With new investment in Moorside from Westinghouse, plans to start construction on Hinkley Point C and the Magnox/RSRL contract winners due to be announced, 2015 will be a critical juncture for the future of nuclear power in the UK.
Nuclear Industry Forum 2015 was an all-encompassing strategic event which brought together the key influencers in the industry to address issues surrounding new build, decommissioning and waste. Attracting over 130 attendees, it gave the opportunity to meet with peers and hear key insights from the top players in nuclear energy.
Head of Civil Nuclear Energy
UK Trade and Investment
Highlights in 2015
- Heard from respected thought leaders on the role of nuclear in the UK
- Discovered how the major players are gearing up to deliver new build
- Learnt about recent progress in decommissioning and about the scale of the task remaining
- Found out about the projects ensuring that nuclear investment benefits local communities
- Looked towards the future of nuclear with sessions on emerging technologies
- Networked with key figures from across the sector in both structured and informal networking
Our nuclear events regularly attract over 150 delegates. Below is a list of companies that attended last year:
Tuesday, 16th June 2015
Driving forward new build programmes and capitalising on their potential
Session One: The role of nuclear power in the UK
- Pinpointing the issue: addressing climate change while meeting growing energy demand
- The role of nuclear power: how necessary is new nuclear development?
- Looking to the future: considering the future of Britain’s energy mix
- What has been the impact of the election on nuclear power?
- Understanding how the structure of the UK energy market affects new nuclear
- In the public eye: what are the risks to current levels of support for new build?
Session Two: Capability and project delivery in new build
- How is Hitachi-GE gearing up for the execution of the contract?
- What is needed from the supply chain in order to ensure successful delivery?
- Looking ahead: forthcoming developments
Overcoming challenges to successfully deliver a major privately-funded power station
- London Array: a £1.8billion, 630MW, 175 turbine power station
- How can developers overcome difficulties to safeguard the smooth delivery of projects?
- Insurmountable obstacles: when is it necessary to scale back or withdraw plans?
Delegates will now form groups and spend five minutes devising a single critical question to be answered by our expert speakers
Session Three: A focus on investment and financing in nuclear new build
- Recognising the importance of global market access for the UK nuclear industry
- High Value Opportunities Programme: where should we look to export?
- What does the international community have to offer the UK’s nuclear sector?
Establishing consortia: what returns can investors expect and when?
- How does the Hinkley Point C commercial agreement open the market for investment?
- Who will be equity investors in this round of development?
- How attractive does the UK Guarantee make investment to the market?
- Can investment be attractive to actors not backed by states?
- What impact will the balance of potential investors have on the supply chain?
- What rates of return can be expected beyond Hinkley Point C?
- Will new nuclear become attractive to further investors as construction progresses?
Speed networking session
Representatives of major companies in the UK’s nuclear industry will be seated at tables in a circle in the exhibition room. Delegates will have an opportunity to move around the circle and have short, introductory conversations with the participants. Prior registration is essential.
Session Four: The view from government and the regulators
- A holistic approach to regulation: from GDA though Site Specific Assessment
- Openness, transparency, engagement: recent progress on the ABWR and AP1000
- What is still to be done before the issuing of DAC and SoDA?
Supporting safe and communally beneficial nuclear investment across Europe
Wednesday, 17th June 2015
Progressing decommissioning activity across a diverse portfolio of sites
Session Six: Recognising British excellence in decommissioning
- An overview of progress: advancing projects and refining processes
- Decommissioning the Pile Fuel Storage Pond: a challenging but essential task
- Dismantling the second Windscale Pile and changing the Cumbria skyline
- Reflecting on the decision to transfer exotic fuels to Sellafield
- Marking the commencement of operations at the Low Level Waste facility
- Looking ahead: completing the removal of fuel from the Dounreay Fast Reactor
Session Seven: Maximising the benefits of nuclear investment for local communities
Working to maximise nuclear investment’s potential in West Cumbria; or what did nuclear ever do for us?
- Why does the history of West Cumbria lend itself to energy investment?
- Regional Growth Fund: using nuclear investment to boost the wider local economy
- Ring-fencing nuclear funds for innovation and micro-business support
- A helping hand: facilitation, brokerage and advocacy
- Achieving return on investment: the nuclear socio-economic pound
- What next for Cumbria?
Recognising the potential of nuclear investment to spur local regeneration and growth
- What role do local projects play in maximising the value of nuclear investment?
- A positive chain reaction: ensuring nuclear investment leads to further investment
- How can SMEs be engaged and encouraged to grow their involvement in the sector?
- What should local and national government be doing to support nuclear-led growth?
- Communicating the benefits of nuclear investment to a wider and at times wary public
- Skills and resources: are the regions in competition or is collaboration possible?
Session Eight: Future developments in nuclear
- Radioactive Waste Management: who we are and our role
- Implementing geological disposal: programme overview and initial actions
- Engaging the public and looking to the future
- Why is it so important that manufacturers are prepared to bid for nuclear contracts?
- What is involved in the application process and how do companies become F4N?
- Looking ahead: driving innovation and improvement in UK manufacturing
- The situation at present: comparing SMRs to traditional nuclear technology
- What would need to be done before SMRs could be feasibly delivered?
- A focus on finance: predicting the costs of SMR technology