EIC Cross-Sector Decommissioning Showcase

29 October 2019, Sheffield.

Following the success of last year’s Nuclear Decommissioning Showcase, the Energy Industries Council (EIC) launches the Cross-Sector Decommissioning Showcase.

The one-day event is hosted at the Advanced Manufacturing Park Technology Centre, and will include presentations from Atkins, Sellafield Ltd, Wood, Xodus Group and the Nuclear AMRC.

The decommissioning industry forms a vital component of the global energy industry and supply chain. In the UK alone, the offshore oil and gas decommissioning sector will be worth around £15 billion over the next decade within the UK continental shelf. Globally, this figure increases to over £64 billion over the next 10 years.

In the nuclear sector, Europe is set to become the world’s largest nuclear decommissioning market by the middle of the next decade, with over half of the region’s 223 reactors scheduled to close. And decommissioning strategies for the wind industry continue to develop.

This showcase will focus on the key energy markets of the decommissioning industry, highlighting specific new business opportunities in the oil & gas, nuclear and wind sectors. This event will also draw attention to cross-sector themes between the industries that can provide synergy such as regulations, skills, collaboration and technology transfer.

For more information, visit the EIC Cross-Sector Decommissioning Showcase event page.

Nuclear AMRC welcomes new UKAEA facility

The Nuclear AMRC has welcomed a new £22 million fusion energy research facility to be built at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

The facility will see the  UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) working with industrial partners to put the UK in a strong position to commercialise nuclear fusion as a major source of low-carbon electricity.

Located at the heart of the UK’s advanced manufacturing region, the UKAEA base will bring 40 highly-skilled jobs to South Yorkshire. It will foster increased collaboration with research organisations including the Nuclear AMRC and its sister centre, the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), both of which are based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park.

Andrew Storer, Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear AMRC, said: “We’re delighted to welcome UKAEA to the Advanced Manufacturing Park, and to the Sheffield region’s world-leading cluster of applied innovation. We look forward to working with UKAEA at their new facility to develop manufacturing techniques for fusion power plants and help UK manufacturers win work in this growing global market.

“This development has the potential to create many jobs in the local supply chain as fusion technology matures. This is a huge deal for Sheffield and the North, and we are really pleased to have played a part in this and to be working with UKAEA.”

 

When it opens in autumn 2020, the 2,500 sq m facility will develop and test joining technologies for fusion materials and components, including novel metals and ceramics. These will then be tested and evaluated under the conditions experienced inside of a fusion reactor including high heat flux, vacuum and strong magnetic fields.

The development will help UK companies win contracts as part of Iter, the international fusion project being built in the south of France. Further ahead, it will enable technology development for the first nuclear fusion power plants which are now being designed.

The facility will require regular supplies of specialist metals and materials, providing further opportunities for UK companies.

Colin Walters, Director of the National Fusion Technology Platform at UKAEA, said: “Momentum is growing in fusion research and we believe the opening of this facility in South Yorkshire represents a practical step towards developing power plants.

“This facility will provide fantastic opportunities for UK businesses to win contracts and put UKAEA in a great position to help deliver the necessary expertise for the first nuclear fusion power stations.”

The facility is funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy as part of the Nuclear Sector Deal launched last year. An additional £2 million of investment is coming from Sheffield City Region’s Local Growth Fund.

Dan Jarvis MP, Mayor for the Sheffield City Region, said: “The Sheffield City Region is a growing hub of innovation, expertise, and knowledge. These qualities are among the reasons why the UKAEA have chosen to open a new facility in Rotherham, supported by Local Growth funding from the Sheffield City Region.

“As well as creating new skilled jobs and opportunities for collaboration with the nearby research centres, this facility will create opportunities for other businesses as specialist suppliers, boosting the region’s economy and highlighting our world-leading specialisms in advanced manufacturing.”

Professor Koen Lamberts, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, added: “This is a hugely significant and transformative announcement for our city, region and the north of England. Researchers at the University and our Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre are looking forward to working with UKAEA on cutting edge research into fusion energy – a potentially world-changing future source of low-carbon electricity, which could be critical in responding to the climate emergency.”

The UKAEA facility will also complement the University of Sheffield’s new Energy Institute, which brings together capabilities from across the university to develop an affordable and clean energy future that is safe, secure and sustainable.

Nuclear South West Conference 2019

2–3 October 2019, Bridgwater.

The Nuclear South West partnership hosts an event to help companies connect with existing opportunities in the UK nuclear sector, showcase your capabilities to potential customers, and learn about the future direction of nuclear in the UK.

There continue to be huge opportunities for UK and international companies that want to be part of the UK nuclear supply chain. Many of these opportunities are in the South West of England – including the UK’s first new build in a generation at Hinkley Point C, four decommissioning sites, submarine decommissioning, as well as potential development of new technologies for small modular reactors.

With a theme of bringing innovation to nuclear, this two-day showcase and conference highlights current and future opportunities in new build, decommissioning, defence and new technologies including SMRs. Speakers include Tom Greatrex of the Nuclear Industry Association, Alan Cumming of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Andrew Storer of the Nuclear AMRC, and Professor Tom Scott of the South West Nuclear Hub.

For full details and to register, go to nsw2019.eventbrite.co.uk