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Nuclear fusion reactor could be built in Pembrokeshire

AN EXPERIMENTAL nuclear fusion reactor, which could create limitless energy, could be built on a site in Pembrokeshire’s Haven waterway.

Pembrokeshire County Council has entered the STEP site nomination process with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) for a site on land adjacent to Valero Refinery and RWE Pembroke Power station, to host a Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) fusion power station.

If approved, the facility will initially host research with the ultimate aim of developing the technology which could offer a virtually limitless source of clean electricity by copying the processes that powers the sun.

A prototype fusion power plant could be built as soon as 2040.

Pembrokeshire is one of several candidate sites being considered following a UK Government open call to communities across the UK.

A report for members of the council’s Cabinet, due to meet on Monday, May 17, states: “Fusion energy is turning the process that powers the sun into carbon-free, safe and abundant electricity for a cleaner planet. Often cited as the ‘energy of the future’ or the ‘energy holy grail’ fusion technology involves superheating hydrogen atoms into a plasma state so that nuclei fuse together releasing vast amounts of energy from a very small amount of fuel.

“This technology is the opposite of ‘traditional’ nuclear fission (splitting nuclei to release energy) which has a waste legacy and associated radioactivity dangers.”

Fusion research and development has been ongoing for many years, with an increasing confidence that a clear path to commercial operation can now be planned, the report adds.

The reports says the fusion process is inherently safe with low environmental impact and no risk of meltdown. “Chernobyl or Fukushima-type accidents are not possible in a Tokamak fusion device. It is difficult enough to reach and maintain the precise conditions necessary for fusion—if any disturbance occurs, the plasma cools within seconds and the reaction stops virtually instantly.”

In terms of the abundant energy possible from fusion, the report says that fusion fuels are widely available and nearly inexhaustible, adding: “As a simplistic rule of thumb UKAEA advise that a bath full of seawater and two lithium laptop batteries can meet a person’s lifetime energy needs.”

Subject to the site being included, Cabinet approval is required to back and support the progress of the nominated site through the full UKAEA assessment process.

Cllr Paul Miller, cabinet member for economic development said: “The Haven Waterway has provided livelihoods, underpinned by fossil fuels, for thousands of Pembrokeshire families, mine included, for more than 50 years.

“It’s my job to help ensure the waterway continues to provide high skilled, engineering, science and technology jobs for the next generation of this county and so linked to our focus on climate change (and in addition to our existing multi-million pound commitments to supporting wind, wave and tidal clean power generation) my team have been exploring whether we can also support the development of clean, green fusion technology.

“It very early days in the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s site selection process but we’ll provide regular updates as things progress.”

A prototype fusion power plant could be built as soon as 2040.

Pembrokeshire is one of several candidate sites being considered following a UK Government open call to communities across the UK.

A report for members of the council’s Cabinet, due to meet on Monday, May 17, states: “Fusion energy is turning the process that powers the sun into carbon-free, safe and abundant electricity for a cleaner planet. Often cited as the ‘energy of the future’ or the ‘energy holy grail’ fusion technology involves superheating hydrogen atoms into a plasma state so that nuclei fuse together releasing vast amounts of energy from a very small amount of fuel.

“This technology is the opposite of ‘traditional’ nuclear fission (splitting nuclei to release energy) which has a waste legacy and associated radioactivity dangers.”

Fusion research and development has been ongoing for many years, with an increasing confidence that a clear path to commercial operation can now be planned, the report adds.

The reports says the fusion process is inherently safe with low environmental impact and no risk of meltdown. “Chernobyl or Fukushima-type accidents are not possible in a Tokamak fusion device. It is difficult enough to reach and maintain the precise conditions necessary for fusion—if any disturbance occurs, the plasma cools within seconds and the reaction stops virtually instantly.”

In terms of the abundant energy possible from fusion, the report says that fusion fuels are widely available and nearly inexhaustible, adding: “As a simplistic rule of thumb UKAEA advise that a bath full of seawater and two lithium laptop batteries can meet a person’s lifetime energy needs.”

Subject to the site being included, Cabinet approval is required to back and support the progress of the nominated site through the full UKAEA assessment process.

Cllr Paul Miller, cabinet member for economic development said: “The Haven Waterway has provided livelihoods, underpinned by fossil fuels, for thousands of Pembrokeshire families, mine included, for more than 50 years.

“It’s my job to help ensure the waterway continues to provide high skilled, engineering, science and technology jobs for the next generation of this county and so linked to our focus on climate change (and in addition to our existing multi-million pound commitments to supporting wind, wave and tidal clean power generation) my team have been exploring whether we can also support the development of clean, green fusion technology.

