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Author: Brevia Energy Team

Five notable developments in nuclear this week

1. The Government’s latest Brexit White paper outlined how it envisages a post–brexit UK–EU nuclear relationship. The Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and European Union states that:‘The UK will seek a close association with Euratom that is more comprehensive than any existing agreement between Euratom and a third country’.The document calls for a Nuclear Cooperation Agreement that would establish a ‘cooperation mechanism between the Office for Nuclear Regulation and Euratom, enabling technical information exchanges, joint studies and consultation on regulatory or legislative changes’.(Department for Exiting the European Union, The Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and European Union, p.45, link)  2. A HINKLEY POINT C LEGAL...

Five notable developments in nuclear this week

1. House of Lords to examine if the Office for Nuclear Regulation is ready for Brexit. The House of Lords’ EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has announced that on 11 July 2018 it will be questioning representatives from the Office for Nuclear Regulation to assess its readiness for Brexit.(EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee Press Release, 5 July 2018, link)  2. MINISTER TO BE QUESTIONED ON NUCLEAR WASTE DISPOSAL GUIDANCE. On 10 July 2018 a variety of witnesses, including Energy Minister, Richard Harrington MP, will be questioned on the draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure by the House of Commons’ Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee.(Business, Energy...

Five notable developments in nuclear this week

1. The Government announced a sector deal for the nuclear industry. The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, said fresh funding for research and development and skills development would ensure the UK remains a ‘world leader’ in civil nuclear technologies. A total of £200 million of funding includes £44 million for research and development for new reactors and £86 million to support the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s Science Centre.(The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, 27 June 2018, link)  2. THE NUCLEAR SAFEGUARDS BILL RECEIVED ROYAL ASSENT. On Tuesday 26 June the Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2018 became an Act of Parliament. The...

Five notable developments in nuclear this week

1. The National Audit Office published a report into the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s progress at Sellafield. The report states that the NDA has made progress with reducing delays and cost overruns since the NAO’s last report in 2015. However, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Government Investments, the NDA and Sellafield Ltd all have more work to do to measure, evaluate and communicate progress more effectively.(National Audit Office, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: progress with reducing risk at Sellafield, 20 June 2018, link)  2. Wood unveiled a new technology fund for nuclear decommissioning. The fund will invest in technologies for nuclear decommissioning developed by small and...

Five notable developments in nuclear this week

1. The Government appointed new board members to the UK Atomic Energy Authority. Shrinivas Hornap, Sue Scane and Professor Sir Adrian Smith were appointed as new non-executive board members for three years from April 2018.(UK Atomic Energy Authority, News Story, 23 April 2018, link)  2.  Wood secured a contract to provide the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority with specialist technical assistance. This contract is for two years with a potential two year extension. Wood will consult, provide technical advice, and undertake research for the NDA.(Nuclear Industry Association, Member News, 26 April 2018, link)  3. The Low Level Waste Repository published its National Waste Programme Quarterly Report. This report tracked the progress of all...

Five notable developments in nuclear this week

1. Lorraine Baldry OBE was announced as the new Chair of Sellafield Ltd. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority announced Lorraine Baldry OBE, currently Chair of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Council, will become the new Chair of Sellafield, effective 1 May.(Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, News, 20 April 2018, link)  2.  Richard Harrington, Minister for Business and Industry, gave notice of BEIS’ intention to seek an advance from the Contingencies Fund to provide financial cover for the Office for Nuclear Regulation. In his written statement, the Minister noted the cash advance was ‘to ensure the UK can have a domestic nuclear safeguards regime that meets international nuclear safeguard standards in place from...

Government opens consultation into first generation smart meters

On 17 April 2018 the Government opened a consultation into the interoperability of first generation smart meters. At present around half of these meters, known as SMETS1, can fail to maintain their smart meter functions when customers switch suppliers.[1] Consumers do not face this obstacle with newer SMETS2 meters. In practice, this means anyone with a SMETS1 meter that wishes to retain its benefits faces an obstacle to switching suppliers: If they want to retain control of their energy they may think twice about shopping around for a cheaper deal. Failure to address this will undermine government’s goal to increase switching in the energy market,...

Five notable developments in nuclear this week

1. Lord Henley, the Lords lead on BEIS issues, confirmed in a written answer that no formal meetings have yet taken place on the nature of the future relationship with Euratom but that the European Commission is aware that the UK’s objective is to achieve a close association with Euratom. Lord Henley confirmed ‘the Government has ensured that the European Commission is aware of the Government’s January Ministerial Statement setting out the UK’s objective of close association on Euratom and what this would cover.’(Lord Henley, Written Question HL6602, 9 April 2018, link)  2.  Stuart Andrew MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, visited the Trawsfynydd power station and said...

Five notable developments in nuclear this week

1. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority released its Business Plan for 2018 to 2021, announcing Sellafield’s THORP reprocessing is on track to finish in 2018. Magnox’s reprocessing is due to be complete by 2020. The NDA provided status updates and future projections for its decommissioning programmes across its sites.(Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Business Plan 2018 – 2021, 29 March 2018, link)  2. Sellafield has up to £850,000 to invest in innovative ways of equipping and supporting nuclear decommissioning operations. The competition, announced by Innovate UK, opens on 23 April and closes on 15 June 2018.(Innovate UK, News Story, 4 April 2018, link)  3. Kate Ellis, the Commercial Director of the NDA, was confirmed as...

Five notable developments in nuclear this week

1. Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, announced the UK will ‘continue to seek a close association with Euratom, including the possibility of future co-operation on nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards.’ This was announced in a written statement to Parliament on Euratom.(Greg Clark MP, Energy Policy: Written Statement – HCWS586, 26 March 2018, link)  2. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said ‘substantial progress has been made in relation to Euratom as part of the “separation issues” (phase 1) negotiations with the European Union.’ The Department’s first quarterly update on the UK’s exit from the Euratom Treaty covers ‘overall progress on Government’s implementation...