Birchwood Nuclear Exhibition

Tuesday 11 July, Warrington.

The UK’s biggest independent nuclear suppliers’ exhibition comes to Birchwood Park, the heart of the North-West nuclear cluster.

The Birchwood Nuclear Exhibition will feature more than 70 exhibitors from along the nuclear supply chain, plus technology demonstrations, knowledge-sharing presentations and networking opportunities.

The event is organised by Nu-Tech Exhibitions & Events, with support from the Nuclear AMRC and the Fit For Nuclear programme, Nuclear Institute, North-West Nuclear Forum and Amec Foster Wheeler.

Nuclear AMRC CEO Mike Tynan will give the opening address, and the centre’s Mantra travelling showcase will be on site to give a hands-on taste of the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing.

The event is free to attend. For more information and to reserve your place, go to: www.nuclearexhibitions.com/BirchwoodEvent

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Horizontal innovation challenge seeks innovative SMEs

UK SMEs can claim up to £50,000 of R&D support to develop their technologies for new industrial sectors including civil nuclear.

The new Horizontal Innovation programme, led by the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), is seeking innovative UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs) whose technology can be adapted and commercialised to solve societal and industry challenges in sectors that are new to the company.

Horizontal innovation promotes the transfer of technology from one sector to another. The new programme offers UK SMEs access to advanced technology support to enable their innovation or product to be commercialised and help solve problems in one of seven sector categories: healthcare, agri-tech, energy, food and drink, transport, construction and nuclear.

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The nuclear challenge covers three broad technology areas:

  • Automation and mechanisation to support in-process inspection and verification, component manipulation and movement, and handling of hazardous waste.
  • Assembly and fabrication, covering modular manufacturing, in-process and through-life monitoring, and tracking and alignment of large assemblies.
  • Digital manufacturing for low-volume production, including enhanced workplace visualisation, digital workflow, and virtual training.

Proposals must be based on the use of wholly or mostly pre-existing technology which has not previously been used in the challenge sector. The winner in each category will be awarded up to £50,000 worth of applied R&D support to help adapt and scale up their innovation for the new application.

The new Horizontal Innovation programme builds on a pilot programme in 2016, when the IET teamed up with the Manufacturing Technology Centre to call for UK SMEs to solve a healthcare challenge. Warwickshire-based 3P innovation was awarded £35,000 to repurpose a simple ketchup and mayonnaise sauce squeezy bottle technology to help address catheter-associated urinary tract infections in UK hospitals.

IET president Jeremy Watson CBE said: “The IET’s Horizontal Innovation Programme offers financial support to SMEs to bring exciting and industry-cutting innovations to market. The UK is internationally renowned for its creativity, research and innovation, but often technologies or processes can get locked into one sector or industry. We want to break down barriers to sharing ideas to enable innovations to be used where they are needed, and not just in the sector in which they are created.

“Our aim is to reward and recognise some of the UK’s most promising small businesses in using horizontal innovation to deliver economic and societal benefits.”

HVM Catapult chief technology officer Sam Turner said: “Taking learning and technology from one sector and adapting it to achieve success in another sector is a core part of what we do. Our work with the construction industry, for example, involves introducing established manufacturing technologies from aerospace and automotive into a construction setting. This is proving to be a speedy, cost-effective and lower-risk way of innovating which has the potential to create real benefit, particularly for small and medium-sized companies.”

To be considered for the programme, SMEs should submit a proposal that demonstrates how their technology solution can be used and commercialised to solve a real-life issue in one of the seven sectors.

Online applications are open until 31 July 2017. For more information and to apply, visit www.theiet.org/horizontal-innovation

 

Nuclear New Build 2017

27–28 June 2017, London.

Organised by the Nuclear Industry Association at London’s County Hall, Nuclear New Build 2017 will bring together nuclear new build developers, the supply chain, and keynote speakers from inside and outside the nuclear sector.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Tom Samson, NuGen
  • Duncan Hawthorne, Horizon Nuclear Power
  • Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, EDF Energy
  • Mike Tynan, Nuclear AMRC
  • Dr Dame Sue Ion
  • Zhu Minhong, CGN

Hosted by Steph McGovern and with more than 350 people forecast to attend, the conference also offers a full social programme to provide unrivalled networking opportunities for delegates.

For more information and to register, go to: www.nuclearnewbuild2017.co.uk

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EQ Alliance to tackle equipment qualification challenges

The Nuclear AMRC is working with a new alliance of Rolls-Royce, Lloyd’s Register, Assystem and Arexis to support the UK’s nuclear new build programme through equipment qualification.

Equipment qualification (EQ) is a systematic approach to ensuring that safety-critical components and systems being manufactured for new nuclear power stations meet the relevant quality standards.

The new EQ Alliance will produce a detailed report on EQ requirements for the UK new build programme, and examine the UK’s current capability to meet those requirements. The report, due in spring 2018, will provide vital strategic guidance to help ensure that UK manufacturers are ready to meet nuclear customer requirements, reducing the risks of new build while maximising the opportunities for the UK supply chain.

“UK suppliers aiming to win work in nuclear new build need to understand the requirements for qualifying safety-classified equipment,” says Andrew Storer, Nuclear AMRC managing director. “This can be a barrier to winning work in the nuclear sector, but is often overlooked.

