Organized by Nuclear Energy Insider
5th Annual Nuclear Decommissioning Conference - Europe May 7-8, 2014, Radisson Blu Airport, Manchester, UK

2014's knockout agenda brings you the insight you need to solve your decommissioning challenges

Strategy and Best Practice within the UK

Critical Success Factors at Sellafield

  • Understand URS's involvement at Nuclear Management Partners as parent body organisation for the Sellafield decommissioning programme
  • Gain insight into the significant challenges faced at Sellafield including hazard and risk reduction, decommissioning, reprocessing and nuclear waste management
  • Identify the critical success factors, necessary to achieve the important decommissioning mission at Sellafield so you can apply important lessons learned into your decommissioning projects

Graham Mckendry - Group Vice President - URS

Programme and Project Management at Sellafield

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Capital Project Performance at Sellafield

  • Hear from PT&C and the NDA to gain insight into the capital project performance at Sellafield
  • Understand how PT&C and NDA have worked together to develop contingency plans for uncertainty at Sellafield
  • Gain further insight into the work being done on cost estimation principles and project benchmarking analysis so you can understand how to apply these principles to your decommissioning programmes

Alistair Laird - PT&C and Dave Weatherburn - NDA

Progress at Dounreay - One Year On

  • Receive an exclusive update on the progress made on Dounreay’s decommissioning programme, two years on
  • Gain an insight into managing the personal transition from operational to decommissioning in order to explore the subtle but extremely important differences between operational and decommissioning excellence
  • Understand how and with whom the Dounreay site will interact with the new closure contract in place

Mark Rouse - Managing Director - Dounreay

Lessons from the LLWR Plutonium Contaminated Materials (PCM) Decommissioning Project

  • Gain insight into the LLWR PCM Decommissioning project and understand the strategies being implemented when dealing with plutonium contaminated materials
  • Review project strategies in a number of key areas including schedule acceleration, contracting strategy, declassification techniques and safety case development
  • Learn about the strategies of the decommissioning programme leading to demolition of buildings to allow the area to be reused for future vaults

Dennis Thompson - Managing Director - LLWR


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Costing Decommissioning of Nuclear Sites

  • Understand the key factors in financing Nuclear new build projects by making sure the costs of long-term waste management are well understood
  • Understand how the NDA project on the siting, financing and charging options for geological disposal facility will be very important for the development of the next generation of nuclear installations
  • Consider financing options in the context of the nuclear industry and other sectors, in the UK and internationally

Karen Dawson - Director - PWC


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AMEC Day One Workshop

  • Silver sponsors AMEC have put together an exclusive lunchtime workshop for day one of the conference for all conference attendees
  • From specialist consultancy, through new build and life time extension to decommissioning and remediation projects join AMEC’s lunchtime briefing to see what developments are taking place
  • Understand how you can work with AMEC to support this challenging market

Richard Heywood - Business Development Manager - AMEC

Retrieval and packaging of Wet ILW from Chapelcross and Dungeness A Ponds

  • Legacy waste has been stored in the old fuel ponds at both Magnox sites which now requires retrieval and packaging into DCIC containers in accordance with the Magnox ILW long term storage strategy
    • Both sites have existing infrastructure that is being used as far as possible to provide the means for handling the flasks and equipment required for retrievals
    • The new equipment has been designed to be simple yet safe within the bounds of the  Nuclear Safety Case developed by alongside by the two Magnox sites
    • The design is 2 years in, through design development and successfully through HAZOP2 and into Detail Design and Substantiation, with an aim to be on site installing equipment by the end of the year.
    • Atkins led design team, working as part of the SAS partnership under the Magnox ILW framework agreement, has taken the design from initial concept through to current position where Detail Design Drawings are being produced for manufacture.

Progress and Best Practices from Outside the UK

Preparation for Decommissioning During Operation and After Final Shutdown

  • Learn about current decommissioning projects at EDF so you can identify key lessons learned from decommissioning projects in France
  • Understand the strategic considerations when preparing for decommissioning projects during operation so you can prepare for decommissioning well in advance of initial shutdown
  • Gain insight into the main technical targets for decommissioning projects during operation and after final shutdown

Gerard Laurent - Anticipation and Graphite Treatment Project Manager - EDF

Decommissioning Activities at IAEA and Preparation for Decommissioning at Fukushima

  • Gain an overview of decommissioning activities supported by the IAEA and the current status of global decommissioning projects
  • Discover first-hand the IAEA’s involvement in the preparation for decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi NPP
  • Hear about other activities supported by the IAEA Waste Technology Section including assisting with planning and implementing decommissioning strategies and projects

