Two leading organisations within the UK’s nuclear industry, the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on relevant areas of nuclear research and policy.
The MOU recognises the vital and complementary roles played by the two organisations and confirms that they will work together to ensure that research and development activities across NNL and the Nuclear AMRC are mutually visible and complementary. The two bodies will also collaborate closely in the key area of nuclear skills development, with a strong emphasis on the development of subject matter experts, working alongside the National Skills Academy for Nuclear and its extension in the field of nuclear manufacturing.
It is recognised in the agreement that both NNL and the Nuclear AMRC have access to a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and both bodies agree that these may be made mutually available to one another, and to third parties, subject to appropriate conditions such as security clearance being met. Finally, the organisations will work together on policy matters, where it is considered relevant to do so.
NNL Tynan HowarthCommenting at the signing, NNL managing director Professor Paul Howarth said: “Mike Tynan and I both recognise the enormous potential that exists for our two organisations to work closely together to progress the overall agenda of research in the nuclear sector. I’m delighted to sign this MOU, which will help to formalise that recognition into a series of specific areas where our complementary skills, experience and facilities can be brought together to work more effectively.”
Mike Tynan, chief executive of the Nuclear AMRC, added: “The National Nuclear Laboratory is a world leader in the field of nuclear research with thousands of man-years of experience in the nuclear industry, and I am delighted that Nuclear AMRC will work in close collaboration with Paul Haworth and his NNL team. Together we will play a key role in the continued development of civil nuclear power as a safe, reliable and valued provider of energy for the good of mankind.”