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EDF Energy is proposing the creation of more than 800 acres (324 hectares) of saltmarsh on the River Parrett in Somerset, UK, as an alternative to the proposal for 280 underwater speakers to produce an acoustic fish deterrent at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant.

Date: Friday, 05 January 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/New-wetland-proposed-near-Hinkley-Point-C

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

Company says response to search was ‘fantastic’ and shows ‘ambition and appetite’ The reactors could be providing power to the UK’s national grid by 2029. Courtesy Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce SMR has announced a list of potential locations for its first small modular reactor factory in the UK.

The factory will be the first of three and will be responsible for the manufacture of the heavy vessels for the engineering company’s SMR power plant.

Rolls-Royce said the planned factory will be the largest and most complex facility of the three and “it is important to take decisions early to enable its deployment”. Construction will begin once Rolls-Royce SMR receives the go-ahead to build a fleet of SMRs in the UK.

The shortlist was picked from over 100 submissions. The shortlisted sites are: Sunderland, Richmond in North Yorkshire, Deeside in Wales, Ferrybridge in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Carlisle.

Date: Tuesday, 05 July 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/reactor-subsidiary-announces-shortlist-of-sites-for-first-smr-factory-in-uk-7-1-2022

The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Cwmni Egino have announced they will work together on proposals for the siting of a new nuclear development at Trawsfynydd in Wales.

Date: Wednesday, 25 May 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-considers-smr-for-trawsfynydd-9722951

SMR developer Rolls-Royce welcomes decision as ‘key milestone’ Trawsfynydd in North Wales is home to a two-unit Magnox nuclear station which is being decommissioned. Rolls-Royce has welcomed an announcement that the UK will work on proposals for the siting of a new nuclear development at Trawsfynydd, North Wales, hailing the decision as “a key milestone” as the company seeks opportunities for deployment of its small modular reactor technology.

Rolls-Royce SMR’s chief executive, Tom Samson, said identifying sites is a key milestone and this location offers existing grid connection, infrastructure, access to a highly skilled workforce and strong relationships with a supportive engaged community.

“The land around the Magnox site at Trawsfynydd has great potential for small modular reactors,” Mr Samson said.

Earlier, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Cwmni Egino announced they will work together on the proposals, which will not be limited to SMRs.

Date: Saturday, 21 May 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-to-put-forward-proposals-for-new-nuclear-at-trawsfynydd-5-5-2022

Boss says construction of components could begin soon The reactors could be providing power to the UK’s national grid by 2029. Courtesy Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce is to start building parts for its small modular nuclear reactors in anticipation of receiving regulatory approval from the British government by 2024, one of its directors has said.

Paul Stein, the chairman of Rolls-Royce SMR, a subsidiary of the FTSE 100 engineering company, said he hoped the reactors would be providing power to the UK’s national grid by 2029.

SMRs can be built in factories, a method that could be cheaper and quicker than traditional designs. The technology, based on the reactors used in nuclear submarines, is seen by Rolls-Royce as a potential earner far beyond any previous business such as jet engines or diesel motors.

The government under prime minister Boris Johnson put nuclear power at the centre of its energy strategy announced earlier this month, in response to climate concerns and a desire to ditch Russian gas.

Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/company-expects-to-receive-regulatory-approval-for-reactor-by-2024-4-2-2022

The chairman of Rolls-Royce SMR, Paul Stein, has told the Reuters news agency he hopes to get regulatory approval for its small modular reactor (SMR) design by mid-2024, with grid power able to be produced by 2029.

Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rolls-Royce-hopes-for-UK-SMR-online-by-2029

The proposed changes to the funding model for new nuclear cleared their first hurdle, as members of the UK parliament's second chamber debated the Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill for the first time.

Date: Thursday, 24 February 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-s-House-of-Lords-considers-new-nuclear-financin

Horizon Nuclear Power has been holding "detailed conversations" with the UK government in recent weeks to persuade ministers that the proposed Wylfa Newydd plant on Anglesey could be quickly re-mobilised if they can produce a new financing model for large nuclear power plants in Britain, according to an article in the Financial Times on 16 August. A decision on Wylfa’s planning application is expected by the end of next month.

Date: Thursday, 20 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Horizon-waiting-for-chance-to-restart-new-build-pr

The UK obtained 19% of its primary energy from low-carbon sources last year, with 39% of this from nuclear power, but this was 7% lower than in 2017 due to outages at Dungeness B and Hunterston B towards the end of 2018, official statistics published today show. Nuclear capacity was broadly the same as in 2017, at 9.3 GW.

Date: Thursday, 25 July 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-remains-UKs-main-low-carbon-energy-source