Nuclear Industry Forum
May 15-16 2017

Nuclear Industry Forum

The UK’s premier nuclear energy conference

One Whitehall Place, London

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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:

  • Heard from all the nuclear developers as EDF Energy, Horizon Nuclear Power, and NuGeneration provided updates on the plans for new power stations
  • Got an update on the UK's SMR consultation from the Deputy Director: Small Modular Reactors, Nuclear Decommissioning & Waste of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and some of the leading vendors
  • Over four and a half hours of networking time, which included a drinks reception, with the representatives from all of the influential companies in the industry such as Magnox Ltd, Dounreay Site Restoration Limited, Rolls Royce, and Westinghouse.
  • Discovered the strategic outlook for decommissioning with the site license operators
  • More than ten hours of content from leading industry players

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2017 Programme

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Monday, 15th May 2017

Welcome address by Marketforce
Chair’s opening remarks
David Whitmore

UK Nuclear Lead


Session One: A new generation of nuclear power stations

The start of construction at Hinkley Point C
Ken Owen

Commercial Director, Nuclear New Build

EDF Energy

Working towards delivery at Wylfa Newydd
Leon Flexman

Corporate Affairs Director

Horizon Nuclear Power

Quality delivery of UK new build
Richard Coackley CBE

Director of Energy Development


Leaders’ Forum

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? 
Ken Owen

Commercial Director, Nuclear New Build

EDF Energy

Leon Flexman

Corporate Affairs Director

Horizon Nuclear Power

Richard Coackley CBE

Director of Energy Development



Session Two: Small Modular Reactors – the next step in nuclear innovation

Assessing the potential of Small Modular Reactors
  • 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? 
Dr Giorgio Locatelli


University of Leeds

The SMR Roadmap: the Government’s plan for building a UK SMR Industry
  • 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 
Mick Gornall

Vice President and Managing Director

Westinghouse UK

Vendors’ Panel

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?    


John Molyneux

Director, Engineering and Technology – Civil Nuclear

Rolls Royce

Ian Scott

Managing Partner

Moltex Energy

Mick Gornall

Vice President and Managing Director

Westinghouse UK

Steve Threlfall

General Manager


Lunch hosted by AECOM

Session Three: Preparing for a new nuclear age – the supply chain in focus

Engaging the supply chain
  • 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?  


Iain Wilson

Director - Nuclear

Balfour Beatty

Why nuclear new build projects fail: lessons learned from the OL3 project
Aaron Michelin

Founder and Chief Executive Officer


The UK ABWR: an overview
  • 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? 
Tris Denton

Head of Communications

Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Ltd.

An update on the GDA process across nuclear new build
  • 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


Session Four: Laying the foundations for success

Securing community support for nuclear new build
  • 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? 
Doug Bamsey

Corporate Director

Sedgemoor District Council

Nuclear in context: assessing the public’s perception of the industry
  • 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?
Malcolm Grimston

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Environmental Policy

Imperial College

Champagne Roundtables

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? 
Chair’s closing remarks followed by a drink’s reception
David Whitmore

UK Nuclear Lead


Tuesday, 16th May 2017

Chair’s opening remarks
Adrian Bull

Director of External Relations

National Nuclear Laboratory

Session Five: Creating the conditions for a successful UK SMR programme

The potential role of nuclear in the UK’s industrial strategy
  • 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? 
Adrian Bull

Director of External Relations

National Nuclear Laboratory

Creating an international market for the UK nuclear industry
  • 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 

Preparing the supply chain for Small Modular Reactors
  • 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?  
Andy Storer

Managing Director

Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Peer-to-peer discussion zones

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 

Andrew Sherry

Chief Scientist

National Nuclear Laboratory

Andy Storer

Managing Director

Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Mike Middleton

Strategy Manager – Nuclear

Energy Technologies Institute

Resourcing the future of nuclear
  • How can the nuclear industry attract skills in a competitive environment?
  • What can be done to ensure that this is a diverse workforce?
Jack Gritt

President, WiN UK

Performance and Quality Assurance Director, Horizon Nuclear Power


Session Six: Decommissioning and life extension – the strategic outlook

The future for the Magnox sites
  • 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 

Fostering innovation in nuclear decommissioning
  • 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? 
Adrian Davis-Johnston

Innovus Programme Director

Innovus UK

Case Study - Progress towards the deep geological repository: the lessons from France
  • 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? 
Michel Dutzer

Deputy Development, Innovation & International Director


Chair’s closing remarks followed by a networking lunch
Adrian Bull

Director of External Relations

National Nuclear Laboratory

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Who attends?

Our nuclear events regularly attract over 150 delegates. Below is a list of companies that have attended in the past:

  • Abbott Risk Consulting
  • acQuire
  • Active Risk
  • AMEC
  • Areva
  • Atkins
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Boulting Group
  • British Embassy Tokyo
  • Cape
  • Cavendish Nuclear
  • China General Nuclear Power Corporation
  • Climate Change Capital
  • Deloitte
  • 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
  • Fluor
  • Fortum
  • Fosroc
  • Fujitsu
  • GEA Process Engineering
  • Gleeds Energy Ltd
  • Graham Construction
  • Gwynedd Council
  • Hengeler Mueller
  • Hilti
  • Hitachi Ltd.
  • HM Treasury
  • Horizon Nuclear Power
  • HR Wallingford
  • IMI Components
  • Informed Solutions
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • International Nuclear Services
  • Jones Engineering Group
  • KBR
  • Keltbray Group Holdings
  • Kier Group
  • L-3 Communications Marine Systems
  • Lafarge Tarmac
  • Laing O'Rourke Group
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • M+W Group
  • Magnox
  • Marsh
  • Matchtech
  • Mergermarket
  • Met Office
  • MWH Treatment
  • National Grid
  • National Nuclear Laboratory
  • Nuclear AMRC
  • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
  • Nuclear Engineering Services
  • Nuclear Industry Association
  • Nuclear Industry Council
  • NuGeneration
  • Nuvia
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • PwC
  • 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
  • Urenco
  • URS Corporation
  • VINCI Construction
  • Walter Tosto
  • Westinghouse Electric Company LLC
  • WorleyParsons

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