“It very early days in the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s site selection process but we’ll provide regular updates as things progress.”

More power and updated design revealed as nuclear power team targets first place in the assessment queue in Autumn 2021

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More power and updated design revealed as nuclear power team targets first place in the assessment queue in Autumn 2021

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More power and updated design revealed as nuclear power team targets first place in the assessment queue in Autumn 2021

The consortium, led by Rolls-Royce, which is creating a compact nuclear power station known as a small modular reactor (SMR), has revealed its latest design and an increase in power as it completes its first phase on time and under budget.

It has also announced it is aiming to be the first design to be assessed by regulators in the second half of 2021 in the newly-opened assessment window, which will keep it on track to complete its first unit in the early 2030s and build up to 10 by 2035.

As the power station’s design has adjusted and improved during this latest phase – with more than 200 major engineering decisions made during this latest phase – the team has optimised the configuration, efficiency and performance criteria of the entire power station , which has increased its expected power capacity, without additional cost, from 440 megawatts (MW) to 470MW.

The refreshed design features a faceted aesthetic roof; an earth embankment surrounding the power station to integrate with the surrounding landscape; and a more compact building footprint, thanks to successes optimising the use of floor space.

With a focus on continuing its progress at pace, the UK SMR team is transitioning from being a collaborative consortium to a stand-alone business, which will deliver a UK fleet of power stations to become a low carbon energy bastion alongside renewables, while securing exports to make the power station a key part of the world’s decarbonisation toolkit.

The power station’s compact size makes it suitable for a variety of applications, helping decarbonise entire energy systems. Each power station can supply enough reliable low carbon power for around one million* homes, or be used to power net zero hydrogen and synthetic aviation fuel manufacturing facilities, desalination plants or energy intensive industrial sites.

Tom Samson, Chief Executive Officer of the UK SMR consortium, said: “Nuclear power is central to tackling climate change, securing economic recovery and strengthening energy security. To do this it must be affordable, reliable and investable and the way we manufacture and assemble our power station brings down its cost to be comparable with offshore wind at around £50 per megawatt-hour.

“As we reach the end of our first phase, I’m proud that our team has designed a product that can be commoditised to provide the scale required to be a key part of the world’s decarbonisation efforts.

“We are ready to go and hope to be first in line to start the rigorous Generic Design Assessment process in the Autumn of this year.”

In the UK alone the power station programme is forecast to:

  • create 40,000 regional UK jobs by 2050
  • generate £52 billion of economic benefit
  • have 80% of the plant’s components sourced from the UK
  • target an additional £250 billion of exports – memoranda of understanding are already in place with Estonia, Turkey and the Czech Republic
  • cost initially c.£2.2bn per unit dropping to £1.8bn by the time five have been completed
  • operate for at least 60 years

The design, which will be finalised at the end of the regulatory assessment process, proposes that all used fuel will be stored on each site for the lifetime of the plant.

The power station’s design cuts costs by using standard nuclear energy technology used in 400 reactors around the world, so no prototyping is required. The components for the power station are manufactured in modules in factories, before being transported to existing nuclear sites for rapid assembly inside a weatherproof canopy. This replicates factory conditions for precision activities and further cuts costs by avoiding weather disruptions. The whole sequence secures efficiency savings by using streamlined and standardised processes for manufacturing and assembly, with 90% of activities carried out in factory conditions, helping maintain extremely high quality. In addition, all spoil excavated will be reused on site to build the earth embankment, removing the need for it to taken off site, reducing road journeys that are both financially and environmentally costly.

The consortium members feature the best of nuclear engineering, construction and infrastructure expertise in Assystem, Atkins, BAM Nuttall, Jacobs, Laing O’Rourke, National Nuclear Laboratory, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Rolls-Royce and TWI. Consortium colleagues have worked in integrated teams – remotely during Covid – across all aspects of the first phase of the programme to progress the design and ensure innovations were targeted only at elements of the power station that would drive down costs.

The power stations will be built by the new UK SMR business, before being handed over to be operated by power generation companies. In November 2020 the consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding with US giant Exelon Generation to pursue the potential for Exelon Generation to operate compact nuclear power stations both in the UK and internationally.

Message from the UKIBC Chair: CALL FOR SUPPORT FOR INDIA TO TACKLE COVID-19

Nuclear fusion reactor could be built in Pembrokeshire

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CALL FOR SUPPORT FOR INDIA TO TACKLE COVID-19 SECOND WAVE

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Message from the UKIBC Chair: CALL FOR SUPPORT FOR INDIA TO TACKLE COVID-19 SECOND WAVE

Due to the concern of the second Covid-19 wave in India, the Royal Academy of Engineering has spoken with the UK High Commission in New Delhi who have provided some links through which engineers can provide support to India.

