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Morlais – Tidal stream energy project

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AUGUST 2020

Morlais - Tidal stream energy project

Morlais is a tidal stream energy project off holy Island. They have a lease from The Crown Estate for 35sq km of seabed.     

They are consenting 240MW of tidal energy devices, although the deployment is likely to be phased. The onshore element of the project is to construct a shoreside substation and a grid end substation capable of connecting the generating devices to the grid. The cable connecting the substations and the substations will be rated at 132kV. They will be installing cables from the shoreside substation to sea through HDD, if conditions allow, and placing umbilical’s for the developers to connect to, Plug and Play.        

With consent expected in July 2021, through an transport and work act order, they need to be able to clear conditions and carry out early design from January 2021 so that we are shovel ready in November 2021. The build phase for onshore works is to complete by mid 2023.        

The latest contract element is for the onshore civil and electrical engineering elements of this project and it is to be advertised on Sell to Wales.

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Your experience could help motivate and inspire young people…

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AUGUST 2020

Your Experiences Could Help Motive and Inspire Young People...

Are you interested in sharing your career journey and insights with young people in secondary schools in Wrexham? Your experiences since leaving school could help to motivate and inspire young people. Interested?

Please contact lesley.lloyd@careerswales.gov.wales

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CTM – Magnox Supply Chain Opportunities

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AUGUST 2020

CTM - Magnox Supply Chain Opportunities

Paul Walsh, Magnox Ltd Head of Procurement – Asset Management has provided the mandatory section of the standard Selection Questionnaire on the CTM system. This can be seen in the below attachement.

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Breaking News – Trawsfynydd

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JULY 2020

B R E A K I N G N E W S !

Wales Nuclear Forum (WNF) have today welcomed the breaking news that Trawsfynydd has been chosen to lead the new Magnox decommissioning approach.

The announcement is ahead of the WNF webinar planned for Tuesday 4 August where Paul Walsh, Head of Procurement at Magnox and Jonathan Jenkins, NDA Stakeholder Relations Manager will be speaking exclusively to Members.

As well as jobs being secured at the site for decades, it is hoped that much of the products and services required will be sourced from Welsh businesses.

Georgia Gascoyne, Chair of the WNF said ‘this is very good news for Wales and a welcome boost for Welsh businesses who will have every opportunity to be involved in the supply chain. The WNF can act as a conduit for companies wanting to get involved with this exciting project’.

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An open letter from Ken Skates, Welsh Minister for Economy

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JULY 2020

An open letter from Ken Skates, Welsh Minister for Economy

27 July 2020

Dear Friend,

The Future of Manufacturing – North Wales and Cross-Border Summit

On 1 July, I made a written ministerial statement that an urgent high level summit would be hosted to help provide a collaborative cross-sector response to the challenges facing the aerospace and automotive sectors in key areas such as north east Wales, Merseyside and Cheshire. This summit will take place on Tuesday 4 August 12.30 – 14.30hrs and I would like to invite you to join the event.

The summit will bring together government, industry and academic leaders to help outline current policy responses, highlighting the likely impact on the sector and providing a space for constructive debate to help shape a collaborative programme of activity to effectively respond to the evolving crisis for the sector.

The event will have two main strands:

–  A plenary based session to give a political/policy, industry and academic overview with opportunities for attendees to question panel members

–  A more interactive session which gives panel members and attendees the opportunity to help provide views on immediate, medium and long term response to help shape and inform the consensus view on a future roadmap

Fellow panel members joining me include:

–  Katherine Bennett CBE, Senior Vice President, Airbus

–  Dr Brian Anthony, Principal Research Scientist, MIT Mechanical Engineering

–  Deirdre Fox, Director of Strategic Business Development, Tata Steel

–  Jeff Lewis, Chief Executive, Raytheon UK

–  Andy Richardson, Chair of the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board

There will also be UK Government and senior industry representatives from the following sectors:

o Automotive
o Energy
o Defence/space o Health

I value your attendance and input in order to shape the future for high value manufacturing, and in developing a collaborative roadmap for the sector, ask if you could give thought to what success would look like in:

  • Immediate (6-12 months)

  • Medium (12-36 months)

  • Long term (36 months +)

    Your RVSP to thematic@gov.wales by 31 July is appreciated.

