Weekly News Roundup – Monday 11th January

In this update, we round up the past week’s news in the world of Nuclear.

UK to defer Wylfa planning decision again – from Nuclear Engineering: “The UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Alok Sharma confirmed that he is extending the deadline for the Development Consent Order (DCO) for the Wylfa Newydd NPP for a further four months until 30 April 2021 – a month longer than had been requested by Horizon Nuclear Power.”

Construction of new Chinese power plant begins – From World Nuclear News: “The first safety-related concrete has been poured for the nuclear island of unit 1 at the San’ao nuclear power plant in Zhejiang province, China General Nuclear (CGN) has announced. A total of six Chinese-designed Hualong One pressurised water reactors are planned for the site.”

Will Indonesia become a nuclear power? – From TRT World: “Indonesia’s demand for electricity continues to grow at an average of 6.2 percent annually, and traditional fuel sources are barely keeping up, at the expense of pollution and impact on public health.”

5 Advanced Reactors Poised to Change Nuclear Energy in the Next Decade – From Interesting Engineering: “In the United States, the U.S. Department of Energy runs something called the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program, or ARDP. This program is the country’s way of ensuring that it stays on top of the best nuclear power technologies globally by incentivizing companies to speed the demonstration of advanced reactors through cost-shared partnerships with the U.S. industry.”

Nuclear stands out as clean, dispatchable firm power, says Kwarteng – From World Nuclear News: “UK Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said he looks forward to “a year of delivery” in 2021, following the publication of the Energy White Paper on 14 December. In an interview with Chris Lambert, director of the Westminster Energy Forum (WEF), Kwarteng explained some of the ministerial thinking behind the White Paper and provided further background on the government’s strategy for reaching net-zero by 2050.”