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NIS facilitates visit of top delegation from Scotland to AWE Aldermaston and Westminster on 11/12 June 2006

Key Members of the Scottish Parliament, together with church and faith leaders and local councillors are being met at Heathrow Airport and supported throughout their stay in the south of England by NIS staff and volunteers.


AWE announce new supercomputer

"The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has ordered one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers with a peak performance of over 40 teraflops (trillions of calculations per second). The new American-built Cray XT3 system – to be known as ‘Larch’ - costs in the region of £20 million and will replace AWE’s current supercomputer, ‘Blue Oak.’"


AWE: ground water concerns

Despite approval of the plans for a huge laser to test nuclear weapons materials to be built near the fence at AWE Aldermaston, objectors are still concerned that the conditions required by the local planning authority, West Berkshire Council and the Environment Agency have not been met, and are seeking legal advice.

NIS calls for a Public Inquiry into AWE developments

£100m laser project will mimic nuclear explosion. Aldermaston plan seen as vital because of test ban. Critics demand inquiry, fearing new weapons

Parliamentary question: AWE balance sheet

11 Jan 2005 : Column 373W, Written Answers to Questions, Defence, Atomic Weapons Establishment

Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the balance sheet value of the Atomic Weapons Establishment in the books of his Department was as at 31 March; what the carrying charge and applicable depreciation for that establishment is in the current year; and for what reasons his Department is investing a further £467 million in that establishment. [206603]

NIS press release on AWE laser facility

Aldermaston New Build
West Berkhire Council has received the MOD's re-submission of a Notice of Planning for its proposed new laser facility at AWE Aldermaston. This is the first phase of a Strategy Development to enable tests to be carried out on nuclear weapons without recourse to underground testing.

Council give go-ahead for AWE laser

Despite receiving hundreds of objections, last night West Berkshire Council Planning Committee gave the go-ahead for the Ministry of Defence - the landowner - (via the private consortium managing AWE) to build a new laser facility at AWE Aldermaston.

Objections to AWE planning notices

Anyone wishing to register an objection to the Notice of Proposed Development for a new high-powered laser facility at AWE Aldermaston should do so by 4 December 2003. See the lastest NIS Update for futher information.

Two new planning notices for Aldermaston

Two Notices of Proposed Developments for facilities at AWE Burghfield and Aldermaston have been received by West Berkshire County Council, one for the erection of new gas meter housings, packaged boiler houses and replacement electical substations at Burghfield. The other for a new laser facility at Aldermaston. Click here to read the October NIS Update containing further details.

Britain boosts nuclear bomb research

  • 09:30 24 May 2003
  • Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition
  • Rob Edwards

Hundreds of extra scientists are being sought to work on Britain¹s nuclear bomb programme. Their job will be to maintain Britain¹s Trident warheads, to help ensure that new weapons can be designed in the future and to conduct joint research with the US.