans for SONE's future.


NIA UK | New Poll – public want UK to stay part of Euratom

New polling released today shows that only 10% of the UK public agree with the UK government’s decision to leave Euratom, the Treaty which regulates the nuclear sector across Europe, at the same time as leaving the European Union.


Nuclear Energy - The UK's Stable and Low-Carbon Energy Future

After 50 years of nuclear energy generation, we know that nuclear energy provides the future of safe, secure and low-carbon generation.