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Nuclear engineering company Assystem has been awarded a major, multi-discipline design framework agreement to support United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) fusion development, the company said on 5 November. Assystem will support the engineering design of projects across all major disciplines including mechanical engineering, process engineering, electrical, control and instrumentation, building services and civil engineering, and integrated design.

Date: Friday, 09 November 2018
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The UK government on 7 December announced several measures intended to support the development of next-generation nuclear technology. A key objective of the government’s Industrial Strategy white paper published in November was to "ensure the UK is developing the technologies of the future and preparing to seize the opportunities they bring and build on its strengths", the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said. Business Secretary Greg Clark said the announcements recognise the importance of industry driving innovation, supported by the government, so the sector continues to compete at the very highest level, not just in the UK but globally.  

Date: Monday, 11 December 2017
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UK Business Secretary Greg Clark said on 27 June that the UK government was committed to underwrite the collaborative Joint European Torus (JET) nuclear fusion project with the European Union (EU) until 2020 as long as the EU extends the contract to host the facility beyond 2018.

Date: Wednesday, 28 June 2017
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Following UK media reports questioning the future of UK's Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) and the Joint European Torus (JET) in the wake of the UK's expected withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit), CCFE head Ian Chapman said on 30 November that "nothing has changed". JET is the largest tokamak in the world and the only operational fusion experiment currently capable of producing fusion energy.

Date: Tuesday, 06 December 2016
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