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Future fusion energy facilities will continue to be regulated by the Environment Agency (EA) and Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the UK government has confirmed in its response to a consultation seeking views on the regulatory framework for ensuring the safe and effective rollout of fusion energy. Fission power plants are regulated by the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-developing-regulatory-framework-for-fusion

Investment in nuclear power totalling around EUR500 billion (USD565 billion) by 2050 will be needed if the European Union’s goal of carbon neutrality is to be hit, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton has said in an interview with France’s Le Journal du Dimanche.

Date: Tuesday, 11 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-needs-colossal-investment-in-nuclear-to-hit-net

UK-based Rolls Royce Group announced that it has reached agreement with Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar, to invest £85 million ($112m) in Rolls-Royce SMR Limited. QIA will join Rolls-Royce Group, BNF Resources UK Ltd and Exelon Generation Ltd as shareholders in Rolls-Royce SMR, taking a 10% share of the equity.

Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsqatari-investment-for-rolls-royce-smr-9337115

Net-zero needs nuclear, UK minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change Greg Hands told the country's industry at the Nuclear Industry Association's Nuclear2021 conference in London last week in a strong message of support. The following is the text of his speech.

Date: Tuesday, 07 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-UK-is-on-a-mission-for-fission

Roll-Royce has announced that following the raising of £195 million in equity funding, its Small Modular Reactor business has now been established. Its purpose is to bring forward and deliver at scale the next generation of low cost, low carbon nuclear power technology.

Date: Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsroll-royce-secures-funding-for-small-modular-reactor--9227680

British engineering group Rolls-Royce has announced the establishment of a new business - Rolls-Royce SMR Limited - for the deployment and commercialisation of its small modular reactor (SMR) technology. The announcement follows the securing of GBP210 million (USD285 million) in funding from the UK government, matched by more than GBP250 million of private investment.

Date: Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Rolls-Royce-secures-funding-for-SMR-deployment

UK Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng met with US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M Granholm on 4 November  at the UN COP26 summit in Glasgow, where they discussed “strengthening cooperation to accelerate the global transition to clean energy and build back better ambitions”, according to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Date: Tuesday, 09 November 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-and-uk-launch-strategic-energy-dialogue-9224979

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

Five sites - one in Scotland and four in England - have been shortlisted to host the UK's prototype fusion energy plant - the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP). The site of the demonstration plant, due to begin operating by 2040, is expected to be announced at the end of next year.

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Five-bids-shortlisted-to-host-STEP-fusion-plant

The UK government has announced plans to decarbonise the country's power system by 2035, instead of the previous target of 2050. The plan focuses on building a secure, home-grown energy sector - including nuclear energy - that reduces reliance on fossil fuels and exposure to volatile global wholesale energy prices.

Date: Saturday, 09 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-commits-to-decarbonise-electricity-system-by-20