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Drone pilots have successfully completed two flight firsts on the UK's Sellafield site which are expected to lead the way to increased safety of employees during decommissioning. Sellafield has now become the first UK nuclear site to employ a drone equipped with a radiation monitor.

Date: Saturday, 05 August 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Drones-put-into-use-at-Sellafield-site

US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) says the recent (£22.5m ($29.3m) matching funds grant awarded by the UK Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) will accelerate the design and deployment of its Micro-Modular Reactor (MMR) in the UK and global markets. Application for the award was submitted in March by an integrated team with US-based Jacobs and earned the highest scores of all applications in Phase B of the UK’s Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) Research, Development & Demonstration Programme.

Date: Thursday, 27 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsusnc-details-uk-funding-award-for-mmr-development-11030388

Great British Nuclear (GBN) is to drive rapid expansion of nuclear power in the UK at an unprecedented scale and pace as the government kickstarts a competition to encourage the development of small modular reactor (SMR) technology. A joint statement from the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero, GBN, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Energy Security Secretary Grant Shapps, and Nuclear Minister Andrew Bowie announced “a massive revival of nuclear power”. This is intended to place the UK “at the forefront of a global race to develop cutting-edge technologies to rapidly deliver cleaner, cheaper, more secure energy”.

Date: Friday, 21 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-launches-nuclear-revival-11019899

The UK's Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has awarded Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation UK (USNC) and its partner Jacobs a grant of up to GBP22.5 million (USD29 million) to support the development and demonstration of high-temperature gas-cooled reactor technology.

Date: Friday, 21 July 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ultra-Safe-and-Jacobs-get-USD29-million-UK-grant

The UK's Sellafield nuclear facility has unveiled its AI (artificial intelligence) strategy intended to improve efficiency and safety, with the goal that by 2032 "AI will be driving safer, faster and better performance across our facilities and business functions, with established advisory systems and non-safety-critical automation".

Date: Friday, 31 March 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Sellafield-unveils-AI-strategy-to-accelerate-clean

Sellafield Ltd's Programme and Project Partners (PPP) has announced the winners of a mechanical and pipework framework agreement. Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick and Doosan Babcock have been appointed to the framework, which is worth GBP112-237 million (USD148-312 million) over the 18-year life of the programme.

Date: Tuesday, 22 March 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/PPP-awards-third-Sellafield-framework

Sellafield Ltd has awarded four 20-year contracts which together form the new Programme and Project Partnership (PPP). The company said it will work collaboratively with the four partners - Doosan Babcock Ltd, Kellogg Brown & Root Ltd, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure and Wood plc - to deliver major projects in support of the site's 100-year decommissioning programme.

Date: Thursday, 09 May 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Partnerships-announced-for-Sellafield-decommission

The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have completed the transfer of around 700kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Dounreay, in northern Scotland, to the USA.

Date: Wednesday, 08 May 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsheu-removed-from-dounreay-to-usa-7195680

Horizon Nuclear Power today outlined the procedure it will follow now that its new-build projects have been suspended. The UK subsidiary of Japan’s Hitachi said it had made substantial progress with its plans to provide at least 5.4 GWe of new capacity across two sites - Wylfa Newydd, in north Wales, and Oldbury-on-Severn, in southwest England - by deploying Hitachi-GE UK advanced boiling reactors (UK ABWRs).

Date: Friday, 18 January 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-next-steps-for-Horizon

A recent BBC documentary about the UK’s Sellafield nuclear facility, which criticised safety at the site has prompted denials from both the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (site owner) and Sellafield Ltd (site operator). They said in a joint statement on 6 August that the Panorama programme painted a negative picture of safety that “we do not recognise”.

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssellafield-denies-bbcs-reports-of-poor-safety-5004397