New arrangements to safely and efficiently decommission seven advanced gas cooled reactors (AGRs) due to come offline by 2030 have been agreed between EDF and the UK Government. The deal is estimated to save taxpayers around £1 billion as EDF and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) form a new partnership. The latest arrangement means EDF will aim to shorten the time it takes to safely remove the fuel from the power stations as they come offline, before working closely with the NDA to transfer ownership of the power plants to the NDA.
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The UK government and EDF have agreed improved arrangements to safely and efficiently decommission Britain’s seven Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) nuclear power plants that are scheduled to reach the end of their operational lives this decade. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said the deal, which was signed yesterday, will save the UK taxpayer about GBP1 billion (USD1.4 billion), as EDF and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) forge a new partnership.
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A remotely operated “rescue robot” has been built to help with disaster recovery in hazardous industrial environments. Forth has developed the rescue robot for use at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria. In the event of an incident the robot can be sent in remotely and operated at a safe distance from a command and control centre. The robot is built on a 1.6t JCB compact excavator platform, specially adapted to withstand conditions in hazardous environments, and fitted with robotics systems and wireless technology as well as specialist cameras and lights. The robot has the ability to tow a trailer with a fitted hopper that can disperse a bund of sand to contain any type of spillage. Also fitted to the robot is an affixative spraying system that is used assist in the containment of a nuclear spillage.
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