WNF Industry News

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

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

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.

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.

MEMBER NEWS

We are really keen to hear news from our members that we can share, ideas for things you want to hear about and topics for future meetings. Please get in touch with your suggestions to wnf@marickcommunications.co.uk

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

NUCLEAR BURSARY NOW OPEN

Have you been furloughed or made redundant?
Are you looking for financial support with training?

The Covid-19 pandemic is a major challenge for employers and employees across the UK nuclear industry. This unprecedented situation has led to some people being affected by furlough or redundancy, as companies make difficult decisions to minimise their risks to business continuity.

This Nuclear Bursary round will focus on providing financial support to those that have been furloughed or made redundant from a company working in the nuclear sector, as well as supporting employees of SMEs looking to upskill or develop new skills.

The Nuclear Bursary Scheme, managed by NSAN and funded by the ECITB and the NDA, supports the delivery one of the NSSG’s key themes of ‘Exciting the Next Generation’ with a particular focus on helping to retain and upskill personnel.

This round will also support the delivery of the Nuclear Sector Deal, which aims to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the UK nuclear supply chain, reduce barriers to entry and encourage SMEs to enter the sector.

The Nuclear Bursary will provide a financial contribution towards the cost of programmes of study relevant to the UK nuclear industry or associated costs for the course completion.

Relevant programmes of study supported include Higher Level short courses, First Degree and Post-Graduate programmes, CPD qualifications and workforce development.

Given the current social distancing measures in place due to the Covid-19 restrictions, applications for courses to be completed by distance learning only will be accepted in this round.

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