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North West Nuclear Arc (NWNA) – Job Opportunities

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JULY 2020

North West Nuclear Arc (NWNA) - Job Opportunities

North West Nuclear Arc (NWNA) created a document which summarises some  of the job opportunities and the economic boost that could come from new nuclear Investment across the Arc geography.

It includes reference to Wylfa Newydd and a small modular reactor and isotope producing reactor at Trawsfynydd as well as a possible new development at Moorside in Cumbria. It also talks about linked developments at Springfields in Lancashire and at Urenco’s Capenhurst facility in Cheshire. It refers to opportunities in research and development at Bangor University,  the Menai Science Park (M-SPARC) on Anglesey and AMRI-Cymru on Deeside. As you are aware, new developments would also boost the supply chain across Wales.

The WNF, courtesy of Steering Group Member, John Idris-Jones, has sent this document to MP’s in North Wales and Ken Skates and have asked them  to impress on the UK Government to facilitate the development of new nuclear at Wylfa Newydd and at Trawsfynydd and emphasised that at this difficult time, these developments offer an opportunity to mitigate some of the longer term  impacts on the wider economy including on our manufacturing sector in North East Wales

The document below has also been sent to the Chair of the North Wales Economic Ambitions Board and to the CEO’s of the 5 LEP’s in the North West of England as well as MP’s in the North West of England.

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HPC update webinar with Nick Golding – 16/06/2020

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JUNE 2020

HPC Update Webinar with Nick Golding -16/06/2020

Nick hosted an HPC update webinar and for those of you who couldn’t attend, I summarised the highlights.

He said SWMAS will continue to support businesses to March 2021 and possibly beyond as part of the Nuclear Sector Deal in conjunction with AMRC.

The programme has moved online due to Coivd-19 and their advisors are happy to meet via on-line meeting platforms.

The focus for the next year will be on Mechanical, Electrical and HVAC opportunities and they are looking to define specific working groups in order to combine skills and supply chain support.

SWMAS support has now expanded to other nuclear opportunities:

  • Fusion
  • Defence
  • Decommissioning
  • Research and Development
  • Offshore Wind
  • Tidal

There are also additional MEH opportunities: (with Bilfinger) (MEH is the partnership of HPC and all Tier One Mechanical, Electrical and HVAC Contractors).

  • Acoustic Modelling
  • Cladding for MEH Buildings
  • Welded Supports
  • Trace Heat Treatment
  • Plate Heat Exchangers
  • Telephone Exchange -old style
  • RCC-M Welded Structures and Tanks

There are currently some supply chain challenges but that could open up opportunity to UK suppliers:

  • Italy – forgings/specialist production machinery
  • Spain – large tanks/pressure vessels
  • China – inspection/qualification services

How we are changing the support to help your business

Companies will be supported to understand and make changes to the business to both survive and grow as a result of Covid-19. This will involve a specialist advisor working with the company utilising webianrs, remote technology and systems as well as new innovative approaches.

The company will have an action plan on the back each review which will help to identify areas for cost saving in the business as well as areas to try and capitalise on for growth.

Wider Nuclear Opportunities 

Register

Register to receive Tenders from the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

https://stfc.ukri.org/innovation/tender-opportunities/

SWMAS are working on STEP programme to support a South West bid for location of Fusion Technology Centre

EPR Technical Centre being established at Aztec West, Bristol

White Paper expected around Q3 this year which would unlock further UK opportunities on other Nuclear Licensed Sites linked to both Large Scale and Small Scale Nuclear New Build.

Nuclear Sector Deal Capability Mapping

There is on-going work to create a UK cluster map for nuclear – as part of the Nuclear Sector Deal.

