The partnership will see both parties working collaboratively to create a global centre of excellence for reactor engineering and nuclear skills in the North West.
Building on a track record of innovative research and development projects it will broaden the services both parties offer to respective customers, including Reactor Technology Development; a project that will take technology developments from the Dalton Nuclear Institute and put them into industry application through AMEC.
Rt Hon Michael Fallon, UK Minister of State for Energy, launched the partnership at today’s Energy Choices conference. He said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of this partnership between AMEC and The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute. The UK nuclear sector is second to none and it is critical that the UK continues to showcase its expertise and skills around the world.
“This partnership supports strong collaboration between industry and academia, one of the cornerstones of the Nuclear Industrial Strategy, and will support the UK in exporting its skills and expertise overseas ensuring that we keep our rightful place as the leader in the nuclear sector.”
Professor Andrew Sherry, Director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute said: “Our relationship with AMEC has developed over the last decade. There is great scope to combine academic and industrial capability for skills development and technology. Jointly we can offer an even better service to our respective customers in the domestic and international markets.”
Clive White, President of AMEC’s Clean Energy – Europe business, said: “There are many benefits in extending what is already established as a highly successful partnership. Through academia and industry joining together, in support of the UK’s Nuclear Industry Strategy, the UK will effectively export its nuclear skills and capabilities into the international marketplace.”
• Establish the North West as a globally-recognised centre of excellence for reactor engineering within the nuclear industry.
• Create a recognised hub for customers to receive independent, expert advice working on world-leading projects.
• Support the delivery of the Nuclear Industry Strategy, helping to meet the future people capability requirements for future and existing UK nuclear requirements.