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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’.

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.

North West Nuclear Arc (NWNA) - Job Opportunities

Attached is a document created by the North West Nuclear Arc (NWNA) 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 attachment 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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