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14Feature"If, as everybody hopes, EDF builds at Sizewell after Hinkley, the whole of the supply chain for the EPR will be swallowed up by those projects. But it is possible to build the Hitachi-GE and Westinghouse designs in parallel with the EPR."Building three Westinghouse AP1000s at Moorside, Cumbria, will hone the supply chain's skills on that design, while taking the Hitachi-GE UK ABWR through its Generic Design Assessment will provide another learning curve. UK companies can then fi nd a market for all of these skills and experiences in many countries which are also about to embark on new build.Amec Foster Wheeler's Environment and Infrastructure business is carrying out site characterisation work for NuGen, the owner-operator of the Moorside development. E&I's results will feed directly into the environmental impact assessments supporting the Development Consent Order for the site.Dame Sue Ion is credited with changing Tony Blair's mind about nuclear power.She describes that statement as 'a bit of an exaggeration' but there is no doubt that when face-to-face with the then Prime Minister, the straight-talking northerner played her part in convincing the government not to put all its eggs in the renewables basket."It was obvious that he already understood, so there wasn't really any need to persuade him," she recalls. "But we were living with the aftermath of the White Papers from the turn of the century, and it was important to show that the idea you could hit carbon reduction targets without nuclear was completely, utterly barking from an engineering point of view."Much has changed since then and Dame Sue, chair of the Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board, believes that the UK's nuclear sector is now on the threshold of a new era of opportunity.And she argues that the chosen method of procuring the new build that the country needs will play a big role in making it all possible."If you had asked me ten years ago I would have said we need one system, fl eet-built, with a smooth transition from one site to another and opportunities for the supply chain to learn from experience."But now, when we want to build eight or nine units in short order, I think it's a better solution for the UK to have three diff erent reactor types on the go, all with slightly diff erent supply chains.New build and a distinctive approach to regulation should combine to bring prosperity to the UK supply chain, says the Government's top nuclear advisor Good times ahead for UK nuclear Cutaway of the AP1000 reactor planned for MoorsideDame Sue Ion

15Dame Sue adds: "There is going to be more work available than there are companies to do it, so the UK supply chain should be in a good position."New nuclear nations will be looking for independent engineering advice and consultancy. Independence is a great selling point for the UK because we are not tied to any particular design and we have no axe to grind."Dame Sue also believes that new nuclear countries will also be attracted to the UK's style of regulation, where the onus is on the operator to justify why a system is safe and which contrasts sharply with the prescriptive 'tick-box' approach used elsewhere."The UK system has a lot of benefi ts," she says. "It enables a country to maintain its own independent regulator and gives it more fl exibility to adapt."Meanwhile, Dame Sue feels that the industry could do more to counter the critics who say that nuclear power is an expensive form of generation. 'We need to put clear water between new build and the large bill for cleaning up Sellafi eld. None of the stuff that was built in the 1950s and 1960s was designed for decommissioning, whereas we can now show that it's not diffi cult to take PWRs and BWRs back to green fi eld sites.'Consultation2016DCOApplicationApril 2017DCO Decision2018ConstructionCommences2018First ReactorOnline2024of competitively priced electricityjobs over theproject lifetimeCreating14 - 21Kof the project could be supplied by UK companiesUp to60%The UK's largest nuclear power station... up to3.6GWjobs duringoperationENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ)Sustaining overpartnershipworld classWorking inworkforcewith the local community and our regulators. Supporting UK nuclear skills to develop a1,000 of the UK's electricityneedsDelivering low-carbon electricity to power six million homes.7%AP1000AP1000AP1000Powering ahead in West CumbriaMoorsideThe Moorside projectReproduced courtesy of NuGen