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Sheffield Forgemasters has completed weld-assembly of a full-sized small modular reactor (SMR) nuclear vessel demonstrator assembly using Local Electron-Beam Welding (LEBW). It said the technique took less than 24 hours to complete four, thick, nuclear-grade welds, typically requiring a year of work to complete.

Date: Tuesday, 20 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/British-company-pioneers-new-nuclear-welding-techn

The UK’s nuclear sector has launched its first sector-wide initiative to attract and recruit people over the next two decades into the civil and defence nuclear workforce. The civil and defence nuclear workforce is expected to double over the next 20 years – supporting around 80,000 additional skilled jobs across the UK.

Date: Friday, 16 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-launches-destination-nuclear-11519653

US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has formally submitted an application to the UK Department of Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) for approval to enter the General Design Assessment (GDA) process for its AP300 small modular reactor (SMR).

Date: Friday, 16 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-applies-for-uk-generic-design-assessment-for-its-ap300-smr-11519660

A position paper by the UK Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) looks at the development of small modular reactors (SMRs) and advanced modular reactors (AMRs) and the implications for management of high-level wastes (HLW) and used fuel. Noting the growing interest in SMRs and AMRs, the 42-page paper says: “The management of spent fuel and radioactive waste from these new reactors must also be considered when selecting technologies for investment, further development, construction and operation.”

Date: Friday, 16 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscorwm-highlights-waste-considerations-in-smr-deployment-11519995

A feasibility study, as part of the US-funded Project Phoenix, is looking into the potential for small modular reactors (SMRs) in Slovakia with an indicative timeline to 2035.

Date: Friday, 16 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Slovakia-s-SMR-timescales-unveiled-as-Project-Phoe

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved GE Vernova's nuclear fuel business to manufacture, ship and analyse the performance of nuclear fuel with uranium-235 enrichments of up to 8%.

Date: Friday, 16 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GNF-gets-approval-to-manufacture-higher-enrichment

A team led by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has completed a series of large-scale demonstration tests to develop a new floating seismic isolation system (FSIS) for small modular reactors (SMRs) to support siting in areas of high seismicity. These followed almost a year of small-scale testing in co-operation with nuclear equipment supplier IHI Corporation and engineering company JGC holdings and a pre-application engagement with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) which began in September 2023.

Date: Thursday, 15 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjapan-completes-tests-on-floating-seismic-isolation-system-for-smrs-11512665

The US has awarded Slovenia consultancy and technical services under the Phoenix Project to support the transition from coal to small modular nuclear reactors (SMR). The decision came in a letter from US Assistant Secretary of State (International Security & Non-Proliferation) CS Eliot Kang delivered by US Ambassador to Slovenia Jamie Lindler Harpootlian to Tina Seršen, State Secretary at Slovenia’s Ministry of the Environment, Climate & Energy.

Date: Thursday, 15 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsslovenia-joins-us-phoenix-project-11512739

Waste management issues need to have a significantly greater prominence in the process of developing and deploying small modular reactor and advanced modular reactor designs, according to the UK's Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM).

Date: Thursday, 15 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Waste-issues-need-consideration-in-SMR-deployment,