7th Annual Nuclear Decommissioning Conference Europe 31st May-1st June | The Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, UK

40+ senior level decommissioning and waste management experts to bring you brand new insight

Learn how the European nuclear decommissioning and waste management industry will grow in 2016 and beyond – hear from the industry’s experts on challenges, opportunities and innovations.

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Day 1 Day 2

Tuesday 31st May: DAY 1 CONFERENCE PROGRAMME – Keynote Day


08:40-08:50 Welcome to NDC2016: Mike Vickery, Nuclear Energy Insider

08:50-09:00 Chairman’s Welcome: Gareth Davies, Nuclear Industry Association

Session One: Preparation for Decommissioning – European Case Studies

Case studies from those in preparation for or undergoing  decommissioning – focus on transition from operations to decommissioning and the safety culture, timeline and resourcing challenges associated with this transition

09:00-09:30 EnBW Decommissioning Strategy

  • Decommissioning consists of three major stages
  • Preparation of NNPs for final shut-down: End-of-life management, example GKN II + KKP 2
  • Preparing NNPs for decommissioning: Developing strategies, example GKN I + KKP 1
  • Successful execution of NPP decommissioning: Key success factors, example KWO

Jorg Klasen, Director Nuclear Decommissioning Services, EnBW Kernkraft

09:30-10:00 Sweden’s Vattenfall Nuclear Decommissioning Programme

  • Gain an insight into Vattenfall’s latest preparations ahead of their nuclear decommissioning and waste management programme
  • Understand the decommissioning work in progress, key timelines and schedule for Vattenfall’s decommissioning at Ringhals
  • Discover the plans and processes put in place to ensure a smooth transition from operations to decommissioning

Gerard Jacquemin, Sr Procurement Advisor Nuclear Decommissioning, Vattenfall AB


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10:30-11:00 Decommissioning in Italy: Current Status and Perspectives

  • An overview of the activities carried out in the past that have allowed SOGIN to bring a good degree of completion of post-operational activities
  • The work in progress on the decommissioning, with the main objectives achieved and the time schedule of completion, with focus on its interconnections with the construction of the national repository
  • A short overview on the regulatory system, the financial sources, the verification by the authorities, and the dialogue with the stakeholders and the population

Francesco Troiani, Director of Waste Management and Decommissioning Division, SOGIN

11:00-11:30 Latest update on Reactor Vessel Dismantling Projects

  • Latest European projects
  • Scope overview
  • Dismantling process
  • Waste packaging
  • Lessons learned

Joseph Boucau, Director D&D Business Development, Westinghouse

11:30-12:00 Looking ahead to France’s PWR decommissioning: reducing costs and saving time

  • Gain an insight into plans for the decommissioning of the 58 PWR reactors in France
  • Understand how EDF plan to maximise efficiency of the 58 PWR reactors to be decommissioned in France by taking a fleet wide approach to decommissioning and waste management
  • Understand the possible solutions to difficult transitionary challenges associated with going from operations to decommissioning in France such as safety culture and resourcing

12:00-12:30 ENGIE – Preparation for decommissioning in Belgium

  • Session coming soon…

Peter Berben, Head of Decommissioning, ENGIE


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Session Two: Reducing Cost for More Efficient Decommissioning

This section will cover a breadth of topics and solutions to reducing costs and increasing efficiency in decommissioning projects. Hear from SLCs, utilities and the supply chain on managing decommissioning costs, game-changing technology and cost estimation techniques

14:00-14:30 Effective and efficient regulation of decommissioning within the UK

  • Understand the current regulation of decommissioning nuclear sites in the UK so you can stay compliant throughout your decommissioning programme
  • Gain the ONR perspective as to how decommissioning can improve efficiency whilst keeping a high level of safety throughout
  • Take a look at some important lessons learnt from a regulatory perspective

Mina Golshan, Superintending Inspector Decommissioning, Fuel and Waste Programme, Office for Nuclear Regulation

14:30-15:30 Panel Session: New build vs existing fleet - managing decommissioning costs

