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He went on: "When we consider the global

picture, the opportunities for the UK are also

enormous. An estimated £930 billion of

investment is projected for nuclear new build

globally, with international procurement running at about £25 billion every

year from

now to 2050."


Core to the UK's nuclear approach is the

Government's Nuclear Industry Strategy

(NIS) published in March 2013 which sets

out the vision and priorities to 2030 and

beyond. Crucial to the Strategy, said

Business Secretary Vince Cable and Energy

Secretary Edward Davey in a joint foreword,

is Government-Industry partnership.

The Strategy, they wrote, marks "a new

approach, a new commitment" and emphasises that the UK needs an "effective


along supply chains... involving larger

companies at the top and SMEs further

down those supply chains."

The Strategy built on a review of the UK's

nuclear R&D capabilities a year earlier which

included a Nuclear Industrial Vision Statement

detailing industry's own ambitions for the UK

to become once again a 'top table' nuclear

nation, with nuclear having a significant role in

the UK's energy mix up to 2050.

At the same time a Nuclear Supply Chain

Action Plan was in place by the start of 2013

with a focus on near-term opportunities -

mainly in the nuclear new build sector, but

also in extending the life of existing reactors

which also has "significant potential markets."

One of the key recommendations of the NIS

was to set up the Nuclear Industry Council

(NIS) to give high-level strategic direction. Its

members are drawn from the nuclear industry,

including developers, vendors, operators, key

suppliers, contractors and unions; and with

three co-chairs, two of them Government

Ministers and the third Lord John Hutton,

Chair of the Nuclear industry Association,

which represents more than 260 of the

biggest nuclear manufacturers in the UK.

The NIC is determined to identify specific

supply chain gaps and help UK companies

meet those needs. Workstream groups are

leading this work with NIC overseeing implementation and progress

through key performance indicators


This work includes driving the Nuclear

Supply Chain Action Plan, although this is

not seen as a complete plan. NIC fully

expects to identify further actions in the evolution of this programme

of work.

At its third meeting at the end of 2013, with

the ink barely dry on the Hinkley go-ahead,

Item 3 on the NIC's agenda was the workstream

on the UK's Business Capability, and

specifically its supply chain readiness.

This work is being led by the NIA which

reports to the Programme Management

Board (PMB) chaired by Lord Hutton. It covers design and engineering, civil engineering

and construction, products and equipment

supply, and installation and commissioning.

The workstream is also looking at two horizontal themes, quality and skills, both recognised

as vital for UK competitiveness.

The NIC was told that capability work needed to

gather pace. "There is a 12 month

window of opportunity for Hinkley, which



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A programme of initiatives to help UK

suppliers understand, and win business in,

the nuclear energy sector is being run

under the banner SC@nuclear.

It is aimed at any firm interested in understanding potential

opportunities in the sector


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