Nuclear supply chains outlook

14 September 2008
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15 September 2008 | Paul Snell

The supply chains required to build new nuclear power stations in the UK need to be developed, according to a report commissioned by the government.

A study carried out by Stephen Court of the National Metals Technology Centre found suppliers are enthusiastic about the plans for the new energy plants and there will be plenty of opportunities for UK vendors to be involved.

However, there are concerns over whether suppliers have the necessary experience and skills in procurement, engineering and the construction of new plants.

In January the government invited companies to come forward with plans to build and operate new nuclear power stations to meet the UK's future energy needs.

But Court said suppliers need to be made aware of opportunities to help them to develop capability and skills and relieve potential supply chain "pinch points" in the future.

He also said a mapping exercise should be undertaken to find out where capacity exists in the UK and what products and services cannot be provided domestically.

There was also concern that suppliers capable of providing for the builds may already be busy with work in other nuclear areas, such as decommissioning.

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