The responses to the questionnaire from the South West and Wales were poor. The North West was very well represented.

The questionnaire will be resent and it is important that companies complete it in order to promote our region and ensure that we are represented.

 

GEORGIA GASCOYNE

Chair

22/6/20

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WNF & CINC (Cantabrian Nuclear Cluster)

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JUNE 2020

WNF & CINC (Cantabrian Nuclear Cluster)

On Tuesday 23 June, WNF Chair Georgia Gascoyne and Steering Group Member, Richard James from Welsh Government held an on-line Zoom conference with members of the CINC (Cantabrian Nuclear Cluster).

In June last year a delegation of Wales Nuclear Forum members visited Santander to hold various meetings with members of the cluster based there and then a visit to ENSA – a major Spanish fabricator heavily involved with nuclear.

The meeting was to pick up on the initial contact and plan out some actions moving forward.

Both parties are keen to share knowledge, certainly in terms of decommissioning and the capabilities of our individual regions.

The hope is that we are able to connect companies together to create synergies and collaborations in order to win work either within the UK or internationally.

Discussions are continuing and concrete actions will be rolled out in the next few weeks.  

WNF extended an invitation to the Cantabrian cluster to make a visit to Wales, perhaps in Spring 2021.

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New President & Chair appointed for WNF

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JUNE 2020

NEW PRESIDENT FOR WALES NUCLEAR FORUM

Following on from a successful year in 2019 the Wales Nuclear Forum (WNF) has continued to grow in recognition across the nuclear and energy industry. And, while 2020 has brought many unforeseen challenges, that have impacted our members in lots of different ways, there are still many opportunities for Welsh businesses across nuclear and energy projects throughout the UK and overseas. As a team, we are determined to continue to support our members to win work in these sectors and to prosper.

To help strengthen the WNF further, we have decided that the time is right to introduce the role of President of WNF and we are absolutely delighted to announce that Angharad Rayner, Site Director for Magnox Trawsfynydd, has agreed to take up the position.

As a senior director of a major decommissioning project in the nuclear industry, Angharad will bring exceptional leadership and organisational

qualities to the WNF Steering Group and we would all like to welcome her to this exciting role. We are looking forward to developing a successful relationship that will assist with the continuing growth of the Wales Nuclear Forum membership.

Angharad said: “I am incredibly passionate about the nuclear industry, it is an industry which offers a great deal for the future. It’s economic footprint provides tens of thousands of highly skilled jobs and in particular, opportunities for Welsh companies to grow and thrive in this sector. I’m very much looking forward to getting involved and actively supporting the WNF ambition to grow its membership and reach even further. I hope to meet many of our members and partners at future WNF meetings.”

Angharad will be a keynote speaker at the webinar event on 25 June – see below for more information.

ABOUT ANGHARAD RAYNER 

Angharad, graduated in Physics from Manchester University and started her career in Medical Physics at Cardiff Heath Hospital in 2003. During this time, Angharad completed an Msc at the University of Swansea in Medical Radiation Physics. After completing her MSc in 2006 she joined Magnox as a Trainee Health Physicist. During her time at Magnox she has spent eight years in the field of Radiation Protection, the later four years leading the department. In 2014 she joined the Trawsfynydd Lead Team as the EHSS&Q Manager before moving into the position of Waste Operations Manager in 2018.

On 1 September 2019, Angharad become the first women in the UK to run a Nuclear Decommissioning Site.

Angharad is excited and inspired by the next stage in her career. She is enjoying the challenge of leading Trawsfynydd Site on it’s decommissioning journey, working closely with her knowledgeable team and skilled workforce. Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.

Angharad is also a STEM ambassador for Magnox and a member of the Women in Nuclear Wales Network. 

NEW CHAIR APPOINTED FOR WALES NUCLEAR FORUM

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chair of the Wales Nuclear Forum after Peter Cornish announced his intention to stand down after four successful years at the helm.

