DIT nuclear mission to China

24–29 April 2017, Beijing.

Nuclear manufactueres are invited to join a UK delegation to the 12th China International Exhibition on Nuclear Power Industry.

The visit is organised by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) and China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), working with China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN). The visit includes a workshop focusing on supply chain in both China and UK discuss  cooperation opportunities and what the UK can offer to both markets.

The mission will provide UK delegates with the opportunity to be part of the UK Pavilion at the 12th China International Exhibition on Nuclear Power Industry, 27-29 April in Beijing, with exposure to over 8,000 trade visitors. Other activities include a potential site visit, one-to-one meetings with key Chinese nuclear players, and a workshop to further explore potential collaborations in future projects using the Hualong nuclear reactor technology in China, UK and other countries.

For more information, download the DIT flyer.

DIT event dlc

 

Cammell Laird announces new partnership with Nuclear AMRC

Cammell Laird and the Nuclear AMRC have announced a new partnership which will support the Merseyside engineering company’s campaign to position itself as a world-leading nuclear industry hub.

The partnership was announced at a meeting of the Nuclear Industry Association’s new build group, held at Cammell Laird for an audience of over 100 nuclear industry executives.

The new partnership will see the opening of a Nuclear AMRC facility within Cammell Laird’s Birkenhead site. The new centre will provide a base for the Nuclear AMRC in the North West, and be used to develop and industrialise technology and knowhow to service the nuclear industry.

Jonathan Brown, managing director of Cammell Laird’s energy division, said: “We are hugely excited to announce this new venture with the Nuclear AMRC, which will also see Cammell Laird become a Tier One member of the Nuclear AMRC. The development centre will thrust Cammell Laird forward as the leading UK industrial manufacturer developing expertise in off-site module build in partnership with the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Cammell Laird aerial

“We are looking to research a wide range of areas supporting the assembly, commissioning and transportation of modules of up to 5000 tonnes, where Cammell Laird benefits from its coastal location,” Brown added. “Working with the Nuclear AMRC, we will invest in our facilities and our skilled workforce and supply chain to meet the demands of modular new build. Looking forward, we will also target the export market through a strategy built on working with partners and countries around the world, focused on the exploitation of the benefits of modular construction.”

Andrew Storer, managing director of the Nuclear AMRC, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Cammell Laird to the Nuclear AMRC network. Our new facility in Birkenhead will focus on developing modular manufacturing methods for new reactors of all sizes, drawing on Cammell Laird’s expertise in modular shipbuilding and a host of innovative technologies to significantly reduce costs and lead times for nuclear new build. It also gives us a base in the North West, the core region for the UK’s nuclear industry, allowing us to work more closely with the regional supply chain and the development sites in Cumbria and North Wales.

“The Nuclear AMRC is dedicated to helping UK manufacturers win work in the nuclear sector, and expanding our research capabilities to tackle the challenges of advanced modular build will deliver real benefits to the UK supply chain. We look forward to working with Cammell Laird and other module manufacturers to develop new technical capabilities and help them compete globally on cost, quality and delivery.”

Cammell Laird Jonathan Brown

Working with the Nuclear AMRC will strengthen Cammell Laird’s unique and highly competitive package of engineering services, Brown added: “Cammell Laird offers reliable, cost effective and flexible solutions to multi billion pound industries crying out for experienced support. Cammell Laird has shown, in the maritime industry, it can be that anchor of system engineering, managing quality and providing schedule certainty. It takes responsibility for complex build projects such as the £150 million Sir David Attenborough polar ship delivering the engineering, manufacture, skills development and quality records.

“Working with the Nuclear AMRC we further develop our modular expertise, drawing on its formidable nuclear and wider academic expertise through its links with the University of Sheffield and the University of Manchester to make Cammell Laird’s offering even more compelling.”

Cammell Laird is one of the most famous names in British industry with roots tracing back to the early 19th Century. Its 120-acre site on the river Mersey features four dry docks, a non-tidal wet basin, large modular construction hall and extensive covered workshops. Cammell Laird has been increasing its involvement in the UK’s nuclear sector for several years, and has collaborated with Nuclear AMRC members Nuvia and Ansaldo NES on modular manufacture for the civil nuclear sector.

Nuclear AMRC and EIC to work together to help UK companies

The Nuclear AMRC has signed a new agreement with the Energy Industries Council (EIC) to work together to promote global opportunities in the nuclear industry and help UK companies enter the sector.

EIC chief executive Stuart Broadley and Nuclear AMRC chief executive Mike Tynan signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) at an EIC conference hosted by the Nuclear AMRC on Tuesday 7 March.

EIC Nuclear AMRC

The MOU recognises the vital and complementary roles played by the two organisations and confirms that they will work together to ensure that UK suppliers already involved in the nuclear industry and those looking to enter the sector are supported.

