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UK-based Rolls-Royce and Turkey’s EUAS International Incorporated Cell Company (EUAS ICC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to carry out a study to evaluate the technical, economical and legal applicability; and also the possibility of joint production of small modular reactors (SMRs) to underpin clean economic growth.

Date: Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrolls-royce-and-euas-icc-to-evaluate-smrs-for-use-in-turkey-7833984

Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, Sellafield Ltd says it has taken some precautionary actions at its site in north-west England, including the controlled shutdown of the Magnox Reprocessing Plant. The reprocessing plant is approaching its 60th year and is a complex chemical facility designed to process and separate plutonium and uranium.

Date: Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Sellafield-starts-controlled-shutdown-of-Magnox-fa

Leading the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) at a time when respect is growing for nuclear energy as a reliable and low-carbon source of electricity is an exciting prospect, its new CEO and chairman, respectively, Ingemar Engkvist and Tom Mitchell, said in an interview with World Nuclear News. Speaking at the organisation's London headquarters recently, they said their enthusiasm in leading WANO into its fourth decade reflects not only their passion for the industry but also their optimism about its future.

Date: Saturday, 21 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Interview-Nuclear-operators-face-a-bright-future

Turkey's state-owned EUAS International ICC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UK's Rolls-Royce to evaluate the technical, economical and legal applicability of small modular reactors (SMRs). In addition, they will consider the possibility of joint production of such reactors.

Date: Saturday, 21 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Turkish-utility-to-cooperate-with-Rolls-Royce-in-S

The UK Ministry of Defence has invited firms to tender for work to decontaminate and dismantle the Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment (NRTE) - formerly HMS Vulcan - which houses prototype nuclear propulsion plants of the type operated by the Royal Navy.

Date: Friday, 20 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstenders-invited-for-work-to-dismantle-uk-naval-test-reactor-site-7830438

There is a low level of awareness among young people in the UK that nuclear power is a low-carbon source of energy, according to research commissioned by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. This shows that the government needs to ensure that nuclear is included in all its communications about low-carbon power and energy sources, IMechE said.

Date: Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-must-address-generation-gap-in-support-for-nucl

The United Nations' climate talks this year can be a moment where the world comes together to ramp up momentum towards a climate-resilient, zero-carbon economy, COP26 President Designate Alok Sharma told UN Member States at the organisation's headquarters in New York on 6 March. Sharma, who is also the UK secretary of state for business, said it was time to "send out a message of ambition and hope, that decarbonisation is the future, with huge opportunities for those who are willing to act now" and that the transition to a zero-carbon economy must be "fair and inclusive".

Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/COP26-president-presents-opportunities-from-low-ca

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory have agreed an action plan to boost collaboration in energy, medical isotopes, waste management and decommissioning, while the Canadian Nuclear Association and the UK's Nuclear Industry Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in promoting nuclear technologies. Canada's 19 nuclear power reactors produce 15% of the country's electricity. The UK's 15 nuclear power reactors, operating across eight sites, account for 21% of that country's generation.

 

CNL and NNL's action plan, announced on 4 March, includes exploring joint research projects and studies, information exchange workshops and other resource and knowledge-sharing opportunities. They have identified research related to advanced nuclear reactor fuel, targeted alpha therapy and medical isotope production and environmental remediation practices and technologies as key areas they intend to pursue in partnership.

This follows an MoU they signed in 2016 to collaborate on a variety of projects in reactor metallurgy, fuel development, waste management and medical radioisotopes.

CNL President and CEO Mark Lesinski said the new action plan will enable them to share expertise, facilities, equipment and other resources to achieve public policy goals in their respective countries. "Canada and the United Kingdom have a long history of working together to tackle some of the world's most pressing challenges through nuclear science and technology, but we still have a lot to learn from one another, and I am thrilled that this tradition of collaboration will continue through this agreement," he said.

NNL CEO Paul Howarth said the MoU had been an "excellent way" of opening links between the organisations. "However, this Action Plan takes us a big step further forward and means that we will now begin to see outputs from our collaboration which will benefit both the UK and Canada."

Association links
 

The new MoU signed on 3 March by the CNA and NIA at the UK Department for International Trade's Civil Nuclear Showcase 2020 addresses the need for greater dialogue and exploration of nuclear's role in effective environmental stewardship, the two organisations said. It includes demonstrating nuclear power as a clean energy technology; advocating for more explicit and prominent inclusion of nuclear in energy and environmental policies; promoting the inclusion of nuclear technologies in bilateral dialogues and forums; and supporting the countries' shared leadership in the Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy (NICE) Future initiative.

CNA President and CEO John Gorman said the MoU will help accelerate the wave of innovation in nuclear energy among the two organisations' member companies. "Nuclear energy already makes important contributions to combating climate change. To reach net-zero emissions, global cooperation at the government and industry level will be essential. This agreement between two world-class industries is a key step in that direction," he said.

"International cooperation is critical to both the current success and the bright future of the nuclear industry," said NIA Chief Executive Tom Greatrex. "This MoU will further strengthen ties with our Canadian partners and assist in advancing nuclear power as an essential element of clean energy solutions to address climate issues globally."

SMR collaboration


The University of New Brunswick and Bangor University in Wales have signed a letter of intent to work together on the development of small modular reactors.

The letter of intent identifies possible areas of collaboration based upon similarities between the two institutions, the University of New Brunswick said, adding that noth universities have demonstrated leadership in nuclear research and development in their respective regions.

Civil society declaration


A group of nuclear power advocates yesterday presented the governments of Canada and the UK with a declaration calling for a high-profile nuclear presence at the UN's climate talks in November. The presentation took place at a civil society roundtable event at the High Commission of Canada in London, which concluded that, as the second largest source of clean energy, nuclear should be represented accordingly during the upcoming COP26 meeting in Glasgow.

"In this critical decade we must expand the suite of clean energy options to include nuclear products that are cost competitive, easier to buy, easier to deliver, present lower risk to investors and can meet a broad range of market applications," they wrote in their declaration.

Signatories included climate scientist James Hansen, President of African Women in Energy and Power Bertha Dlamini, National Secretary of Prospect Union Alan Leighton, former chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee Tim Yeo, and climate author Mark Lynas, among 31 civil society leaders from nine countries.

The declaration was presented to Shawn Tupper of Natural Resources Canada and Christopher Bowbrick of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Researched and written by World Nuclear News

Date: Saturday, 07 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canada-UK-agreements-strengthen-collaborative-work

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announced it has developed an Action Plan under its existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).

Date: Friday, 06 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscanada-and-uk-labs-agree-action-plan-7808568

The main challenges facing the nuclear industry are not in the production and delivery of electricity, but in securing the policy support required for it to expand its contribution of sustainable and low-carbon energy. This was the message of Philippe Costes, senior advisor at World Nuclear Assocation, to delegates at the Nuclear Power Plants Expo & Summit in Istanbul this week.

Date: Friday, 06 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Policy-support-for-nuclear-in-the-global-en