Up to £13 million for new nuclear technologies
As the nuclear renaissance gathers pace, the NDA has again joined with other public bodies to open up opportunities for UK businesses, offering a total of up to £13 million investment for new technologies covering new build, current operations and decommissioning.
The collaboration between the UK innovation agency the Technology Strategy Board, the NDA and the Department of Energy and Climate Change is aimed at helping UK-based businesses take advantage of the opportunities arising following the recent agreement on Hinkley Point C, the first nuclear power station to be built in the UK for almost 20 years.
The funds will be made available early in 2014 as part of a drive to grow a robust, sustainable UK supply chain through the development of innovative products and services for the nuclear sector. The initiative will focus on key technology areas such as construction, manufacturing, operation, maintenance and decommissioning and waste.
Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said:
“We are committed to nuclear power as part of the low carbon mix of our future energy supply. And through our nuclear industrial strategy we are working in partnership with industry to grasp the multi billion pound long-term opportunities for UK companies and for thousands of highly skilled jobs.
“This funding will help UK companies to compete for contracts in areas like construction, manufacturing, operation, maintenance and decommissioning and waste. We want to build a robust UK based supply chain for existing and future nuclear power stations.”
Melanie Brownridge, the NDA’s Head of Research and Development, said:
“This continues a collaborative drive initiated more than 18 months ago that is already delivering significant innovative technological progress. We rely on a vibrant, dynamic supply chain and are pleased to invest in future capability.”
Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, added:
“This country has strengths in a wide range of technologies that will contribute to our growing domestic civil nuclear programme as well as taking advantage of significant global market opportunities. We will be focussing our support to ensure that UK businesses have the opportunity to engage fully in these programmes.”
In 2012, £18 million was invested in nuclear Research and Development through a partnership between the TSB, NDA, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The 35 projects, which received funding following a competitive submission process are ongoing and include a wide range of innovative UK SMEs, large businesses and research institutes.
The new competition will focus on the technologies needed for Britain’s new fleet of power stations, but will also include further opportunities for developing innovation for existing stations and decommissioning programmes.
Further details will be announced in the New Year.
UK generates “record” amount of wind power
Last Friday (29 November) between 2.30pm and 3pm, wind turbines produced an average of 6,004 megawatts (MW), making up 13.5% of the UK’s total electricity demand at that time, according to National Grid statistics.
That’s enough to power more than 3,410,000 British homes, said trade body RenewableUK.
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Source: Energy Live News
Successful Supply Chain Event
Around 1,300 visitors from the UK and overseas took advantage of face-to-face networking opportunities at the largest and most successful NDA Estate Supply Chain Event held so far.
Launched in 2011, the Manchester event is organised jointly by the NDA and its Site Licence Companies with the key goal of opening up visibility of opportunity for suppliers, and for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), in particular.
The day was formally opened by Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change, who said:
“I was impressed to see so many people at this event. I understand this is probably the largest of its kind in Europe. I have an SME background and understand the challenges and opportunities faced by businesses represented at this event. The fact that we had such a strong international presence shows us that the opportunities for this sector are not just limited to the UK.”
Around 200 businesses took exhibition space, alongside information stands representing the NDA, all the SLCs, Top Tier 2 suppliers, government bodies and regeneration organisations. Among the new features for 2013 were:
- an innovation zone where leading-edge nuclear companies showcased their technologies and presented case studies.
- an international seminar with nuclear experts from other countries, who updated delegates on the overseas decommissioning market and opportunities that are available for UK companies. Representatives from Romania, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Taiwan, Germany, Japan and France gave outlines of how UK companies might approach their markets.
Also announced at the event were revisions to the NDA’s Intellectual Property terms and the introduction of mandatory prompt payment terms for the whole supply chain.
Ron Gorham, the NDA’s Head of Supply Chain Optimisation and SME Champion, said:
“This event is now in its third year, and is becoming an important fixture in the calendar for businesses in the nuclear decommissioning market.
“We are absolutely delighted that so many people were able to attend this year. We listened to feedback from 2012 and aimed to provide more space for business stands and for informal discussions. The informal feedback so far suggests that it has worked extremely well.
“The success of our mission depends on vibrant, dynamic businesses that can provide solutions to the many challenges. We remain committed to working with our supply chain, from the largest to the smallest players, to improve opportunities for involvement in decommissioning.”
The event is part of a series of initiatives developed over the past two years to encourage and support the supply chain. These include a simplification of contract flowdown requirements, adopting HMG’s Contract Finder as the single, web-based portal for forthcoming tendering opportunities, plus establishment of national and regional steering groups for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs).
Major projects and programmes reporting
The NDA has today published a pilot report covering a number of major projects and programmes. The intention is to give stakeholders greater visibility on the major projects and programmes that are strategically important for our mission.
The first version of the Priority Programme Report is a pilot which looks at six major projects or programmes: four at Sellafield; one for the Magnox sites; and one for Dounreay.
The report covers progress against the current lifetime plan of the relevant site, with targets and objectives aligned to the NDA’s annual Business Plan.
The intention is to publish the report every six months and the NDA will consider which further projects and programmes will be included in future reports after taking account of feedback received from the pilot. The NDA welcomes feedback on the presentation of the data in the pilot report. Comments can be sent to email@example.com
AMEC acquires US-based nuclear services company
AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, today announces that it has agreed to acquire Automated Engineering Services Corp. (AES), a 175-person professional design engineering nuclear services firm based in Naperville, Illinois, US, with annual revenues in excess of $30 million. The consideration of $29 million will be paid in cash and completion is expected by the end of November 2013.
Established over 20 years ago, AES provides plant design / modification engineering, engineering analysis, safety, licensing and regulatory services, and engineering programme support to existing nuclear utilities, primarily in the US.
Tim Gelbar, President of AMEC’s Power & Process business in the Americas said: “Consistent with AMEC’s strategy, this acquisition builds on our nuclear position in the US, allows us to better serve our clients and provides a solid platform from which to achieve further growth. It is an important addition to our strong positions in the nuclear markets in Canada and Europe.
Jim Rippon, Vice President of AMEC’s nuclear business in North America added: “The combination of AMEC and AES increases the value we can add to our clients in the US nuclear market. We are delighted to welcome the AES employees to the AMEC team.”
Dr. A. V. Setlur, President of AES said: “Together with AMEC we can provide a high quality service to our clients. Our focus has always been, and will continue to be, predictable and highly responsive service to our clients.”
Source: Your Nuclear News
Swiss nuclear plant to close in 2019
State-owned energy firm BKW said the Mühleberg nuclear facility, located around 17 kilometres from the Swiss capital Bern, will go offline in 2019.
The Swiss Government approved a phase-out of the country’s nuclear plants by 2034 and scrapped plans to build new reactors.
BKW intends to invest roughly 200 million Swiss francs ($222.67 million) to maintain and upgrade Mühleberg over the next six years.
The company said: “Investing in the plant’s long-term operation would have entailed high costs, the amortisation of which would have been too uncertain given the prevailing economic, regulatory and political conditions.”
Source: Energy News Live