Weekly News Roundup – Monday 18th January

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

Chinese nuclear firm told it must resolve Bradwell safety issues, from The Guardian – “The Environment Agency has told the Chinese nuclear developer behind plans to build a new reactor in Essex that it must resolve at least six safety issues before it can move forward. The issues identified by the environment watchdog in its early assessments of the plans for the site at Bradwell-on-Sea include concerns over how China General Nuclear Group (CGN) will dispose of radioactive waste.”

Costain to partner with U-Battery on advanced modular reactor, from Nuclear Engineering – “UK-based Costain announced that it is collaborating with U-Battery Developments Ltd to develop an advanced modular reactor (AMR) which is being funded by the UK Department of Business as part of the Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Energy (BEIS) Innovation Portfolio.”

EDF Energy extends Dungeness reactor outages by three months, from Reuters – “EDF Energy on Friday extended ongoing outages at its Dungeness B nuclear power plant in southeast England by three months, citing “unique technical challenges”. “Dungeness power station has some unique technical challenges that are not present in the rest of the UK nuclear fleet, and which continue to impact our plans to re-start generation,” an EDF spokesman said.”

UK Teams up With Rolls-Royce on Nuclear Spacecraft Engine, from Interesting Engineering – “Rolls-Royce and the U.K. Space Agency announced on Tuesday that they have signed a contract hoping to “revolutionize space travel” by building and using nuclear propulsion engines. British space exploration could dramatically change as using a nuclear-powered engine could send British astronauts to Mars in just three or four months — about half the usual time.”

NuScale SMR Chosen for UK Wind-Nuclear Hybrid, from Power Magazine – “A British company announced it is joining with U.S.-based NuScale Power to develop a hybrid project using wind energy and small modular reactor (SMR) technology to produce power and green hydrogen.”