Next steps for UK nuclear energy seminar

A seminar on Next steps for UK nuclear energy – new build, skills and security will take place 23rd April in Central London addressed by John Hayes Minister of State for Energy.

This seminar will be a timely opportunity to examine the future of nuclear power generation in the UK.

Keynote speakers at this seminar include John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Energy, Department of Energy and Climate Change; Nigel Knee, Head of Nuclear Policy, EDF Energy; Jean Llewellyn, Chief Executive, National Skills Academy for Nuclear; Keith Parker, Chief Executive, Nuclear Industry Association and Baroness Worthington, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change.

It takes place at a crucial time for the industry and the direction of policy, with the Government publishing its Nuclear Supply Chain Action Plan, whose aims include maximising the UK nuclear sector’s impact on economic activity and growth, boosting job creation in the industry and raising awareness across the supply chain of nuclear sector opportunities.

Other notable recent developments include:

  • The Government’s decision to order an official assessmentof the nuclear reactors which Hitachi plans to use following its £700 million purchase of Horizon Nuclear Power;
  • Approval being grantedfor the design of the first UK nuclear power stations to be built for 25 years; and
  • Ongoing negotiations between DECC and EDF over final investment decisions on the proposed plant at Hinkley Point.

The agenda includes discussion on the practicalities of expansion in nuclear power investment and activity in the context of nuclear power’s long-term price competitiveness against fossil fuels and renewables and maintaining clean-up operations.

Further topics for discussion include:

  • Addressing the practical challenges of design, assessment and planning regulations facing new build in the UK;
  • The financial challenges for the nuclear industry and the Government’s role in incentivising new build;
  • Developing a skilled workforce that is able to deliver new build in the UK;
  • The continued issues surrounding nuclear safety in the UK and latest developments in progress to ensure the secure and safe disposal of nuclear waste generated; and
  • Looking beyond current plans for new build and the long-term prospects for nuclear power in the UK.

The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to view online here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum.


We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Energy, Department of Energy and Climate Change; Nigel Knee, Head of Nuclear Policy, EDF Energy; Jean Llewellyn, Chief Executive, National Skills Academy for Nuclear; Keith Parker, Chief Executive, Nuclear Industry Association and Baroness Worthington, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change.

Further confirmed speakers include: Dr William Blyth, Director and Associate Fellow, Oxford Energy Associates; Paul Flynn MP; Sian John, Sector Director, Environment, Energy and Infrastructure Consenting, Royal Haskoning; Patrick Robinson, Partner and Head of Planning, Burges Salmon and Professor Laurence Williams, Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM)

David Mowat MP, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy has kindly agreed the chair the second session of this seminar.

Additional senior participants are being approached.


Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminars present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and are CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved for officials from the CCC; DECC; Defra; DH; NAO and UKTI.

Further organisations represented include: Adams Hendry Consulting; Adelard; Atmos Consulting; Babcock International Group; BAM Nuttall; Bechtel; Doosan Babcock; Doosan Power Systems; Electricity North West; Environmental Resources Management; GPS Associates; London School of Economics; Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners; NNL (National Nuclear Laboratory); Quatro PR; RSK Radiological; Sedgemoor District Council; Shepherd Engineering Services; Squire Sanders (UK); University of Liverpool and URS.

Reporting press are attending from: BBC Current Affairs; New Civil Engineer; Nuclear Intelligence Weekly and The Sunday Times.

Overall we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering around 150, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials from DECC, Defra, and other relevant departments, energy and environment professionals, representatives of energy organisations, academics, local government, charities and consumer groups, together with representatives of the national and trade press.


 A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out within a week of the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at DECC and other government departments; other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda and sponsor information. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

Booking arrangements

 To book places, please use our online booking form.

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at Next steps for UK nuclear energy: new build, skills and security (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £190plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

For those who cannot attend:

  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 7 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

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