Get Into Nuclear | Nuclear News | April Overview

Here at Get Into Nuclear we aim to provide a clear, easy to read overview of the key news stories of interest and importance in the UK Nuclear Industry as they happen via our social media channels and via a monthly summary on our website.

General Nuclear Industry

2nd April - Airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert as government officials warn of 'credible' cyber threat

Britain’s airports and nuclear power stations have been told to tighten their defences against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security systems.

Security services have issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning that terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks.

Intelligence agencies believe that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other terrorist groups have developed ways to plant explosives in laptops and mobile phones that can evade airport security screening methods.

Read the original article from The Telegraph here.

4th April - Notts firm wins deal to create homes for nuclear power station builders - creating 130 jobs

More than 100 jobs have been created at a Nottinghamshire firm after it landed the biggest contract in its history to build temporary homes for staff constructing the UK's first nuclear power station in 20 years.

Caledonian, an off-site modular building specialist based in Carlton-on-Trent, near Newark, has signed a £50m deal with Laing O'Rourke, which is leading the project to build Hinkley Point C in Somerset.

Read the original article from The Nottingham Post here.

4th April - What’s in it for the EU?

Article 50 has been triggered and Brexit really does mean Brexit. Now begins the arduous task of negotiating the UK's divorce from the European Union, and there is one simple test the European Commission will be applying to every one of the UK government's demands, writes Tom Greatrex.

That test is: "What's in it for us?" And for many issues, answering this question will be difficult.

Why would the EU want to allow passporting for the City of London? Why would they allow unfettered access to the single market? Why would they want to make it easy for UK citizens to travel to and from the EU?

Fortunately for the nuclear industry, replacing the benefits of the UK's membership of the European Atomic Community (Euratom) - which without an agreed implementation period will cease on 29 March 2019 - is in the interest of both the UK and European nuclear industries.

Read the original article from World Nuclear News here.

7th April - UKAEA collaboration with ITER

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and the ITER Organization have entered into a technical collaboration which will see the UKAEA’s centre for Remote Applications in Challenging Environments, RACE, host the ITER Remote Handling Test Facility (IRTF) for a period of at least five years.

The UK Government is investing €5 million over this period, matched by the ITER Organization, to perform testing of critical remote handling operations necessary for the maintenance of components for ITER – the international fusion energy project based in Cadarache, France.

Read the original article from the NIA UK here.

19th April - £21 million enhancements for MAST Upgrade will tackle key challenge in fusion power development

The UK’s new fusion experiment MAST Upgrade at Culham, Oxfordshire is to receive funding to tackle one of the hottest issues in fusion energy research – plasma exhaust.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority is assembling MAST Upgrade at Culham Science Centre and the device is within months of its first operations. The £21 million of plasma exhaust enhancements will be phased between now and 2022. Funding will come jointly from the European fusion research consortium EUROfusion and the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Read an article on the matter from the NIA here.

Read an article on the matter from World Nuclear News.

28th April - Tokamak Energy turns on ST40 fusion reactor

The UK's newest fusion reactor has been turned on for the first time and has officially achieved first plasma. The reactor aims to produce a record-breaking plasma temperature of 100 million degrees for a privately-funded venture. This is seven times hotter than the centre of the Sun and the temperature necessary for controlled fusion.

Oxford, England-based Tokamak Energy said today that with its ST40 reactor "up and running", the next steps are to complete the commissioning and installation of the full set of magnetic coils which are crucial to reaching the temperatures required for fusion. This will allow the ST40 to produce a plasma temperature of 15 million degrees - as hot as the centre of the Sun - in the autumn of this year.

Read the original article from World Nuclear News here.

Nuclear Decommissioning

4th April - Site licence application signals further progress for Horizon

Horizon Nuclear Power has taken another major step towards delivering The Wylfa Newydd power station with the submission of its application for a Nuclear Site Licence. A Site Licence is one of the main permissions Horizon will need as it looks to build and operate two UK Advanced-Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) units on Anglesey in Wales.

Read the original article from the NIA here.

5th April - 1st drone flown over Sellafield

James Fisher Nuclear (JFN), part of James Fisher and Sons PLC, alongside partners WYG, took to the skies recently and made history with the first ever external Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) high resolution structural survey of a chimney stack within Sellafield’s high security chemical separation (SEP)active area.

Read the original article from the NIA here.

10th April - UK sets out decommissioning plans to 2020

The UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has published its Business Plan for 1 April 2017 to 30 March 2020. Based on the third edition of NDA's Strategy, published in April 2016, the Business Plan sets out its objectives and expected progress for all 17 of its nuclear sites over the next three years, in line with the funding agreed with the Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The Business Plan, which follows a public consultation that ran between 12 December to 3 February, also includes is a 20-year overview of forthcoming activities across the 17 sites.

Read the original article from World Nuclear News here.

22nd April - Sellafield to launch procurement for delivery partners

A new procurement model is set to change how major projects will be delivered at the Sellafield nuclear site over the next 20 years at an industry day on 28 April.

The Programme and Project Partners (PPP) model will see Sellafield Ltd procure four long term partners, who will play an integral part in the site’s project delivery. Supply chain organisations will attend an industry day hosted by Sellafield Ltd on Friday, 28 April, where the procurement process to secure the partners will be launched.

