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A state-of-the-art Glove Box Training Facility for the UK nuclear industry has been opened at Sellafield. Glove boxes are crucial to operations at nuclear sites enabling operators to handle hazardous material in a safe and controlled environment. However, their use requires high levels of skill and dexterity. The new facility will reduce the amount of training done within plants and provide a standardised approach across the sector. It was delivered by the UK Alpha Resilience & Capability (ARC) programme.

Date: Thursday, 12 October 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsstate-of-the-art-glove-box-training-facility-opens-at-sellafield-11210165

The defuelling of the first reactor at the UK’s Hunterston B NPP has been completed, on time and on budget, EDF Energy reported. Reactor 3 was defuelled in 16 months and work is due to start shortly on Reactor 4.

Date: Friday, 22 September 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdefuelling-of-first-reactor-complete-at-hunterston-b-11164076

The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Sellafield Ltd have announced the start of work to retrieve waste from the 70-year-old Pile Fuel Cladding Silo (PFCS) at the Sellafield site in West Cumbria. Sellafield described it as “a momentous milestone in the decommissioning story at Sellafield as the first batch of waste was successfully retrieved from the site’s oldest waste store”.

Date: Friday, 18 August 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssellafield-begins-waste-removal-from-70-year-old-silo-11081164

For the first time in over 60 years divers have entered Sellafield's Pile Fuel Storage Pond. As they clear some of the most challenging spots to clean up, drones and robots are taking on an increasing share of hazardous work elsewhere at the site.

Date: Thursday, 06 April 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Dive-team-enters-Sellafield-pond

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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssmr-competition-heats-up-in-the-uk-10456556

Newly-established development firm Solway Community Power Company has selected the Rolls-Royce small modular reactor (SMR) for deployment in West Cumbria, England. Earlier this week, it was announced that four sites in the UK, including land near the Sellafield site in Cumbria, have been prioritised to deploy the first in a fleet of Rolls-Royce SMR power plants.

Date: Saturday, 12 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Cumbrian-development-company-chooses-Rolls-Royce-S

A siting assessment review has identified a range of existing nuclear power plant sites in the UK that could potentially host Rolls-Royce small modular reactors (SMRs), with four sites owned by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) prioritised.

Date: Thursday, 10 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Study-identifies-potential-Rolls-Royce-SMR-sites

The Unit B2 (Reactor 4) of the Hunterston NPP in North Ayrshire, Scotland, was permanently shut down on 7 January after generating electricity for 46 years.

Date: Tuesday, 11 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfinal-shutdown-for-uks-hunterston-b-9388015