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The Sizewell C Consortium mapped

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Wales Nuclear Forum: Industry News, keeping you informed of important updates and informative information in the sector.

DECEMBER 2020

The Sizewell C Consortium mapped

Sizewell C will play a key role in the UK’s green recovery by providing economic benefits to Suffolk and the rest of the country. It will also create green energy for over 6 million homes.

Nearly 90% of jobs in the nuclear sector are based outside London and the South East – bringing jobs and prosperity to the whole of the UK

Our membership is united in making the case for Sizewell C. The project is a vital first step to securing our low carbon future and the prosperity of UK jobs and industry.

MEMBERS

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The WNF Steering Group is made up of 9 industry leading professionals who champion ideas from members, and take them forward with the Welsh Government to make a significant impact within the Nuclear Industry.

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Big Carl’s biggest lift ends 2020 at Hinkley Point C

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Wales Nuclear Forum: Industry News, keeping you informed of important updates and informative information in the sector.

DECEMBER 2020

Big Carl’s biggest lift ends 2020 at Hinkley Point C

 
 

Big Carl, the world’s largest crane, has just completed its biggest ever lift at Hinkley Point C. The super-crane lifted a total weight of 575 tonnes to install the first of three massive prefabricated steel rings which form the reinforced cylinder around the nuclear reactor.

The 17m tall ring with a diameter of 47m – was lifted out of a bunker where it was constructed in factory conditions – one of the innovations to improve quality on the project. Big Carl reached out 160m to put it in place during a night lift – timed to take advantage of lighter winds during a four-day operation.

Despite the challenge of operating under Coronavirus restrictions, the final big lift of the year was one of many significant milestones achieved in 2020. These include the completion of the first 3.5km cooling water tunnels and the reactor base of unit two. The power station will help Britain reach Net Zero by producing reliable low carbon electricity for more than 6m homes.

Lift facts

  • The first steel containment ring weighs 382 tonnes – around the weight of a 747 Jumbo jet – lifting gear took the total lift weight to 575 tonnes.
  • The liner ring is the second of five pieces that make up the steel containment for each reactor, including the base and the dome. 
  • Big Carl is 250m tall, moves on rail tracks and will eventually lift pieces weighing more than 1,000 tonnes.
  • The ring was gently placed on 96 hydraulic jacks which lowered the ring into its exact position.

 

Hinkley Point C Managing Director Stuart Crooks said: “This spectacular lift is a remarkable achievement in a year when everyone has had to make extraordinary efforts to keep the site and community safe from infection. The precision involved is like watch-making on an industrial scale.

“Our ability to maintain progress in such tough circumstances is a testament to the commitment of the workforce and our suppliers across Britain and the world.  Construction of Hinkley Point C’s two reactors continues to provide evidence that repeating an identical design improves quality and efficiency – something that will bring big benefits to Sizewell C in Suffolk.”

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UK Government sign North Wales Growth Deal

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Wales Nuclear Forum: Industry News, keeping you informed of important updates and informative information in the sector.

DECEMBER 2020

UK Government signs North Wales Growth Deal

The UK and Welsh Governments sign the North Wales Growth Deal, bringing jobs and investment to the region.

THOUSANDS of jobs will be created and the economy given a multi-billion pound boost after the ground-breaking North Wales Growth Deal was given the green light by both the UK and Welsh Governments.

Work will now begin on the five programmes that make up the £1bn Deal.

Led by North Wales Economic Ambition Board – a collaboration of the region’s six councils, two universities, two colleges and private sector representatives – the programmes are made up of 14 projects covering low carbon energy, innovation in high-value manufacturing, agri-food and tourism, digital connectivity and land and property.

Both governments have worked closely with stakeholders throughout the process and had earlier committed £240m – £120m each – to help bring the Deal to fruition.

Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart, Wales Office Minister David TC Davies and Ken Skates MS, Minister for the Economy and North Wales, signed the deal agreement on Thursday 17 December.

Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart said:

“It’s fantastic see an exciting and transformative economic deal being delivered across North Wales. We want to build back better from the pandemic and bring jobs and investment to our communities, which is why UK Government has already committed £120 million to this project.

The North Wales Growth Deal is an incredible opportunity for the region and for the wider Welsh economy. Working hand in hand with local government and business, we will ensure the growth deal unleashes the full potential of North Wales.

Their main objectives are to create up to 4,200 new jobs by 2036, support an uplift of £2bn-2.4bn for the economy over that same period, and deliver total investment of up to £1.1bn.

