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Nuclear South West Conference 2019

Nuclear South West Showcase 2019

This event is a unique chance to 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 continues to be huge opportunities for UK and international companies that want to be part of the UK nuclear supply chain, many of which are located in the South West of England. This includes the UK’s first new build in a generation, Hinkley Point C, which is entering the MEH phase; 4 sites being decommissioned; submarine decommissioning, as well as the 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.

Other highlights include the opportunity to network with senior industry representatives and engage in 1-2-1 meetings with companies across the different supply chains.


Registration is now open with various options for attendance at the constituent parts of the event. See the Eventbrite page for full details.

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Wednesday 2nd October – NSW Showcase

Please note: This will be hosted at the National College for Nuclear in Bridgwater.

  • Visit the UK’s only new build site at Hinkley Point C. Limited to a maximum of 100 people so please book early to avoid disappointment.
  • Technology demonstrations including Flow Loop, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Control Room.
  • Demonstrations by the South West Nuclear Hub, including robotics.
  • Company Demonstrations.

NSW Pre-conference dinner

Hosted at the nearby Marco Pierre White restaurant at the Mercure Bridgwater, allows the chance to network with like-minded attendees and engage with some of the conference speakers, in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

Thursday 3rd October - 'Bringing Innovation to Nuclear'Conference

Please note: This will be hosted at the McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater.

We have an exciting agenda with inspiring industry speakers and plenty of opportunities to network. Our current speakers include:

  • Tom Greatrex, CEO, Nuclear Industry Association
  • Alan Cumming, Nuclear Operations Director, NDA
  • Andy Storer, CEO, NAMRC and Nuclear Sector Deal
  • Beccy Pleasant, Head of Nuclear Skills Strategy Group
  • Richard Deakin, Head of Advanced Nuclear Technologies, BEIS
  • Professor Tom Scott, Director, South West Nuclear Hub
  • Nick Golding, Head of HPC Supply Chain Programme

And more speakers will be announced over the coming weeks!

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Intro to Nuclear New Build and Power Generation

Delegates will be exposed to the past, present and future of nuclear power production, through technical seminars presented by representatives from across the industry, as well as a tour of Hinkley Point C Construction Site.

Seminars will discuss a variety of key topics within the industry, including history of nuclear power production, electricity generation and the operation of the national grid.

Many of the ideas from the seminars will then be observed first hand on the tour of Hinkley Point C Construction site and the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) Simulator

A formal dinner will provide the opportunity to network with people across the industry, including our main speaker Stuart Crooks, Managing Director of Hinkley Point C

Find out more about last year’s seminar series in the Nuclear Institute's blog post

Intro to Nuclear New Build and Power Generation

If you have queries about the Intro to events please contact the YGN via events.ygn@nuclearinst.com

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Guest Lecture: Small Modular Reactors

Kevin Hesketh - Senior Research Fellow, National Nuclear Laboratory, will give a guest lecture at the University of Bristol.


  • Date: Wednesday 2nd May
  • Time: 1pm -2pm
  • Location: Mott Lecture Theatre, HH Wills Physics Laboratory


Small Modular Reactors

Construction of new power generating capacity has historically focused in scaling up electrical output capacity of individual generating plants, resulting in large start-up capital costs of such programmes and long lead times. With a drive to increase the availability of low carbon generating capacity quick as well as decentralising generating capacity, a new train of thought has arisen which has led to the idea of using Small Modular Reactors.

These plants focus on low output capacities, but come with lower start-up costs, increased deployment location flexibility and a capacity to install a number of units over a period of time to match power output to changing requirements.

This talk will provide an introduction to the idea of small modular reactors and will focus on the challenges to be overcome if small modular reactors are to take their place as part of a future energy mix. Construction cost reductions through factory build and advanced manufacturing techniques are the key enablers which will be required to ensure the overall generating costs are competitive.

External Visitors

This lecture is primarily for students and staff on the MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering, but is open to all. If you are interested in attending please email sw-nuclearhub@bristol.ac.uk

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What Does a Good C&I Generic Design Assessment Look Like? 

Nuclear Institute Western Branch Seminar

  • 10th April 2018, 18:30 for 19:00 start
  • Frank Lecture Theatre, HH Wills Physics Building, University of Bristol
  • Presented by Rob Hooper, Principal Consultant, Altran UK


Talk Description


Generic Design Assessment (GDA) might seem like a mysterious process to most of us, but Rob has been through it three times. The GDA process was developed by the Office for Nuclear Regulation,and the Environment Agency) for new UK nuclear power stations.

Rob will share his experiences with the AP1000 (Sizewell B), EPR (Hinkley Point C) and ABWR (Wylfa Newydd) GDAs, and cover:

  • What is GDA?
  • What are ONR’s expectations and how they judge the suitability of the design?
  • The role of Standards, guidance and relevant UK good practice
  • Effective use of argumentation in the Safety Case
  • How to maximise chances of success


The following link gives information and maps on how to get to the University of Bristol: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/maps/directions/ 

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