Nuclear Industry Forum featured strategic insights from those involved in the key decision-making and delivery roles.
This annual nuclear event was a fantastic opportunity to get an update on every aspect of the industry all in one place, and to find out how to take advantage of the developments coming over in 2018.
Why delegates attended this year:
UK Nuclear Lead
Monday, 15th May 2017
The plans for a nuclear new build renaissance
- What impact will the FID for Hinkley Point C have on progress across the industry?
- What does the government’s new “special share” mean for other new build projects?
- Are there lessons from Hinkley Point C for the other nuclear developers?
- What can the industry do to ensure the UK supply chain benefits from new build?
- Will Brexit have an impact on foreign investment in UK nuclear?
- How can nuclear be integrated into the wider infrastructure pipeline?
- Does the public need to be more engaged to support a wider nuclear programme?
- What are the advantages of small modular reactors compared to traditional designs?
- How can SMRs be effectively financed?
- What does the UK need to do to build a cutting edge SMR programme?
- What are the Government’s key goals for the SMR programme?
- What has been the outcome from Phase One of the SMR competition?
- The SMR Roadmap: the plans for the next stage of the competition
- Engaging with the Office of Nuclear Regulation to create a regulatory process
Delivering innovation for the UK’s nuclear needs
Each vendor will give a short explanation of their reactor design before taking questions from the chair and audience.
- Assessing the benefits of SMRs compared to traditional larger reactors
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of different reactor technologies?
- Preparing the UK supply chain to take advantage of new opportunities
- What are the opportunities for the UK to become a leading international player?
- How can the government provide effective support for innovation in SMRs?
- What are the next steps for building a UK SMR industry?
- How effective is the tendering process?
- How can UK suppliers get involved in delivering these complex contracts?
- How can Tier One companies ensure they engage the supply chain effectively
- How can more SMEs be included in the nuclear supply chain?
- What are the next steps for the UK ABWR?
- What are the unique features of the reactor design?
- How can the supply chain be prepared for the start of work?
- Resolving the final outstanding issues on the AP1000
- Progress in the GDA process for the UK AMWR
- What might a GDA equivalent look like for SMRs?
- Lessons from the GDA process for the next round of new reactors
Speaker to be confirmed
- What contribution can the Council make to the success of Hinkley Point C?
- What are the unique challenges of securing consent for a project such as Hinkley?
- How can community support be built for a large project such as Hinkley?
- What does the industry need to do to improve public perceptions of nuclear?
- How can the government build support for future new build projects following Hinkley?
- What new challenges and opportunities do SMRs create?
Delegates will be served champagne at their tables while discussing the key issues of the conference. There will then be an opportunity to ask questions of the panel based on these discussions. Questions that could be discussed include:
- What more could the industry do to build public support?
- How opportunities will Hinkley Point C give to create a positive view of nuclear?
- To what extent will alternative energy sources create challenges for nuclear?
Tuesday, 16th May 2017
- How can the nuclear industry contribute to Britain’s industrial strategy?
- How innovation helps to build the expertise and supply chain to deliver the ambitious nuclear programme
- What should the government do to support nuclear innovation?
- Ensuring that the UK is an international partner of choice for nuclear projects
- The Government’s role supporting UK industry in generating inward investment
- The role of nuclear in the UK’s broader post-Brexit strategy
Speaker to be confirmed
- The manufacturing challenges of building a viable SMR
- How can the Government support research and innovation in SMRs?
- What should suppliers be doing now in order to be ready for SMRs?
To encourage networking and the exchange of best practice, delegates will be divided into three zones for fifteen minutes of facilitated discussion. Three expert facilitators will lead the discussions and then present ten minutes of feedback at the end of the session, with further audience reaction.
Fostering technological innovation
- What are the major barriers to the creation of a successful UK SMR?
- How can the industry work to overcome those challenges?
Speaker: Andrew Sherry
Building a supply chain for Small Modular Reactors
- What are the opportunities for UK suppliers from SMRs?
- What should the vendors do to prepare the supply chain?
Speaker: Andy Storer
SMRs in the context of the wider energy industry
- How should SMRs fit into the wider strategy for distributed energy?
- How can the government support the development of new technologies?
Speaker: Mike Middleton
- How can the nuclear industry attract skills in a competitive environment?
- What can be done to ensure that this is a diverse workforce?
- What have been some of the key achievements over the last two years?
- The decommissioning priorities for 2017-19
- Planning the longer-term strategy for the Magnox sites
Speaker to be confirmed
- Imbedding innovation and collaboration into the decommissioning process
- What innovations has Innovus delivered so far at Sellafield?
- What are the key lessons for the wider nuclear industry from Innovus’ success?
- What was gained from the research at the Underground Research Laboratory?
- At what stage is the siting of the French facility?
- What can the UK learn from the French experience?
Our nuclear events regularly attract over 150 delegates. Below is a list of companies that have attended in the past:
- Abbott Risk Consulting
- Active Risk
- Balfour Beatty
- Boulting Group
- British Embassy Tokyo
- Cavendish Nuclear
- China General Nuclear Power Corporation
- Climate Change Capital
- Department for Business Innovation & Skills
- Department of Energy & Climate Change
- Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.
- EC Harris
- EDF Energy
- Engineering Construction Industry Training Board
- Equipos Nucleares
- Esri UK
- European Commission
- Faithful & Gould
- GEA Process Engineering
- Gleeds Energy Ltd
- Graham Construction
- Gwynedd Council
- Hengeler Mueller
- Hitachi Ltd.
- HM Treasury
- Horizon Nuclear Power
- HR Wallingford
- IMI Components
- Informed Solutions
- Institution of Engineering and Technology
- International Nuclear Services
- Jones Engineering Group
- Keltbray Group Holdings
- Kier Group
- L-3 Communications Marine Systems
- Lafarge Tarmac
- Laing O'Rourke Group
- Lloyds Banking Group
- M+W Group
- Met Office
- MWH Treatment
- National Grid
- National Nuclear Laboratory
- Nuclear AMRC
- Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
- Nuclear Engineering Services
- Nuclear Industry Association
- Nuclear Industry Council
- Parsons Brinckerhoff
- Radioactive Waste Management Limited
- Rolls Royce
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- Sellafield Ltd.
- Site Heat-treatment Services
- Tradewill Ltd
- Turner & Townsend Group
- UK Labour Party
- UK Trade & Investment
- URS Corporation
- VINCI Construction
- Walter Tosto
- Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
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