A £40m facility to support the design of advanced nuclear technologies will be developed in north Wales by the Welsh and UK governments. It is in addition to a £200m UK government nuclear sector deal to be launched in Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd. The deal will also see investment in technology to reduce the high cost of the sector and bring down energy bills. The chief executive of the company behind plans for Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey welcomed the proposals. The UK-wide deal funded by public and private money also includes: Up to £56m for research and development for “advanced modular reactors” £86m UK government funding for a national fusion technology platform at Culham, Oxfordshire. £32m for an advanced manufacturing and construction programme. £30m for a new national supply chain programme. A commitment from industry to reduc e the cost of new nuclear build projects by 30% by 2030, and the cost of decommissioning old nuclear sites by 20% by 2030. A new review to look at ways to accelerate the clean-up of nuclear ‘legacy’ sites. A commitment to increasing gender diversity in the civil nuclear workforce with a target of 40% women in nuclear by 2030. Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: “This sector deal marks an important moment for the government and industry to work collectively to deliver the modern industrial strategy, drive clean growth and ensure civil nuclear remains an important part of the UK’s energy future.” Alun Cairns, secretary of state for Wales, said Trawsfynydd has an “exciting future as the potential site for the new generation of small reactors”. “Trawsfynydd is ready to be transformed with little upgrade needed to the grid infrastructure. “It’s in the right place with the right people and good links to leading ac ademic research institutions in the nuclear sector,” he said. Duncan Hawthorne, CEO of Horizon Nuclear Power the company behind the Wylfa Newydd plans, welcomed the proposals.
BBC 27th June 2018 read more »
A new generation of “mini” atomic power plants in the UK will get the strongest signal yet of government support on Thursday when the industrial strategy’s nuclear sector deal is unveiled. Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark is due to set out £200m of funding for the industry at the nuclear-licensed Trawsfynydd site in North Wales. While the bulk of the money is a re-announcement of support pledged last year, industry insiders say the site chosen to launch the sector deal is important. Trawsfynydd is seen as the most likely location for a small modular reactor (SMR) – a new design of a baby nuclear plant which produces far less power than a traditional atomic plant such as Hinkley Point, but is a fraction of the cost. SMRs will generate between 200 and 450 megawatts, compared with the 3.2 gigawatts due from the conventional Hinkley Point power station currently under construction. SMRs use modular construction, meaning they can be fabricated in factories and assembled on site, slashing costs. It is estimated it will cost £3bn to perfect SMRs and get the first one running, but then the price is expected to tumble. Hinkley cost £18.2bn. The Government also pledged to set out a new framework on how SMRs can be developed and deployed. One industry source said that it is highly unlikely the cash-strapped Government will finance getting SMRs up and running, but by launching the sector deal at Trawsfynydd, minister are signalling their support and willingness to create the right environment for the new technology to go ahead with private funding. Leading contenders for such a programme include NuScale Power, which is building an SMR project in Idaho, and a consortium fronted by Rolls-Royce.
Telegraph 27th June 2018 read more »
A £40m facility to aid development of advanced nuclear technologies will be built in north Wales by the Welsh and UK governments. It’s part of a £200m UK wide plan to drive down the costs of nuclear energy, develop new technologies and encourage more women to work in the industry. Ministers said a so-called Nuclear Sector Deal would secure the UK’s diverse energy mix and lead to cheaper energy bills.
ITV 28th June 2018 read more »
The £200m nuclear deal that could bring hundreds of jobs to Trawsfynydd and Anglesey. A £200m nuclear sector deal could give North Wales a triple economic boost that would create and retain hundreds of jobs. The UK Government has revealed its blueprint for nuclear energy innovation and it makes good reading for the Welsh economy. Under the plans a £40 million thermal hydraulics facility would be built in North Wales in a partnership between the UK and Welsh governments – with Menai Science Park on Anglesey understood to be the preferred location. It is part of the Nuclear Innovation Programme to support the design and development of advanced nuclear technologies and would create direct jobs at the facility and spin off roles on the island.
Daily Post 27th June 2018 read more »