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US-based Deep Isolation EMEA Ltd has published a study, commissioned by the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which assessed the role directional borehole technology might play in supporting the UK Government’s strategic commitment to deep geological disposal of nuclear waste.

Date: Friday, 24 March 2023
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Deep borehole disposal cannot replace the UK's need for a geological disposal facility (GDF) but may nevertheless have a helpful role to play in the disposal of some of the country's nuclear waste inventory, according to a study conducted by Deep Isolation on behalf of the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
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UK-based Rolls-Royce SMR says its £500m ($600m) small modular reactor (SMR) programme will run out of cash by the end of 2024, Reuters has reported. Alastair Evans, Government & Corporate Affairs Director at Rolls-Royce SMR noted: "We aren't asking the government to make an order (for the nuclear units) today but we need to start negotiations on a deployment plan by the middle of this year. We are facing a cliff edge, by December 2024 the money will have run out." This would put at risk UK government plans to use SMRs to boost energy security and achieve climate targets.

Date: Saturday, 04 March 2023
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The USA's Department of Energy (DoE), the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL), the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency (Andra) have pledged to develop "their long-standing collaboration on the successful decommissioning and remediation of legacy nuclear sites".

Date: Thursday, 02 March 2023
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Radioactive waste from underground vaults at the UK’s closed Berkeley NPP has been transferred using a concrete box to an interim on-site storage facility. Magnox Ltd described the event as a landmark for its mission to clean former UK civil nuclear sites. It involved both development of a new waste storage package and innovative waste retrieval techniques.

Date: Saturday, 21 January 2023
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UK company Rolls-Royce SMR has visited the sites of the decommissioned Oldbury and Berkeley NPP reactors in Gloucestershire (southwest UK) for talks with stakeholders from communities around the plants. The two unit Berkeley NPP was closed in 1988-89, and the two unit Oldbury plant in 2011-12, and are now the responsibility of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
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Five major companies have made key announcements on their plans to advance small modular reactor (SMR) deployment in the UK. While Rolls-Royce SMR shortlisted three sites for a factory to produce component for its planned SMR; Balfour Beatty and Holtec with Hyundai agreed to support plans for the construction of Holtec’s SMR-160; and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) submitted a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) application for its BWRX-300 SMR to the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Date: Friday, 23 December 2022
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Rolls-Royce SMR has shortlisted three sites in the UK to host its first factory for producing components for a fleet of small modular reactors (SMRs). The factory - the location of which is expected to be announced early next year - will manufacture the heavy pressure vessels.

Date: Tuesday, 20 December 2022
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US-based Westinghouse has received a Direct Award Grant from the UK Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to explore the development of Uranium Conversion Services at its Springfields facility in Lancashire, England.

Date: Saturday, 17 December 2022
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Rolls-Royce SMR has been selected as the preferred nuclear technology provider for the newly-formed Solway Community Power Company planning to bring new nuclear power to West Cumbria in northwest UK.

Date: Thursday, 17 November 2022
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