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The UK-based Dalton Nuclear Institute at the University of Manchester looking at whether the UK plutonium stockpile should become waste or energy. “Managing the UK plutonium stockpile: no easy choices”, examines the key things that government must consider when making that choice.

Date: Friday, 08 September 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-dalton-institute-looks-at-ways-to-manage-plutonium-11129153

The UK's 140-tonne stockpile of civil plutonium could be used as fuel for thermal reactors or combined with the country's 100,000-tonne supply of depleted, natural and low-enriched uranium to fuel new fast reactors - or disposed of as waste in a future geological disposal facility - says a new report from The University of Manchester's Dalton Nuclear Institute exploring the options.

Date: Wednesday, 06 September 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/What-to-do-with-the-UK-s-civil-plutonium-stockpile

Great British Nuclear (GBN) is to drive rapid expansion of nuclear power in the UK at an unprecedented scale and pace as the government kickstarts a competition to encourage the development of small modular reactor (SMR) technology. A joint statement from the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero, GBN, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Energy Security Secretary Grant Shapps, and Nuclear Minister Andrew Bowie announced “a massive revival of nuclear power”. This is intended to place the UK “at the forefront of a global race to develop cutting-edge technologies to rapidly deliver cleaner, cheaper, more secure energy”.

Date: Friday, 21 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-launches-nuclear-revival-11019899

The UK's Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has awarded Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation UK (USNC) and its partner Jacobs a grant of up to GBP22.5 million (USD29 million) to support the development and demonstration of high-temperature gas-cooled reactor technology.

Date: Friday, 21 July 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ultra-Safe-and-Jacobs-get-USD29-million-UK-grant

Companies can register their interest with the newly launched Great British Nuclear (GBN) for the competition to secure funding support which the UK government says could lead to billions of pounds invested in small modular reactor (SMR) projects.

Date: Wednesday, 19 July 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-launching-SMR-selection-competition

US-based Westinghouse Electric Company has signed a contract extension with EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited (NGL) to supply fuel for the UK’s Advanced Gas Cooled Reactors (AGRs) from its Springfields fuel fabrication facility in the UK.

Date: Saturday, 01 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-contracted-to-supply-fuel-to-uk-agrs-10978749

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

US-based Westinghouse has received a Direct Award Grant from the UK Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to explore the development of Uranium Conversion Services at its Springfields facility in Lancashire, England.

Date: Saturday, 17 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswestinghouse-receives-uk-grant-do-develop-uranium-conversion-10443318

The Magnox Reprocessing Plant at the UK’s Sellafield site took its final feed of used fuel just before midnight on 17 July. Fuel was fed into the plant’s charge machine, then dissolved in nitric acid to separate out the plutonium and uranium – the last of approximately 55,000 tonnes of Magnox fuel to be reprocessed at the facility during 58 years of operations. The building and its supporting plants will soon begin a new period of clean-out and decommissioning.

Date: Wednesday, 27 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssellafield-magnox-reprocessing-plant-closes-9877750