Read the original article from Nuclear Matters here.

26th April – Amec Foster Wheeler reaches million hour safety milestone at Sellafield

Amec Foster Wheeler announces today that its teams at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria have achieved an outstanding safety milestone by completing one million man hours without a lost-time incident (LTI).

Sellafield Limited has praised the achievement by 150 Amec Foster Wheeler employees who carry out civil, mechanical and electrical engineering work, plus subcontractors and supply chain companies.

Read the original article from the NIA here.

26th April - Careers in nuclear waste management

The UK faces major challenges in dealing with nuclear waste, which means an abundance of opportunity in the industry.

Last month, a £6.1bn deal to clean up the UK’s redundant fleet of Magnox nuclear reactors was pulled after the government mishandled how the work was awarded. Dr Paul Dorfman, University College London’s nuclear power expert, believed it was “inevitable” the deal would fail. He claimed the challenges of decommissioning nuclear plant and dealing with their waste have long been underestimated.

Read the original article in The Engineer here.

Nuclear Energy

31st March – NIA welcomes design approval of AP1000 reactor

The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) has welcomed the confirmation from the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency that it has approved the AP1000 reactor design, which is planned to be built at Moorside in Cumbria.

Read the original article from The NIA here.

31st March - EDF Energy sets out progress at Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station

  • First concrete successfully poured for power station galleries

  • Key milestone follows approval from independent nuclear regulator ONR

  • 1,600 workers on site each day

  • Three million cubic metres of earth already moved, more than 50% of the total

  • New images and video released to mark six months since contract signing with UK Government and full construction launched

Read the original article from the NIA here.

11th April - Toshiba announcement on losses for the year

13th April - Exelon and JAPC form joint venture, Horizon welcomes move

Exelon Generation and Japan Atomic Power Company (JAPC) have formed a joint venture company "to leverage Exelon's expertise in operational excellence and safety among international operators using Japanese reactor technologies". The new company, JExel Nuclear, is expected to sign an "advisory services" contract with Horizon Nuclear Power - Hitachi's UK subsidiary that is developing two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWRs) at Wylfa Newydd in Wales.

Read the original article from World Nuclear News here.

14th April - Toshiba nuclear problems update (see announcement above)

Four reactors being built for nuclear power stations outside Waynesboro, in Georgia, and Jenkinsville, South Carolina, by the company’s US subsidiary Westinghouse that have left the Japanese corporation facing an annual loss of £7.37bn.

Construction work on the units has run hugely over budget and over schedule, casting a shadow over two of the biggest new nuclear power station projects in the US for years.

Events came to a head last month when Westinghouse was forced to file for bankruptcy protection to limit Toshiba’s losses.

Read an original article from The Guardian here.

Read an article on the topic from Forbes.

21st April - Academy highlights contradiction in French policy

France cannot achieve a significant reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases from electricity production while also reducing the share of nuclear in its energy mix, the country's Academy of Sciences says.

France's National Assembly gave final approval in July 2016 of the country's Energy Transition for Green Growth bill. The overall objectives of the bill include: a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a 75% reduction by 2050, compared with 1990 levels; halving overall energy consumption by 2050 compared with 2012; increasing renewable energy's share of final energy consumption to 32%; and cutting the share of nuclear in electricity generation from almost 75% to 50% by 2025.

Read the original article from World Nuclear News here.

26th April - British-French agreement

The National Skills Academy Nuclear (NSAN) and the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires (INSTN) have signed an agreement to strengthen their joint working on the skills for nuclear agenda across UK and France.

Read an article on the story from the NIA here.

Read an article on the story from World Nuclear News here.

Nuclear Defence

23rd April - General election 2017: Corbyn says Labour nuclear policy still 'under discussion'

Labour has said it still backs the UK's Trident nuclear weapons after Jeremy Corbyn said "all aspects" of defence would be reviewed if he won power.

The case for renewing Trident was still being discussed, the Labour leader told the BBC, prompting Tory criticism.

But a Labour spokesman said it remained official policy to keep the deterrent.

In the interview, Mr Corbyn said he wanted no more air strikes in Syria but did not rule out a drone strike to kill the leader of so-called Islamic State.

Read the original article from the BBC here.

25th April - General Election 2017: Lib Dems to keep 'nuclear deterrent'

The Liberal Democrats would "maintain a credible nuclear deterrent" if they won power, leader Tim Farron says.

"Our nuclear deterrent keeps us at the top table in this post-Brexit world," he said.

But Mr Farron also advocated replacing the current system of continuous-at-sea deterrence with more irregular patrolling patterns.

And he accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of being "weak and dangerous" on defence matters.

Earlier this week, Mr Corbyn - a long-standing opponent of nuclear weapons - said "all aspects" of defence would be reviewed if he won power in the snap election on 8 June.

Read the original article from the BBC here.

Here at Get Into Nuclear we aim to provide a clear, easy to read overview of the key news stories of interest and importance in the UK Nuclear Industry as they happen via our social media channels and via a monthly summary on our website.

Any feedback, comments, issues or requests are very much encouraged.

#NuclearNews #NuclearEnergy #NuclearDecommissioning #NuclearDefence