As part of an open call for innovation, businesses are being encouraged to attend an event next week to learn how oil and gas decommissioning expertise could be translated to meet the challenges faced at the Sellafield nuclear site.
The Game Changers Innovation Programme, in association with Subsea UK, is hosting an Innovation in Nuclear Post Operational Clean Out (POCO) event on Wednesday (May 16) at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow.
Nuclear operations began at Sellafield in the 1940s. For most of its existence the main business focus at the site has been reprocessing, but over the next two years these activities will come to an end. Focus will then shift to a Post Operational Clean Out Phase (POCO) before decommissioning can begin which will require highly innovative technologies, concepts and methods.
Sellafield has set up a Game Changers programme to help meet these unprecedented challenges. The programme aims to engage businesses, academics and individuals to find solutions that will speed up the safe delivery of decommissioning, cut costs and uphold commitment to human and environmental safety.
The event will give delegates the opportunity to hear presentations from Sellafield personnel, take part in interactive workshops and to learn about the POCO challenge in greater detail.
Keynote speakers have been confirmed as Steve Hepworth, Technical Lead (R&D) at Sellafield and David Connolly, Head of Site Post Operational Clean Out at Sellafield.
Paul Knight, Game Changers Programme lead said: “This is a hugely exciting opportunity for oil and gas decommissioning experts to bid for funding to translate their technology to the nuclear sector.
“We’re looking for cutting edge solutions to this challenging task and would fully expect them to be applicable to other nuclear decommissioning challenges, both in the UK and overseas.”