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Civil Nuclear Working Group assists UK-China cooperation

INS Senior Sales Manager, Ozma Taylor, recently attended the Civil Nuclear Working Group (CNWG) in China.  In her blog Ozma explains how the group aims to enhance the opportunities for the UK and China to work together to support the safe, sustainable and economic development of both countries’ civil nuclear industries.  

In December 2017, I attended the CNWG meeting in Beijing, along with Dr Adrian Simper, Strategy & Technology Director from the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).  Adrian is also Chairman of the INS Board.
The CNWG was formed following the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on civil nuclear cooperation by the UK and Chinese Governments in 2013.
The aim of the MoU was to enhance UK and China cooperation in the field of the civil nuclear fuel cycle within governments, companies and other relevant bodies and to encourage entry into our respective civil nuclear markets.
This was further supported during the State Visit of President Xi Jinping to the UK in 2015 when the UK-China Statement of Cooperation in the field of Civil Nuclear Energy was signed.

Access to UK expertise

The UK has a lot of expertise to offer in nuclear decommissioning and clean-up.  We have the world’s oldest civil nuclear industry which began in the 1950s with the first commercial nuclear power station.
Over half a century later, the UK now employs more than 60,000 highly trained workers across the nuclear life cycle, from the design of new plants to decommissioning and waste management.
International Nuclear Services (INS) plays a key role in helping partners around the world unlock decades of British-born technology and expertise.
As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NDA we are in the unique position of being able to provide access to the operators at NDA’s 17 sites and provide insight to the knowledge and experience gained in some of the most challenging nuclear environments.
The combination of NDA Intellectual Property, knowledge, and UK supply chain expertise means that we’re able to offer solutions to complex nuclear issues based on the UK experience.

Cooperation with China

The Civil Nuclear Working Group meeting spanned a wide range of subjects across the fuel cycle, and a number of areas for future work were proposed relating to the back end of the fuel cycle, with the intent to discuss collaborative working on specific projects.
It’s clear to me that the learning acquired by the NDA estate, when dealing with the challenges, scale and complexity of the clean-up mission, could provide the growing civil nuclear industry in China with some potential time and cost saving possibilities.