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Showcasing UK nuclear skills to China

February 8, 2013

RSRL Harwell hosted a visit by a delegation from China on 6 February.

Consisting of experts from the commercial and policy sectors, the delegation included representatives from the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC): the China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group (CGNPC): the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA) and the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) under the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).

While at Harwell, a group of UK businesses from the decommissioning and waste management industries were invited to give 15-minute presentations to the delegates, highlighting their nuclear skills and experience. The Chinese delegation also toured the licensed site, visited reactors BEPO and DIDO and heard presentations by RSRL’s Paul Atyeo and Barry Reynolds on the progress being made towards site restoration.

The Harwell visit formed part of a five-day event, ‘Civil Nuclear Energy Showcase UK’, organised by the British Embassy in Beijing, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The event aimed to showcase the UK as ‘partner of choice’ for China by giving UK companies – particularly small to medium-sized enterprises – unique access to nuclear decision-makers from China.

In a full programme of events, from 3-7 February, members of the UK and Chinese nuclear communities were able to exchange information and views on nuclear development, waste management and decommissioning programmes.

Matthew Downing, Head of the UKTI China Energy Team from the British Embassy in Beijing commented: “The visit to Harwell provided a valuable opportunity for the Chinese representatives to see decommissioning at first hand, meet the experts involved, ask questions and exchange views. They went away impressed with the expertise demonstrated, the challenges overcome and the excellent decommissioning progress being made. We are very grateful to RSRL for providing them with such an informative and interesting visit.”

Ron Gorham, NDA Head of Supply Chain Optimisation and SME Champion, said: “Harwell was the UK’s first nuclear research centre and today, as RSRL Harwell, is at the forefront of nuclear decommissioning. The NDA very much welcomes the chance to share the knowledge and expertise that RSRL, as the site licence company, has developed in the last decade of decommissioning. Co-operation of this kind across international boundaries will help us all achieve our common goal of safe and secure nuclear clean-up.”

For more information please contact, Lesley Cox, RSRL Communications