Britain’s nuclear new-build programme took a couple of small steps forward last month. First, government design acceptance was granted for the reactor intended for incorporation into two nuclear power plants being developed for sites in Anglesey and Gloucestershire by Horizon Nuclear Power. Second, South Korea’s KEPCO was granted preferred bidder status to purchase NuGen from its current owner Toshiba, with a view to building a new nuclear power plant in Cumbria. Looking even further forward, the government announced new support to help exploit the potential for the UK to become a world leader in developing small modular reactor (SMR) designs, and committed new funds for nuclear fusion technologies. The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales – the regulators that undertake Generic Design Assessments for new reactor designs – confirmed that Hitachi-GE’s UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) is suitable for construction in the UK, following completion of a detailed assessment exercise.
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How going nuclear could be the answer to increasing energy demands. Rahmon Agbaje talks to the Nuclear Industry Association’s Tom Greatrex about why nuclear power is a more viable – and safer – energy source than its reputation suggests. Alternatives such as wind, solar and renewable energy are all being used to help tackle the problem – but the technology that many believe can most quickly combat climate change is nuclear.
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