The UK India Business Council has been asked by both governments to see if there are supplies or support that the business community in the UK can provide to alleviate the situation in India.

It is specifically looking for:
·       Empty, refillable Oxygen cylinders with 10 litres and 45 litres LMO capacity;
·       Oxygen concentrators;
·       In situ oxygen manufacturing plants for hospitals;
·       The anti-viral medication Remdesivir.

However, it is also appealing for any other items, services or support the UK business community can provide. Please write to covidsupport@ukibc.com if you can help. More information is available here: https://lnkd.in/d6esSkV

Dear Friend,

The British Prime Minister is currently looking at the support the UK Government will offer India during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. India provided welcome support for the UK in 2020, so it is only appropriate that the UK does all that it can this year to help one of our closest partners.

Of course, when governments and business work together there is always a greater chance of success. That was true in 2020, and it will be true in 2021.

To that end, the UKIBC has been asked by both Governments to engage with businesses to find out if there are any supplies or support you may be able to provide to alleviate the challenging situation in India.

The specific requirement is for:

(i) Empty, refillable Oxygen cylinders with 10 litres and 45 litres LMO capacity;
(ii) Oxygen concentrators;
(iii) in situ oxygen manufacturing plants for hospitals; and
(iv) RAMDESIVIR

If there are other items, services or support you, your supply chain or wider network can provide, please let us know that too.

If you can supply any of the above or help in any other way, please let us know how by writing to covidsupport@ukibc.com.

Thank you so much in advance.

Richard Heald

UK/Government ‘Remains Committed’ to Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Project, says Minister 

More power and updated design revealed as nuclear power team targets first place in the assessment queue in Autumn 2021

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UK / Government ‘Remains Committed’ To Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Project, Says Minister

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UK / Government ‘Remains Committed’ To Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Project, Says Minister

The UK government remains committed to new nuclear investment at the Wylfa Newydd site in north Wales and is continuing to talk to potential developers, energy minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said.

The update came during an online meeting with the minister organised by involving MPs and a number of local authorities, the North Wales Chronicle reported.

During the talk, the minister said: “We all appreciate that Wylfa Newydd is a great site and we have the commitment within our energy white paper and the 10-point government plan that new nuclear investment is a critical part of our energy mix going forwards.

“We have regular discussions with a number of potential developers and investors and that will continue because we are absolutely committed to having at least one more large-scale nuclear plant.”

In January, developers behind Wylfa Newydd officially cancelled the project, despite saying they had held “positive and encouraging” talks with multiple parties that had expressed an interest in moving ahead with new reactors at the site.

Japan’s Hitachi has told staff it was shutting its Horizon subsidiary, which was to build two UK advanced boiling water reactor (UK ABWR) units at Wylfa. The cost of the project had been put at about £20bn.

Horizon announced on Thursday it had officially withdrawn its application for planning permission for the construction and operation of the station and associated infrastructure.

In a letter to the planning inspectorate, Horizon chief executive officer Duncan Hawthorne said discussions with multiple parties “have not, unfortunately, led to any definitive proposal that would have allowed the transfer of the sites to some new development entity willing to replace Hitachi Ltd”.

Hitachi announced the suspension of the project in January 2019 and its intent to withdraw entirely in September 2020.

The UK has two EPR units under construction at Hinkley Point C – the only commercial nuclear plants being built in the country. Sizewell C is the only new-build project in the UK for which planning permission is being sought.

Three projects – Wylfa, Moorside and Oldbury – have either been cancelled or shelved, largely because of financing problems, while Bradwell remains in the early technical stages.

Nuclear fusion plan at former Aberthaw Power Station

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Nuclear fusion plan at former Aberthaw Power Station

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Nuclear fusion plan at former Aberthaw Power Station

Council officials are hoping a prototype nuclear fusion reactor could be built at a former power plant.

Aberthaw Power Station, near Barry, was the last coal-fired plant in Wales.

The Vale of Glamorgan council is bidding for the site to be used to house new technology to produce “limitless” energy, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

The UK government has set aside £222m to produce a design concept once a site has been identified.

Communities had until the end of March to nominate locations.

The council hopes it could bring jobs to the region and play a role in cutting emissions.

However, the plant would not open until 2040.

What is Fusion?

Fusion – the process going on inside the sun – creates energy by forcing atoms together.

It is the opposite of standard nuclear reactors which rely on fission, breaking atoms apart.

Potentially, it can generate low-carbon power and comes without the danger of explosions.

