The UK government needs to work closely with industry to bring about replacement arrangements for the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) in a timely manner for the country’s nuclear industry, the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) says in a position paper published today. The NIA represents more than 260 companies including nuclear power station operators, new build developers and vendors, those engaged in decommissioning, waste management, all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, supply chain and consultancy companies. The NIA said its paper, Exiting Euratom, sets out the priority areas for negotiations with the European Commission as the UK ceases to be a full member of the Euratom community alongside the process to leave the European Union. It also sets out the steps the government needs to take “to avoid serious disruption to normal nuclear business” in the UK and across the EU.
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Letter: Lady Barbara Judge, UK Atomic Energy Authority: Your report “Nuclear power industry ‘at risk’ after EU split, say MPs” highlights the importance of creativity in finding new ways to co-operate with our former partners after Brexit. The MPs are absolutely right to call for a transition arrangement between membership of Euratom and whatever comes next, but this really is only where the hard work begins. If we leave Euratom, we will still need to have a relationship with it – not least because the UK does not have the capability to build its own nuclear plants – but it will not necessarily be the same as any third country’s current arrangement. Switzerland, while not an EU member, participates in many Euratom programmes as an associate country but this is attached to its wider bilateral accords, including participation in free movement. At the other end of the scale, the EU has a “structured dialogue” with China and Russia on nuclear research. The UK needs something in between, and the exact shape will have to be delicately negotiated. These discussions can’t take place in isolation, needing to be negotiated alongside broader labour mobility provision, which affect nuclear engineers as much as fruit-pickers. A new nuclear deal with the EU is complex, but possible. It will be a test of whether the UK’s negotiators can balance the competing pressures of removing industries from EU oversight, while still keeping the co-operation that is the lifeblood of the global economy.
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The future viability of the pan-Ireland single electricity market (SEM) is potentially challenged by the UK’s decision to leave the EU, MPs have warned. A new report, published on Monday (1 May) by the House of Commons Northern Ireland select committee, says the government should pay particularly close attention to the impact that any changes in its relationship with the EU’s internal energy market have on Ulster. Northern Ireland’s electricity system is highly integrated with that of the Republic through the SEM. Its dependence on external sources of supply will be exacerbated after 2021 after which it will no longer generate sufficient electricity to meet its own demand, according to the committee. In order to ensure security of supply after 2021 in Northern Ireland, the cross-party group of peers urges the province’s Planning Appeal Commission to make a decision as soon as possible on a planned new 1500 MW interconnector, which will nearly triple the capacity of cross-border connections. The report also calls for an upgrade to the Scottish grid to enable better use to be made of the Moyle underwater interconnector, which is currently operating at half capacity due to technical restrictions imposed by the National Grid. The committee says greater policy clarity is needed to plan for new generating capacity due to be lost at Kilroot and Ballylumford B, two of Northern Ireland’s three main power stations, due to tightening emissions standards. The committee says energy bills, which are already substantially higher than those in the Republic of Ireland, will rise unless the steps it advocates are taken.
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