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EDF Energy is leading a Long-Term Operation (LTO) programme aimed at extending the operating lifespan of Sizewell B - the UK's only pressurised water reactor and newest nuclear power plant - by at least 20 years to 2055.

Date: Friday, 08 April 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EDF-looks-to-extend-Sizewell-B-operation

The Energy Security Strategy's ambitions are for eight new reactors, plus small modular reactors, helping to produce 24 GWe capacity by 2050, representing about 25% of the UK's projected electricity demand.

Date: Friday, 08 April 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-planning-for-rapid-nuclear-expansion

A new report, “The decommissioning of the AGR nuclear power stations” published by UK's National Audit Office (NAO) examines whether the government's arrangements for decommissioning AGR nuclear power stations will lead to better value for money. The NAO scrutinises public spending to help Parliament hold government to account and improve public services.

Date: Tuesday, 01 February 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnational-audit-office-looks-at-uk-plans-for-agr-decommissioning-9448573

The UK’s new funding arrangements for the decommissioning of seven of its advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) nuclear power plants could deliver savings but "financial risks" remain and its success "will ultimately depend on the relevant parties working collaboratively", says the UK spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO).

Date: Saturday, 29 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-NAO

EDF Energy will 'get on with' work to construct two EPR units at Sizewell C in Suffolk, UK, as soon as it receives government permission, which could come within six months, said the project's director of financing, Julia Pyke. She added that the company is working to fuel the reactors with recycled uranium.

Date: Tuesday, 07 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Sizewell-C-could-use-recycled-uranium

US-based Jacobs announced it has been awarded an extension to its Project Management Resources (PMR) contract with EDF Nuclear Generation, operator of the UK’s nuclear power plants.

Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjacobs-awarded-contract-extension-to-support-uks-nuclear-plants-9153084

NIA warns skills must not be lost as reactors are shut down Hinkley Point C, where two new EPR units are under construction, employs around 6,300 people on site. Courtesy EDF. Nuclear industry employment has grown solidly in 2021, with a robust presence in the UK regions, although urgent investment is needed to sustain that trend and ensure that nationally critical skills are not lost as the existing nuclear fleet retires, the London-based Nuclear Industry Association said.

According to the association’s annual jobs map, the civil nuclear sector employs 61,371 people across the UK, an increase of over 1,700 compared to 2020.

New build projects continue to play a vital role in sustaining employment and enhancing the UK’s skills base. Hinkley Point C, where two new EPR units are under construction, employs around 6,300 people on site with more than 780 apprentices having been trained on the project to date. EDF announced earlier this year that employment on site will rise to more than 8,000 in the coming years to finish the project. Sizewell C would also deliver thousands of new jobs as a replica of Hinkley, but legislation for a new financing model is needed to capture those benefits, the NIA said.

Date: Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-employment-has-grown-solidly-but-urgent-investment-needed-9-2-2021

The UK government and EDF have agreed improved arrangements to safely and efficiently decommission Britain’s seven Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) nuclear power plants that are scheduled to reach the end of their operational lives this decade. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said the deal, which was signed yesterday, will save the UK taxpayer about GBP1 billion (USD1.4 billion), as EDF and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) forge a new partnership.

Date: Friday, 25 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EDF-reaches-AGR-decommissioning-agreement

French company Framatome has signed a framework agreement with EDF in the UK to provide engineering services to support ongoing nuclear power plant operations.

Date: Friday, 29 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsframatome-to-provide-engineering-services-to-uk-nuclear-fleet-7944809

The UK’s 1198MWe Sizewell B pressurised water reactor was powered down to 600MWe and the partial outage will continue until 19 June.

Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuks-sizewell-b-in-partial-outage-to-help-with-grid-management-7919670