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The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to share best practice and experience with respect to advanced modular reactor (AMR) and small modular reactor (SMR) technologies. It is based on an Information Exchange Arrangement signed in October 2020. The terms of reference of the MOC allow for future work to facilitate a joint technical review of AMR and SMR technologies. This will cover pre-application activities to ensure mutual preparedness for effective review. A programme of work will be drawn up to accomplish specific cooperative activities under the memorandum.

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-and-canadian-regulators-collaborate-on-advanced-reactors-10539758

Radioactive waste from underground vaults at the UK’s closed Berkeley NPP has been transferred using a concrete box to an interim on-site storage facility. Magnox Ltd described the event as a landmark for its mission to clean former UK civil nuclear sites. It involved both development of a new waste storage package and innovative waste retrieval techniques.

Date: Saturday, 21 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-concrete-box-of-radioactive-waste-safely-transferred-from-berkeley-npp-10531964

Terms of Reference have been signed and published between the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) for a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the two organisations. They plan to share best practice and experience around reviewing Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) and Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technologies.

Date: Friday, 20 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-and-UK-regulators-agree-terms-for-coopera

The first concrete box containing radioactive waste from underground vaults at the shut down Berkeley nuclear power plant in the UK has been transferred to an interim on-site storage facility, Magnox Ltd announced.

Date: Thursday, 19 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Transfer-of-waste-from-Berkeley-vaults-begins

UK Atomics - a subsidiary of Denmark's Copenhagen Atomics - has submitted a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) entry application for its small and modular thorium molten salt reactor to the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Date: Friday, 06 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Copenhagen-Atomics-puts-forward-SMR-design-for-UK

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

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has submitted a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) entry application for its BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) to the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Meanwhile, Holtec International said it intends to soon submit an application for its SMR-160 design.

Date: Wednesday, 21 December 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Two-vendors-submit-SMR-designs-for-UK-assessment

Rolls-Royce SMR has shortlisted three sites in the UK to host its first factory for producing components for a fleet of small modular reactors (SMRs). The factory - the location of which is expected to be announced early next year - will manufacture the heavy pressure vessels.

Date: Tuesday, 20 December 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Three-UK-sites-in-running-to-host-first-Rolls-Royc

Newly-established development firm Solway Community Power Company has selected the Rolls-Royce small modular reactor (SMR) for deployment in West Cumbria, England. Earlier this week, it was announced that four sites in the UK, including land near the Sellafield site in Cumbria, have been prioritised to deploy the first in a fleet of Rolls-Royce SMR power plants.

Date: Saturday, 12 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Cumbrian-development-company-chooses-Rolls-Royce-S