Five Notable Developments in Nuclear this Week 27.07.18

1. French nuclear sector organisations established he 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 is part of Sellafield Ltd’s Liaise Innovate Network Collaborate (LINC) scheme which is designed to increase partnerships between Sellafield and SMEs and strengthen the industry’s supply chain.

(Sellafield Ltd, LINC with Sellafield – small bore internal pipe cutting systems, 25 July 2018, link)

3. Annual energy statistics showed nuclear generation fell in 2017 to 2016.

The annual energy statistics published by BEIS, the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES), showed nuclear generation fell 1.9 percent from 71.7 TWh in 2016 to 70.3 TWh in 2017.

The reduction was due to a slight increase in outages in 2017 compared to 2016.

(Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) 2018: main report, p.116, link)

4. The Environment Agency published new guidance on decommissioning nuclear sites.

The guidance explains how nuclear operators should prepare for the surrender of their nuclear radioactive permits. It describes the standards that operators must meet before they can surrender their permits.

(Environment Agency, Decommissioning of nuclear sites and release from regulation, 24 July 2018, link)

5. Cavendish nuclear welcomed the nuclear sector deal.

Welcoming the sector deal, Chief Executive of Cavendish Nuclear, Simon Bowen, said:

‘Innovation is already delivering a step-change in the performance of the industry and I am proud that Cavendish Nuclear is making a significant contribution to the sector by delivering projects safer, faster and at lower cost.’

(Nuclear Industry Association Press Release, 23 July 2018, link)

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