The new Chair, with immediate effect, will be Georgia Gascoyne, Managing Director/CEO of Huntingdon Fusion Techniques. Georgia will be supported by a new Vice Chair , Jason Thomas, Commercial Manager at Teddington Engineered Solutions and Julian Vance-Daniel, Managing Director of VESSCO who will continue in his role are Treasurer.

Announcing he would be standing down Peter said: “It’s been a huge privilege and please to lead the Wales Nuclear Forum, transforming it from a small start-up idea to the thriving membership organisation it is today. I will continue to be actively involved and look forward to seeing

where we can take WNF over the next few years. I wish Georgia every success in her role as Chair.”

Georgia responded: “i’m thrilled to be taking the helm at the WNF albeit during a particularly difficult time for all of us. The Steering Group has been working very hard throughout this lockdown period to ensure that when we all return to some sort of normal, the message is clear – Wales is still very much open for business with a strong, talented and reliable supplier base.”

Jason added: “It is a privilege and an honour to be asked to step into the role of Vice Chair. I am sure I will receive all the support required from my fellow Steering Group members and I will also support Georgia to the best of my ability in the position of Chair.”

ABOUT GEORGIA GASCOYNE

Georgia is Managing Director/CEO of Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) based in Llanelli. HFT have been in business for 45 years and are inventors, designers and manufacturers of pipe purging equipment. The company has been supplying to nuclear, both new-build and decommissioning, since the 70’s. Most recently they have been closely involved with a UK EPC in supplying 

bespoke purging and monitoring systems at the Hinkley Point C project.

She has been involved with Welding and Engineering for more than 30 years, mainly within the Energy sector and working in project development, supply chain management and procurement roles. Georgia is a non-executive Director of the Welding Institute (TWI).

ABOUT JASON THOMAS

Jason is the Commercial Manager at Teddington Engineered Solutions based in Llanelli. Teddington specialise in the design and manufacture of expansion joints that compensate movement within pipework. The company has extensive experience and history within the nuclear sector and also supplied to the first ever nuclear power station at Sellafield in the 1950’s.

Jason has over 20 years’ experience working within nuclear and the broader energy sectors. His engineering and commercial experience includes bidding, negotiating and securing major contracts in the UK and worldwide, both with the civil and defence nuclear industries, working closely with many major Tier 1 companies and EPC’s.

THE WALES NUCLEAR FORUM STEERING GROUP

Chair – Georgia Gascoyne, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques

Vice Chair – Jason Thomas, Teddington Engineered Solutions

Treasurer – Julian Vance-Daniel, VESSCO

Members – Viv Compton, Industry Learning Solutions; Jason O’Malley, In Site Technical; 

                   Richard James, Welsh Government; John Idris Jones, CTC; Mel Jones, EDF Energy

WNF MEMBERS WEBINAR – 25 JUNE 2020, 11AM

On Thursday 25 June at 11am, WNF will host a webinar meeting open to all members. We have a fantastic line up of speakers including Angharard Rayner our new President. We’ll be sharing more details in the coming days but if you want to secure your place, register here now. If you are a member of WNF, there is no limit to the number of people who can attend so please share with your colleagues.

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Update for Sellafield Supply Chain

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JUNE 2020

Update for Sellafield Supply Chain

Following the government publication of PPN 04/20 that replaces the previous Procurement Policy Note (PPN 02/20), we remain committed to playing our part in supporting our supply chain to ensure that our suppliers remain sustainable.

To enable us to do this and to ensure continuity of our critical services, Sellafield Ltd will work closely with the supply chain covered under PPN 04/20 to enable them to make the right decisions for their company and their workforce while continuing to support safe and secure operations.  The supplier relief scheme set up under PPN 04/20 is for those suppliers that deliver critical services that are central to the delivery of our mission and have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 This is on the basis that throughout this period we maintain value for money for our business and the UK taxpayer and enable the supply chain and Sellafield Ltd to transition to our new normal at the end of the pandemic.

We will deliver this with effect from 1st July 2020.

Kind Regards

Alan Hartley

Interim Supply Chain Director

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