Disused nuclear vessel 100% recycled in UK first

All parts of Oceanic Pintail were reused, in what the NDA believes can be another way to accelerate the UK’s journey to net zero

New partnership aims to inspire young nuclear professionals

The Young Generation Network Industrial Partnership will encourage educational attainment and professional qualifications

Dounreay nuclear energy site unusable for other purposes until 2333

That’s the suggestion made in a new report from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, which forecasts the land at the 148-acre site will be completely ‘dedesignated’ or reused in 313 years

Northern companies don’t waste any time making Sellafield containers

Firms from Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria are building boxes to store radioactive materials from the site

‘Sellafield cleanup could overspend by £913m’

The National Audit Office says the site is still facing continued delays

Share of £3m on offer for nuclear clean-up innovators

A £3 million competition for bright ideas to clean up old nuclear power stations has been launched. Run by Innovate UK and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), the initiative is initially focused on closing down the ageing Sellafield facility in Cumbria but winning ideas could be used to decommission other nuclear sites in the future. […]

UK nuclear authority takes ownership of German plutonium

A new deal by the UK’s nuclear authority is expected to enhance international nuclear security and boost the country’s economy. DECC announced the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has taken ownership of some German plutonium, which is a chemical element used in most nuclear plants to produce energy. The new deal means the NDA will convert […]

Government lays down the law on future nuclear generators

The Secretary of State for Energy has promised to learn the lessons of previous Governments who failed to effectively deal with the UK’s nuclear legacy. Mr Davey said DECC would ensure new nuclear does not fall into the pitfalls of the past and operators would have to cover the costs of their waste and decommissioning. […]

GE approach Sellafield over plutonium recycling

GE Hitachi has reportedly approached Sellafield about building a new reactor in which to convert waste plutonium into electricity. Currently the Government spends around £2 billion a year managing the nuclear waste. GE Hitachi’s Danny Roderick is reported to have said the proposed 600MW plant could recycle the existing stockpile in five years: “We could […]

Nuclear safety report will keep UK regulations "robust"

he final safety report on the lessons to be learnt from Fukushima in the UK will keep the country’s regulations “robust”. This is the view of Energy Secretary Chris Huhne, who welcomed the Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations’ findings. Praising the hard work of Dr. Weightman and his team in a written ministerial statement today, […]