SMR 2018 - Addressing Technical Lifecycle Challenges

SMR 2018 Addressing Technical Lifecycle Challenges

20 February 2018

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This conference offers an exclusive opportunity for a limited number of delegates to take part in a technical facility tour at the NAMRC on the afternoon of 19 February. Booking following registration will be essential, this will close on the 15 February.   

Supported by the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre the Nuclear Institute's SMR 2018 conference will bring a first opportunity of the year to meet, discuss and refresh your knowledge on the latest developments relating to future UK deployment of Small Modular Reactors, refresh yourself on the technical lifecycle challenges, stay engaged and informed of the Government view on the next steps for a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) programme in the UK. 

Listen to speakers and take part in the conversation, with interactive panel and roundtable sessions a key part of this year’s programme.   


08.30   Registration

09.00     Welcome

09.15   Session 1   HMG Policy Enabling Activities and Regulator Perspectives 

Craig Lester, Deputy Director of the Strategy, Engagement & Innovation Team, Dept. for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 
"Smaller and Smarter - Can SMRs reboot nuclear"

Ana Gomez Cobo, Superintending Inspector – Reactor Safety, Head of HPR1000 and SMR Regulation, Office for Nuclear Regulation
Alan McGoff, Lead Nuclear New Build, Environment Agency
"Preparing for regulating SMRs"

11.00    Session 2    Exploring SMR Technologies for UK deployment

Tyrone Sparkes, Tyrone Sparkes, Director – Operations (UK), NuScale Power

David Powell, Vice President Nuclear Power Plant Sales – Europe, GE-Hitachi

John Molyneux, Director, Engineering & Technology - Civil Nuclear, Rolls-Royce

Mick Gornall, Vice President, Managing Director, Westinghouse UK

Panel session inviting questions from the audience  

12.45     Networking Lunch

13:45     Session 3 - Optimising technical innovation to increase SMR deployability

Steven Jones, Chief Technical Officer Nuclear AMRC
"Latest manufacturing technologies to reduce RPV production to 12 months"

Emma Vernon, Business Manager Fuel and Radioisotopes, NNL
Future plans : Research & Development to support AMR Technologies" 

Sian Hope, Principle Investigator Bangor University & Vice Chair of the Snowdonia Enterprise Zone
"Trawsfynydd – A Natural Choice for Small Modular Reactor Technology"

Session 4  Learning from experience and know how: developing an industry position 

In this session, the roundtable groups will meet and discuss and identify to the challenges, potential solutions and what enabling activities industry, HMG and regulators could take to the identified challenges to the future deployability of Small Modular Reactors in the UK and the potential for export.

16.30  Wrap up and close 

Benefits of attending 
  • Receive an update from UK Government on the latest developments regarding SMRs and enabling activities being undertaken by the government ensuring that your business gains the latest thinking on the potential for SMRs in the UK
  • Understand the regulatory perspectives and challenges in licensing/permitting SMRs in the UK
  • Hear from potential SMR technology vendors on the current status of their technology and the safety, operational and economics benefits they each bring, including the potential for UK supply chain involvement
  • Inputs from a range of organisations that cab bring technical innovation to increase the potential for UK deployment of SMR technology including manufacturing and construction techniques to accelerate construction on-site and reduce project risk
  • Understand the research & development and skills required to support a future UK SMR programme
  • Hear from a potential SMR host location in the UK and what an anticipated end-user roadmap could look like
  • Discuss the capabilities and capacity of the UK supply chain to manufacture and construct SMRs and understand the potential commercial opportunities that could result for your organisation

Discounts are available for individual and corporate NI members.   To enquire about your personal or organisational membership please contact  

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Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Tue 20 Feb 2018
  • Mon 19 Feb 2018
  • AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre, Advanced Manufacturing Park , Rotherham