More than 80 Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) members travelled down to Salford on Tuesday (3 November) for a special meeting of the BECBC Decommissioning and Waste Sector Group. The full morning’s programme included presentations about the opportunities associated with a key Cumbria-based project as well as a chance to find out more about the range of work being done by Morson Projects in the decommissioning sector.
Forsyths Ltd, based in Scotland, is a relatively new member of BECBC and their representative was attending a sector group meeting for the first time: “As a new entrant to the nuclear sector, the BECBC sector meeting offered us a unique opportunity to hear about the latest opportunities and developments,” said Shaun Pitcher, Sales Manager for Forsyths. “Of particular interest was the Box Encapsulation Project and being able to speak with those directly involved with that was extremely useful.”
Rachel Beech, Head of Nuclear Supply Chain for Balfour Beatty was the speaker who updated participants on the Box Encapsulation Project or BEP. “It’s important for us to help our supply chain plan for our procurement needs and their own business needs,” she said. “Attending the BEC Business Cluster Decommissioning and Waste Sector Group was a great way of communicating our needs and planned dates to a large number of relevant suppliers at one time. We had some very valuable conversations as a result of this meeting and it was a great way to ensure potential suppliers of all sizes could approach us for those sorts of conversations.”
Michael Williams, MD of PDL Solutions (Europe) Limited, a relatively new member of BECBC, appreciated the clarity of the Balfour Beatty presentation: “The overview of the BEP Project provided by Rachel Beech was very specific about the opportunities for the supply chain and the steps we need to take now to benefit in 2016. We are particularly excited by that project and the opportunities to contribute and we had some really interesting conversations during this meeting about the potential for future collaborations.”
During the meeting, BECBC members also learnt about the capabilities of Morson Projects Limited and saw examples of the company’s equipment and technology for themselves after a brief presentation by Operations Director, Chris Burke.
“As a long-term supporter of the British Energy Coast Business Cluster, it gave me and my colleagues great pleasure hosting this event,” said Chris. “The feedback from delegates was very positive and the event helped showcase the part that Morson Projects are playing in the decommissioning challenges across the whole NDA estate.”
The other key presentation of the event was made by Dr Rebecca Weston, Head of Business and Programme Integration Decommissioning at Sellafield Ltd. She covered the latest aspects of decommissioning and waste projects, including how the Box Encapsulation Project (BEP) is a key part of the strategy for the site, as well as the procurement systems in place to encourage SME suppliers.
“There is such a diverse audience at the BECBC with an ever-changing and increasing membership,” she said. “It’s an excellent forum for sharing information and having debate with businesses from very different perspectives. Being well-informed – as customers and as suppliers – must improve the probability of successful and long-term relationships. “
Liz Bowe, responsible for Business Development with PacTec EPS Limited and a Board member for BECBC, leads the specialist sector group and had organised this particular meeting to preceed the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Supply Chain event near Manchester on Wednesday 4 November. “This was the group’s second meeting outside of Cumbria this year and, again, it proved invaluable as a catalyst for new connections and different perspectives,” she said. “There are so many UK and international decommissioning and waste challenges that could be opportunities for our members. Our hosts on this occasion, Morson Projects, gave us a fascinating insight into how they’re building their business in this sector.”
The next full BECBC members meeting will be held at Energus from 9am on Wednesday 11 November and then on Wednesday 9 December at the same time. Further information on membership of BECBC and details of member companies, specialist sector groups and other activities can be found online at www.becbusinesscluster.co.uk.