Weekly News Roundup – Monday 8th February

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

Wylfa: Welsh ministers ‘discuss ways forward’ for nuclear plant, from BBC News – “The Welsh Government said in a statement: “Hitachi’s decision to withdraw from the Wylfa Newydd project is disappointing. “While we will not comment on speculation, we remain convinced that Wylfa Newydd is one of the best sites for a new nuclear development in Europe and continue to discuss potential ways forward for the site with both Hitachi and Horizon.””

Small-scale reactors, large-scale potential, from Power Technology – “Nuclear power has significant potential, but always courts controversy. New forms of small-scale reactors look to capitalise on this potential, while overcoming these challenges, and are receiving significant attention around the world. From Rolls Royce’s plans for British reactors to private investment in South Africa, we profile small modular reactors around the world.”

Assystem targets 100 women for nuclear roles, from The Engineer – “The new positions at the company will be technical graduate opportunities focusing on skills development in specific areas of engineering support to the European Pressurised Water Reactor (EPR), the technology underpinning the new nuclear power stations at HPC and Sizewell C.”

Study calls for European nuclear renaissance, from World Nuclear News – “The European Union should embark on a “nuclear renaissance” programme if it is to achieve its climate objectives, a new study on the bloc’s climate policy has concluded. Commissioned by ECR Group and Renew Europe, the report says it is practically impossible to generate sufficient energy with wind and solar energy as there is not enough available land to meet electricity demand.”

Estonian firm aims to launch modular nuclear reactor in 2035, from Reuters – “Small Estonian firm Fermi Energia said on Monday it was raising capital to start the official planning process for a new generation small modular reactor (SMR) which would be one of the first in Europe and the first nuclear plant in Estonia. The small EU member state of 1.3 million people has for decades generated most of its energy from burning oil shale.”