UK regulators approve new nuclear reactor design

A new design for a nuclear reactor has been approved by regulators in the UK. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency and Natural Resource Wales, confirmed the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) designed by Hitachi-GE is suitable for construction. They are satisfied the reactor meets regulatory expectations on safety, security […]

Government offers up to £44m for advanced and mini nuclear plants

The UK Government is providing up to £44 million for small and advanced modular reactors (AMR) feasibility and development programme. AMRs differ from conventional reactors , which use pressurised or boiling water for primary cooling. They aim to maximise the amount of off-site factory fabrication. Small modular reactors use existing or new nuclear technology scaled […]

Jordan assesses nuclear reactor for potential deployment

The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) is assessing an advanced nuclear reactor and its potential for deployment in the country. It has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for evaluating X-energy’s ‘Xe-100’ reactor, which uses factory-produced components and is said to require less time to build. Dr Khaled Toukan, JAEC Chairman said: “The HTR’s [High Temperature […]

UK regulators approve Westinghouse nuclear reactor

A reactor designed by Toshiba’s nuclear unit has been approved by UK regulators. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency (EA) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said they are satisfied the reactor meets expectations on safety, security and environmental protection. The approval is needed before Westinghouse can use the reactor at NuGeneration’s (NuGen) […]

UK starts approval process for Chinese nuclear reactor design

The UK Government has asked nuclear regulators to assess a Chinese-designed reactor for a proposed plant in Britain. Industry and Energy Minister Jesse Norman made the announcement yesterday for a Generic Design Assessment (GDA) of the UK HPR1000 reactor. China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) and France’s EDF submitted an application through their joint venture […]

EU approves €4.5bn French state aid for nuclear group Areva

The European Commission has approved the French Government’s plans to provide nuclear group Areva with €4.5 billion (£3.9bn) as part of its restructuring plan. The payment of the state aid is subject to conditions, in particular a “positive conclusion” of the ongoing tests by the French Nuclear Safety Agency concerning the nuclear reactor vessel of […]

Taiwan nuclear reactor ‘shut down after fire’

A reactor at a nuclear power plant in Taiwan has reportedly been forced to shut down after a fire broke out yesterday. Reports claim the fire at the 951MW Maanshan Nuclear Power Plant in Pingtung County was caused by a short-circuited transformer. It was said to have been put out by the plant’s own firefighters […]

US invests $13m in advanced nuclear reactors

The US is providing $13 million (£8m) for nuclear energy research and development projects that support advanced reactor technologies. Five companies will team up with universities and research institutions to address technical challenges to the design, construction and operation of next-generation nuclear reactors. It is part of the Department of Energy’s programme, launched last year, […]

EDF: Nuclear reactors could stay offline until end of year

Four nuclear reactors in the UK that were shut down may not be back online until the end of the year, EDF Energy has confirmed. The company’s Heysham 1 and Hartlepool nuclear power stations were taken offline last month to conduct inspections of their boilers after a fault was found. EDF Energy said it has […]

Bulgaria inks nuclear deal with Westinghouse

Bulgaria has signed an agreement with Westinghouse Electric Company for the expansion of a nuclear power plant in the country. US-based Westinghouse, part of Japan’s Toshiba group, said it will provide all of the plant equipment, design, engineering and fuel for the Kozloduy nuclear power plant. It will help build a new 1,000 reactor estimated […]