The Nuclear Decommissioning Forum
Apr 19 2016

The Nuclear Decommissioning Forum

Preparing for the future: strategic insights and practical delivery

One Whitehall Place, London

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The Nuclear Decommissioning Forum offers a unique focus on the strategic challenges and implementation achievements across the nuclear industry. This is an unmissable chance to hear from the key figures in the sector and to gain real business insights from those working in every part of the decommissioning world.

With a mixture of vibrant panel discussions and detailed presentations this conference covers the full range of topics currently of interest in nuclear decommissioning. This includes up-to-date news and examples from the NDA, Sellafield, Radioactive Waste Management, DECC, NNL, and more. This is an opportunity to hear from all the major decision-makers and industry leaders at an exciting time for nuclear in the UK.

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Highlights

  • Heard from Adrian Simper, Strategy and Technology Director at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, on their vision for the next five years
  • Got a strategic overview from Rebecca Weston, Head of Business and Programme Integration at Sellafield, and two special case studies into aspects of the delivery
  • Over two hours of networking with the main leaders in the industry
  • Heard about innovations happening all across the nuclear estate
  • Case studies and panels on some of the most challenging projects in the decommissioning world and building the skills to deliver them
     

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Tuesday, 19th April 2016

09:20
Welcome address by David Saunders, Managing Director, Marketforce
09:25
Chair’s opening remarks
Adrian Bull

Director of External Relations

National Nuclear Laboratory

09:30
Keynote address

Towards 2021: outlining the Nuclear Decommissioning Authoritys Strategy  

Sara Johnston

Head of Strategy Development

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

09:50
Questions

Session One: Strategic outlook across nuclear decommissioning

09:55
Pioneering spirit: delivering the decommissioning mission at Sellafield
  • Overview of key achievements and future milestones in decommissioning
  • Bulk retrievals: the cusp of a ‘golden age’ of actually getting the radioactive material out of all four legacy ponds and silos
  • Improvements in ensuring an efficient, safe programme of decommissioning
  • Working with the supply chain through the Decommissioning Delivery Partnership.
Rebecca Weston

Technical Director

Sellafield Ltd.

10:15
German Energiewende – decommissioning a matter of make or buy
Wolfgang Eckert

Chief Financial Officer

EnBW Kernkraft

10:35
Sellafield - design services alliance collaboration in practice
Matthew Raybould

Director - Power & Energy

AECOM

10:55
Leaders’ Forum
  • What impact will the NDA’s new strategy have on current decom programmes?
  • What has been the impact of the Government’s spending review for nuclear decom?
  • How can experiences and lessons learned be shared across the nuclear estate?
  • How can industry address the skills gap as new build progresses and an ageing workforce retires?
  • In what ways can innovation in SLCs and the supply chain be fostered?
  • How can the UK expand its export capability as a global leader in decommissioning? 
Sara Johnston

Head of Strategy Development

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Rebecca Weston

Technical Director

Sellafield Ltd.

Wolfgang Eckert

Chief Financial Officer

EnBW Kernkraft

Matthew Raybould

Director - Power & Energy

AECOM

11:20
Refreshments

Session Two: Undertaking challenging projects across the nuclear estate

11:50
Case Study: Imperial College Reactor Centre

Managing the closedown of CONSORT – lessons from a complex project 

David Forbes

Nuclear Decommissioning Project Director

Imperial College London

12:10
Finding a long-term solution for managing the UK’s nuclear waste
  • Outcomes from the public consultation on the Geological Disposal Facility
  • Progress with National Geological Screening
  • Progress with GDF safety case and waste packaging
Bruce McKirdy

Managing Director

Radioactive Waste Management Ltd

12:30
Solutions for disposal of intermediate level waste in the UK
Matthias Messer

Head of Projects UK – Nuclear Waste Management

GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH

12:50
Questions
13:00
Panel Discussion

The Contractors View: delivering engineering excellence in decommissioning

  • What are the specific challenges that decommissioning in nuclear creates?
  • The importance of forward planning: how can you ensure resources are used effectively?
  • How can Tier 2 Contractors work with SLCs on preparing for complex projects?
  • Managing unexpected risks: what are the ways of embedding flexibility in your team?
  • Cross-industry lessons: what can be learnt from previous projects and other sites?
  • Preparing for the future: creating the skills pipeline for the next set of challenges
Paul Campbell

Nuclear Decommissioning Director

Balfour Beatty Construction

Leo Martin

Executive Director

Graham Construction

Robert Page

Governance Director – Nuclear

Cavendish Nuclear Limited

Matthias Messer

Head of Projects UK – Nuclear Waste Management

GNS Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH

13:30
Lunch hosted by AECOM

Session Three: Spotlight on Sellafield

14:45
Decommissioning the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo
  • An overview of progress on the MSSS project thus far
  • Constructing the Magnox Encapsulation Plant
  • Maintaining structural integrity of the MSSS during solid waste removal
Chris Halliwell

Head of the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo

Sellafield Ltd.

15:15
Overcoming challenges in getting the waste out of the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond
  • Overview of progress on FGMSP, including preparation work on export bay.
  • Sludge retrievals: the learning journey.
  • Collaborating with the supply chain to ensure safety and efficiency
Dorothy Gradden

Head of First Generation Magnox Storage Pond

Sellafield Ltd.

15:45
Questions
16:00
Refreshments

Session Four: Innovation in decommissioning

16:30
How remote technology and robotics are transforming high hazard projects
  • What opportunities do robotics present to improve decommissioning processes?
  • Tackling the challenges caused by radiation and corrosive materials
  • Using ROVs and drones to reduce risks and improve operational safety
  • How can the UK continue to invest in and nurture home-grown technological innovation?
  • What can the nuclear industry adapt and use from other industries? 
Steve Shackleford

Business Leader

NNL

16:50
The future of plutonium management strategy in the UK
Zilla Bowell

Deputy Director, Civil Nuclear Security and Safety Assurance

Department of Energy and Climate Change

17:10
Questions
17:20
Chair’s closing remarks
Adrian Bull

Director of External Relations

National Nuclear Laboratory

17:25
Close of conference and drinks reception

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Who attends? 

Marketforce have been running conferences in the nuclear sector for over a decade. Our portfolio includes our annual Nuclear Industry Forum and Nuclear New Build conferences, as well as our Nuclear Issues Group, which have attracted 350+ senior industry representatives in the last year alone. Companies recently represented at our nuclear events include:

  • AECOM
  • AMEC
  • Aquila Nuclear Engineering
  • Areva
  • Atkins
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Bechtel Corporation
  • BOC Group
  • Canberra
  • Candu Energy
  • Capenhurst Nuclear Services
  • Capita Group
  • Costain
  • C Spencer
  • Deloitte
  • DECC
  • Dounreay Site Restoration
  • EDF Energy
  • Environment Agency
  • Esri UK
  • Eversheds
  • Ferroday
  • GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy International
  • Graham Construction
  • Industrial Technology Systems
  • JLT Group
  • Keltbray Group Holdings
  • Kier Group
  • Lloyds Register Group
  • Low Level Waste Repository Site
  • M+W Group
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Murphy Group
  • MWH Global
  • National Nuclear Laboratory
  • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
  • Nuclear Decommission Services
  • Nuclear Research & Consultancy Group
  • Nuvia
  • Radioactive Waste Management
  • Sellafield
  • Studsvik AB
  • Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
  • Women in Nuclear

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