Nuclear decommissioning: international perspectives

Meet fellow professionals, share best practices, insight and thought leadership with industry influencers.

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More than forty nuclear reactors – around ten percent of the operating nuclear fleet – have permanently shut down since 2017. This year will see Germany close its three remaining nuclear plants, with dozens more reactors expected to close in Europe, the US and Asia by 2030.
This virtual event aims to share some of the technical developments, innovations and lessons learned from decommissioning and radioactive waste management projects around the globe. It will include insight on decommissioning strategy, technical solutions and innovations. Delegates will also hear from key industry players on emerging technologies to support the decontamination, decommissioning and radioactive waste management industry. Presentations, case studies and live Q&A sessions will bring the latest progress and innovations in the nuclear decommissioning sector straight to your desktop

Date: 17th May 2022

Time: 12:30 PM - 5 PM GMT

Location: Virtual


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  • Tue May 17th


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Luke O’Brien
Laboratory Fellow, UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)

Luke O’Brien has worked in the nuclear sector for over 20 years with extensive experience in the development of technology for waste management and decommissioning. Luke has developed and led a range of research areas relating to effluent treatment, waste management and decommissioning both within the UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and on the behalf of customers. Luke is a Laboratory Fellow with a particular focus on the implementation of innovative technology.

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Kristan Schruder
General Manager and Deputy Vice Present for Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Environmental Remediation Management Programme

Kristan is the General Manager and Deputy Vice Present for Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Environmental Remediation Management Programme. As Deputy VP, Kristan supports the delivery of CNL’s Environmental Remediation Management mission, which is a $500M/year programme delivered over six sites. Kristan leads the team delivering decommissioning and clean-up activities at CNL’s Chalk River Laboratories and three Prototype Reactor sites - Gentilly-1, Douglas Point and NPD.

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Sam Stephens
Head of Digital, Nuclear, SNC-Lavalin

Sam Stephens leads the digital transformation for the SNC-Lavalin’s Nuclear sector and works with teams around the world to support internal digital capability development and with clients seeking to integrate digital solutions. Sam is a Chartered Civil Engineer with almost two decades experience working across the nuclear industry and wider energy sector.

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Simon Delavalle
Chief Technical Officer, Veolia Nuclear Solutions UK

With an engineering diploma from one of France's engineering schools of higher education, Simon Delavalle started his career working in surgical robotics to develop solutions for brain surgery and keyhole operations before moving to Oxford Technologies to design remote handling solutions where he led teams to deliver robotics solutions to ITER, Dounreay, Sellafield and Fukushima. Simon is now Chief Technical Officer of Veolia Nuclear Solutions UK (Veolia acquired Oxford Technologies in 2015), overseeing all company projects for challenging remote handling operations.

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Gordon Tait
DSRL’s Innovation Manager

Gordon Tait, currently DSRL’s Innovation Manager, has 40 years experience on the site in operations and decommissioning.

His career started in the Prototype Fast Reactor, where he became Shift Manager until the reactor was finally defuelled in 1996. He then moved into decommissioning redundant nuclear plant, including a test reactor, criticality test facilities, research cells and laboratories, and a spent fuel reprocessing plant.

Gordon became a Fellow of the ImechE in 2010, joined the Nuclear Power Committee in 2016 and because chair in 2019. He now works on R&D projects involving nuclear sites organisations across the UK.

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Darren Grears
Director of Digital for Atkins SNC Lavalin’s Nuclear and Power EMEA region

Darren Grears has over 20 years of experience in the nuclear sector and has been at the forefront of applying the latest technology and innovations to solve complex challenges across the full nuclear lifecycle. Having joined Atkins SNC Lavalin as a mechanical design apprentice in 2001 specialising in design delivery and visualisations in support of decommissioning activities at Sellafield, Darren is now the Director of Digital for the organisation’s Nuclear and Power EMEA region.

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Jurij Shapoval
Projects Management Service, Head of Dismantling Projects Programme SE Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant

Jurij Shapoval has 41 years’ experience in nuclear business – Ignalina NPP equipment and systems commissioning, maintenance and decommissioning (last 17 years). Recent relevant experience includes preparation of documents for INPP decommissioning planning and licensing (Final Decommissioning Plan; Safety Analysis Report, Decommissioning Project), Dismantling and Decontamination Projects management. As Head of Dismantling Projects Programme responsible for management of projects, related to INPP technological equipment dismantling and decontamination, radioactive waste management, buildings demolition and site restoration.

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Sponsors and Partners

Sponsors 2022

Shadow Robot is a leading robotic technology developer, active in this space commercially since 1997. The team at Shadow Robot has been responsible for the development and delivery of state of the art dexterous robot hardware to demanding customers including NASA, ESA, Carnegie Mellon, Bielefeld, UCL, OpenAI, GSK and others where our customers demand both the cutting edge and long-term service and support. Shadow Robot draws on our Core Purpose: “To make awesome robots that make working lives better” in our work to deliver the best dexterous robot hardware for the R&D community and those in dangerous jobs including nuclear decommissioning. Our teleoperation system can be used in the decommissioning of nuclear sites and remediation of contaminated land and we’re actively involved in conversations with NNL and Sellafield.

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