As part of the agreement, the EIC and Nuclear AMRC will collaborate to produce events which showcase opportunities in the nuclear industry in the UK and around the world, with a strong emphasis on exporting UK capabilities.

The two organisations will also share the use of their state-of-the-art facilities for the benefit of EIC members, which are UK supply chain companies providing goods and services across the energy industries.

Both organisation will also share their knowledge and expertise to further develop the EIC’s world-leading project tracking database, EICDataStream, as well as to produce EIC nuclear sector reports which will enable EIC members to identify opportunities and plan their business development in this sector.

Commenting at the signing, EIC CEO Stuart Broadley said: “Mike Tynan and I both recognise the enormous potential that exists for our two organisations to work closely together to expand UK expertise into the global nuclear sector. I’m delighted to sign this MOU, which will help to formalise that recognition into a series of specific areas where our complementary skills, experience and knowledge can be brought together to work more effectively.”

Mike Tynan added: “We’re very excited to work with the EIC to help their members win work in the civil nuclear sector. Companies with established experience in the wider energy sector are ideally placed to succeed in the nuclear supply chain, and we’re here to help manufacturers develop their capabilities to meet the specific requirements of nuclear new build, operations and decommissioning.”

European Nuclear Young Generation Forum 2017

11–16 June 2017, Manchester.

The Nuclear AMRC is proud to sponsor the European Nuclear Young Generation Forum (ENYGF), the leading gathering of students and young professionals from across the European nuclear industry.

ENYGF2017

Run by the Nuclear Institute’s Young Generation Network, ENYGF2017 will showcase the UK’s nuclear expertise to the world and  facilitate knowledge transfer between countries and individuals. The week-long event is set to be the UK’s largest ever youth nuclear event – the 2015 forum in Paris attracted over 350 delegates from 27 countries.

The theme for ENYGF2017 is “Innovation in Nuclear: a Rich Heritage and our Bright Future”. The week-long programme will include expert speakers, interactive workshops and varied technical tours to sites around the UK, rounded off with extensive networking opportunities through formal and informal social and cultural events.

For more information, go to: www.enygf.org

Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017

28 February & 1 March 2017, London.

Hosted by the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT), Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017 is an unmissable networking opportunity that will provide valuable insights and opportunities into the civil nuclear marketplace.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Network with a diverse mix of international and UK delegates representing government, utilities, technology providers, major contracting companies and all tiers of the supply chain.
  • Participate in a series of country briefings and hear about developments and opportunities in a range of key overseas markets including Central and Eastern Europe, China, Germany, France, Japan, Turkey, and the US.
  • Discover how to develop business opportunities with major companies.
  • Pre-book one-to-one meetings with DIT overseas market specialists, potential overseas customers and partners from up to 18 countries.

Speakers include Duncan Hawthorne, CEO of Horizon Nuclear Power; Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, managing director for nuclear new build at EDF; Tom Samson, chief executive of NuGen; Adrian Simper, strategy and technology director at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority; and Mike Tynan, CEO of the Nuclear AMRC.

For more information, download the flyer or go to: www.events.trade.gov.uk/civil-nuclear-showcase-2017

Cognitens TBT

 

Toshiba committed to UK new build

Toshiba has affirmed its commitment to the proposed new reactors at Moorside.

The announcement formed part of a review of Toshiba’s overseas nuclear power business, after the Japanese corporation recording a $6.3 billion loss on its Westinghouse subsidiary following a troubled acquisition in the US. Toshiba  holds a 60 per cent stake in NuGen, the UK developer planning to build three Westinghouse AP1000s at the site in West Cumbria.

NuGen chief executive Tom Samson said: “The project has made significant progress since Toshiba took over as major shareholder in 2014. The site has already been proven as suitable for three Westinghouse AP1000 reactors, two phases of consultation have found the public overwhelmingly supportive of the need for new nuclear and have helped shape the plans for Moorside.

“The UK government is supportive of NuGen, as a maturing and highly skilled nuclear organisation, and has remained firmly committed to new nuclear – stating that nuclear has a crucial role to play in securing our future energy needs, especially as we look to move to a low carbon society.”

NuGen says it will continue to progress plans to develop Europe’s largest new nuclear power station. The proposed Moorside plant will be capable of generating up to 3.8GW of low-carbon electricity – equivalent to seven per cent of the UK’s electricity requirements. Toshiba will seek to sell its stake to investors following a final investment decision on the project.

Mike Tynan, chief executive of the Nuclear AMRC, commented: “The proposed new nuclear power station at Moorside, comprising three Westinghouse AP1000 reactors, is a vital element in the replacement of our ageing nuclear fleet. I’m delighted that NuGen will press forward with this project. We at the Nuclear AMRC are committed to supporting NuGen and Westinghouse in their UK supply chain development activities.”

