The UK’s nuclear watchdog has warned that the country’s first thorium reactor may not be able to operate for long after it shuts down.
The Atomic and Nuclear Safety Authority said on Friday that the UK’s only thorium-fueled reactor will likely need to be retired by 2025 to avoid causing the country to become a global nuclear powerstation.
However, the regulator’s warning could have wider implications.
It said that in the past few months, there have been indications that the reactor could operate beyond 2025 at lower power levels than originally anticipated.
In a statement, the authority said: “The reactor was designed to operate at the lower power level that would allow the use of an inertial control device and to provide low-level monitoring of the temperature of the reactor.”
Thorium reactors, which are designed to store and store more energy than uranium, are used for nuclear power plants to generate electricity when needed.
They are also used in the production of medical isotopes for medical applications.
There are now more than 800 of the fuel rods in operation in Britain, with plans to have more than 700 of them operating by 2025.
One of the problems is that the British government is still deciding how to decommission the reactor after the government announced it would decommission it in 2018.
Despite that decision, the British Government said it has been looking at whether to re-activate it.
If the UK does decide to decommit the reactor, it will need to reengineer it in order to do so safely, said the regulator.
Atomic Energy and Nuclear told the BBC that it does not expect the reactor to operate beyond 2021 at a power level lower than the current design.
“The design design of the thorium fuel is a safe, stable, and reliable fuel and the reactor design is capable of operating at lower operating levels than is required to comply with the UK government’s 2020 decommissioning objectives,” said the firm.
What is the UK doing about thorium?
The country has not yet announced whether it plans to decompose the UK-built reactor.
However, earlier this month, the government said it would begin decommissionings in 2019, but this is likely to be delayed.
Last month, there were reports that the government was looking at the decommissionment of the BWR in the UK.
A spokesperson for the Department of Energy and Climate Change told the Independent: “We continue to work with the industry on how to meet UK decommissionation objectives, and we will announce our decommission plan in due course.”
The UK Government has also announced that it will invest £150 million in the construction of a new plant at the site of the former nuclear power station in West Bromwich, which will be the countrys first thorum-fuel power plant.
The government said that it would create a new nuclear research and development centre to ensure the country can meet its future decommissioned reactors needs.
Thorum is the name of a type of metal that is made of elements that are used to make weapons.
The UK is home to the world’s only remaining nuclear reactor, which was built in 1965.
It is estimated that there are currently around 400 of the weapons-grade weapons-related plutonium in use in the country.
This type of reactor has been used for decades to make plutonium for the UKs nuclear weapons.
British Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced that the first reactor will be operational in 2025, after it had been shut down in 2018 because of its safety concerns.