Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

The UK nuclear industry - prospects for new build developments, project financing and supporting innovative technology

Morning, Tuesday, 15th October 2019

Central London


Delegates will assess future finance models for nuclear new build, including discussion on the potential role of government direct investment alongside private sector investment.

It takes place in the context of the Government reviewing the viability of a Regulated Asset Base model for nuclear - which aims to incentivise private investment into public projects by providing a secure payback and return on investment for developers - and with the Secretary of State outlining that they intend to publish their assessment of this method by the summer at the latest.

The Government’s announcement of a legislative amendment that would set a target to reduce greenhouse emissions to net-zero by 2050, has renewed interest in nuclear as part of plans to develop low-carbon energy infrastructure.

The conference will be an opportunity to consider the wider delivery challenges facing any new nuclear build developments - including local engagement, planning and supply chain competitiveness.

Further sessions will examine the impact of the Nuclear Sector Deal - in supporting the sector to drive innovation, skills development and improvements in research - with the deal setting out plans to:

  • reduce the cost of decommissioning by 20% by 2030;
  • support the development of the workforce, supply chain through support for smaller companies and gender diversity; and
  • enable the deployment of small modular reactors (SMRs) and the innovative technologies that support them as part of plans to develop potential world-leading nuclear technologies.

The seminar also takes places against the back drop of negotiations to leave the European Union and will be informed by the impact of any possible agreement and ongoing no deal preparation.   

Keynote Speaker

Tom Greatrex

Chief Executive, Nuclear Industry Association

Keynote Speaker

Tom Greatrex

Chief Executive, Nuclear Industry Association


Liz Saville Roberts MP

Westminster Leader, Plaid Cymru

Trudy Harrison MP


Selvin Roberts

Executive Board Member, Women in Nuclear; Development Director, National College for Nuclear and Campus South West Operations Manager, EDF

Patrick Robinson

Partner, Burges Salmon

Fiona Reilly

Managing Director, FiRe Energy; Non-Executive Director, NIA and Chair, Expert Finance Working Group on Small Reactors

Tim Yeo

Chairman, New Nuclear Watch Institute

Andrew Storer

Chief Executive Officer, Nuclear AMRC

Chris Lewis

Partner, EY

Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson

Managing Director, Nuclear Development, EDF Energy

Alan Raymant

Chief Executive, Bradwell B, CGN

Dylan Williams

Head, Regulation and Economic Development, Isle of Anglesey County Council