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EDF Energy has confirmed a change to the expected end of generation dates for two of its UK nuclear units - Heysham 2, in Lancashire, and Torness, in East Lothian (Scotland). They are now expected to continue generating until 31 March 2028.

Date: Friday, 14 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuks-heysham-2-and-torness-nuclear-plants-to-close-early-9400844

The Heysham 2 and Torness advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) nuclear power stations in the UK are to stop generating electricity in 2028 - two years earlier than previously planned - operator EDF Energy has announced.

Date: Wednesday, 12 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EDF-confirms-earlier-end-date-for-Heysham-2-and-To

The Unit B2 (Reactor 4) of the Hunterston NPP in North Ayrshire, Scotland, was permanently shut down on 7 January after generating electricity for 46 years.

Date: Tuesday, 11 January 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfinal-shutdown-for-uks-hunterston-b-9388015

EDF Energy will 'get on with' work to construct two EPR units at Sizewell C in Suffolk, UK, as soon as it receives government permission, which could come within six months, said the project's director of financing, Julia Pyke. She added that the company is working to fuel the reactors with recycled uranium.

Date: Tuesday, 07 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Sizewell-C-could-use-recycled-uranium

The UK’s Hunterston B1 (Reactor 3) was permanently closed down on 26 November, marking the end of 46 years of operation for this 490MWe advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR). 

Date: Friday, 03 December 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuks-hunterston-b-reactor-3-closes-after-46-years-9293563

Hunterston B Reactor 3 - a 490 MWe advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) - was taken offline for the final time at midday on 26 November, marking the end of 46 years of operation. Its twin - Hunterston B Reactor 4 - is scheduled to shut down in January, which will see the end of power generation for the site in North Ayrshire, Scotland.

Date: Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-Hunterston-B-reactor-enters-retirement

Carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity generated by the UK's newest nuclear power plants will be even lower than wind and solar power, a new analysis has confirmed. A detailed and independently verified study into lifetime emissions from Hinkley Point C (HPC) was carried out for EDF by environmental specialists Ricardo Energy & Environment and verified by engineering consultants WSP.

Date: Tuesday, 23 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Hinkley-Point-C-cleaner-than-renewables,-study-sho

EDF says ‘replication effect’ from EPR project can benefit proposed reactors at Sizewell C The the ring, which is 47 metres in diameter and 17 metres high, was built 25% more quickly than the same part on Unit 1. Courtesy EDF. Big Carl, the world’s biggest crane, has been used at Hinkley Point C to place the first of three massive prefabricated steel containment rings which form the reinforced cylinder around the nuclear reactor onto the second reactor building, just 11 months after the same operation on the first unit.

EDF Energy, the UK arm of France’s state utility EDF, which is building two EPR units at the Somerset site, said the installation shows how building an identical copy of the first reactor drives efficiency and saves time. It said the ring, which is 47 metres in diameter and 17 metres high, was built 25% more quickly than the same part on Unit 1, requiring thousands of hours less labour to manufacture.

The company said this “replication effect” will benefit the proposed identical Sizewell C project in Suffolk. The government recently announced funding of £1.7bn in the Sizewell C nuclear power station project as it pushes to reach a final investment decision within three years and begin a programme of new-build that will replace the nation’s aging reactors. The government has also announced legislation to introduce a new financing model, known as the regulated asset base model, for new nuclear.

Big Carl is 250m tall and has a reach of about 270m. It moves on rail tracks and will eventually lift pieces weighing more than 1,000 tonnes. The ring was placed on 96 hydraulic jacks which lowered it into its exact position.

Date: Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/world-s-largest-crane-lifts-first-containment-ring-into-place-at-unit-2-11-2-2021

NIA says nuclear has saved UK more than 2.3 billion tonnes of carbon emissions Most of the UK’s existing fleet of 13 reactors, which supply about 15% of the country’s electricity, are being retired this decade. Courtesy EDF Energy. Britain’s commercial nuclear fleet has reached 2,000 terawatt hours of clean power generation – enough zero carbon electricity to power all the UK’s 29 million homes for 18.5 years, the London-based Nuclear Industry association said, as it called for new nuclear construction.

As world leaders meet in Glasgow, Scotland, for the Cop26 climate summit, the NIA said the country’s commercial nuclear reactors are the most productive low-carbon assets in British history, saving 1.4 billion tonnes of carbon emissions between them. That is higher than all UK emissions from 2018 through 2020.

Hinkley Point B in Somerset, England, and Hunterston B in North Ayrshire, Scotland, were the first of today’s fleet to come online in 1976 and were joined by six more stations, which have been powering the UK for 45 years.

Date: Wednesday, 03 November 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-industry-calls-for-new-build-as-reactor-fleet-reaches-clean-power-milestone-11-2-2021

The UK government has announced up to GBP1.7 billion (USD2.3 billion) in funding for a large-scale nuclear power plant in its autumn budget and spending review. It said it is in "active negotiations" with EDF over the Sizewell C project in Suffolk. The announcement comes days after the government introduced legislation for funding future nuclear power stations in the UK.

Date: Friday, 29 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-government-earmarks-funds-for-progressing-nucle