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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
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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
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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
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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
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The UK's Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has approved the periodic safety review of the safety case for the country's only pressurised water reactor, Sizewell B, allowing it to operate until 2025.

Date: Tuesday, 03 February 2015
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