  • Hear from key stakeholders within the NDA estate from Sellafield and Magnox so you can take away key lessons learnt from current decommission work
  • Get the chance to understand how new build projects will use benchmarking for future decommissioning work and the decommissioning provisions in place for new builds
  • Gain an insight into managing lifecycle baseline cost so you can manage costs effectively within your decommissioning projects

Panel Chair: Martyn Jenkins, Managing Director, Enkom Consulting

Tony Free, Head of Decommissioning/Environmental planning, EDF Energy
Huw Widgery, DWMP Planning Manager, Horizon Nuclear Power
John Millington, Head of Cost Estimating, Sellafield
Kat Ferguson, Head of Cost, Magnox
Amanda French, Head of Portfolio Assurance, NDA


16:00-16:30 How to optimize cost and cash-outs of decommissioning projects

  • Suggested framework and list of levers based on cost optimization experience from involvement in 10 units in decommissioning
  • Practical example on the "how to"
  • Suggestion of approach, dos and don'ts

Frédérik Jobert, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
Camille Brégé, Principal, The Boston Consulting Group

16:30-17:00 Preparing for DECON: the SONGS Experience

  • Hear from two of the largest industrial auction and asset advisory firms to gain insight into developing investment recovery best practices
  • Understand how to maximize value while mitigating impact of the site in terms of Environmental impact, as well as enhancing your CSR & public perceptions
  • Gain insight into the asset recovery process via a walk through a live power sector project and establish why speed to market is crucial

Alan Bell, Director, Troostwijk Auctions Ltd
David Barkoff, Director of Sales, Heritage Global Partners Inc


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Day 1 Day 2 Top


Track One – Decommissioning Challenges Track Two – Waste Management Challenges
08:50-09:00 Chairman’s Welcome: Alastair Laird, Doosan Babcock 08:50-09:00 Chairman’s Welcome: Fred Sheil, Fred Sheil Consulting
Session Three: Nuclear Decommissioning Challenges – Closing the Skills Gap

Session One: Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management


  This brand new track will focus on the key challenges and solutions to waste management and spent fuel within Europe. It will delve into both the issues within nuclear waste management as a result of decommissioning and the waste and spent fuel created during operations.
9:00-10:00 Panel Session: Preparing for decommissioning through early knowledge management strategy development 9:00-9:30 Spent fuel management and repository programme in Finland
  • Hear from key stakeholders within the NDA estate from Sellafield and Magnox so you can take away key lessons learnt from current decommission work
  • Get the chance to understand how new build projects will use benchmarking for future decommissioning work and the decommissioning provisions in place for new builds
  • Gain an insight into managing lifecycle baseline cost so you can manage costs effectively within your decommissioning projects
Panel Chair: Franz Borrmann, Managing Director, IUS

John Day, Head of Knowledge Management and Intellectual Property, Sellafield
Bob Radford, Head of Information Governance, Magnox
Andreas Scheifele, Director Strategy and Administration, Rusatom Overseas Germany
  • Gain an insight into Finland’s latest progress regarding the license application and construction of their GDF
  • Understand the core reasons why Finland have had this major success so you can take a way key lessons learned from Europe’s first GDF approval
  • Take a look into how Posiva dealt with public perception, licensing and technical challenges so you understand the key principles when building a GDF
Sami Hautakangas, Senior Project Manager Decommissioning, Fortum
10:00-10:30 National Skills Academy for Nuclear – Long Term Skills Management in the Nuclear Decommissioning Industry 9:30-10:00 Innovations in volume reduction for final disposal
  • Gain an insight into the latest successes within nuclear decommissioning skills and how this can be used to enhance the public perception of the UK nuclear industry
  • Understand the challenges involved in resourcing nuclear decommissioning skills and how ensuring workforce capability and capacity is dependent on having enough contracts available
  • Discover the key considerations that need to be made now to ensure nuclear decommissioning career opportunities remain attractive with simultaneous projects on both nuclear new build and operations
Jean Llewllyn, CEO, National Skills Academy for Nuclear
  • Gain an insight into NUKEM Technologies European experience in pyrolysis of IEX and Evaporater Concentrate
  • Take a look into NUKEM’s new mobile melting facility so you can understand how this technology could be used in waste management and recycling
  • Understand how the use of these technologies has resulted in the reduction of bulk material
Dr. Hauke Grages, Director Operations, NUKEM Technologies

