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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy report, Made in Britain: The Pathway to a Nuclear Renaissance, says multiple small modular reactor (SMR) units should be ordered to justify firms' investment in UK production facilities - and calls for Wylfa in North Wales to be backed within the next year as the next large-scale plant. 

Date: Saturday, 18 November 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-should-emulate-France-and-South-Korea-on-new-nu

Slovak Nuclear & Decommissioning Company (JAVYS - Jadrová a Vyradovacia Spolocnost) and US-based Westinghouse Electric Company have signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) “to create a space for cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and in the implementation of projects aimed at the development of small modular reactors (SMRS)”.

Date: Thursday, 20 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjavys-and-westinghouse-to-cooperate-on-smrs-11018209

Even oil-rich companies of Middle East are eying reactors, as more nations announce plans for SMRs Russian troops occupied the Zaporizhzhia nuclear station, which was damaged by shelling. File photo courtesy IAEA. 2022 was a year of mega milestones for nuclear energy.

Countries around the world turned to nuclear as a reliable low-carbon energy source as they looked for ways to wean themselves off Russian imports and lower carbon emissions.

New plants began operating, deals for small modular reactors were signed and countries announced ambitious plans for new-build.

On the political front, US president Joe Biden signed into law new legislation that will help to finance struggling nuclear reactors and could save dozens from being shut down early. In Europe, the nuclear industry celebrated when members of the European parliament decided to “follow the science” and support legislation which includes nuclear in the bloc’s sustainable finance taxonomy for green investment.

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/five-major-developments-that-are-setting-the-stage-for-2023-and-beyond-1-1-2023

The UK government has published a policy paper outlining the first phase of a competition to "identify the best value small modular reactor (SMR) design" for potential deployment. The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) also released "eligibility criteria" for the first phase, which it said "will be the first opportunity to engage in discussions with government" in a "structured dialogue". An 'SMR roadmap' will be developed in parallel with the first phase, which the DECC said "will summarise the evidence so far, set out the policy framework and assess the potential, for one or more possible pathways for SMRs to help the UK achieve its energy objectives, while delivering economic benefits".

Date: Friday, 18 March 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-interest-in-smrs-increases-4843361