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Nuclear South West is a public-private partnership of industry, academic and public sector, established to champion the South West nuclear industry as the premier destination for investment, innovation and growth

It is strongly supported by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, The SW Nuclear Hub and Business West together with a number of other important stakeholders , in recognition of the South West’s unique potential for nuclear being the catalyst for transformational growth.

 

HPC Liner Cup Lift 18th December 2019, courtesy of EDF NNB
HPC Liner Cup Lift 18th December 2019, courtesy of EDF NNB

OUR MISSION

Nuclear South West’s mission is to ensure the South West nuclear industry is at the centre of the global nuclear arena by driving productivity, investment and growth. By positioning the cluster on a national and international level we ensure that the South West is recognised for its capability in the nuclear industry, is able to grow that ability, and that businesses in the region achieve a significant percentage of the work coming from the many and varied opportunities in the nuclear industry.

OUR AIMS

  • Sustain and grow existing businesses
  • Help new businesses to start and others to relocate to the South West
  • Connect businesses and stakeholders locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to nuclear opportunities
  • Showcase our world-class skills and research and development facilities
  • Provide a strong voice for the South West nuclear industry with Government and other institutions
  • Influence Government to invest in the South West’s nuclear capacity and support our ground-breaking research, development and innovation.
  • Provide our expertise to partners, affiliate networks and clusters

Hinkley Point C (HPC) is the first new nuclear power station in the UK for a generation, capable of generating 7% of the UK’s total energy requirement. . The project is creating over 25,000 job opportunities, over 1,000 apprenticeships and putting £100m a year in to the regional economy.

However, the two new reactors at HPC mark only the beginning of a significant  programme of investment in nuclear power right across the UK. In the South West this includes Oldbury which is designated as a potential site for further large scale build nuclear investment, and currently forms part of the Severn Edge STEP Fusion nomination that has been shortlisted down to the final five for a potential site for the UKAEA’s first Fusion test reactor.  There are additional licensed sites that would be ideal for a whole range of nuclear advanced reactors and small modular reactors.

Nationally, investment in new nuclear power stations could raise UK GDP by over £5billion, and increase nuclear industry exports by nearly £900million. The region also has two sites in the running for the siting process for the  programme.

The South West has a large number of assets that have been set up to specifically support and grow the sector:

The South West Nuclear Hub (a partnership between Bristol and Oxford Universities) is at the cutting edge of nuclear research and development and works with both primes and SME’s find innovative solutions to industrial challenges.

Ensuring that there is a nuclear competent workforce across the whole nuclear life cycle is the role of the National College for Nuclear (SW Hub) and a range of highly specialised technical training facilities including the Welding and Electrical Centres of Excellence.

Young people are able to access vocational training leading to highly specialised apprenticeships via the Berkeley Green University Technical College.

Exceptional facilities for realistic working environments are delivered at Bridgwater & Taunton Colleges’ Construction Skills Innovation Centre and this compliments their Energy Skills Centre and advanced engineering facilities.

Vast, technical projects require high levels of collaboration, and this is catered of with the EPR Design Centre based in Avonmouth, and the Somerset Energy & Innovation Centre in Bridgwater.

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Nuclear South West's key funders and stakeholders