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US-based Bechtel has been selected by European enrichment services and fuel cycle company Urenco to support the expansion of its Tails Management Facility (TMF) at the Capenhurst site in the UK. The facility stores low concentration uranium tails for further use, or conversion to a chemically stable form for disposal. Urenco says the TMF will help enable the UK’s nuclear energy security strategy, which includes plans to deliver 24 GWe of new nuclear capacity by 2050, providing about a quarter of the domestic electricity supply. ?

Date: Thursday, 09 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbechtel-to-support-urencos-expansion-activities-in-the-uk-11282460

Five major companies have made key announcements on their plans to advance small modular reactor (SMR) deployment in the UK. While Rolls-Royce SMR shortlisted three sites for a factory to produce component for its planned SMR; Balfour Beatty and Holtec with Hyundai agreed to support plans for the construction of Holtec’s SMR-160; and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) submitted a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) application for its BWRX-300 SMR to the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Date: Friday, 23 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssmr-competition-heats-up-in-the-uk-10456556

The UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have completed the transfer of around 700kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Dounreay, in northern Scotland, to the USA.

Date: Wednesday, 08 May 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsheu-removed-from-dounreay-to-usa-7195680

The UK, US, and EU have agreed to turn the UK's excess stockpile of highly enriched uranium (HEU) into medical isotopes to be used in cancer treatment, according to a 31 March statement by the UK Prime Minister's Office. The agreement was concluded in the framework of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

Date: Tuesday, 05 April 2016
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuranium-swap-agreed-by-uk-us-and-eu-4857081

The UK Department of Energy & Climate Change has a problem with the world’s largest stocks of reactor-grade plutonium. The international association Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy view this as a one-time opportunity to benefit several advanced nuclear energy developments, none of which are acknowledged by DECC. By Brendan McNamara

Weak, short distance radiation makes it warm; so it is safe to hold but not to swallow. UK reactor grade plutonium is unsuitable for making weapons. And small-scale uses of UK plutonium could never go critical

Date: Friday, 27 May 2011
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssmarter-uses-for-plutonium

Leaked memoranda from the US embassy in London to Washington from 2007-9 reveal angst over Iran’s nuclear power programme, concern about international fuel banks, and the head of the IAEA, according to a series of nuclear power-related documents published by Wikileaks and UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph earlier this year. The most notable findings are summarized below.

Date: Friday, 04 March 2011
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswikileaks-reveals-art-of-nuclear-diplomacy




Fifty years ago, on 14 November 1959, the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) first went critical. Three years later it became the first fast reactor in the world to supply power to the grid. The future of the iconic white ‘dome’, currently being decommissioned, will be determined by the mid-2010.

Date: Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdounreay-fast-reactor-celebrates-fifty-years