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Country at risk to have just one station operational beyond 2030 An all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on nuclear energy in the UK parliament has called on UK policy makers to “take decisions urgently in this parliament” to restore UK nuclear capacity to at least 10 GW based on “deployable technologies” by the early 2030s.

The APPG said in a new report supported by the UK Nuclear Industry Association that most of the UK’s commercial reactor units will retire by March 2024 with Sizewell B being the only station of the current fleet still operating in the next decade.

Without new investment, the UK will lose critical capabilities and its position as “an international leader” in nuclear technology, the report warned.

Date: Thursday, 01 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/parliament-group-urges-government-to-support-nuclear-capacity-replacement-in-new-report-6-3-2021

The UK government said on 23 June that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Nuclear Liabilities Fund (NLF) and EDF Energy had agreed revised arrangements to deliver safe, low cost, more efficient and cost-effective decommissioning of EDF’s fleet of seven Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor (AGR) stations once they stop generating power.

Date: Friday, 25 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-revises-arrangements-for-agr-decommissioning-8845361

The UK government and EDF have agreed improved arrangements to safely and efficiently decommission Britain’s seven Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) nuclear power plants that are scheduled to reach the end of their operational lives this decade. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said the deal, which was signed yesterday, will save the UK taxpayer about GBP1 billion (USD1.4 billion), as EDF and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) forge a new partnership.

Date: Friday, 25 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EDF-reaches-AGR-decommissioning-agreement

UK-based EDF Energy said on 7 June it had decided to move Dungeness B nuclear power station in Kent into the defueling phase with immediate effect. Since September 2018 the station has been in an extended outage in which EDF has been managing a range of unique, significant and ongoing technical challenges that are not found at the other six advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) power stations. Although many have been overcome, new detailed analysis has further highlighted additional station-specific risks within some key components, including parts within the fuel assemblies, EDF said.

Date: Friday, 11 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuks-dungeness-b-to-begin-defueling-8810840

EDF has decided not to restart the Dungeness B nuclear power plant and instead move it into the defuelling phase with immediate effect. Since September 2018, the plant has been in an extended outage in which EDF has been managing a range of "unique, significant and ongoing" technical challenges that it says are not found at the UK's other six advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) power plants. Although many of these challenges have been overcome, the French-owned company said, new detailed analysis has further highlighted additional station-specific risks within some key components, including parts within the fuel assemblies.

Date: Wednesday, 09 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EDF-Energy-permanently-closes-UK-s-Dungeness-B

The UK's gas and electricity markets regulator, Ofgem, has granted an electricity generating licence to Bradwell Power Generation Company Ltd, which is proposing to construct the new Bradwell B nuclear power plant in Essex. 

Date: Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuks-bradwell-b-granted-electricity-generating-licence-8420726

Bradwell Power Generation Company Limited, which is proposing to construct the new Bradwell B nuclear power plant in Essex, has been granted an electricity generating licence by the UK's gas and electricity markets regulator Ofgem. A final decision has yet to be made to actually construct the plant, planned to feature a Chinese-designed Hualong One reactor.

Date: Saturday, 19 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Bradwell-B-granted-electricity-generating-licence

Defuelling of reactors scheduled to begin no later than July 2022 The two Hinkley Point B reactors will shut down within the next two years. Courtesy EDF Energy. EDF Energy has confirmed it will begin shutting down the two gas-cooled reactors at Hinkley Point B nuclear power station in southwest England within the next two years, earlier than scheduled.

The defueling of the two plants, Hinkley Point B-1 and Hinkley Point B-2, will begin no later than July 2022, according to the French energy group.

The shutdown was scheduled for 2023, but cracks were discovered in the graphite core of the reactor. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Hinkley Point B-1 began commercial operation in October 1978 and Hinkley Point B-2 in September 1976.

Matt Sykes, the managing director of EDF Generation, said an inspection of Hinkley Point B’s graphite blocks revealed they were “in exactly the sort of condition” expected after 40 years of generating electricity. He said running a nuclear power plant this efficiently for over 40 years leads to changes in the reactors.

Date: Saturday, 21 November 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/edf-energy-announces-early-shutdown-of-two-units-at-hinkley-point-b-11-5-2020

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled a 10-point plan that he says can be "a global template" for delivering net-zero emissions. Point 3 of the plan is the government's commitment to develop new nuclear power, from large-scale to small and advanced modular reactors. This includes investment of GBP525 million (USD696 million) for "the next generation of small and advanced reactors".

Date: Thursday, 19 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-includes-new-nuclear-in-green-revolution-policy

Uranium enrichment company Urenco has joined a consortium of businesses and organisations from across the UK nuclear supply chain calling on the government to move forward with plans for the planned Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk.

Date: Tuesday, 03 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsurenco-joins-sizewell-c-consortium-8341706