Among the first projects to get underway in 2021 is the £35m Morlais renewable energy scheme off the coast of Anglesey.

MEMBERS

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The WNF Steering Group is made up of 9 industry leading professionals who champion ideas from members, and take them forward with the Welsh Government to make a significant impact within the Nuclear Industry.

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UK fusion suppliers forum 2020

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Wales Nuclear Forum: Industry News, keeping you informed of important updates and informative information in the sector.

DECEMBER 2020

UK Fusion Suppliers Forum 2020

Showcasing opportunities to work with major fusion energy projects.


Procurement Pipeline 
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The WNF Steering Group is made up of 9 industry leading professionals who champion ideas from members, and take them forward with the Welsh Government to make a significant impact within the Nuclear Industry.

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New competition to develop nuclear powered space station

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Wales Nuclear Forum: Industry News, keeping you informed of important updates and informative information in the sector.

NOVEMBER 2020

New competition to develop nuclear powered space station

The British Interplanetary Society (BIS) has announced a major new competition which will see participants come up with the best ideas relating to the storage and handling of antihydrogen.

The chemical, can in theory, be used to generate nuclear power for use in space exploration technologies, and points the way to highly energetic propulsion systems, designed to reduce the transit time between solar system objects.

The competition has been sponsored by the Mirror Quark company, led by Alan Bond, a renowned British mechanical and aerospace engineer, and will welcome proposals from engineers, scientists and physicists over the next six months (closing date: 11th June 2021).

The participants who come up with the best new idea for storage, handling or manufacture of antihydrogen will be announced as the winners of the competition in October 2021, with first place being awarded a £3,000 cash prize. Second place will be awarded £1,500. £300 will also be available to the best submission by a member of the Student Technical Working Group (STWG), and a £200 prize will be awarded to the runner up by a member of the STWG.

If antihydrogen can be successfully handled, space exploration engineers will be able to replace the existing thermodynamic process of converting heat into electrical power, which is heavy and inefficient, with a nuclear power generating technology, which would be far more time and cost efficient.

MEMBERS

Search through our Members list to work with the key Welsh Suppliers for the Nuclear Industry.

The WNF Steering Group is made up of 9 industry leading professionals who champion ideas from members, and take them forward with the Welsh Government to make a significant impact within the Nuclear Industry.

AFFILIATIONS

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The Importance of Engineering

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Wales Nuclear Forum: Industry News, keeping you informed of important updates and informative information in the sector.

NOVEMBER 2020

The Importance of Engineering

MEMBERS

Search through our Members list to work with the key Welsh Suppliers for the Nuclear Industry.

The WNF Steering Group is made up of 9 industry leading professionals who champion ideas from members, and take them forward with the Welsh Government to make a significant impact within the Nuclear Industry.

AFFILIATIONS

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Degree Apprenticeships

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Wales Nuclear Forum: Industry News, keeping you informed of important updates and informative information in the sector.

NOVEMBER 2020

Find out how you can benefit from Degree Apprenticeships

Join this webinar to discover and enquire how your company can benefit from fully funded Degree Apprenticeships. The event will include:

• Welcome by David Roberts, Chair RSP

• Overview of degree apprenticeship offer in North Wales, specifically aimed at digital and manufacturing engineering employers

• Positive encouragement from an Employer to take on a degree apprenticeship

• Messages from an Apprentice’s perspective

• Interactive Q&A session

MEMBERS

Search through our Members list to work with the key Welsh Suppliers for the Nuclear Industry.

The WNF Steering Group is made up of 9 industry leading professionals who champion ideas from members, and take them forward with the Welsh Government to make a significant impact within the Nuclear Industry.

AFFILIATIONS

See the list of WNF Affiliations that are proud to promote and support Welsh-based suppliers within the Nuclear Industry.

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Congratulations to WNF member Bangor University

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Wales Nuclear Forum: Industry News, keeping you informed of important updates and informative information in the sector.

November 2020

Congratulations to WNF member Bangor University

Bangor University is to become a world-leading nuclear research site after a £3 million Welsh Government/Llywodraeth Cymru investment in 15 new science posts.

The highly qualified jobs will be at the University’s Nuclear Futures Institutes and have recharged the region’s nuclear ambitions after the disappointment of Hitachi’s pull-out from the Wylfa Two projects.

The cash injection has been welcomed by NFI Director Professor Bill Lee, one of the UK’s leading nuclear scientists.

MEMBERS

Search through our Members list to work with the key Welsh Suppliers for the Nuclear Industry.

