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The UK’s planned Sizewell C NPP in Suffolk is planning to power a temporary water desalination plant using electricity from the operating Sizewell B NPP. Sizewell C says the desalination facility “will ensure the Sizewell C project has the water it needs until a new water main provides a permanent supply in the early 2030s.”

Date: Thursday, 09 November 2023
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A temporary water desalination plant, powered with electricity from Sizewell B, is planned to meet the water requirements for the construction of the Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk, UK. A new water main is expected to provide a permanent supply in the early 2030s.

Date: Friday, 03 November 2023
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The UK's Environment Agency has granted EDF Energy subsidiary NNB Generation Company (Sizewell C) Limited three environmental permits for the planned Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk, England. Meanwhile, Sizewell C and Associated British Ports (ABP) are developing plans to locate a unique Direct Air Capture (DAC) facility at Lowestoft, capable of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using low-carbon heat from nuclear.

Date: Wednesday, 29 March 2023
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The manufacture of the reactor pressure vessel for the first of two EPR units at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant under construction in Somerset, UK, has been completed in France and the large component is ready for delivery to the construction site.

Date: Saturday, 17 December 2022
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An EDF-led consortium has been awarded UK government funding to investigate the feasibility of using nuclear-generated heat and electricity to create hydrogen for use in the production of asphalt and cement.

Date: Thursday, 17 November 2022
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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
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‘Tried and tested’ financing model could be used for Sizewell C Two EPR plants at Hinkley Point C are the only commercial nuclear reactors under construction in the UK. Courtesy EDF Energy. The regulated asset base (RAB) financing bill for nuclear introduced by the UK government on Tuesday will save consumers billions on their bills by cutting the cost of funding projects and help deliver net zero, the London-based Nuclear Industry Association said.

The NIA warmly welcomed the bill, which it said is essential to mobilise investment in new nuclear capacity.

Setting out the bill, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said it will use the RAB model to fund future nuclear power stations in Britain – a tried and tested method that successfully financed other infrastructure projects, such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel and Heathrow Terminal 5.

Under the existing mechanism to support new nuclear projects – the contracts for difference (CfD) scheme – developers have to finance the construction of a nuclear project and only begin receiving revenue when the station starts generating electricity. This led to the cancellation of recent potential projects, such as Hitachi’s project at Wylfa Newydd in Wales and Toshiba’s at Moorside in Cumbria.

Date: Wednesday, 27 October 2021
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