Weekly News Roundup – Monday 25th January

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

Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research, by World Nuclear News – “The UK and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration agreement to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production. The collaboration is expected to lead to new robotics and automation techniques used in Japan and the UK.”

EDF, contractors complete $30M O&M work at Heysham nuclear plant in UK, by Power Engineering – “The historic Heysham nuclear power station in England has returned one of its reactors to service after completing a planned maintenance shutdown. Heysham 1’s staff and contractors embarked on an extensive, 25 million Euro ($30M U.S.) maintenance project once the reactor was shut down in September.”

UK needs new finance model for nuclear – experts, by Montel – “The UK must adopt a regulated asset base model (RAB) to kickstart investment in nuclear development, or risk the country missing its target to be net zero by 2050, proponents of the financing mechanism say.”

Cross-channel power link for 1m British homes opens, by The Guardian – “The interconnector, known as IFA2, is expected to meet about 1.2% of Britain’s electricity demand and help to reduce the use of fossil fuels by importing electricity generated by France’s nuclear power plants.”

Biden Names Democrat Hanson as Chair of Nuclear Regulator, by Bloomberg – “President Joe Biden designated Christopher Hanson, currently a commissioner on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as the agency’s new chairman, effective immediately. Hanson is a former staff member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and adviser in the Energy Department’s Office of Nuclear Energy.”