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US-based Jacobs announced it has been awarded an extension to its Project Management Resources (PMR) contract with EDF Nuclear Generation, operator of the UK’s nuclear power plants.

Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjacobs-awarded-contract-extension-to-support-uks-nuclear-plants-9153084

Country needs about 30 GW of new nuclear and a fleet of SMRs, says NIA head Tom Greatrex: ‘To get to net zero and a decarbonised power supply, in the UK we need four times the amount of clean power that we currently have.’ Courtesy NIA. The energy crisis in the UK has led to renewed calls for more reactors. NucNet asked Tom Greatrex, head of the London-based Nuclear Industry Association, about the role nuclear can play in a market hit by rising prices and facing the imminent shutdown of ageing plants.

Lower supply, higher demand, and poor wind performance led to record increases in power spot pricesThe UK nuclear reactor fleet will almost entirely shut down by 2030, curbing low-carbon generation capacityThere has been a positive shift in opinions of the role nuclear can play At at least 10 GW of new nuclear needed by mid-2030s in the UK, and possibly an additional 20 GW to meet net-zero in 2050

NucNet: The Nuclear Industry Association has been warning policymakers about the risks of energy supply based largely on renewables and natural gas. Power prices in Europe have increased to unsustainably high levels in recent months, sparking an energy crisis in many countries, especially the UK. Perhaps you can tell us why this has happened?

Date: Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/what-we-have-been-warning-of-for-a-very-long-time-has-happened-10-1-2021

The UK government is in discussions regarding proposals for a new nuclear power plant at Wylfa on Anglesey, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on 2 October in an interview with BBC Wales. He said previous governments in the country "have refused to take the tough decisions on nuclear for too long." Meanwhile, EDF Energy has called for the government to make prompt decisions regarding the Sizewell C project.

Date: Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-needs-new-nuclear,-says-Prime-Minister

Next section of first reactor building complete and ready to be lifted into place The Big Carl crane was used to lift the containment ring into place in December 2020. Courtesy EDF Energy. Five years after getting the go-ahead, the number of people across Britain working on the Hinkley Point C power station in Somerset, southwest England, has reached 22,000, including 6,300 on site – compared to just 1,500 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

Final contracts for the construction of two EPR plants at Hinkley Point C were signed on 29 September 2016. Since then, 3,600 British companies have won contracts on the project.

In an update on the project, which is likely to see cost increases and delays because of the Covid-19 pandemic, EDF Energy said the next prefabricated 17m high section of the first reactor building is complete and ready to be lifted into place by the “Big Carl” crane, which is the world’s largest.

Work to build the 16m-high floor for the first turbine and generator is under way, ready for the world’s most powerful “Arabelle” turbine, which arrives later this year. Each turbine can produce more than 3% of the nation’s electricity, enough for more than three million homes.

Date: Thursday, 30 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/hinkley-point-c-five-years-after-go-ahead-nuclear-plant-project-is-recovering-from-shock-of-covid-9-3-2021

The UK's GMB union has warned that decarbonisation goals and nuclear industry jobs will both be at risk unless the government supports Sizewell C and other new build efforts. The Trade Unions Congress adopted GMB's call, and separately added that UK manufacturing jobs would suffer if decarbonisation targets are not met.

Date: Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-unions-call-for-government-backing-of-new-build

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