FIVE NOTABLE DEVELOPMENTS IN NUCLEAR THIS WEEK
1. PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF NUCLEAR REVEALED IN YOUGOV POLL
YouGov conducted a poll on behalf of the Nuclear Industry Association to determine how the public perceives nuclear energy. The results showed that 72 per cent of people support nuclear as a key part of a low carbon energy mix. Of all renewable energy sources, nuclear was believed to be the most reliable with 35 per cent of people agreeing it is the most secure. This was followed by 16 per cent for solar, 13 per cent for gas and 13 per cent for offshore wind. Also noteworthy is that 73 per cent pf people polled agreed that the Government should be doing more to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions.
(Nuclear Industry Association, 14 March 2019, Link)
2.THINK TANK PROPOSES A RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN AS ALTERNATIVE TO WYLFA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT
The Institute of Welsh Affairs has produced a report outlining how Wales can meet projected energy demands only using renewables by 2035. The proposed plan claims Wales could create 20,150 jobs annually and £7.4 billion in total Welsh gross value added. Key interventions include committing to 12 – 18 months of low carbon economic stimulus funding, building long-term greener homes, facilitating renewable energy schemes, establishing a global advantage in marine energy and floating offshore wind as well as decarbonising transport.
(Institute of Welsh Affairs, A plan for Wales’ renewable energy future: Essential actions to re-energise Wales by 2035, 14 March 2019, Link)
(New Civil Engineer, 15 March 2019, Link)
3. WASTE IS READY TO BE REMOVED FROM SELLAFIELD’S PILE FUEL CLADDING SILO
The building in which the waste is housed at Sellafield was originally designed to be permanently sealed. Extracting the waste safely requires a new, innovative way of accessing and removing the inventory. The plan is to remove the waste by extending a crane through a hole in the side of the silo, lower a ‘grabber’ in to scoop out the waste, and then deposit the material into a secure metal box. Finally, the box will be moved into a purpose built storage facility.
(Sellafield Ltd, 8 March 2019, Link)
4. NEW STUDY RELEASED ON GLOBAL NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT MARKET
HTF Market Intelligence Consulting has produced a comprehensive analysis of the Global Nuclear Waste Management Market. The study contains a future trend, current growth factors, attentive opinions, facts, and industry validated market data. HTF MI expects there to be strong development in the market until 2025. A sample report can be requested here.
(Industry Today, 14 March 2019, Link)
5. HM TREASURY REITERATES COMMITMENT TO THE NUCLEAR SECTOR DEAL
The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick MP, has emphasised the Government’s ongoing commitment to nuclear innovation. He reemphasised the new framework introduced to support the deployment of small modular reactors and the £56 million allocated to the development of advanced modular reactors.
(Robert Jenrick MP, Hansard, 11 March 2019, WA, Link)
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