Five Notable Developments in Nuclear this Week 20.07.18

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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 Planlink)

2. A Lords Select Committee expressed outstanding oncerns 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 session with the Office for Nuclear Regulation which considered their efforts to prepare for Brexit.

(House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee, Letter to Richard Harrington MP, 18 July 2018, link)

3. The Government responded to a consultation on the National Policy Statement for new nuclear power above 1GW.

The Government responded to its consultation on the process and criteria to designate potentially suitable sites for nuclear power above 1GW single reactor capacity for deployment between 2026 and the end of 2035. The response includes a number of clarifications on both the siting criteria and the process for assessing and designating sites in the new National Policy Statement (NPS). The Government will publish a draft NPS for public consultation in 2019.

(Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, 20 July 2018, link)

4. The Government appointed a new chair to the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

Professor David Gann CBE was appointed as the new Chair of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).

(Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Release 19 July 2018, link)

5. Bradwell took another step towards full closure.

Significant progress has been made removing intermediate level hazards at Bradwell Site. Carl Harden, Magnox Project Manager, said: ‘The next step in the decommissioning programme will be to dismantle the plant itself.’

(Nuclear Industry Association Press Release, 19 July 2018, link)

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