Britain’s first nuclear power plants in a generation: What does this mean for engineers?

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

The first UK nuclear power plants in a generation have been proposed, but where are they, who owns them and what do they mean for nuclear engineers?

Over the next 10 years, the nuclear industry will be evolving. Three major projects have been proposed in sites across the UK, bringing large-scale employment to the nuclear, construction and engineering industries.

Currently, there are 15 reactors in the UK which generate over 20% of the country’s electricity, but this percentage will reduce with the government plan to close all coal-fired power stations by 2025. The aim of the new projects is to satisfy demand in the UK – to “keep Britain’s lights on”, whilst reducing the country’s carbon emissions in line with targets set by the Committee on Climate Change.

Depending on which project begins first, Britain will see its first nuclear power plant built in 20 years, bringing job opportunities to a new generation.

Moorside Nuclear Project

Moorside, proposed by Nugen – a joint venture between Toshiba’s Westinghouse and ENGIE – will be the UK’s largest nuclear power station, and Europe’s largest new construction plan. Three AP1000 reactors will supply enough low-carbon electricity to power approximately 6 million homes, which is around 7% of the country’s total electricity demand. The site, located at Sellafield, Cumbria, is expected to produce electricity by 2025. Currently, the project is in its development stage, with a final investment decision being made in 2018.

Moorside could create between 14,000 and 21,000 jobs across all areas of the project, with 5,000 available during the construction stage and 500 permanent roles when the plant is operational.

Hinkley Point C

EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C, located in Somerset, will generate 3.2GW of low-carbon electricity for 60 years, creating over 20,000 jobs in the area and offering re-development of surrounding sites. Two EPR™ reactors will provide electricity to approximately 5 million homes, whilst £100 million will be invested into the regional economy during peak construction.  Hinkley Point C is expected to generate electricity by spring 2026.

Wylfa Newydd

Horizon, owned by Hitachi, have proposed a low-carbon nuclear power plant in Wylfa, on the Isle of Anglesey. This will be situated on an already operational nuclear power plant, owned by Magnox. Two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWRs) will be built, generating 2,700MW of electricity. Wylfa Newydd could see the generation of up to 1,000 permanent jobs and a construction workforce of 4,000 – with the potential to reach 8,500 during peak times.  This project is expected to be operational during the early 2020s.

The above proposed projects will bring thousands of jobs to a new generation and change Britain’s nuclear outlook for years to come.

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I am currently working with one of the UK's leading engineering contractors who require the services of a Project Engineer to undertake a portfolio of data cabling projects across their MOD sites in Portsmouth.As a Project Engineer you will successfully plan and control day-to-day activities in support of customer projects, in order to deliver them to the time, cost, quality and customer satisfaction objectives as defined by the Project Manager. You will be required to:Supervise field-based staff and subcontractors as required.Demonstrate appropriate Health and Safety leadership to ensure that the safety first and foremost message is visible and alive throughout any activities carried out.Ensure adherence to policies, processes and proceduresEnsure under direction, all works comply with standards and to meet and exceed client expectations, as well as the requirements to meet/exceed international standards and manufacturers installation guideline systems.To provide leadership for the project delivery team and to maximise the potential of the team and the individuals within.To participate within bid activity; as requested by the senior management and to work in conjunction with the Business Development department and in line with Focus Win processes.Aid with input in the preparation of the business plans and budgets. Based on the initial contract parameters and objectives. Seeking opportunities to suggest actions which maximises profit on the project.To provide appropriate input to all monthly reviews in line with business procedures to ensure that the management team have full knowledge of the completion and financial status of the project.To manage all related activities to the successful completion of the projects. In line with agreed quality and commercial plans to achieve targets within agreed timescales and cost constraints.Ensure that positive relationships are maintained with the customer through efficient delivery of projects with a view to optimising future opportunities and profitability.Ensuring design and installation meets internal and client specifications and statutory requirements The right candidates will have:Project Engineering experience on MOD Data Cabling projects.Current SC Clearance or have previously obtained this.SMSTSFirst Aid For more information on this role, please contact Scarlet Wilson on 01617071516.

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I am currently working with a leading engineering contractor that require the services of a Project Engineer to undertake a portfolio of data cabling projects across their MOD sites in Portsmouth.As a Project Engineer you will successfully plan and control day-to-day activities in support of customer projects, in order to deliver them to the time, cost, quality and customer satisfaction objectives as defined by the Project Manager. You will be required to:Supervise field-based staff and subcontractors as required.Demonstrate appropriate Health and Safety leadership to ensure that the safety first and foremost message is visible and alive throughout any activities carried out.Ensure adherence to policies, processes and proceduresEnsure under direction, all works comply with standards and to meet and exceed client expectations, as well as the requirements to meet/exceed international standards and manufacturers installation guideline systems.To provide leadership for the project delivery team and to maximise the potential of the team and the individuals within.To participate within bid activity; as requested by the senior management and to work in conjunction with the Business Development department and in line with Focus Win processes.Aid with input in the preparation of the business plans and budgets. Based on the initial contract parameters and objectives. Seeking opportunities to suggest actions which maximises profit on the project.To provide appropriate input to all monthly reviews in line with business procedures to ensure that the management team have full knowledge of the completion and financial status of the project.To manage all related activities to the successful completion of the projects. In line with agreed quality and commercial plans to achieve targets within agreed timescales and cost constraints.Ensure that positive relationships are maintained with the customer through efficient delivery of projects with a view to optimising future opportunities and profitability.Ensuring design and installation meets internal and client specifications and statutory requirements The right candidates will have:Project Engineering experience across MOD Data Cabling projects.Current SC Clearance or have previously obtained this.SMSTSFirst Aid For more information on this role, please contact Scarlet Wilson on 01617071516.

Team Leader

Our Client based in Hilsea has a requirement for 2 x Team Leaders. This role has an initial 3 months trial period and if successful will ongoing. The Role: Responsible for managing the performance of people and processes in a designated production area of a transparency manufacturing plant and facilitating all production and information flows. Manage employee relations working within procedures and ensure effective interface between management team and employees Support Value Stream Manager in all business aspects Maintain flexibility in line with business needs Key Deliverables Environment Health & Safety Ensure compliance to Company Policies and initiatives within the business area - reporting all incidents, accidents and near misses as per the company's procedure and implement identified corrective actions. Provide regular coaching and training to support adherence to EH&S. Quality Accountable for the quality of products and equipment on site. Accountable for ensuring all direct reports are trained competently. Identify food and bad quality practices within the value stream and escalate appropriately. Analyse quality data trends and facilitate improvements. Delivery Responsible for producing local Capacity and Production plans Meet customer demand through driving the workforce to deliver on time products using motivational techniques. Escalation or resolution of potential shortages (materials, consumables etc.) with recovery plans to mitigate impact to delivery schedule adherence (DSA) Responsible for lead times. This role is on a 9 day fortnight. 5 days week 1, 4 days week 2. No onsite parking

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Job Title: Scheme Project Manager Location: York Duration: 6 Months INSIDE IR35 Role Brief: To manage projects through various stages of the life cycle and to support and assist delivering the overall project portfolio managed by the team. Knowledge/Experience Required: * Successful relevant experience including project management. * Educated to HNC/HND or similar standard. * Project safety management experience * Knowledge of Oracle Projects * Knowledge of safety, quality and environmental procedures. * Knowledge of commercial and financial procedures.

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