Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Nuclear New Build Conference at London’s Charing Cross Hotel on January 26 and 27.

Industry leaders and expert advisors are set to attend the Nuclear New Build
Conference at London’s Charing Cross Hotel on January 26 and 27.

The annual industry event, organised by think tank C5, brings together
regulators, energy companies, supply chain members and site licence
holders plus leading consultants and legal advisors.

Major industry players such as Westinghouse UK, EDF
Energy, Fluor, Amec, Mott Macdonald, AON, Areva and Atkins Global will
be joined by Ed Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Energy & amp;
Climate Change, who will present the opening keynote address.

Sheffield Forgemasters chief executive Graham Honeyman
is among speakers at the conference which will tackle the hottest
legal, regulatory and contractual issues for the UK supply chain.

“This is a crucial time for supply chain members and
other stakeholders looking to get involved in civil nuclear new build,”
says Dr Honeyman. “Forgemasters has a key role to play in providing
expert knowledge, strategic insight and quality components for current
and future civil nuclear power projects, and also advice at this
critical juncture for UK new build.”

As well as industry leaders and expert advisors,
delegates will include top regulators and Government representatives
including the DECC, Nuclear Liabilities Financing Assurance Board,
IAEA, Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, Nuclear Decommissioning
Authority and Environment Agency.

For more info, see the conference's website:

Prof Tom Burke on BBC Somerset

Former Ministerial Advisor and FoE Director, Professor Tom Burke CBE spoke live on BBC Radio Somerset in advance of the public meeting on Wednesday at Bridgwater Town Hall.

The interview can also be heard on i-player for a week:

Tom gave a precis of his talk:

"New nuclear build in Britain makes no useful contribution to either energy or climate security for Britons, the nuclear industry will let us down again as it did before by failing to deliver and in any case will require massive subsidies that are unlikely to be available, the government has been gulled into buying into an energy strategy that will benefit a French nationalised industry and deliver less British jobs than a strategy based on improving energy efficiency and the renewables. I also deal with the intermittency issue for renewables and will argue that we are getting left behind in the transition to a low carbon economy because this government, like others before it, is in hock to the big energy utilities and their City hangers on."