NuGen jackets

South Korea decommissioning forum

Tuesday 21 February, AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre.

The Nuclear AMRC and Energy 2050 invite you to discover the opportunities for international collaboration in the South Korean nuclear decommissioning programme.

With 25 reactors producing a third of electricity, South Korea has long been a leader in nuclear energy. But with its first commercial reactor – Kori-1 – shutting down in 2017, South Korea is preparing to enter a new era of nuclear decommissioning.

Kori-1

With a wealth of decommissioning experience at home, the UK has the opportunity to support South Korea with its decommissioning and international new-build programmes.

This free half-day event will give UK companies new insight into the decommissioning programmes in both countries, and highlight the opportunities for collaboration and export.

For more information, download the flyer. To reserve your place, go to: ukkoreadecommissioning.eventbrite.co.uk

Nuclear AMRC to support Rolls-Royce SMR development

Rolls-Royce has confirmed that it is working with the Nuclear AMRC and industry partners to bring its proposed small modular reactor (SMR) to market in the UK.

The company is working with Amec Foster Wheeler, Nuvia and Arup in its bid to make SMRs a reality in the UK, with other partners to be identified shortly.

In the first phase of the programme, the Nuclear AMRC will carry out desktop studies on potential methods of manufacture for Rolls-Royce’s new SMR design, and carry out an assessment of the UK supply chain’s capabilities to make the reactor to the required standards.

RR SMR with logo

A statement released by Rolls-Royce said: “We are working with some of Britain’s most experienced civil engineering companies and nuclear research organisations to realise the huge potential of small modular reactors for the wider UK economy. We share a common belief that a home-grown SMR program can play a key role in strengthening the UK’s energy mix and security, while creating valuable intellectual property, exports and jobs. We are working together to deliver a whole power plant which could be up and running in just over a decade and provide a boost for the UK’s industrial strategy.”

Rolls-Royce is developing a modular reactor capable of providing 220–440MWe, depending on configuration, and compact enough to be transported by truck, train or barge. The reactor will use proven technology with a high degree of commercial or standardised components, and is designed specifically for factory manufacture and commissioning. Over 75 per cent of the design by cost is modular, opening up opportunities for UK supply chain companies to enter into volume manufacturing.

RR SMR truck

Rolls-Royce believes a UK SMR could provide a £100 billion boost to the UK economy between 2030 and 2050 if the companies involved are either UK-owned or have a strong UK presence. Developing an SMR in the UK for the world market could create up to 40,000 high-value British jobs and intellectual property, and create significant export opportunities. A 2014 report led by NNL forecast a potential global SMR market of 65–85GWe by 2035, valued at up to £400 billion; and a UK market of around 7GWe.

The UK government expressed support for domestic SMR development in the 2016 Budget, and is currently seeking to identify the best-value design for the UK through an open competition.

The 2016 Budget also included an allocation of at least £30 million for an SMR-enabling advanced manufacturing R&D programme to develop nuclear skills capacity.

RR SMR plant

Driving down production costs through innovative manufacturing techniques is the key to making SMRs economically viable. SMRs offer the nuclear industry the opportunity to become more like other high-value low-volume manufacturing sectors such as aerospace, where Rolls-Royce and the UK supply chain have proven expertise.

Manufacturing processes which could be exploited for SMRs include a range of machining techniques such as robotic machining, single-platform machining and cryogenic cooling, as well as supporting technologies such as intelligent fixturing and on-machine inspection. Advanced joining and near-net shape manufacturing processes such as electron beam welding, diode laser cladding, automated arc welding, bulk additive manufacturing and hot isostatic pressing also potentially offer significant savings in cost and lead time.

Many of these technologies are already being developed for civil nuclear applications by the Nuclear AMRC. The centre’s advanced machine tools and fabrication cells have been specified to work on representative-size parts for gigawatt-scale reactors, which means that they could also produce full-size prototypes for SMRs.

Rolls-Royce will also draw on the specialist expertise of other centres within the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult, including the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry and the Advanced Forming Research Centre in Strathclyde.

SMR 2017

Monday 27 February, London.

With the UK government due to publish its roadmap for the development of small modular reactors (SMRs), the Nuclear Industry Association invites you to hear the latest from government and industry insiders and make sure you are up to date on the latest developments.

Speakers  include senior figures from SMR developers including Rolls-Royce, Westinghouse, NuScale and Moltex Energy; plus key industry figures including Nuclear AMRC chief executive Mike Tynan on what SMRs could mean for the UK supply chain.

For full details, go to: www.niauk.org/event-listing/smr-2017

SMR2017