NDA Research Manager Rick Short reflects on a two-day technical conference that brought together 100-plus industry representatives, PhD researchers, academics from the UK and overseas scientists – all committed to shedding new light on some long-standing complexities associated with nuclear decommissioning.
Adrian Simper, NDA’s Director of Strategy and Technology, conveys the sense of collaborative achievement in nuclear clean-up that was evident at the world’s biggest gathering of global waste management organisations.
Beth Ripper, Manager of the National Waste Inventory, explains how businesses across the UK have been working to compile an updated national inventory of radioactive waste and materials.
Joe Orrell’s company Red Engineering Ltd are exploring how their global experience in a range of industries can be applied to challenges in nuclear decommissioning. Last year, he exhibited in the innovation zone at the NDA Estate Supply Chain Event, and more recently he’s been looking into bidding as part of a consortium, for a share of £3 million innovation funding available for research projects.
The funding is being made available through the Integrated Innovation in Nuclear Decommissioning competition run by the NDA and Innovate UK via a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).
Beccy Pleasant, NDA's Head of Talent and Skills, celebrates the value of apprenticeships across the UK and highlights imminent reforms for employers. She describes how schemes are helping more apprentices gain placements in the supply chain for nuclear decommissioning. A long-running scheme, funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, in Cumbria is developing valuable business administration skills for those taking their first career steps in the nuclear industry.
Nigel Hale, from DroneOps, shares his thoughts on the recent brokering event that he joined to understand more about these questions and the potential answers. The NDA's Integrated Innovation Competition for Nuclear Decommissioning is an opportunity for companies to bid for and share £3 million of funding for projects that will address some major challenges at Sellafield.
Arun Khuttan enthuses about Cumbrian students who recently joined the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for a week as part of the Dream Placement scheme. They welcomed spending their half-term week learning about different opportunities within the nuclear industry.
As NDA Chairman Stephen Henwood CBE steps down, he reflects on nine years at the heart of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and its growing confidence as a national strategic body leading a vital UK programme.
Site Assessment Group leader David Edwards explains how his team of multi-disciplinary specialists has been carrying out in-depth scrutiny of on-the-ground decommissioning work at some of the earliest nuclear sites as well as the latest nuclear archive project. The group aims to build a comprehensive understanding of progress to support NDA teams that are based off site.
Simon Tucker, Head of Information Governance, shares his views on how the new archive, Nucleus, in Caithness benefits the local community and provides a long-term solution for managing information related to nuclear decommissioning.