The WNF Steering Group is made up of 10 industry leading professionals who champion ideas from members, and take them forward with the Welsh Government to make a significant impact within the Nuclear Industry.

AFFILIATIONS

See the list of WNF Affiliations that are proud to promote and support Welsh-based suppliers within the Nuclear Industry.

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How Sizewell C could support the UK’s green recovery

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Wales Nuclear Forum: Industry News, keeping you informed of important updates and informative information in the sector.

NOVEMBER 2020

How Sizewell C could support the
UK's green economy

With one year to go until COP26, now is the time for the UK to make important decisions on the fight against climate change.

A green light for Sizewell C will continue the UK’s nuclear revival while driving the UK towards Net Zero.

MEMBERS

Search through our Members list to work with the key Welsh Suppliers for the Nuclear Industry.

The WNF Steering Group is made up of 9 industry leading professionals who champion ideas from members, and take them forward with the Welsh Government to make a significant impact within the Nuclear Industry.

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Ken Skates – Update on the Nuclear Sector in Wales

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Wales Nuclear Forum: Industry News, keeping you informed of important updates and informative information in the sector.

OCTOBER 2020

CABINET STATEMENT

Written Statement: Up-date on the Nuclear Sector in Wales

Shortly after the very disappointing news that Hitachi Ltd had decided to withdraw from the Wylfa Newydd site on Anglesey, I convened a round-table discussion to take stock of the implications of the announcement on the island and to agree next steps.  Joining me at the meeting were the Leader of Ynys Mȏn County Council, the Ynys Mȏn Member of the Senedd and Member of Parliament, the Secretary of State for Wales, the Chief Executive of Horizon Nuclear Power and other key stakeholders.  I would like to share with Members the outcome of those discussions.

There was clear agreement that Wylfa is still regarded as the best site in the UK for large scale nuclear development. The site, which could significantly contribute towards the 2050 zero CO2 emissions target, is supported by a strong, committed and well-established local partnership but that support and the community license to operate should not be taken for granted. 

During the round-table meeting, we agreed the need to continue pressing the UK Government for clarity on nuclear energy policy and crucially, on how any such policy is to be funded.  Clarity on UK Government policy and funding route is essential to unlock the site’s future potential.  We also agreed that an extension to the Wylfa Newydd Development Consent Order decision beyond 30 September would be beneficial, so that elements of value can be retained for any potential future site solution.  I welcome, therefore, the 3 month extension which has since been granted by the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy, taking us to 31 December, 2020.  A rapid assessment of the socio-economic needs of the Island was also found to be an important requirement and we will be working closely with Ynys Mȏn County Council and key stakeholders on that assessment.

I will be holding regular quadrilateral discussions with the Leader of Ynys Mȏn County Council, the Secretary of State for Wales and Chief Executive of Horizon Nuclear Power over the coming months as potential site solutions are investigated.  

In the meantime, I can confirm that we intend to establish a new development company, Cwmni Egino, at Trawsfynydd.   Cwmni Egino will help exploit the huge economic benefits of small modular reactors and associated technologies at Trawsfynydd, including the potential for a medical research reactor, to provide a secure and sustainable supply of medical radioisotopes for Wales, the UK and Europe.

There is expertise and skill in the nuclear field in North Wales, with AMRC Cymru and developments at Bangor University, as well as the sites at both Trawsfynydd and Wylfa. I want to ensure we make the most of this and are at the forefront of new developments.  The establishment of Cwmni Egino shows our commitment to the nuclear sector in North Wales. We are also supporting the North West Nuclear Arc with the ambition to increase awareness of nuclear opportunities across North Wales.

The announcement by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority that a continuous decommissioning approach would be piloted at Trawsfynydd (subject to Business Case approval) is good news for the supply chain in Wales.  Decommissioning work should now continue on site until the late 2030s with both reactor buildings being fully demolished and the reactor cores removed using advanced robotic technologies.  Such expertise developed in Wales has significant export potential.

I aim to ensure we support the Welsh supply chain to fully participate in these opportunities and in those arising from the Hinkley Point C project.  We are offering support to the Wales Nuclear Forum, whose members have already been successful in gaining significant contracts and are in an excellent position to replicate their success on the Sizewell C project, should it be given the approvals to proceed.  

I will continue to keep Members up-dated as matters develop.

MEMBERS

Search through our Members list to work with the key Welsh Suppliers for the Nuclear Industry.

The WNF Steering Group is made up of 9 industry leading professionals who champion ideas from members, and take them forward with the Welsh Government to make a significant impact within the Nuclear Industry.

AFFILIATIONS

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