Critics have said there are still huge hurdles to overcome and some experts believe existing, proven renewable technologies offer a more economical and timely way of tackling climate change.

In December, the UK government asked local authorities to nominate potential sites for designing a prototype commercial reactor, known as Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP), to be connected to the National Grid.

Other sites put forward include Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority will assess the sites before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The successful site could be announced by the end of next year.

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EI Awards 2021: now open for entries

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EI Awards 2021: now open for entries

ENTRY DEADLINE: FRIDAY 18 JUNE 2021

The EI Awards are open for entry!

Designed to celebrate the vast accomplishments in the energy sector, it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase your work.

Welsh Government: German Virtual Trade Mission

Nuclear fusion plan for former Aberthaw Power Station

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Welsh Government: Virtual Trade Mission

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Welsh Government: German Virtual Trade Mission

April 14th & 15th 2021

We’re delighted to be participating in our second in a series of virtual trade missions.

This time our mission takes us to Germany to promote collaborative working and opportunities with the Welsh Supply Chain, with a particular focus on SME’s.

Sellafield Ltd hits clean-up milestone

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Sellafield Lts hits clean-up milestone

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Sellafield Ltd hits clean-up milestone

It’s been a massive effort in challenging times

Praise for employees and supply chain as Sellafield Ltd hits clean-up milestone

One of the UK’s most important nuclear decommissioning projects has taken a giant leap forward.

Workers at Sellafield’s Pile Fuel Storage Pond have now removed half of the solid waste in the facility.

It puts the programme on track to remove almost all radioactive material by 2024.

That would complete a task that began more than a decade ago and retire one of the UK’s biggest nuclear risks.

Even more impressive, the job was finished during the COVID-19 pandemic, using new ways of working to protect people from the virus.

Dorothy Gradden, head of legacy ponds for Sellafield Ltd, said:

“I’m very proud we’ve kept our retrievals operations going during a very challenging year.”

“The dedication and determination of the whole team to deliver this milestone is something we’ll remember for years to come.”

“It’s been a massive effort in challenging times from the Sellafield Ltd team and our supply chain partners.”

“There’s still a huge amount to do but the experience and techniques we’ve built up should make the second half of the job simpler and quicker.”

The Pile Fuel Storage Pond was built in the 1940s to help produce plutonium for Britain’s nuclear deterrent, Sellafield’s original mission.

It was prioritised for clean-up by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in the early 2000s, along with 3 other Sellafield facilities collectively known as the legacy ponds and silos.

An open-air storage pond, it was used to keep spent nuclear taken from Sellafield’s Windscale Pile reactors.

In 2016, the last of its fuel inventory was retrieved, removing 70% of its radioactive inventory.

Getting solid waste like old equipment out of the pond began in 2010. There was an estimated 750 tonnes in the facility originally. The latest milestone means less than 375 tones remain.

Why is this work important?

While crucial in itself, getting this solid waste out has another important benefit.

It frees up floor space to remove material like sludge and debris, meaning the overall rate of retrievals can accelerate.

That acceleration means the pond should be clear of almost all radioactive material by 2024. It will then be ready to be drained of water. The building itself can then also be decommissioned.

If things progress as planned, the pond should be fully drained of water by 2029. The entire facility will then be decommissioned and demolished.

Why is this work challenging?

The work involves removing equipment previously used for underwater fuel reprocessing operations. This is surrounded by radioactive sludge.

Each item has to be assessed for the most suitable and cost-effective route for disposal or storage.

Some are sent to more modern plants at Sellafield for storage, pending final disposal. Items with low levels of radioactivity are disposed of at the UK’s Low Level Waste Repository.

How was it achieved?

The initial focus of the pond clean-up programme was removing the nuclear fuel stored underwater in skips.

‘Mobile’ sludge (sludge that isn’t fixed to a surface) was also an early target. That’s because these items contained most of the radioactivity.

After the fuel was removed in 2016, focus switched to taking out the solid waste.

Remotely operated vehicles have been vital. They ‘swim’ around the pond and can inspect, map, pick up, and move items. They also help deploy bigger tools which can cut up and lift the waste out.

A JCB micro digger was even lowered in at one point to help cut, sort, and segregate the solid waste.

Overhead, a skip handler machine was repurposed to help remove waste. It has successfully completed 3,000 moves to support decommissioning.

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community invited to virtual GDF exhibition

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Community invited to virtual GDF exhibition

A virtual exhibition is now available for Cumbrian residents interested in finding out more about potentially hosting a GDF.

The interactive experience takes visitors to a space with display panels, videos and 360o experience of an underground disposal facility. It has been shared through the Copeland Working Group established last November by local interested parties.

