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UK Nuclear Market Opportunity

Opportunity North East and Scottish Enterprise SME Diversification Programme

8 November 2018, 0930 – 1500 at The Chester Hotel, Queens Road, Aberdeen, AB15 4YP

The UK civil nuclear market presents significant opportunities for diversification for companies in the oil, gas and energy supply chain.

Nuclear decommissioning alone is a growth industry. The UK spends £2-3bn per annum on nuclear decommissioning activities. Since 2010, more than £150m per year has been spent on decommissioning works at the Dounreay site in Scotland. The sector is committed to procurement from SMEs as part its contracting strategy.

There are supply chain opportunities within the sector across a range of disciplines that includes electrical and mechanical engineering, fabrication, plant, testing and inspection, health and safety, and waste management.

This seminar, delivered by Opportunity North East and Scottish Enterprise through their joint SME Diversification Programme, will provide an overview of the market, insights from key operators and tier one contractors, advice on how to approach the market sector, case studies and Q&A.

The morning will include presentations from Cavendish Nuclear, Dounreay Site Restoration Limited, Wood, M2 Procurement & Commercial Services, Opportunity North East and Scottish Enterprise. A networking lunch will be followed by one-to-one sessions with the speakers in the afternoon. See the summary agenda below for further information.

ONE and SE are working in partnership to jointly support Scottish oil, gas and energy supply chain SMEs access new business opportunities through diversification into new market sectors. New markets provide additional opportunities for existing oil and gas skills, products and services and support the supply chain’s central role in the energy transition.

You must register to attend this free event - .

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Colin McHardy, Diversification Manager - Oil, Gas & Energy, Opportunity North East (


0930 – 1000        Registration and coffee

1000 – 1010       Welcome and introduction

1010 – 1035       UK nuclear market overview & Q&A

      • UK nuclear operations, decommissioning and new build
      • Overall size of market
      • Key customers and industry events

1035 – 1100        Andrew Bastone, Cavendish Nuclear

  • Overview of nuclear supply chain and subsectors
  • Procurement and contracting strategies

1100 – 1125       Jane Mackenzie, Dounreay Site Restoration Limited

  • Overview of programme of works/procurement
  • Supply chain strategy
  • Role of SMEs

1125 – 1140        Coffee break

1140 – 1205       Nick Higginson, Wood

      • Tier one perspective on nuclear decommissioning market
      • Recent contract wins and opportunities arising
      • Strategic fit between nuclear decommissioning and oil and gas supply chain

1205 – 1230       Mike Muir, M2 Procurement & Commercial Services

      • Market entry strategies
      • Relationships and timescales
      • Practical advice on selling into nuclear market

1230 – 1250       Company case study tbc

1250 – 1300        Closing remarks

1300 – 1345        Buffet lunch and networking

1345 – 1500        One to ones

Pre-booked one-to-one meetings between delegates and speakers – 15 minute slots

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