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US signals resumption of nuclear arms control talks with Moscow

The US has said it will resume talks with Russia “immediately” over the extension of a nuclear arms control deal between the two countries after Moscow agreed to consider a mutual freeze on atomic warheads. An agreement on an extension of the 10-year New Start treaty beyond its February 5 expiry date would deliver a foreign… Continue reading US signals resumption of nuclear arms control talks with Moscow

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Putin offers Trump one-year extension to nuclear arms treaty

Russian president Vladimir Putin has offered to extend a crucial nuclear treaty with Washington by one year in a move that could hand Donald Trump a foreign policy win before the US presidential election. Mr Putin told his security council on Friday that “it would be exceedingly sad” if New Start, a 10-year bilateral accord… Continue reading Putin offers Trump one-year extension to nuclear arms treaty

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Russia throws doubt on chances of nuclear control treaty with US

Moscow has denied claims by a Trump administration official that Washington has struck a tentative deal for a new nuclear arms control deal with Russia, dealing a blow to the campaign’s efforts to achieve victories in foreign policy ahead of next month’s presidential election. Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister who took part in talks… Continue reading Russia throws doubt on chances of nuclear control treaty with US

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Letter: Cost and safety concerns test viability of small nuclear reactors

I read with increasing incredulity the article “Number 10 supports £2bn proposals for mini reactors” (Report, October 8). First of all, your reporters assert without any supporting evidence that “The first small modular reactor is expected to cost £2.2bn.” I would wager, based on over 40 years analysing and writing about nuclear energy policy, that… Continue reading Letter: Cost and safety concerns test viability of small nuclear reactors

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The big challenge facing small nuclear reactors

When Britain unveiled its first commercial nuclear reactor back in 1956, Calder Hall in Cumbria had the ability to generate 50 megawatts of electricity. Fast-forward four decades to the last reactor the UK completed, at Sizewell in Suffolk. Still functioning, it has a capacity of 1,200MW. Spot the theme? Yup, ever bigger reactors. Size has… Continue reading The big challenge facing small nuclear reactors

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Letter: Making the case for low-cost nuclear power

Jonathan Ford’s column “Repetition is the key to cutting nuclear costs, not innovation” (Opinion, September 15) hits upon precisely one of the benefits afforded by the small modular reactor (SMR) technology developed by our consortium led by Rolls-Royce. However, the article goes on to eschew innovation as a contributory factor in the pursuit of low-cost… Continue reading Letter: Making the case for low-cost nuclear power

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Hitachi blames Covid-19 for pullout from UK nuclear project

Hitachi has pulled the plug on its nuclear power station project at Wylfa in Wales, blaming the global pandemic for a decision that will cast a shadow over the future of UK energy policy. The formal announcement, which followed a board meeting on Wednesday, is the latest blow to the UK’s ambitions on climate change… Continue reading Hitachi blames Covid-19 for pullout from UK nuclear project

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Hitachi set to terminate plans for UK nuclear site

Hitachi is poised to abandon its plans to build a new power station at Wylfa on Anglesey, an island off the coast of north Wales, in another blow to Britain’s struggling nuclear power programme. The Japanese industrial giant is expected to take the decision formally at a board meeting in Tokyo on Wednesday, according to… Continue reading Hitachi set to terminate plans for UK nuclear site

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Hitachi/UK nuclear: atomic conglomerate

Hitachi may soon decide the fate of proposed UK nuclear power plant, Wylfa Newydd, according to a report in Japan’s Mainichi newspaper. The troubled project has been suspended since the start of last year. The 110-year-old Japanese conglomerate has been struggling to fund its part of the project. It should do its shareholders a favour… Continue reading Hitachi/UK nuclear: atomic conglomerate

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Repetition is the key to cutting nuclear costs, not innovation

In the early 1950s, when he was building the world’s first nuclear submarine for a sceptical US Navy, Admiral Hyman Rickover had a problem. He needed to fix on a working atomic reactor that could power his proposed experimental vessel. Yet everywhere he was besieged by engineers who offered tweaks or modifications, or just a… Continue reading Repetition is the key to cutting nuclear costs, not innovation