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Nuclear power supplies approximately 10.6% of total world electricity

Nuclear power is generated by a controlled chain reaction inside a nuclear reactor. In a process called nuclear fission, neutrons collide with uranium or plutonium atoms, causing the atoms to split and release additional neutrons and energy in the form of heat. This heat is used to convert water into steam, which drives turbines to produce electricity. Nuclear power has existed since the 1950s, with newer and safer reactor designs being constructed today.

Links to latest media coverage and scientific research can be found in the section below.

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US pulls out of Iran nuclear deal

2018-5-10
President Trump has announced the US’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord and is to reinstate all sanctions currently waived under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) originally...

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Government ‘culpable’ in nuclear clean up bungle

2018-2-28
The Government must share the blame for a multi-billion pound nuclear clean-up contract after failing to protect taxpayers from spiraling costs. In a report the Public Accounts Committee accused th...

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Energy Insight: Hinkley Point C – progress in UK new nuclear?

2018-2-5
For over 35 years power has been generated from nuclear reactors located at Hinkley point.  Hinkley Point A stopped generating in 2000, Hinkley Point B is due for decommissioning in 2023, and Hin...

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Progress towards new UK nuclear plants of all sizes

2018-1-3
Britain’s nuclear new-build programme took a couple of small steps forward last month. First, government design acceptance was granted for the reactor intended for incorporation into two nuclea...

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Energy Insight: Nuclear: world nuclear power generation and capacity (DSS34)

2017-10
Nuclear power supplies approximately 10.6% of total world electricity from reactors in 31 countries; this has decreased from 13.8% in 2009. Nuclear power currently supplies as much electricity to the ...

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Technical guidance publications

Transient contractor and supplier risk management and assurance during shutdowns, outages and turnarounds

2018
This publications is freely available to all registered users of this site.Shutdowns, outages and turnarounds (SOTs) of major accident hazard (MAH) sites are challenging. The SOT requires a lot of dis...

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Technical workshop proceedings: Decentralised energy

2017
This publication is available to download for free by registering/logging in to this site.These proceedings provide a summary of topics presented and discussed at an EI technical workshop on decentral...

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Technical workshop proceedings: Process safety in decommissioning projects

2017
This publication is available to download for free by registering/logging in to this site.*This file is large in size, please allow extra download time*These proceedings provide a non-verbatim summary...

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Guidance on applying a creeping change hazard identification (CCHAZID) methodology

2017
Creeping change is the accumulation of small changes that are gradual in nature, unseen and not planned, but can add up to a significant change. They may be difficult to detect and monitor using conve...

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Technical workshop proceedings: Process safety management framework

2017
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