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Sheffield Forgemasters has completed weld-assembly of a full-size small modular reactor (SMR) nuclear vessel demonstrator using Local Electron-Beam Welding (LEBW). Sheffield Forgemasters Research, Design & Technology Director Jesus Talamantes-Silva said the company had achieved “a significant milestone in assembling a nuclear vessel demonstrator, using electron beam welding for the first time at this scale, with 100% success and no defects”.

Date: Thursday, 22 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssheffield-forgemasters-completes-smr-nuclear-vessel-demonstrator-11533660

Sheffield Forgemasters has completed weld-assembly of a full-sized small modular reactor (SMR) nuclear vessel demonstrator assembly using Local Electron-Beam Welding (LEBW). It said the technique took less than 24 hours to complete four, thick, nuclear-grade welds, typically requiring a year of work to complete.

Date: Tuesday, 20 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/British-company-pioneers-new-nuclear-welding-techn

Waste management issues need to have a significantly greater prominence in the process of developing and deploying small modular reactor and advanced modular reactor designs, according to the UK's Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM).

Date: Thursday, 15 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Waste-issues-need-consideration-in-SMR-deployment,

South Korea's HD Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) plans to develop a small modular reactor (SMR) for use in shipping in cooperation with the UK's Core Power and the USA's Southern Company and TerraPower.

Date: Thursday, 08 February 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Korean-shipbuilder-joins-maritime-SMR-project

The key quotes from the Great British Nuclear (GBN) chairman's World Nuclear News podcast interview covering future nuclear energy capacity in the UK.

Date: Tuesday, 30 January 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/In-quotes-Great-British-Nuclear-s-Simon-Bowen-on

The International Energy Agency (IEA) in its latest report, Electricity 2024, dedicates a significant amount of space to nuclear power – a departure from its previous studies which treated it as peripheral. In its press release on the new report, IEA says the increase in electricity generation from renewables and nuclear "appears to be pushing the power sector's emissions into structural decline". Over the next three years, low-emissions generation is set to rise at twice the annual growth rate between 2018 and 2023. Global emissions from electricity generation are expected to decrease by 2.4% in 2024, followed by smaller declines in 2025 and 2026.

Date: Friday, 26 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-acknowledges-significance-of-nuclear-energy-in-new-report-11463539

UK-based nuclear technology company newcleo has announced a strategic and industrial partnership with France's NAAREA designed "to support all players in their industrial, technological, scientific and regulatory development" of Generation IV fast neutron reactors.

Date: Friday, 19 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnewcleo-and-naarea-partner-to-support-fast-reactor-development-11445892

The UK government has outlined plans for the biggest expansion of nuclear power for 70 years to reduce electricity bills, support thousands of jobs and improve UK energy security. This includes exploring building a major new power station and investing in advanced nuclear fuel production, according to the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ).

Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-nuclear-roadmap-envisaged-fourfold-increase-in-nuclear-generation-11439054

The UK will be the first European country to launch a high-assay low enriched uranium (HALEU) programme with a £300m ($381m) investment, according to a statement from the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) and Claire Coutinho, Secretary of State for Energy Security & Net Zero.

Date: Wednesday, 10 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-launches-haleu-programme-11422877

The final report pf Estonia’s Working Group on Nuclear Energy has concluded that the introduction of nuclear energy would support the achievement of climate objectives, security of supply and stability of the energy system.

Date: Friday, 05 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsestonian-working-group-assesses-nuclear-energy-potential-11411458