leaves a tight timeline for companies to get
to a position where they are able to compete
for work," it was told.
That means Tier 2 and 3 companies must
act quickly for Hinkley, but with more new
builds on the way, including Moorside,
interested engineering companies still have
time to prepare.
It is accepted that there are some products
and technologies that the UK may not be able
to supply. This makes it all the more important
to focus on UK businesses being competitive
in those areas where they can supply.
Looking ahead, the supply chain work will
become more specific, and energy developers are
being pressed to be clear about
gaps in the supply chain, and what they
require in terms of quality and price.
Suppliers, the meeting was told, should not
hold back on this - greater transparency is
A key area discussed was that SMEs face "a
"step change" if they are to get more involved
in the supply chain. In some industries, mutual
self-help partnerships have been formed to
enable a share of knowledge and best practice among SMEs. This could enable them to
address specific supply problems. GTMA
as an organisation is one of those committed
to this approach.
At the same time, manufacturing expertise is
being supported by initiatives including the
Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research
Centre (Nuclear AMRC), a collaboration
between academic and industrial partners
from across the nuclear supply chain.
Core research areas include Machine tool
optimisation and process development:
Robotic machining; Large-scale welding and
cladding using robotics and adaptive control;
Production-scale demonstrators for
innovative technologies and processes; Non
destructive evaluation; Large-scale metrology; Virtual
simulation and design for manufacturing and assembly.
Its mission is to work with companies to develop world-leading manufacturing processes
technologies to take UK suppliers forward into
a bright and prosperous nuclear future.
Also see: Nuclear Decommissioning
Authority, NSA Nuclear Manufacturing (skills) and NIA (page
Above, courtesy Westinghouse, night time simulation of the AP1000 pressurised
three of which are planned at Moorside, West
Cumbria, Europe's largest new nuclear development, and, opposite
page, top, a Flamanville
3-dome being lifted into place on an EDF Energy
The other two photos highlight the UK's nuclear
decommissioning sub-sector. Top, this page, courtesy
the National Nuclear laboratory,, and opposite,
courtesy Sellafield who are both involved in
DISTINCTIVE, the research programme which is
focussing on the challenges of the nuclear legacy
(see page 50).
To complement this, NIA
announced at the end of 2013 a
new partnership involving developers, the supply chain and
Government to maximise opportunities for SMEs, initially in the UK
market, but also as a basis for
export opportunities in the future.
The developers wish to be as transparent
as practical on the nature of
opportunities, and requirements to
win orders, and the group will provide a
forum with SMEs to help them understand
the route to winning business.
and is being developed with Government,
leading trade body the Nuclear Industry
Association (NIA), nuclear companies, the
National Skills Academy for Nuclear and
SC@nuclear is a central port of call to help
strengthen and promote UK companies and
actions have included nationwide supply
chain workshops and two Essential Guides
to Nuclear Supply Chain publications, which
deal with areas including Procurement
Routes and, for Tier 3 and Tier 4 companies,
Quality Arrangements for different types of
components and services.