In light of ongoing COVID constraints, the group is focusing on digital channels as it embarks on a programme of activities to understand the views of local people, seek information and identify a search area where geological investigations could be carried out.

We are working alongside working groups to provide factual information about geological disposal and the consent-based process to find a suitable site in England or Wales.

Our Director of Community Engagement and Siting, Simon Hughes, said: “A suitable location for a Geological Disposal Facility will be identified through a consent-based process, led by RWM coordinating Government and its agencies working in partnership with communities. It is underpinned by the consent of a community and ensuring that everyone with an interest has the opportunity to learn about the project to make an informed decision.

During the restrictions placed on us in the pandemic, where we are unable to meet Working Group members or local people individually, the virtual exhibition provides a great resource for people to learn more about GDF, how the siting process works, and how to get involved. It is a starting point rather than a fully comprehensive consideration of all aspects of geological disposal. When the restrictions ease and it is safe to do so, we hope to support the Working Group at events in and around Copeland.”

Copeland Working Group was the first to express an interest in exploring the impact of potentially hosting a deep geological disposal facility (GDF) where the UK’s higher-activity radioactive waste will be disposed of, in line with government policy. Earlier this month, Allerdale Working Group was also established in the neighbouring area and will begin a similar programme of local engagement.

The process is based on finding both a willing community and geology that is suitable for excavating a series of tunnels and vaults up to 1,000 metres deep. Stable rock formations, robust waste packaging and surrounding buffer material together form a series of safe, secure barriers for the UK’s radioactive waste, accumulated through decades of electricity generation, national defence, medical, industrial and research uses.

Welsh Government: Virtual Civil Nuclear Export Market Visit

Sellafield Ltd hits clean-up milestone

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Welsh Government: Virtual Civil Nuclear Export Market Visit Germany

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Welsh Government: Virtual Civil Nuclear Export Market Visit

Welsh Government would like to invite your company to participate in its virtual Civil Nuclear export market visit to Germany

Welsh government has just launched our next virtual trade mission. Following on from the promising mission with Canada, we are aiming next for Germany and the opportunities for decommissioning. 

The format for the German mission will be compressed into two afternoon sessions. Each session will be broadly 4 hours each day, with hour-long sessions incorporating a presentation, Q&A, Wales showcase and importantly, a short break between each. 

Why?

Germany has legislated to decommissioning its entire fleet of 23 nuclear reactors. It is also preparing a nuclear waste storage programme. The value of works is estimated to be € 50billion.  There are immediate, live procurements, as well as long term opportunities.

Entry to the German market affords further opportunities with Sweden for 39billion, plus Eastern Europe for further decommissioning

Why participate in a virtual export market visit?

This virtual visit will provide you with the opportunity to showcase your company, gain valuable contacts and build your exports in this market.

By participating in this virtual visit, you will benefit from:

  • Cost effective means of exploring the market without leaving your office or home
  • Overview of the market and an update on the current situation
  • Virtually network and engage with key businesses and decision makers in the market
  • Tailored matchmaking with potential business contacts and decision makers in this market
  • One-to-one support from our in-market representative
  • Inclusion in any digital marketing material

The Cost

The Welsh Government is currently offering free introductory places on its virtual civil nuclear export market visit to Welsh based companies looking to engage with Germany.  This virtual visit includes:

  • Virtual market briefing
  • Arranging virtual meetings with up to 6 business contacts and decision makers in this market
  • One-to-one support from in-market representation
  • Inclusion in any digital marketing material

Your Commitment

The Welsh Government is investing in this mission, so whilst this is free for you to participate, we strongly recommend that you only apply if you can commit to the times for the mission and the subsequent 1-2-1 meetings arranged for you.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 3rd March 2021 and you will receive confirmation within 5 working days thereafter.

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MEMBERS

Search through our Members list to work with the key Welsh Suppliers for the Nuclear Industry.

The WNF Steering Group is made up of 9 industry leading professionals who champion ideas from members, and take them forward with the Welsh Government to make a significant impact within the Nuclear Industry.

AFFILIATIONS

See the list of WNF Affiliations that are proud to promote and support Welsh-based suppliers within the Nuclear Industry.

For further information on membership or the Wales Nuclear Forum, please contact 

wnf@marickcommunications.co.uk

0161 877 7693

Opening Hours

Mon: 8:30 – 5:30

Tue: 8:30 – 5:30

Wed: 8:30 – 5:30

Thu: 8:30 – 5:30

Fri: 8:30 – 5:30

Sat: CLOSED

Sun: CLOSED