Westinghouse AP1000 wins UK approval

Westinghouse Electric Company has announced that its AP1000 nuclear power plant design has successfully completed review by UK regulators.

The AP1000 has concluded the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process, with the Office for Nuclear Regulation issuing a Design Acceptance Confirmation (DAC) and the Environment Agency issuing a Statement of Design Acceptability (SODA).

“The successful completion of this rigorous review by the ONR and the EA has been many years in the making, and it represents a major milestone toward bringing a new generation of safe, clean energy to the United Kingdom through the Moorside project,” said José Emeterio Gutiérrez, Westinghouse interim president and CEO. “In addition, it expands the global regulatory pedigree of the AP1000 plant design and further confirms Westinghouse’s innovative safety technology.”

New build developer NuGen plans to build three AP1000 units at the Moorside site in West Cumbria, providing up to 3.6GWe of new generation capacity.

NuGen CEO Tom Samson welcomed the news as a major step forward for Moorside: “This news from the UK regulators is further acknowledgement and a testament to the robust safety features and design of the AP1000 reactor which we will deploy at Moorside.

“Moorside’s three reactors will provide seven per cent of the UK’s electricity needs from a low-carbon source. This project will be transformational for Cumbria, and the North of England and will offer unrivalled employment, skills and supply chain opportunities in line with the government’s work on industrial strategy.”

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Westinghouse initiated the GDA process in 2007. After receiving acceptance in 2011, the company paused the review process until NuGen selected the AP1000 plant technology in 2014.

ONRs chief nuclear inspector Dr Richard Savage commented: “The closure of our assessment of the generic design of the AP1000 reactor is a significant step in the process, ensuring the design meets the very high standards of safety we expect. We will now focus our regulatory attention on site specific assessments, and NuGen’s application for a nuclear site licence.”

Dr Jo Nettleton, deputy director for radioactive substances and installations regulation at the Environment Agency, said: “Successfully completing GDA means that the AP1000 is capable of meeting the high standards of environment protection and waste management that we require.
We’re already working with NuGen, as it develops its proposals to build and operate three AP1000 reactors at Moorside in Cumbria, to ensure that those high standards are delivered.”

The regulators required 51 GDA issues to be resolved before confirming the suitability of the AP1000. All of the issues have been addressed to the regulators’ satisfaction, enabling the DAC and SoDA to be issued. The regulators’ assessment reports are available online.

Westinghouse says that the three units planned at Moorside will benefit from its experience on the world’s first eight AP1000 units, which are currently being delivered at four sites in the US and China. Two units each are in the final stages of completion at the Sanmen and Haiyang sites in China, with an additional two units each under construction at the VC Summer and Vogtle sites in the US.

Westinghouse’s US business has meanwhile filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to enable strategic restructuring amid financial and construction challenges in its US AP1000 projects. NuGen says the move will not affect the Moorside project.

NuGen’s  in-house design authority will now take ownership of and responsibility for the design in relation to the AP1000 reactors at Moorside. Nugen will lead on engagement with regulators as it progresses its applications for a nuclear site licence, and works towards gaining consents and permits to construct, operate and eventually decommission Moorside .

 

Nuclear export controls

8 June 2017, Manchester.

The Export Control Organisation (ECO) presents a seminar on export controls relating to the civil nuclear industry, aimed at supply chain companies and subcontractors in the UK and overseas.

Topics include:

  • Category 0 nuclear materials, facilities and equipment covered under the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) guidelines for nuclear transfers (part 1).
  • Other categories covering items under the NSG guidelines for nuclear transfers of nuclear-related dual-use equipment, materials, software and related technology (part 2).
  • Forthcoming changes to the controls.
  • Presentations from BEIS, DIT, ONR and industry.
  • Case studies.

The cost per delegate is £150.

For more information and to register interest, contact Denise Carter: Denise.Carter@trade.gsi.gov.uk , 020 7215 4459.

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.

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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.

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“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.”