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Nuclear

FIVE NOTABLE DEVELOPMENTS IN NUCLEAR THIS WEEK

1. The Government published guidance on nuclear research after Brexit if there is no deal The Department for Exiting the European Union published a planning paper on nuclear research.The document made clear that in a no deal scenario the UK will no longer be a member of the Euratom Research and Training programme and no longer be a member of Fusion for Energy.(Department for Exiting the European Union, Nuclear research if there’s no Brexit deal, 23 August 2018, link)  2. THE GOVERNMENT PUBLISHED GUIDANCE ON CIVIL NUCLEAR REGULATION AFTER BREXIT IF THERE IS NO DEAL The Department for Exiting the European Union published a planning paper on civil...

FIVE NOTABLE DEVELOPMENTS IN NUCLEAR THIS WEEK

1. The department for business, energy and industrial strategy published a report on the market framework for financing small nuclear The independent report from the Expert Finance Working Group on Small Reactors sets out a series of recommendations on how government, the nuclear and finance sector can work together to enable the advanced nuclear technologies market.The key recommendations include introducing funding mechanisms such as Contracts for Difference, Power Purchase Agreements, or a Regulated Asset Base.(Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Market framework for financing small nuclear, 7 August 2018, link)  2. THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY AND INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY, GREG CLARK, VISITED SELLAFIELD On Tuesday,...

FIVE NOTABLE DEVELOPMENTS IN NUCLEAR THIS WEEK

1.The business, energy and industrial strategy committee published a report on the draft national policy statement for geological disposal infrastructure. The report finds that the draft NPS is ‘fit for purpose’ and contains adequate guidance and details needed for the developer, the Planning Inspectorate and the Secretary of State to put forward and make recommendations on development consent orders.The report attracted much media attention for refusing to rule out constructing Geological Disposal Infrastructure in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.(Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, Draft National Policy Statement for Geological Disposal Infrastructure, 31 July 2018, link)  2. THE NUCLEAR DECOMMISSIONING AUTHORITY OPENED A CONSULTATION...

FIVE NOTABLE DEVELOPMENTS IN NUCLEAR THIS WEEK

1. French Nuclear sector organisations established the French Nuclear energy industry group (GIFEN). French nuclear operators, suppliers and associations have established an industry group to act as the mouthpiece for the French nuclear sector. GIFEN is composed of 2,600 companies, 220,000 jobs and will represent the sector’s organisations in their dealings with government in France, Europe and beyond.(Nuclear Industry Association Press Release, 23 July 2018, link)  2. Sellafield ltd ANNOUNCED A NEW WORK PACKAGE OPPORTUNITY FOR SMEs. Sellafield Ltd announced it is seeking SMEs with experience of small bore internal pipe cutting systems to provide Sellafield Ltd with equipment and training to carry out stainless steel pipe cutting.The package...

FIVE NOTABLE DEVELOPMENTS IN NUCLEAR THIS WEEK

1. The Government Published a plan to realise the wider benefits of Hinkley Point C. The plan sets out the expected wider benefits of the project and how they will be delivered. The wider benefits outlined in the document include: 25,000 employment opportunities, a £4 billion contribution to the regional economy and improved skills across the supply chain.(Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Hinkley Point C Wider Benefits Realisation Plan, link)  2. A Lords Select Committee expressed outstanding concerns about the nuclear regulator’s Preparedness for Brexit. The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee wrote to the Minister for Business and Industrial Strategy, Richard Harrington MP, following an evidence...

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...