US-UK nuclear cleanup deal extended to 2022

A nuclear cleanup agreement between the US and UK has been extended for another five years. The Statement of Intent (SOI), signed between the government organisations responsible for nuclear waste management and decommissioning in both countries, […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A nuclear cleanup agreement between the US and UK has been extended for another five years.

The Statement of Intent (SOI), signed between the government organisations responsible for nuclear waste management and decommissioning in both countries, will now run through to March 2022.

The commitment to collaboration between the US Department of Energy (DOE), the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) has been in place since 2007.

Since its inception, numerous information and lessons learned exchanges have taken place on a wide variety of topics ranging from contracting strategies to plutonium management.

Current activities are primarily focused on aging infrastructure management and remote robotics technology development and implementation.

All participants agreed to focus more effort on developing tangible collaborative projects and maximising the financial and technical benefits of the arrangement.

Ana Han, Head of the DOE’s Environmental Management International Program said: “The US-UK collaboration continues to set the benchmark for other government-to-government collaborative efforts but we both know that we can do better and that will be the focus of effort over the next five years.”

GE Hitachi (GEH) Nuclear Energy and Bechtel have joined forces to provide decommissioning services for nuclear power plants in Germany and Sweden.

EDF has announced concrete has been poured for the first permanent structures at Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.