Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,

It is my greatest pleasure, on behalf of the Organizing Committee to welcome you to attend the 2nd World Nuclear New Build Congress (UK) 2015, which will be held on September 7-9, 2015, in London, UK. Under the theme of “Ensuring successful implementation of UK NNB projects & Pushing forward global EMERGING NNB Markets”, the conference divides into two relatively separate parts, namely the World Nuclear New Build Map session (September 7th) and the UK Nuclear New Build Focus session (September 8-9th).

In UK, the government aims to have 16 GWe (£50 billion) of new nuclear capacity on line by 2025, and aims the first new NPP starting operations in 2019. Among the plan, EDF Energy aims to develop 6.4GWe at Hinkley Point and Sizewell, Horizon Nuclear Power targets for 6 GWe at Wylfa and Oldbury, and NuGen goes for 3.6 GWe at Sellafield.

From the agreement in March 2013 until now, Hinkley Point C - the first new nuclear plant built in UK after 1995 – has announced several main contracts (architect-engineer, Nuclear Steam Supply System, Steam Turbines, civil engineering, components, Third-Party Inspection, and etc) and is continuing phase 2 of Site Preparation Works, although it is still facing financing challenges. The preparation of Wylfa Newydd is also on track and the GDA for Hitachi’s ABWR completed second stage in August 2014, meanwhile, ONR paved the way for Horizon Nuclear Power to begin purchasing major equipment in Nov 2014. The Moorside NPPs is still at early stage since Toshiba purchased 50% share in December 2013 and another 10% share in June 2014, while it’s project company NuGen signed a cooperation agreement with the government to gain access to the 2012 UK guarantee scheme for infrastructure in order to expedite external project finance in December 2014 and announced a ‘environmental services’ engineering consulting contract after that. EDF Energy Sizewell C project is moving forward to second formal stage of consultation with local communities.

At the global level, there are quite a many good practices in nuclear new build with regards of localization, supply chain and project management, such as in UAE, in China and in South Korea.

In the newcomers, their nuclear new build programmes are also flourished by strong government supports. In Turkey-Middle East region, Turkey is working with Rosatom in $20bn Build-Own-Operate model for AKKUYU NPP that is going to start construction soon (although might be delayed), and a $22 billion contract awarded to Japanese-French consortium for second NPP at Sinop, the third project is also in exclusive negotiation with Westinghouse-SNPTC consortium. Jordan announced its first big NPP to Rosatom with BOO model and small reactors are also on JAEC’s agenda. Saudi Arabia is planning 18GWe of nuclear capacity by 2032 as well. In South-East Asia region, Vietnam is the most active NNB market of SEA, it just signed 2 NPPs to Russia and Japan, another 2 NPPs is planning. In Bangladesh, 5000 MWe of nuclear capacity was also envisaged by 2030, and 2000MWe has announced to Russia. Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar is also evaluating NPP new build program. In Africa region, South Africa is with firm plans for further 9600 MWe in the next decade, generating 23% of its electricity. Egypt has done extensive preparation work, and has signed a MOU with Russia. The active actions also have been taken in Nigeria and Kenya. In South America region, Argentina’s construction for CAREM-25 has started on, there are also next 2 reactors planned are likely to be built by China National Nuclear Corporation. Brazil has 2 nuclear reactors generating 3% of its electricity, and a third under construction, 4 more large reactors are proposed to come on line in the 2020s.

The nuclear developer countries also have the plans to build new nuclear power plants, such in IndiaNorway, Canada, and Iran.

Therefore, the congress in London, UK, will offer you a comprehensive coverage of the global nuclear new build market with fresh project updates and various case studies. Meanwhile, for those who are keen to find new investment opportunities or strengthen their presence in the global market, especially the UK market, this three days congress will provide plenty of opportunities to meet your future partners.

I am looking forward to seeing you in London!

Best regards,

Organizing Committee of 2nd World Nuclear New Build Congress (UK) 2015
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