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Session Four: Nuclear Decommissioning Technical and Supply Chain Challenges  
11:00-11:30 Delivering Major Decommissioning Projects in Partnership 10:30-11:00 Update on Siting for the UK Geological Disposal Facility
  • Understand how Atkins has levered business partnerships to deliver success in major infrastructure projects
  • Explore how major decommissioning projects are uniquely suited to a partnership approach
  • Understand how to incentivise partnerships and alliances in complex environments
  • See some of the innovations that have been developed to facilitate partnership working
Matt Burley, Head of Strategic Development and Emerging Markets, ATKINS
  • Identify the UK’s strategy for long term waste management within the UK
  • Gain insight into the plans for a geological disposal facility in the UK and the steps necessary for its implementation over the coming decades#
  • Get an update on the latest siting documentation so you are fully aware of the GDF’s progress within the UK
Bruce Mckirdy, Managing Director, RWM Ltd
11:30-12:00 Transitioning from operations to decommissioning 11:00-11:30

Planning from interim to permanent

  • Exploring the complexities of retaining a strong safety culture whilst maintaining productivity through transition
  • Understanding the resourcing and skills challenges of decommissioning in an increasingly competitive sector
Stephen Barrett, Sector Manager Nuclear, Engineering Construction Industry Board
  • Gain an insight into the important short and medium term preparations that need to be made to ensure an easy transition to long-term storage
  • Understand the role of assessing disposability when packaging wastes compatible with a future geological disposal facility
Speaker from RWM coming soon…
12:00-12:30 Nuvia – session coming soon… 11:30-12:00 Large scale land remediation, using innovative solutions
  • Understand the challenges associated with large scale remediation of radioactive contaminated land
  • Gain an insight into the deployment of SCANPLOT to quickly determine the extent of radioactive contamination issues on affected land
  • Take a look at how SCANSORT has been used as a solution to measure and sort large volumes of suspect soil and debris in the UK and elsewhere


Doug Kerr, Technical Consultant Decommissioning and Remediation, AMEC Foster Wheeler

  12:00-12:30 Delivering Disposability: Opportunities for improved Radioactive Waste Management in the UK
  • Understand the current status of UK radioactive waste management infrastructure and its implications for nuclear operations
  • Gain insight into the challenges of radioactive waste permitting and what you can do to secure better solutions sooner rather than later
  • Hear the latest thinking on the regulatory expectations for permitting of on-site disposal at nuclear sites


Dr Juliet Long, RSR Legacy and Waste Issues Manager, Environment Agency


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14:00-14:30 Pinsent Masons – session coming soon… 14:00-14:30 Extending Interim Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel:  What are the Needs and Consequences?
  • Extending interim storage beyond initial license periods due to delayed disposal projects is a global challenge
  • Knowledge needs to be enhanced – data gaps need to be closed timely
  • International collaboration in R&D and regulatory improvements are explained

Dr Holger Volzke, Director, BAM federal Institute – Materials and Research and Testing

14:30-15:00 Developing accretive investment recovery practices for surplus, idle, and complete closures  
  • Understand the Nuclear AMRC’s role in helping UK companies win work in the global nuclear marketplace through manufacturing innovation and supplier development
  • Gain an exclusive insight into three manufacturing case studies including a cost saving for ILW containers at Sellafield
  • Understand how you can best engage with the wider decommissioning sector both as a site owner and supply chain so you can identify further opportunities for manufacturing innovation
Jack Hardy, Business Development Manager, Nuclear AMRC


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Michael Vickery
Senior Project Director
Nuclear Energy Insider
Tel:+44 (0)207 375 7177