The 7th annual European Nuclear Forum will bring together executives from the major new build and decommissioning programmes from across the continent. This conference regularly attracts over a hundred management and director level attendees from the world's top utility companies, engineering firms and nuclear suppliers.
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The conference will open with a new build leaders’ forum featuring senior figures from Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Lithuania. The second day features a focus on global developments in new build with an update on how you can get involved with ongoing projects in Turkey.
Tuesday, 12th March 2013
Being confident and transparent: how we put nuclear back on the agenda in the UK
Session One: Putting nuclear new build back on track
Expectations of a nuclear renaissance have given way to concerns as to whether the industry can consistently deliver on budget and on schedule. While the dual challenges of climate change and energy security remain as important as ever, the nuclear industry must address its problems and perception if new build is to become a reality. In this session we will examine the prospects for the industry around Europe.
- Stress tests: what have been the key lessons and what are the next steps?
- Putting nuclear new build back on the political agenda
- What factors are pushing up the cost of new build?
- Improving coordination to control costs and deliver on time
- Responding positively to increased scrutiny post-Fukushima: investing in nuclear’s image
- Global developments in the nuclear industry: an opportunity or a risk for European nuclear?
- Are current European regulatory regimes fit for purpose?
Session Two: Making nuclear investment attractive in a bear market
- Changing fortunes: assessing the health of Europe’s utilities
- What has been the impact of the US shale gas boom on prospects for nuclear in Europe?
- Is investment from state owned enterprises and sovereign wealth funds a necessity?
- Which regions of the world are most attractive for investment in nuclear power?
The UK is creating a new electricity market in order to incentivise investment in low-carbon generation, including renewables and nuclear power. Measures include a feed-in tariff delivered through contracts for difference, a capacity mechanism and a floor to the carbon price delivered by the EU’s ETS. This session will outline how this is proposed to work and the timescales involved.
In this session delegates will form groups around their tables to discuss different financing options for new build, and will come up with comments and questions for the panel. Points to be discussed may include:
- Has the increased cost of construction made new build virtually uninvestable?
- What type of investor is suited to the opportunities of nuclear new build?
- Minimising investor risk: opportunities for insurance
- What mechanisms are most likely to reduce the uncertainty of the long-term price of electricity?
- What degree of state support is needed to get construction started?
- How can nuclear compete for investment against natural gas?
Session Three: Addressing the decommissioning challenge
- Dealing with the nuclear phase out: decommissioning in Germany becomes a top priority
- Making best use of the lessons learned at Obrigheim
- Preparing Neckarwestheim 1 and Philippsburg 1 for decommissioning
- Swift but safe: ensuring the safety of our staff and the public
- An update on the status of decommissioning projects in France
- Maintaining a skilled workforce: the necessary experience and training
- Decommissioning reactors as a prerequisite for the next generation of new build
- What can France’s decommissioning experience offer Central and Eastern Europe?
- What is the decommissioning timeline across Europe?
- What are the challenges for upskilling the decommissioning workforce?
- New build: a complement or competitor for skilled staff?
- Financing early decommissioning in Germany: who pays?
- When is direct decommissioning the most suitable approach?
Session Four: Delivering safely, delivering efficiently
Suppliers need to be ready to begin work immediately if they hope to win contracts in the nuclear industry. Gearing up the supply chain can be difficult when choices over technology and processes remain uncertain. In this session representatives from the industry will answer questions on how they are developing the supply chain. Topics for discussion may include:
- Pushing quality down the supply chain: achieving “the nuclear standard”
- Crosstraining: synergies between new build, decommissioning and maintenance
- What role should governments play in facilitating a skilled nuclear workforce?
- Getting the supply chain ready before winning a bid: what preparations are useful and possible?
- Proving credentials: what do utilities and vendors look for from suppliers?
Wednesday, 13th March 2013
Session Five: Global developments in a global industry
Rapid population growth and a booming economy have helped to make new generating capacity a vital pillar of Turkish energy policy. After nearly 40 years of nuclear ambitions, the Turkish state is now eager to begin a vast programme of new build. Three years ago, Rosatom was contracted to build, own and operate a plant at Akkuyu, and preparation is well underway for new plants at Sinop, İğneada and beyond.
The safety features of the new VVER type plant design have been significantly upgraded since the mid 1990´s. In this session Rusatom Overseas’ Vice President will take delegates through how the main lessons learned from Fukushima have been addressed already before the accidents. The new design has safety systems that provide reliable core cooling even in case of loss of all AC power and loss of primary ultimate heat sink.
- On time and on budget: what can China teach Europe about New Build?
- Progress report: preparing for reactor vessel installation in Taishan
- What are the opportunities for a growing Chinese nuclear industry in Europe?
- Next steps: the future of nuclear power in China
Session Six: Gearing up to deal with high-level waste
- A holistic approach to waste disposal: from generation through to long-term disposal
- Protecting worker and public safety: training, self-assessment and peer review
- Understanding the export conditions for the trading of high-level waste
- Putting together a national waste plan in every member state by 2015
- Learning lessons from the Onkalo site selection process
- Engineering challenges: building a repository to survive an ice age
- Remaining flexible and adaptable through a 100 year operating life
- What drove GE/Hitachi to develop a next generation sodium-cooled reactor?
- Reducing waste volumes: to what extent can the PRISM reactor reduce existing stockpiles?
- Plans for the United Kingdom: offering an alternative solution for managing the UK’s legacy
- A different environmental offer: What’s the benefit from the environmentalists’ perspective?
Session Seven: Managing better: achieving excellence in project management
- The timeline and challenges for delivering a safer, more efficient and longer-lasting power plant
- Structural concerns: the engineering challenges of maintaining and uprating a 37-year-old plant
- How does uprating and lifetime extension interact with the stress tests?
- The challenge of initiating a megaproject in a previously idle nuclear market
Megaprojects are united by their extreme complexity and by a long record of poor delivery. Megaproject COST Action was set up to examine how these projects can be designed and delivered more effectively. In this session, Dr. Locatelli will discuss the group’s relevance and lessons for nuclear new build.