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The final report of an independent inquiry into the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's award of the Magnox decommissioning contract, related litigation and its subsequent termination has been published. Led by Steve Holliday, a former CEO of National Grid, the process to hold the Magnox Inquiry began in March 2017. Holliday was asked to conduct an inquiry by Greg Clark, then secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Date: Saturday, 06 March 2021
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The UK's Environment Agency (EA) has published its assessment so far of the UK Hualong One pressurised water reactor (UK HPR1000) as it invites public comment on this proposed new reactor design. The UK HPR1000 is the Hualong One design that General Nuclear Services (GNS) - a subsidiary of EDF and China General Nuclear (CGN) - proposes to use at a prospective new nuclear power plant in Bradwell, England.

Date: Tuesday, 12 January 2021
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The UK House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on 27 November published a report on “The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s management of the Magnox contract”.

Date: Tuesday, 01 December 2020
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The UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has a "perpetual lack of knowledge" about the state and location of waste on its 17 sites, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says in a report published today. The NDA should set out how it will develop a clearer means of reporting publicly on the level of uncertainty and risk across its sites, and how it will prioritise work on its sites in order to decommission them in the safest and most efficient way, the committee said.

Date: Saturday, 28 November 2020
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Industrial service provider Altrad has been awarded a four-year contract by Magnox Limited for the provision of support services across six sites undergoing decommissioning in the United Kingdom.

Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2020
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Italy’s state-owned nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management company Sogin has completed the demolition of the steam generator shields at the Latina nuclear power plant reactor building.

The shields were the six reinforced concrete structures that insulated the upper pipes, which connected the six boilers to the reactor building.

For their removal, Sogin used a controlled demolition technique. The shields were cut into sections at height and then moved to ground level using a specially installed tower crane.

The job produced about 1,200 tonnes of material which will be removed from the site and sent for recovery.

Date: Thursday, 22 October 2020
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UK-based TSP Engineering will produce transport packages for Sellafield Ltd’s decommissioning programme, Sellafield said on 6 August. The 50-tonne, lead-lined containers will transfer nuclear waste from the legacy Magnox Swarf Storage Silo to newly built storage facilities on the Sellafield site. The work is expected to create or sustain approximately 200 jobs at TSP Engineering.

Date: Friday, 14 August 2020
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North Wales site has also been put forward for possible SMR development The Trawsfynydd nuclear power station site in north Wales. Plans have been confirmed to make a former nuclear power plant in north Wales the lead project for the decommissioning of former Magnox stations in the UK.

Trawsfynydd, which had two 195-MW gas-cooled Magnox reactors, is on a 15-hectare site, on an inland lake in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales.

It started service in 1965 and generated 69 TWh of electricity over the 26 years until its closure in 1991.

The twin reactors at the site will now become the very first in the UK to be fully decommissioned.

Date: Saturday, 01 August 2020
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The UK on 27 July launched a £3.9 million ($5m) competition to find innovative ways to sort and segregate radioactive waste at some of the UK’s oldest nuclear sites.

Date: Friday, 31 July 2020
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The UK has launched a GBP3.9 million (USD5.0 million) competition to find innovative ways to sort and segregate radioactive waste at some of its oldest nuclear sites. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - including Sellafield Ltd and Magnox Ltd - has teamed up with Innovate UK to call on companies to "come up with new ideas and innovative approaches to the challenge".

Date: Wednesday, 29 July 2020
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