Nuclear: Moving on from the productivity challenge to disruptive technologies

Over the past 2 years the Constructing Excellence Nuclear Sector Group have been investigating productivity in the nuclear sector.  The Nuclear Conference on 2nd May 2019 hosted by Burges Salmon looked at progress to date in the productivity agenda and how that can be implemented as well as the role that disruptive technologies could play … Continue reading “Nuclear: Moving on from the productivity challenge to disruptive technologies”

Presentations from the 2nd May 2019 #CENuclear conference

Latest developments in the industry Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive, NIA (to follow) The Factory Thinking guidance package: Volumes 2-4: Processes and tools; Digitalisation; Procurement Realising productivity construction delivery models Volume 2 Adam Newbould – Procuring for Productivity Philip Isgar – NI Digital Special Interest Group John Robison – Sellafield Introduction to Disruptive Technologies in nuclear … Continue reading “Presentations from the 2nd May 2019 #CENuclear conference”

Realising productivity construction delivery models – implementing construction factory thinking

In the second of our nuclear productivity series the Constructing Excellence Nuclear Group have been looking at how to implement construction factory thinking. Volume 1 provided a burning platform for change with insights into construction factory thinking and productivity. It proposed a construction delivery model to develop nuclear construction projects more efficiently. Volume 2 now … Continue reading “Realising productivity construction delivery models – implementing construction factory thinking”

£200 million Nuclear Sector Deal

Constructing Excellence welcomes the announcement of a £200 million investment in the nuclear sector to help secure the Clean Growth Agenda.  The investment includes £56 million for R&D into advanced nuclear reactors, £86 million for a National Fusion Technology Platform and £40 million to develop a thermal hydraulic facility in North Wales.  The deal will … Continue reading “£200 million Nuclear Sector Deal”

Challenging the mindset in nuclear construction: ‘Construction Factory Thinking’

The nuclear theme group of Constructing Excellence has published the first report in its Productivity Series. The report can be downloaded here. In his Foreword, the chair of the group Adrian Worker writes: “[Poor productivity] is not just a perception of the nuclear sector but of the wider construction sector… It needs to be urgently … Continue reading “Challenging the mindset in nuclear construction: ‘Construction Factory Thinking’”

Investing in UK nuclear

In May 2006, Tony Blair indicated that nuclear was back on the agenda. The mantle was taken up by the Labour administration in the late noughties during which time the world changed. In 2008, the world went through a financial meltdown and the equilibrium of the so-called trilemma of balancing reduced carbon, affordable prices and … Continue reading “Investing in UK nuclear”

Industrial Strategy and the productivity challenge in nuclear

Constructing Excellence convened sixty people from across UK nuclear construction in late April to address the construction productivity challenge in the sector. The event was organised and led by our nuclear theme group chaired by Adrian Worker of CH2M and was supported by the ECITB, European Construction Institute, the Nuclear Industry Association, BIM4Nuclear, and kindly … Continue reading “Industrial Strategy and the productivity challenge in nuclear”

Horizon appoints team to help deliver Wylfa Newydd

Horizon Nuclear Power has today appointed Menter Newydd, a specially created world-class joint venture, to help deliver the company’s lead nuclear new build project, Wylfa Newydd. Menter Newydd, meaning New Venture in Welsh, is a joint venture of Hitachi Nuclear Energy Europe, Ltd., Bechtel Management Company, Ltd. and JGC Corporation (UK) Ltd.  and will be … Continue reading “Horizon appoints team to help deliver Wylfa Newydd”