Nuclear has provided a reliable source of electricity for over 50 years in the United Kingdom. Its development is set to rise significantly. In addition, the new build programme is decommissioning and the largest spend is in this area. The National Policy Statement in 2011 confirmed 8 sites for new nuclear power stations by the end of 2025. Three new programmes are currently in the pipeline.
The UK nuclear sector also has the knowledge and capability to offer a wide range of services internationally. There are over 260 companies involved in the civil nuclear industry, and more than 80,000 jobs are linked directly or indirectly to the industry; the new build programme will generate up to 40,000 extra jobs.
As part of the two-year ECITB sponsorship of 11 Arkwright Scholars, two scholars joined a further nine scholars sponsored by NuGeneration, Sellafield Ltd and the Nuclear Institute on the Arkwright Nuclear Scholars Summer School based at Manchester University. The week was brilliantly organised by Naomi Alleyne from NNL and John Robertson from the Nuclear Institute and kicked off on Monday 1 August with team building and ice breaker exercises. These immediately engaged the students and got them ready for the activity packed week ahead.
Day two commenced with a grand tour of the URENCO fuel enrichment site at Capenhurst, where the students were treated to a historical look at the evolution of Uranium fuel enrichment, in which the proportion of the uranium 235 isotope has been raised from the natural level of 0.7% to about 3.5%-5%. Probably the most exciting yet least remarkable part of the tour was peering through the door at the centrifuges, which appear to stand motionless but are in-fact spinning at incredibly high speeds concentrating the useful uranium 235, leaving about 85% of the uranium by separating gaseous uranium hexafluoride into two streams: one enriched to the required U235, the other is depleted U235 (called tails).
Giving the scholars a taste of university life Dr John Roberts, University of Manchester gave a thought provoking presentation on the history of the university and Professor Earnest Rutherford before heading off to carry out a series of experiments in the university laboratories. Students were also fortunate to gain a glimpse into the nuclear new build programme through an evening talk by Tom Sampson, CEO of NuGeneration. Tom walked students through the company’s vision and plans at Moorside in Cumbria and answered many questions. He was very impressed by the calibre of the students and the level of questions.
On Thursday students were taken on a tour of EDF’s Heysham site, which scholars, described as, “wonderful, “ and “helpful to everyone to understand more about nuclear energy. “ An “increasingly difficult” quiz courtesy of Naomi and John followed in the evening. The final day encompassed two forward looking (and suitable high level) talks by Tim Tinsley from NNL on ‘nuclear reactors – space batteries’ and Ian Chapman from UKAEA on Nuclear Fusion.
Steve Barrett, Head of Skills Strategy - Nuclear at the ECITB said:
“The summer school has been a huge success, providing scholars with an excellent insight to both the industry and the academic establishments which have supported its development over the years. This is an exciting time and the nuclear renaissance will present some excellent opportunities across the entire nuclear spectrum – from R&D in new technology such as Small Modular Reactors and Fusion to long term solutions in waste management and decommissioning. These scholars are well placed to be the scientists and engineers of the future – the ECITB is delighted to be supporting them and the industry in this journey!”
The ECITB wishes to thank Naomi and John in particular, and also the scholars who took part for helping to make this a big success.
This exciting new conference, delivered by industry for industry, will be held on 7th September at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Manchester.
The one day conference will look at the Project Management issues throughout the entire project lifecycle of new build, decommissioning and operations, with sessions from key industry speakers and interactive panel discussions.
Morning - Tom Greatrex – CEO Nuclear Industry Association
Afternoon - TBC
Draft agenda subject to change
Registration and coffee
Chris Claydon, Chief Executive, ECITB
The current state of play and policy priorities for the nuclear sector
Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive, Nuclear Industry Association
Planning to succeed
When prior planning fails plan to recover – a case study of an ILW storage solution
Coffee and networking
Project management in the Nuclear Industry: can SMR solve the “Over Budget and Delay” nightmare?
Giorgio Locatelli, Lecturer of Infrastructure Procurement and Management at the University of Leeds
Collaborating for success: Delivering Major Decommissioning Projects in Partnership
David Whitmore, Director - Nuclear Major Projects, Atkins
Project Planning & Execution Panel Discussion: Major challenges of planning and execution in a nuclear environment
Chair: Tom Greatrex
Panellists: Giorgio Locatelli, Odilon Serrano, David Whitmore & TBC
Lunch, networking and visit Exhibition Stands
Presentation of the 1st Nuclear cohort of Registered Project Professional Awards
Alistair Godbold, Deputy Chair, APM
Gap, what skills gap? An asset owner’s perspective on the current state of project management capability and capacity across the sector
Peter Lutwyche, Chief Operating Officer, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Supply chain capability to deliver the nuclear projects of the future
TBC, Commercial Director, from Decommissioning SLC
Developing project management capability to deliver the world’s largest infrastructure project
TBC, Projects Director, New Build Consortium
Maintaining productivity through the project lifecycle
Alistair Godbold, Deputy Chair, APM and Consultant with Nichols Group
The critical role of project controls in managing cost and project performance
Shane Forth, PMO Director Costain and Chair of the Project Controls Technician Apprentice Standard Trailblazer Group and the BCECA Project Control Managers’ Committee
Skills and Project Controls Panel Discussion: How can we ensure the pool of talent is SQEP and of sufficient volume to deliver the UK’s nuclear programme? What can be done to provide cost certainty in new build and decommissioning projects?
Panellists: Alistair Godbold, Shane Forth, TBC & TBC
Closing remarks and look ahead
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