Vladimir Michal - Head of Waste Technology Section - IAEA

Decommissioning at Vermont Yankee - The US Strategy

  • Gain insight into the latest decommissioning from the Vermont Yankee NPP in order to carry over knowledge and techniques from the early stages of this decommissioning project
  • Hear about the complete construction of a standalone interim spent fuel storage installation to understand the challenges and consequent successes
  • Take away lessons learned from the upgrade of the fuel building to support fuel transfer operations to ensure similar projects are also delivered on time and budge

Paul Paradis - Decommissioning Director: Vermont Yankee - Entergy


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Supply Chain Innovation - Equipment, Design, New Technology and Waste Management

The role of Radioactive Waste Management Ltd (RWM) in:

  • Long term waste management
  • Role of assessing disposability when packaging wastes compatible with a future geological  disposal facility
  • Plans for a geological disposal facility

Joerg Viermann, Head Sales Waste Management, GNS

Waste Processing By De-watering / Drying – Experiences From Sizewell and Bradwell”.

  • ILW Ion Exchange Resins – De-watering at Sizewell B Power Station
  • ILW Sludge and ION Exchange Material – Drying at Magnox’ Bradwell Site
  • Lessons Learnt and further development

Corin Brotherhood – Principal Mechanical Engineer - AREVA ATKINS

Technological Innovation - Panel Session

  • Get an inside look into the development of the most innovative technologies available for nuclear decommissioning, waste management and disposal so you can curtail your decommissioning costs
  • Understand how the latest technologies including robotics, radiation measurement and instrumentation can be applied to your bespoke decommissioning projects
  • Understand how initial projects with these technologies have enabled an increase in safety and how they can be tailored to specific needs and criteria

David Hopper - MD - Advanced Robotics
Steve Wood - MD - REACT Engineering
Mike Lodge - CEO - ARVIA
Bryony Livesey - Research and Technology Manager - Costain
Phil Heaton - Decommissioning Team Leader - Environment Agency

Reactor internals segmentation using proven techniques - Westinghouse

  • Hear about processes for segmenting reactor internals which allows minimum personnel exposure and reliable operation during decommissioning
  • Get a complete update on the advanced WEC technology for dismantling  reactor internals with most recent project feedback

Joseph Boucau - Director of Global D&D Sales - Westinghouse

Waste Treatment Services for Decommissioning - International Perspective on the Question of Supply and Demand

  • Hear from world renowned specialists in the treatment of low and intermediate-level waste, Studsvik, on their international waste treatment services for decommissioning
  • Understand the latest waste management techniques for dry and metallic waste from nuclear facilities in Europe, through incineration and melting
  • Hear how these innovative waste management techniques from across Europe can be incorporated into decommissioning projects

Joe Robinson - Vice President of Strategic Development - Studsvik

Lighting a New Era for Waste Management using PRISM

  • Hear how GE Hitachi's breakthrough technology, PRISM, can utilise the energy potential on spent fuel and close the fuel cycle, turning “waste into watts”
  • Understand how PRISM's robust fuel capability can recycle used nuclear fuel or plutonium whilst producing carbon-free electricity and how these features can benefit your operations
  • Gain insight on how this breakthrough technology's flexible application can be applied to a range of specific requirements so you can evaluate its use in your future strategy

David Powell - VP European Sales - GE

Waste Management and Treatment - EDF Case Study

  • Evaluate the arguments for recycling vs disposal of large pieces of contaminated equipment (ie steam generators)
  • Explore the options for I-graphite treatment vs disposal
  • Understand how EDF have used Ion exchange resins during decontamination processes

Gerard Laurent - Decommissioning Expert - EDF

Disposal of VLLW to Landfill, Augean’s Experience and Challenges for the Future

  • Having now disposed to our landfill site at East Northhants waste from several sites in the NDA portfolio, we would like to share our experience and some of the key lessons learnt.
  • The benefits for the NDA estate and others in the extension of our planning permission for the East Northants facility.
  • The key challenges for ourselves in expanding our capabilities in dealing with radioactive materials

Helen Simms - Director of Radioactive Waste Services - Augean


Geological Disposal

Update on UK Government Policy for Siting a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF)

  • Receive an update from Head of Geological Disposal Facility at DECC on current UK Government policy for siting a GDF
  • Explore insights from the 2013 consultation
  • Gain an insight into the potential next steps for a GDF in the UK

Rachel Solomon-Williams - Head of GDF - DECC

Geological Disposal Across Europe

  • Gain a valuable insight into geological disposal experiences from across Europe and understand the licensing, construction and operating processes involved in the GDF process
  • Understand how to manage uncertainties in safety when building a geological disposal site including technical issues such as monitoring contamination and the types of cement to use
  • Explore advanced European research projects and the possibilities of a European wide geological disposal facility

Jacques Delay - IGD-TP/ANDRA
Phil Richardson - Galson Sciences
Further participants to follow...  

Zyda Law

Exclusive session coming soon...



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