“By developing the UK’s capabilities for equipment qualification, the EQ Alliance can help UK manufacturers win work. We can also help the UK become a recognised global centre for equipment qualification for the nuclear sector, providing new export potential. With four different reactor technologies being developed in the UK, helping UK suppliers understand the differences and identify common areas could provide significant efficiencies for new build projects worldwide.”

 

 

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The alliance will work closely with the Nuclear AMRC and industry stakeholders during the development phase.

Mark Tipping, offshore technology manager at Lloyd’s Register commented: “We are delighted to be working with our partners to ensure successful delivery of this EQ project for the Nuclear AMRC and, by extension, the UK’s ambitious nuclear build programme.

“EQ is an essential element in demonstrating that a nuclear power plant can be operated safely. It is a regulatory requirement which must be satisfied in order to obtain a licence to operate.”

“Ensuring a robust and agile EQ framework is in place will deliver significant technical and commercial benefits to the UK’s new build programme.” says Chris Tierney from Rolls-Royce. “We have partnered with some of the foremost companies in the industry to ensure the strongest combination of EQ expertise and the highest standards of delivery for the Nuclear AMRC.”

“The EQ Alliance will be leading the industry in the development and delivery of efficient methodologies to support the growing supply chain, and to provide clarity of EQ requirements to the extensive nuclear new build programmes across the UK,” says Bryn Thomas, head of strategic campaigns for Assystem. “We are committed to helping the new build developers in the UK learn from the experiences of other global nuclear developments”.

Raphael Schirrer, chief executive officer at Arexis, says: “The approach of the EQ Alliance brings a unique accumulated pool of EQ expertise with highly skilled resources from all consortium members.”

Over the next 12 months, the EQ Alliance will investigate the UK’s capabilities to meet and manage the EQ requirements of the various technologies being developed for the UK’s nuclear new build programme, and help the Nuclear AMRC make recommendations for intervention.

Fit For Nuclear delivering real impact

Nine out of 10 companies which have joined the Fit For Nuclear programme would recommend it to other manufacturers, according to a new survey.

Fit For Nuclear (F4N) is a unique service which lets manufacturers measure their operations against the standards required to supply the nuclear industry – in new build, operations and decommissioning – and helps them take the necessary steps to close any gaps. F4N is delivered exclusively by the Nuclear AMRC, and supported by top-tier partners in nuclear new build and decommissioning.

Around 600 UK manufacturers have now taken the initial F4N online assessment, with most receiving ongoing support from the Nuclear AMRC’s industrial advisors and nuclear specialists. Completing the programme requires commitment and drive from senior managers, and typically takes 12–18 months.

Almost 100 companies at all stages of their F4N journey responded to the survey request in February. Nearly all are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Almost half of respondents said that they have already experienced meaningful business benefits, from demonstrable improvements in HSEQ measures to greater awareness of nuclear opportunities. A significant proportion say they have won new orders or enquiries as a result of their F4N journey – many more say it’s simply made their business better.

Around a quarter of companies said they would not have tried to develop their capabilities for nuclear sector if F4N support had not been available.

The survey results will help the Nuclear AMRC develop the F4N service to provide additional value to manufacturers.

“We welcome the frank comments in the survey about how we can refine the F4N service, and where manufacturers want to see additional support,” says Nuclear AMRC chief executive Mike Tynan. “One consistent message is the need for ongoing support after F4N granting, to make sure that companies can identify relevant opportunities and successfully bid for work. We are currently developing a number of new services to meet this demand.”

The survey also shows the appetite from SMEs for innovative R&D – 80 per cent of respondents said they would consider working with the Nuclear AMRC to solve their manufacturing problems and develop their capabilities, or are already doing so.

“Advanced technical capabilities and high-impact innovation are increasingly vital factors to winning nuclear work,” notes Tynan. “With the UK’s new build programme finally progressing, and the decommissioning programme reaching out to new suppliers, it’s a great time to start your F4N journey if you haven’t already.”

Download the full impact survey report.

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What manufacturers say about F4N:

  • “F4N is essential for companies who need to improve their status.” – David Toone, W Maass
  • “We are early on our improvement programme, however we are seeing significant improvements in the way our business operates.” – Peter Bruch, AE Aerospace
  • “F4N has forced us to think through every aspect of our business systems and ensure that they meet best practice.” – Jeremy Kemsley-Pein, Heatsense Cables
  • “We have over 20 years’ experience in the nuclear industry and we see F4N being very important for us to be considered for future new build projects.” – Paul Bunn, S&H Systems Design and Installation
  • “Great programme. More help with the next steps would enhance it further.” – Matthew Heaton, DAE Systems
  • “It will definitely change the company for the better, and well worth all the hard work.” – Chris Steele, WKW Precision Engineering

Start your F4N journey today.

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.

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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

NOF Energy nuclear business briefing

Tuesday 25 April, AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre.

Understand the UK civil nuclear sector and its opportunities, with this half-day seminar from NOF Energy, hosted by the Nuclear AMRC with support from the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA).

The event includes NIA chief executive Tom Greatrex on the state of UK nuclear; Fit For Nuclear industrial advisor Paul Cook on supplier development; and Simon Marsden of Outokumpu Stainless Distribution on how his company is approaching the sector.

The event costs £52 for NOF Energy members, or £104 for non-members. Register on the NOF Energy site.

Full members of the Nuclear AMRC can claim free registration: contact Kristie Leng or Philippa Smith at NOF Energy for a discount code.

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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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