Join Nuclear Industry Association, Decom Mission, and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as we deliberately compare and contrast engineering issues, challenges, and successes in decommissioning between the two sectors.

Engineering challenges in nuclear and oil and gas decommissioning

Innovative engineering lies at the heart of decommissioning in the nuclear and oil and gas sectors, as we address the final life cycle stage for assets with common, but unique challenges. Do we approach these projects with shared thinking and principles or work within respective silos?

Does it matter if it is harder to remove 40,000 tonnes from the North Sea than to cut up an irradiated 120mm pressure vessel? Or if remote handling of waste sludge in a storage pond is harder to resolve than reservoir isolation at 2km below the seabed? Do factors such as finance and personnel improve or hinder delivery within these projects?

Irrespective of where the challenge lies, the commonality of complex engineering, innovative ideas and challenging execution is clear, and this is an ideal environment to discuss and cultivate common thinking into our industries.

The diagram below illustrates the commonality and yet apparent disconnection of nuclear within decommissioning in the energy industry.

The NIA, NDA, and DM all believe that we can bridge this gap, so come along and help stimulate the debate to help bring our industries together to a drive a closer working relationship.

Format and Agenda

This free to attend event will follow a show and tell format, with speakers detailing existing, resolved and pending challenges from their respective sector, with the audience offering observations and commentary through interactive sessions.


There are a couple of options for parking close to the University. Duke Street Car Park, a 5 minute walk from the venue, offers an all day special rate of £5.00. You would just need to bring your car park ticket to the TIC Reception when you arrive and a member of team will validate it.

Alternatively, the NCP George Street Car Park offers discounted rates (depending on length of time parked) by downloading the ParkPass app and registering with the code L6PN4FX. Please note you would need to scan the QR code using the app on entry rather than take a ticket to receive your discounted rate.